International Women’s Day 2023 – Caroline Else

This year for International Women’s Day we have spoken with some of our team members on their thoughts and how they plan to #EmbraceEquity.

The aim of the IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme is to get the world talking about Why equal opportunities aren’t enough. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action. 

Find out Caroline’s thoughts below!

Why do you think it is important to celebrate International Women’s Day?

There is a lot of history with this so it is not just about what women have achieved in the past but also what we do now and in the future to continue the legacy behind it.

Have you faced any barriers in your career due to being a woman? If so, how did you overcome them?

Generally, I have gone through my career with no major obstacles, occasionally in past jobs, I was overlooked for roles just because I was part-time, this was due to me caring for my children etc…

What is the most important piece of advice you have been given?

Always be yourself and never change to please others.

How can we encourage more women to pursue entrepreneurship or senior leadership roles in their career?

Be confident, offer support and guidance, always be the person you want to be. Diversity, leadership and strength can champion your goals moving forward and continue to create a great work environment.

What is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about their careers?

Whether you are going for a job or anything in your life always do your homework, be passionate, use any connections you have, ask questions, be confident and have a positive mindset and be willing to work hard to succeed.

Is there anyone that inspires you in your career?

My Mum inspired me, she taught me to be strong and do what I enjoy as life is to short.

If you could have dinner with three inspirational women, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

My Mum – I miss our chats and her words of wisdom.

The Queen – She was such a strong, fantastic lady and there would be so much you could talk about. “Our modern world places such heavy demands on our time and attention that the need to remember our responsibilities to others is greater than ever.”

Marilyn Monroe – Norma Jeane Mortenson – I’ve always been interested in her story which was quite a sad ending. She was known for the positivity and confidence that she gave off, She has been described by many as a feminist idol who, through her interviews, tried to send off faith to women.