TGS Sarrio & Asociados leading the future of Audit provision in Latam – interview with Gisela

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Gissela Pacheco, Audit & Assurance Senior Manager at TGS Sarrio & Asociados

What do you like best about your practice?

My professional journey has primarily been auditing, where I began as an assistant auditor and achieved my first professional milestone. Auditing is a diverse and exciting profession; it allows me to observe and learn from various work teams, industries, and styles. It is precisely this variety that has kept me engaged in this profession.

What I enjoy the most about my role is that it is far from monotonous. Working alongside TGS has been an absolute pleasure, and I am grateful for my contributions to the firm in Peru. This recognition and support from the organization have made me appreciate the work I do even more. TGS has always provided me with professional and personal growth opportunities, and its open-door policy has been a tremendous asset in my development.

Why is International Women’s Day important to you?

Rather than a cause for celebration, this day prompts me to reflect on women’s ongoing challenges worldwide. It serves as a reminder of the urgent need to fight against gender violence and advocate for equal rights for all genders. In many countries, women still face economic discrimination, and some husbands are legally allowed to prevent their wives from working. This day calls for eradicating chauvinistic structures that persist in our societies. We must raise awareness about the unfair circumstances women encounter globally and actively create a more just and equitable world.

Why do you think about prevalent gender gaps in business practice?

Gender-based family responsibilities, persistent stereotypes, institutionalized gender biases, legal constraints, and strict corporate policies are among the multiple factors that hinder women’s access to leadership positions. The “glass ceiling” phenomenon constitutes a significant barrier to women’s growth and representation in organizations. Gender biases and stereotypes are deeply ingrained and often prevent women from advancing to managerial roles. Hence, organizations must proactively foster gender equality and promote equal opportunities. Fortunately, with our collective efforts and the backing of entities such as TGS, progress toward gender equality is underway.

What would you say to your younger self that you wish someone had told you?

If I were to advise other women, I would urge them not to believe that personal interests will truncate their professional progress. We can all achieve our goals and objectives, and it’s crucial to set them accordingly. Unfortunately, society often limits women by highlighting only certain qualities, such as motherhood or sacrifice. However, women in the 21st century are free to pursue empowerment on an equal footing with men. It’s essential to leverage the technology available today to combat the perception of women as the weaker sex and become more influential in effecting change.

As a mother to a 4-year-old daughter, I want her to grow up knowing that anything she sets her mind to is achievable. Women can accomplish their dreams and become whatever they want with determination and hard work.

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