Cortney Piper founded Piper Communications in 2008 at the height of the recession – setting the company’s tone as a tenacious, result-driven firm. Fourteen years later, Piper Communications continues to serve the clean energy and technology industry as an SBA certified Woman-Owned Small Business. The internal culture at Piper stems from a team with diverse backgrounds and expertise in all facets of public relations to offer a dynamic skill set that drives results for our clients.
For International Women’s Day, the Piper team responded to the question, “What does International Women’s Day mean to you?”
Cortney Piper, President
For most of history, women’s ambition and accomplishments were hidden or overlooked. Days like International Women’s Day and months like Women’s History Month are intentional moments for us to pause and celebrate the contributions women have made in the past and continue to make today. The more we recognize and value women and their victories, especially in the workplace, the more we break down barriers and biases that keep other women from achieving their goals and dreams.
Abby Hassler, Content Creation Manager
International Women’s Day is so important because it is a dedicated time each year to not only drawing attention to the amazing contributions women have made around the world – and often when facing insurmountable odds – but also to indicating how much farther we need to go as a society to ensure true equality across the board. The theme for this year’s campaign, #BreakTheBias, is a great message for pushing for a truly gender-equal world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination.
As a woman, there have certainly been times that I have been made to feel less-than or unsafe because of my gender. But thankfully, I have been lucky enough to work in offices and surround myself with individuals who value and love women and all that we can do. I see this holiday as a chance to reflect on the women who have made it possible for me to pursue a career, vote and live my life freely. Additionally, it serves as a reminder that there is still more work to be done to bring equality for all.
Allie Mobley, Project Coordinator
International Women’s Day is important to me because every year I am blown away by the support women have for each other. We understand the career field for women is different for us than it is for men, so always having that support from each other is so important. It means we are being recognized for our importance in the world and we bring just as much to the table professionally as men do.
Tonja Burk, Strategic Communications Director
I’m not one that sits around and dwells on the fact that men, historically, have gotten more opportunities, respect, and bigger paychecks. But I do notice a changing world where more women are in great positions of leadership in both government and industry and aren’t afraid of speaking up for themselves and others. It makes me proud every time another glass ceiling is shattered and I know that there are no more limits – my nieces can do anything or be anything they want!
Mallory Jenkins, Project Specialist
A common stereotype for women is that we are far too quick to compare ourselves. Yet for me, International Women’s Day signifies an opportunity to take that label and utilize the holiday as a chance to reflect on the women who have come before me, alongside me, and one day – after me. What contributions have women made before me that inspire me to continue to sharpen my own character and skill set – and what goals can I actively challenge myself towards in order to leave a similar legacy?
Hannah Whitson, Media Relations Manager
International Women’s Day serves as a wonderful reminder of the massive strides women before me took to reach even greater heights socially, economically, politically and culturally than I could have imagined. Likewise, it signifies a day of celebration for the achievements of dreams and aspirations women have thanks to the generational cohesion of men and women around the globe.
Elena Brennan, Media and Stakeholder Relations Manager
International Women’s Day, to me, is a unique moment where we can celebrate and unite women from all over the world who have made the world a better place because of their legacy and work. Whether it’s a suffragist from the 1920’s who fought for the 19th amendment, a scientist who is helping come up with breakthrough innovations, or a mom hustling day and night to give her children more opportunities in life than she had. There is no one prototype for a successful woman, and International Women’s Day is about celebrating all of the different ways in which women contribute to making their families, workplaces, communities, and the world better, more equitable, just, and peaceful places.
Allie Eskew, Director of Operations and Events
In my opinion we should be recognized all year long!