Think equal, build smart, innovate for change—this year’s theme for International Women’s Day conveys a strong message that aligns perfectly with our team’s vision of empowering women in the life science industry as they look to advance their careers to the C-suite and beyond. Empowerment is a process. Through this process, a woman becomes an agent of change. More simply, it’s the “can do” factor, going from “I can’t” to “I can,” which is the main theme in our founder and CEO’s newly launched book, WE CAN: The Executive Woman’s Guide to Career Advancement™. As a champion of diverse executive teams, Robin Toft strives to continuously increase our company’s reputation for placing women and minorities in executive and board positions within our industry.
Beyond this, the Toft team feels passionately that the empowerment of women in our everyday communities is just as important as the empowerment of women in the workplace. In our local communities of San Diego and San Francisco, we are proud and active advocates for women of all backgrounds. By contributing our talents and time to philanthropic organizations that hold personal meaning to our team members, we are able to help make the world a better place to live. We are passionate about making our communities better for everyone and believe in supporting causes that bring you personal joy.
A few of the organizations our team members are dedicated to include:
- Center for Community Solutions, a non-profit organization providing services for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence—our President and COO, Ron Giannotti, sits on the board of directors and will be the chairman of the fundraising committee for the organization’s 50th anniversary in 2019;
- MANA de San Diego, a national Latina organization whose mission is to empower Latinas through education, leadership development, advocacy and community service—our Vice President of Customer Experience, Linda Sierra, recently joined the board of directors;
- The Clearity Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting women and families facing ovarian cancer by providing science-based information, tumor testing and extensive free services—Toft Group, Robin Toft and Linda Sierra helped the foundation celebrate 10 years of hope with Clearity’s “Teal Woman” fundraising event by donating a number of auction items to help raise money to support the organization’s mission;
- And the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, a non-profit working towards saving lives by meeting the most critical needs in the breast cancer community and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure the disease—Toft Group has participated in the organization’s 3-day walk for the past eight years and has helped raise more than $50,000 to support the foundation’s mission.
Being an agent for change in your local community can provide new inspiration and enhance your ability to make the progress you want to see in the world. So not only today, on International Women’s Day, but every day… Think equal, build smart, innovate for change. Be the agent of change. Help empower women. Together, WE CAN!