#BreakTheBias: Gratsiela Vatkovska


Gratsiela Vatkovska Sutherland Bulgaria

To celebrate Women’s History Month, we are giving the word to the #SutherlandStrong women to share their thoughts on this year’s theme #BreakTheBias. Here’s what Gratsiela, a #SutherlandStrong Account Director shares.

Sutherland: What do you think people/society should do to #BreakTheBias?

Gratsiela: Acknowledging that bias exist is the first step, and still not enough…I believe that every single one of us and the society as a whole can make the difference and I would suggest some actions we can start with:

  • Mentoring – Use every opportunity (be in a corporate or informal environment) to share your experience with young women, give them confidence and appreciation. As a mother of 2 daughters, it is my mission to not let them grow believing in the current bias what women can or can’t do. 
  • Make flexible, family-friendly work the norm
  • Make sure women and men doing the same job are paid the same

S: How do you #BreakTheBias when you come across challenges in life as a women?

G: There were times in my career when I had to make double efforts compared to my male colleagues in order to prove myself as a leader. In these cases, I challenged the evaluation criteria that were put in place and made my managers aware of the situation in an objective way.

Being passioned in a corporate environment is often seen as emotional instability, especially if you are a woman. When showing passion about specific topic or project I’ve always explained where and why my passion comes from and how an additional sparkle can help us as a team.

S: What 3 things give you a sense of accomplishment?

G: Supporting my team members grow and develop is the greatest sense of accomplishment I have in my career. Having positive impact on the team spirit and empowering others motivates me personally much.