International Women's Day - Crestbridge Edition
As we come to the end of International Women's Day, we wanted to celebrate the successful women we have working with us, and to talk to them about what it is like to work at Crestbridge.
• What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
To me, International Women’s Day is all about celebrating the successes of women – no matter how big or small. It is an opportunity for us to share our stories (and with that, our struggles) so that we can continue learning from and inspiring each other. In my view, celebrating our ‘wins’ shouldn’t be limited to a single day but International Women’s Day acts as a brilliant platform for raising awareness and boosting morale so that women everywhere feel inspired to be the very best version of themselves, in all aspects of life.
• What does its theme this year #ChooseToChallenge mean to you?
Things won’t change unless we do – it’s as simple as that and this should be no different when it comes to inequality and bias. Speaking up and challenging the status quo can be daunting and people might not always like what you have to say but your actions can have a massive impact, evoking new thinking and new ways of doing things. Taking a united approach in #ChoosingToChallenge in the spirit of International Women’s Day will hopefully provide women with the confidence they need to speak up and stand up for what they believe in.
• Thinking about IWD, what is your experience of working at Crestbridge?
At Crestbridge, I have been very fortunate to have worked closely with a number of extremely talented, determined and successful women and this has certainly shaped my career ambitions for the future. From my initial introductory ‘coffee meeting’ with Steph Workman to my initial interview with Erin Moffat, it was clear to me that Crestbridge value the contributions that women can make in the workplace and truly support their professional and personal development. This was something really important to me and something that I have certainly experienced during my career at Crestbridge, and the greatest thing is that it is entirely natural to the culture of Crestbridge. There has always been female representation in the most senior of positions and both encouragement and support to strive for success and progression regardless of gender.
• What advice would you give to other women about their careers in general and at Crestbridge?
Be confident in yourself and take every opportunity that comes your way! If you start to believe in your abilities and throw yourself in to new challenges (personally and professionally), doors will start to open for you in your career. I would also suggest ‘speaking up’ – never be afraid to challenge the status quo and ask questions as this is the best way to learn. There is no such thing is a silly question and your colleagues and clients would always prefer that you ask and get things right.