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International Women’s Day 2019

 

Collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world is key. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance.

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 Wilton & Bain asked 6 female employees the same 3 questions….

#IWD2019   #BalanceForBetter

 

Lisa Peacock-Edwards  Managing Partner

  • What tips would you give your 20 year old self?

Hard work pays off! But don’t worry about the things that you can’t change or influence – focus on what you can control and be the best at that. Somebody once told me that the only person who you should compete with is yourself and that you should always try to be the best version of yourself.

  • What was the biggest barrier you overcame in your career so far?

Learning how to do business in other countries. My time in the Middle East taught me so much about personal style and adapting to your environment and the US about being fearless, going for the big wins and learning how to lead a business.

  • Who helped you the most/inspired you in your career?

Jonathan Hime – the founding partner at a previous company. He believed in me when I was doubting myself and continued to be a great support and mentor. Plus his unwavering belief that we should always deliver excellent experiences to our clients and our employees above everything else is what’s shaped my view on how to be a leader.

 

Erin Callaghan Partner

  • What tips would you give your 20 year old self?

Take the job that scares you! Stretch assignments are super important for developing your skills. If you wait to be ‘ready’ for your future next role then the likelihood is that you’re not being as ambitious in your career as you could be.

  • What was the biggest barrier you overcame in your career so far?

Acknowledging that success doesn’t come overnight; instead it’s about building long term, trusted, relationships. You need to lay the foundations for success month after month and year after year. This kind of success is much more sustainable and satisfying than quick wins.

  • Who helped you the most/inspired you in your career?

I’ve had some amazing bosses and colleagues who’ve taught me along the way. I also regularly get inspired by brilliant candidates and clients who are market leaders in their field.

 

Zarina Contractor Principal

  • What tips would you give your 20 year old self?

Expose yourself to as many different industries/companies as possible through internships and networking events, and ask people already working in those industries what their working life is like so you’re not going in blind. Also follow up with a thank you note to anyone you interview with afterwards- hardly anyone does and it leaves a good impression. Take every opportunity for new tasks so you keep learning – people will invest and support you far more than if you just do your day job with your head down.

  • What was the biggest barrier you overcame in your career so far?

Mentality- coming from a delivery role moving into a BD one. Coming from a culture where you should show deference to anyone older than you and where the customer is always right, to positioning yourself as an equal and partner to your client, which sometimes leads to conflict and challenge- which is healthy!

  • Who helped you the most/inspired you in your career?

My coach, Alison Hughes – she helped me to overcome those mentality issues

 

Clare Elliott Group Head of Marketing & Business Operations

  • What tips would you give your 20 year old self?

Be kind, have a goal, believe in yourself and ride through the hard times – it always gets better. And have fun.

  • What was the biggest barrier you overcame in your career so far?

– Self-belief. Learning to have the confidence in myself and putting myself forward for challenges. A great read is ‘Brave, Not Perfect: fear less, fail more and live bolder’, Reshma Saujani – its fine to make mistakes, but learn from them.

– Work/life balance – in the right company it is possible to have a career and a family. The more balance you get the more success you achieve all around.

  • Who helped you the most/inspired you in your career?

– I have worked for 2 people in particular who believed in me and pushed me outside my comfort zone and enabled me to gain a work/life balance.

– My mother who said to say ‘yes’ to every opportunity (you can say no later if needed).

 

Anna-Maria McGraw Principal

  • What tips would you give your 20 year old self?

– Take risks

– It’s never too late to make different career decisions, re-qualify etc. so experiment

– Network and ask professionals why they chose the careers they did

  • What was the biggest barrier you overcame in your career so far?

Transitioning into a totally client facing role where you are completely responsible for your own numbers (in reality it was not difficult and happened naturally but I think it is a big psychological hurdle to cross)

  • Who helped you the most/inspired you in your career?

– David Heron

– A couple of my clients who are able to be successful in and out of the office and have fun at the same time!

 

Chloe Watts Partner

  • What tips would you give your 20 year old self?

Follow your ambition and don’t back off pushing your limits for fear of failure. Other priorities may come in your 30s which demand more of your time so exercise your career drive to the max while you can be selfish with your time.

  • What was the biggest barrier you overcame in your career so far?

Juggling being a parent with being a meaningful contributor at work. Keeping the plates spinning is a learned art; sometimes you drop one so it’s really important to build both your social and professional support networks so they have your back. I learned to embrace imbalance knowing the see-saw always rights itself somehow, quite a difficult lesson for someone who likes control!

  • Who helped you the most/inspired you in your career?

The person who hired me into my first consultant role. She showed faith in me where I had doubt in myself. She was a role model and supporter, avidly driven but without a high ego and excellent at relationships. The biggest surprise was how unapologetic she was about her shift in priorities following becoming a mother so I saw first-hand that you can still earn respect by doing a great job even if you’re not in the office five days a week. I didn’t need to do this myself until years later but it gave me faith that it could be done.

 

#IWD2019   #BalanceForBetter

 

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