One of the themes of International Women’s History Month in 2022 is “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” It is in part an homage to the caregivers and frontline workers who have helped us navigate the pandemic, but it also recognizes the healing and hope provided by women from all over the globe throughout history.
As we celebrate and honor those trailblazing women this month, we asked your Palo Alto Networks co-workers to share quotes that help them heal and give them hope, along with their take on what the quotes mean to them:
Reshma Giliyal, Senior Staff Software Engineer in Test
“There is no right decision or wrong decision, if you put all your heart into the decision you made, it can become a great one.”
So many times, when I look back and review my choices in life, or when I wonder if I am taking the right decision, I think that whatever I decide, I need to stick to it, and put all my heart into making that decision a great one. At the same time, if I realize something is just not for me, then thinking that there are no right or wrong choices makes life simpler and easier for me to move on to the next level.
Heather Foglesong, Technology Partnerships Program and Operations Manager
“You can't get different results by doing things the same way”
You must evolve and change to grow and be successful.
Kirsten Mitchell, Senior Business Partner, I&D
Do I have to have a favorite? I have about 50, but let's go with this one: “It's never too late to be who you might have been.” - George Eliot
Despite the circumstances around us throughout our lives, both those inside and outside of our control, we hold the key to becoming more of ourselves. The older I get, the more I feel like "me."
It takes time to understand the world around us and to see how we were shaped and molded. But if we continue to pursue growth, ask curious questions, remain introspective, and take on new adventures and challenges, there's always opportunity to be had.
John Horigan, Business Services Manager
“Be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else.” - Judy Garland
It speaks to the true nature of being yourself, practicing a sense of humbleness, humility and genuine nature. Why waste time replicating the thoughts and feelings of someone else who isn't you?
Kavitha Sivagnanam, Senior Security Architect
“Be the change you want to see.”
Instead of silently accepting the bias, don't be afraid to speak up and break the pattern. You don't have to compromise. Our workplace should make it easier for parents. Our grandmothers got us the right to vote. Our mothers got us the right to get education. It is our duty to make it easier for our daughters to go to work.