Toyota’s Alva Adams-Mason on 6 Ways Career-Minded Women Can Prioritize Mental Health

10Originally published on LinkedIn. Toyota Motor North America ranked No. 7 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.


Alva Adams-Mason, Executive Group Manager of Multicultural Business Alliance and Strategy, is an advocate for the importance of women maintaining their mental health as they pursue their career.

“Mental health is a serious concern for all women who strive to be at the top of their game — whether their goal is the Olympics, the C-suite or success and fulfillment in their chosen professions,” Adams-Mason wrote on Fortune.

6 ways career-minded women can cultivate positive mental health

  1. Practice mindfulness and surrender to whatever is happening in the moment
  2. Find something you can lean on for strength, whether it’s your faith, meditation, your family or friends
  3. Cultivate a tribe you can call on in times of need
  4. Recognize that it’s okay for people to have opinions that differ from yours
  5. Take time for yourself and your mental health
  6. Forgive quickly, let go of resentment and move on

How employers can support women’s mental health

  1. Prioritize mental health
  2. Provide benefits that support mental health
  3. Create a healthy workplace culture
  4. Commit to making women’s advancement a company priority

“Knowing what you want and being relentless in pursuing it is critical to making it to the C-suite,” Adams-Mason wrote, “but ultimately, taking care of your mental health along the way is equally, if not more, important.”

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