In the epicenter of transformative change, Mia SHEROES Summit found a bold spokesperson in Cindy Gallop, advocating conversation around taboo topics as seamlessly as always.
An English advertising consultant and a professional public speaker, Cindy describes her consultancy approach as “I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business.” Named Advertising Woman of the Year in 2003, and currently raising the world’s first and only sextech fund and the founder of “Make Love Not Porn”, Cindy was fearless, outspoken and shaking us out of our complacent comfort zones.
Here’s a peek at Cindy’s dynamic attitude and how her simple words created ripples in all our lives...
“Diversity drives innovation - gender cuts through it all”
An unconventional pioneer, Cindy Gallop's sharp words strike a chord with all her audiences. Delhi saw it, so did Mumbai.
"Women challenge the status quo because we are never it."
While men benefit from the unfair advantages for them in the workspace, they are as yet unaware of how an equal corporate structure helps them. "Break out from the old world order," Cindy encourages. Because it doesn't matter if you're an innovative thinker or a brilliant inspiration - at the end of the day, you WILL go back to square one when you stay in the old system.
"I want to redesign the whole system"
Blessed were those who witnessed Cindy's jarring words at the Mia SHEROES Summit - Delhi and Mumbai. Here was a lady, brave and badass, on a journey to revolutionize the whole concept of business and how women approach the corporate world. "Get over the world saying women shouldn't want to make money."
Change happens from the bottom up, she insists, not top down. And what better way to make a change than starting a business of your own? When jobs don't give you the autonomy you need, your own venture does. Be the change you want to see in the world, ladies!
"Don't empower me, pay me!"
The simplest words spoken at the Summit, yet the most powerful, Cindy Gallop questioned the self-doubt and self-sacrificial behavior that plagues most women.
Why does the wage gap between the two genders exist? Why do we see a room full of men progressing while the one woman amongst them struggles to make her voice be heard? Because people value you at the value you are seen to put on yourself.
"Design your own financial eco-system because the male one isn't going to work for you." There is a huge amount of money to be made out of taking women seriously. And Cindy wants you to make a "f*****g SHIT ton of money because men will not help you".
Encourage conversation around Sexual Values
Sextech pioneer and an expert at talking about issues that society is comfortable with brushing under the carpet, Cindy talks about the merits of speaking up against sexual harassment. "If nobody speaks up, nothing changes." And Cindy's MakeLoveNotPorn revolution is not about sex, it's about making sex a social topic.
"When we don't talk about sex, when massively popular apps evade the question of sexual activities, we ignore the need for security, privacy - we don't improve the public approach to sex."
How is rape culture so suffocatingly all-pervasive? Because when we don't talk about our sexual values, we don't know them; we don't know the good from the bad, the empathetic and kind from the violent and forced.
"Talking about sex and good sexual values ends rape culture."
While Mia SHEROES Summit promises to be a platform for powerful and influential women to come forward and inspire, it also creates a safe space for you to express your radical ideas and not be pulled down for it. Find speakers like Cindy Gallop and so many more at the 5th edition of the Mia SHEROES Summit - we are coming to a city near you!
Check out these links and register:
Mia SHEROES Summit BANGALORE (July 29, 2017)
Mia SHEROES Summit KOLKATA (August 5, 2017)
Mia SHEROES Summit CHENNAI (August 19, 2017)