HEAR FROM EXCEPTIONAL WOMEN LEADERS THIS IWD - EACH FOR EQUAL – ARNAonline

HEAR FROM EXCEPTIONAL WOMEN LEADERS THIS IWD - EACH FOR EQUAL

Kelly Van Nelson - Managing Director of Adecco Australia

Kelly Nelson managing director of Adecco, interviews with ARNA for IWD each for equal - women leaders work and laptop bags for women

What's one thing you'd tell your younger self about your getting ahead in your career?

Don’t succumb to ‘Imposter Syndrome’. My constant mantra is, ‘Only you can spread your wings and fly’. I developed a steely inner strength from the knowledge that my destiny is in my own hands. I try not to let anyone clip my wings, including myself, so I face my fears head on and try to help others do the same. Willpower is the super power most needed in your kit bag to get ahead in your career and if you dig deep enough, it’s right there in abundance.


What's something you're most proud of in your career as a woman?

Merging my worlds as a writer, businesswoman, and author to become one whole, authentic person. This sounds easy and somewhat ‘blue sky’ but it has taken me a lot of soul searching, coaching, and breaking down of compartmentalising walls I had built myself to accept that I’m good enough as I am and don’t have to be superwoman all the time. 

What is one thing you will ask women to do this International Women's Day.

There is no box to think outside of and no ceiling, the only restrictions holding you back are the ones you’ve put there. Break yourself out of your comfort zone just once this week. Do something that stretches or scares you and see what happens. It’s the only way to learn, grow, and experience new dimensions in life. And support another woman you know who is out there pushing boundaries, doing the same. There is easily enough room for more female trailblazers in the world.

 

Vanessa Giannos, Founder of HR Xperts

Vanessa Gianos - interview for international women's day each for equal, ARNA women leaders work and laptop bags for women

What’s one thing you’d tell your younger self about getting ahead in your career?

The only change I would tell my younger self to make would have been you don't have to stress yourself out competing with men. I was a very young executive in the no. 1 company in the UK at that time. I was the youngest executive and only female on our executive team. I had been used to that from 20 years old. Back then women did feel like they had to achieve exponentially more than male counter parts to be recognised.

I would also say be brave enough to call out blatant sex discrimination against myself. I defended for others, but put up with it myself, so that I could appear objective when calling it for others.

What’s something you’re most proud of in your career as a woman?


I love that I have inspired and coached thousands of women to increase their self worth a d self confidence and to build amazing careers! I love helping women transform to realise thei r pure and unique potential.

What is one thing you will ask women to do this International Women’s Day?

I encourage all women to not just focus on women, but to bring our male colleagues on the journey. We have to help them understand the difficulties for women in the workplace. I always try to speak at an IWD event every year or two to send that message out there.

For me, I want women of all ages to feel vibrant, worthy and confident. To walk their own path and not get caught up in sheeples thinking.

I have just started a Doctorate and I am researching a much under_researched piece, menopausal women, stress, workplace and gendered-ageism to bring this topic to the forefront. I' d love for your piece to have a unique focus on this group 50+ women in the workforce. 

Johana Pierre - Head Chef at The Village Inn in Paddington

Johana head chef at The Village Inn paddington - women leaders, international women's day 2020 ARNA

What’s one thing you’d tell your younger self about getting ahead in your career?


I would tell my younger self to be patient and perseverant. I would also tell my younger self that it is not easy to be working in a male dominated industry as I feel like you always have to prove yourself.

What’s something you’re most proud of in your career as a woman?


The thing that I am the most proud of is how far I came with little experience and how far male cooks/chefs learnt from myself. I also believe that I learnt a lot with every male chef/cook that I worked with.

What is one thing you will ask women to do this International Women’s Day?


I will ask them to support each other and go for what they want to do in life. I see many women giving up their dream job because they feel like they always have to do more in a male industry to prove themselves.

 

Sarah McIntyre - Founder of Bright in Bound

Sarah McIntyre from Bright in Bound - Founder, women leaders ARNA interview international women's day 2020

What's one thing you'd tell your younger self about getting ahead in your career?

You are good enough + getting ahead doesn't have to mean climbing the corporate ladder. Don't be afraid to take a leap into self-employment.

What's something you're most proud of in your career as a woman?

 

Finding a way to continue doing the work that I love, but in an environment that's flexible enough for me to be there for my family.

What is one thing you will ask women to do this International Women's Day?

Support each other in the decisions that they make. Everyone needs to decide what success looks like for them, and everyone needs a mate/mentor to encourage them when it all feels too hard. So, I'd ask people to be generous, helpful and kind.

 

Krissie Vitasa, Program Director at Hotwire Australia 

Krissie Vistasa - International women's day interview with ARNA women leaders, work and laptop bags for women

What’s one thing you’d tell your younger self about getting ahead in your career?


To my younger self: it’s okay to not have your shit together by the time you graduate university or as soon as you’ve been given your first break. There are a lot of things to be learnt and even more mistakes to be made. You may even have a mid-20’s crisis and leave your job completely – that’s okay too. Learn as much as you possibly can from new opportunities as these will only prepare you for the next. You will keep blossoming, remember that.

What’s something you’re most proud of in your career as a woman?


They say it takes a village to make a career. In saying that, I am so proud of the network I have built over the years and nurtured throughout mine. My network is made up of those who inspire me, offer much-needed advice, connect me with like-minded people, act as mentors, advocates, and pillars of support.

What is one thing you will ask women to do this International Women’s Day?


Practice gratitude.

I used to constantly worry about the little things, often things that were beyond my control, and instead forget to appreciate the people and opportunities that were in front of me.

Changing my mindset to the power of now and not dwelling too much on the past (or the future) has helped me to become the optimistic and resilient woman I am today.

 

Kaylene Ledgar, Holistic Life and Communication Coach

Kaylene Ledgar - interview with ARNA for international women's day each for equal, women leaders work and laptop bags for women

What’s one thing you’d tell your younger self about getting ahead in your career?

I would tell myself to do what feels right to you not what is expected.

What’s something you’re most proud of in your career as a woman?

Retiring from the security of my 26 year career in the Australian Public Service at the age of 46 to follow my passion of becoming a self-employed coach-author.

What is one thing you will ask women to do this International Women’s Day?

I will be asking women to not just own their stories but to live them to the fullest and share them with others.

 

Meg Coffey - Founder, State of Social, Speaker

 International women's day each for equal, women leaders, ARNA work and laptop bags for women

What's one thing you'd tell your younger self about getting ahead in your career? 


You’ll get there eventually but you have to stay true to yourself and what you believe in. Don’t be led astray by shortcuts and things that seem to be too good to be true – they generally are. Just stick to what you know and you’ll achieve more than you could dream of. You have to put the hard work in. There’s no substitute for it.

What's something you're most proud of in your career as a woman? 

It doesn’t matter that I’m a woman, I’m proud of my career. I have achieved almost everything that I set out to do and it’s by working hard. I have always been told I can achieve whatever I set out to do and thus, I have gone out and done it. I’m most proud of everything I have done to get me to where I am today and where it allows me to go. I am proud of the confidence that I have that allows me to break down any barriers that might be in front of me.

What is one thing you will ask women to do this International Women's Day? 

Be kind to yourself. You are enough as you are and believe in yourself. You’re capable of far more than you think, you just need to stop thinking about what others might say. 

Always say yes. You can figure it out later. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and you’ll be amazed at the results. You just gotta say yes.

 

Katrina Zaslavsky - Founder of The Birth Goddess

The Birth Goddess - Women leaders interview for international women's day each for equal ARNA feature, women leaders work and laptop bags for women

What's one thing you'd tell your younger self about getting ahead in your career? 

I would tell my younger self: You can do anything that you envision if you want it badly enough. Follow your natural strengths, your passions and your intuition and it will take you beyond where you could ever imagine!

What's something you're most proud of in your career as a woman? 

I am most proud of listening to my gut and not letting my fears stop me from taking the leap into the great unknown.

What is one thing you will ask women to do this International Women's Day?

This IWD I ask every woman to rise to become the highest version of herself and throw herself with full abandon into her cause/ career/ business. Then keep following your path, through every obstacle and despite every doubt and fear that raises its ugly head, keep going. You will never be sorry.

 

Sue Lester founder of Growing Content

Sue lester interview ARNA international womens day each for equal, Women leaders work and laptop bags for women

What's one thing you'd tell your younger self about getting ahead in your career? 


Believe in yourself, honouring your gifts and talents, and never sell yourself short nor be intimidated by others. Others may have different gifts, beauty, power or money, but we all have the same intrinsic worth.

What's something you're most proud of in your career as a woman?

I'm most proud of always thinking of myself as a person, not a woman, when making career and business decisions. Equality can only start in our own heads.

What is one thing you will ask women to do this International Women's Day?

Take time to offer help to organisations that support women and girls marginalised. Take time to reflect on your own life and levels of satisfaction to check-in if there is anywhere you are playing small to keep others happy. Take time to show appreciation to the supportive men in your life as this is a team effort, not war.

 

Natasha Morgan - Founder of My Home Watch

Natasha Morgan interview with ARNA for international women's day each for equal - women leaders work and laptop bags for women

What's one thing you'd tell your younger self about getting ahead in your career? 

I would tell my younger self, don't feel pressured to rush to have it all figured out. Each stage in your career is a stepping stone to the bigger picture and finding out what's your driver and passion in life.

What's something you're most proud of in your career as a woman?


I'm proud that I'm able to make a positive impact in the lives of our customers and our franchisee's and also very proud that our son can see what passion and hard work can achieve.

What is one thing you will ask women to do this International Women's Day?


Stand up, be proud and truly celebrate how far you have come in your career. Say YES to every opportunity that comes your way, no matter how scary it may seem at the time, it's a gift and there's a reason it was given to YOU!

 

Amy-Rose Goodey - Founder Future Blackboard

Interview with Amy-Rose Goodey for IWD each for equal women leaders - work and laptop bags for women

What's one thing you'd tell your younger self about your getting ahead in your career?


This really hits home as I am moving into career consulting specialising in resilient careers. I would tell myself to look ahead into the future and not spend years on a degree which will become redundant. I would beg my older self to pursue what she really loved and to not be scared of business, maths and money because she will get it and she will thrive as a leader.

What's something you're most proud of in your career as a woman?


I defied the the stats and continue to break new ground in emerging technology despite the low numbers of women in the industry and despite the fact I am learning as I go.

What is one thing you will ask women to do this International Women's Day?


Have a good hard look at their careers and ensure they are future proof. We must make sure our women aren't heavily impacted by the millions of redundancies coming over the next decade due to automation and other technologies.

 

Erin Sing founder of Modern Currency 

Erin Sing - Founder of Modern Currency ARNA interview women leaders, international women's day each for equal, work and laptop bags

What’s one thing you’d tell your younger self about getting head in your career?

“Your career isn’t a competition, you’ll achieve the most from supporting others, raising others up and being true to yourself.” The communications industry can be very cut-throat – it’s a hugely competitive landscape that can be incredibly bitchy – and it’s easy to be pulled into the competitive rat race to get ahead. But what I’ve found is my biggest successes and my biggest growth as an individual has come from supporting others, choosing to lead others (instead of competing with them), believing in myself and staying true to myself. Trusting in the timing of your career (and life!) is an important lesson – you are exactly where you need to be.

What is one thing you’re most proud of in your career as a woman?


My first is creating Modern Currency and having an amazing team of females who are all leaders in our field of communications. I feel honoured to be working alongside them to help them achieve their goals, to hit the targets they have in their careers and help them to smash that glass ceiling – regardless of whether their career leads them to stay at Modern Currency to leads them elsewhere. I’m a firm believer in the phrase - empowered women empower women – and it’s this belief that shapes what I do every day. My mission with my team is to empower them, to teach them and to nurture them, always.

My second is my commitment to being confident and to allowing myself to be heard, regardless of who else is in the boardroom. As females, we often second-guess ourselves, or feel as though we’re a bi t of an imposter and this often leads up to not speaking up, to not challenge thinking, to not raise opinions. I’ve made a commitment to myself to always speak up, to challenge things when they need to be challenges, to share an opinion even if I’m the only one in the room that thinks this way. You can still be a fearless boss lady while being kind! As females, I think we have to continue to do this to cement our seat at the table.

What is one thing you will ask women to do this International Women’s Day?


To reflect on how far we’ve come – yes, we have a long way to go, but IWD is a day to celebrate our diversity, to celebrate our achievements, to raise up the women around us and to extend a hand to the amazing forward-thinking males who surround us. IWD shouldn’t be a time for ‘us and them’, it should be a day to unite and celebrate one another.

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