Who are your Women in Business – Role Models?
I’ve had the fortune of working with, and following in the footsteps of, some awesome women during my 40+ years of working.
My mother worked from the age of 16 in various administrative roles, but spent many months whilst I was in my teens, travelling to night school to enable her to teach at Worthing’s Northbrook College, which she did until her retirement.
Whilst working in Brussels in the mid 70s to early 80s, my very close friend from Holland, eager to break through the glass ceiling from secretary/PA to ‘something better’ also spent years in attending night school to obtain her Masters Degree, which led to positions within the Open University.
I worked for ITC (International Telecommunications Centre) Europe in Brussels, and I was transfixed by the abilities and skills of Harold Geneen’s (CEO of ITT Corporation 1959-77) PA, Maria, a fiery Italian lady, who held all the secretaries and PAs in check, with exacting standards!
During my lifetime I’ve come across many talented, dedicated and modest women (single, married, mothers, grandmothers) working in various industries, who’ve inspired me to continue on a learning journey.
Inspirational women are not just found as CEOs of top businesses and media companies, ie Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook and Leanin.org), Christine Lagarde (MD of IMF), UK’S Prime Minister, Theresa May, Karren Brady, and Marjorie Scardino, but also those who juggle home and work life on a daily basis – the women who continue to astound us with their multi-faceted skills, empathy, judgement and ‘getting on with it’ attitudes, drawing others around them to improve business life.
Life’s not fair – full stop – and women must set about building their career by whatever means are possible – go-get by learning and implementing the following skills: assertiveness, negotiating, networking and reputation building.
Make no excuses and begin your inspirational journey today – a new term is starting and there are many networking opportunities in and around Brighton & Hove, Arundel and Worthing (type ‘Networking for Women in (name of Town)’ in your search engine.