September 2018 - Joanne Osendarp received a 2018 “Women Worth Watching” award from Profiles in Diversity Journal, a publication dedicated to promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the workforce.
The 17th annual list features women leaders who are using their talents to change their workplace and the world. The award winners were nominated by their colleagues, peers and mentors for their achievements and contributions.
In a profile titled “Who You Are Is the Best Person You Could Choose to Be,” Osendarp shared the advice she gives to women with respect to finding professional success. “First, I think it’s important to be true to yourself and not to adopt a persona that is not you,” she said. “Be confident in your ability to be successful being the person that you are, not the person that you believe others expect you to be.”
Osendarp said it is extremely important to develop relationships and, in particular, find a mentor who provides career advice and support. “I was lucky enough to have a law professor – who later became principal counsel for negotiation of NAFTA and eventually, special foreign affairs advisor to the Canadian prime minister – take me under his wing 35 years ago,” she said. “His guidance was fundamental to my success, and I believe that mentors, generally, are invaluable.”
Osendarp also encouraged women who are starting or building their careers to identify their strengths and capitalize on them. “In conclusion, remember your priorities, ask for what you want, set your own style, recognize talent and surround yourself with the best.”