What is your role at Chemistry and what does that entail?
I’m our VP of Strategic Sales for North America. I am responsible for growing Chemistry’s brand reputation and our amazing client base here in the U.S.
How are you celebrating this year’s International Women’s Day?
I will be spending it pitching with the fabulous Caitlin Collins in Ohio! I’m also currently reading a book on the history of Ancient Rome called ‘SPQR’, by Mary Beard. It’s an insightful review of how western civilisation has been so largely influenced by the Romans. It also challenges with candor, the comfortable historical perspectives that have existed for centuries, their nuanced attention to class and gender, and how the lives of entire groups of people have been omitted from the narratives due to an engrained bias and inequality. Timely
Has there ever been a time in your career where you felt being a woman has held you back?
Yes. As a 23-year old female consultant, with no university degree, delivering a workshop on “people stuff” to 100 or so senior leaders (80% white, male, aged 40+) in a global financial services organisation. I quite literally felt their attention wane when I stood on stage and sadly, this is something I have experienced more than once in my career. But, I had prepared to the enth degree. I rehearsed my content and story-telling over and over until I was sick of hearing it. Half-way through the morning I had the room in the palm of my hand. I shouldn’t have had to experience that feeling when I came on, but the sense of self-achievement afterwards was pretty awesome!
And on the flip side, has being a woman ever been an advantage for you in your role?
I genuinely hope not. I hope whatever I have achieved I have earned because of who I am as a person, and the amazing talent (men and women) who I am continuously supported by. They are, quite frankly, the biggest enabler of my performance. So I hope that’s acknowledged, and if it’s not, I’m clearly doing them a disservice!
What advice would you give young women entering the world of work today?
Your grades don’t define your intelligence. Education takes on many forms and you should invest in it continuously. Create experiences with your education: be curious, read books, have an opinion and express it, unapologetically. Travel if you have the opportunity to do so. Practice empathy and understanding of other cultures, people and beliefs that are different to yours. I personally believe opening and expanding your mind beyond your work will help you bring your whole self into it. It makes you more adaptable and an all-round, better problem solver.