Clint Wallace, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for North America, was recently recognized by Dress for Success Morris County as the honoree of its 11th annual Transforming Lives Celebration. Dress for Success Morris County is an organization focused on offering long-lasting solutions to enable disadvantaged women to break the cycle of poverty and to empower them to achieve economic independence. Here, Clint shares a few thoughts on this honor and Dress for Success.
I’m so very humbled to be recognized as this year’s Honoree for Dress for Success Morris County’s Transforming Lives Celebration. It’s always an honor to be recognized, but there’s something even more special about being acknowledged by an organization whose values and beliefs align so closely with my own and Sanofi’s.
A good example is the importance of self-respect – that’s what people feel when they’ve made the most of their own potential. Unfortunately, not everyone has the resources to do this, and that’s where Dress for Success (DFS) steps in. DFS promotes women’s economic independence by providing them with professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools that help them thrive in work and in life.
Let me tell you a little about myself so you can understand where I’m coming from. I immigrated to the US from Jamaica at the age of 11, and was raised by two smart and loving parents, who taught me how important it is to seize an opportunity. They pushed me… taught me… and shaped me, always to do my best… and to be of help to others.
My mom taught me that it’s not easy to rise in life, but once you do, it’s important that you never forget the people you passed along the way. First, because it’s the right thing to do, and second, because if you happen to fall, those same folks may be the ones who are there to help you.
My dad strongly believed in education and in personal discipline – he’s the reason I became an engineer and joined the Connecticut National Guard. He also instilled in me the knowledge that being your best includes looking your best – in order to help you achieve your best. That training from my father is one of the many ways I relate to the help that Dress for Success provides.
You see, ever since I was a young boy, it was ingrained in me that as I reach forward to pull myself up, I must also reach back to pull others up along with me. That’s why I’m proud to work for Sanofi and proud of our relationship with DFS. We both strongly believe in the importance of developing women. At Sanofi we have our WISE Employee Resource Group that works to develop talent, transform the culture and grow the business by supporting women to reach their full potential. There’s also our ELEVATE program that helps women leaders continue to rise into greater senior leadership roles.
That’s the kind of motivation and support we strive for at Sanofi. And that’s exactly what DFS does too. Dress for Success has been and continues to be a real part of change for women in our communities. I’m a person who believes in mentoring and believes in helping others to rise. I’m proud to work in a company that shares those values and is committed to supporting DFS’s mission. On behalf of myself and Sanofi, I wish Dress for Success Morris County continued positive impact on the lives of the women they touch.