International Women’s Day 2021
In support of International Women’s Day 2021, we’ll be celebrating a range of our female employees across the week, as we ask them to share their thoughts and experiences around topics such as gender equality and diversity, as well as advice and wisdom they would share with their younger self, if they could!
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality.
Marked annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:
- celebrate women’s achievements
- raise awareness about women’s equality
- lobby for accelerated gender parity
- fundraise for female-focused charities
Laura O’Bree – Head of Events
Since joining Corporate Events in 2009, Laura has advanced from Key Account Manager for clients such as Nationwide and Heineken to Head of Events, where she spearheads the project management team, as both a leader and trusted sounding board.
Laura shared her thoughts and experiences with us below, for International Women’s Day 2021.
Who has inspired you most as a woman?
All the women in my life. From my mum and my sisters to the amazing women within my team at Corporate Events, all the way to my 4-year-old daughter, who inspires me every day to be the best I can be.
Can you share a piece of advice that has stayed with you throughout your career?
You can’t change the past, but you can learn from it for the future.
What does gender equality mean to you and why do you think diversity is important in the workplace?
To me, gender equality means women and men being given the same amount of respect and appreciation for the roles they do.
Diversity in our workplace creates innovation by working alongside people of different backgrounds, experiences, and working styles. From this, creative concepts can be borne from bouncing ideas off of each other, to offering feedback and suggestions to enhance the project. For instance, one person may be great at generating exciting and out of the box ideas, while another may have the necessary experience to execute it; so it’s essential to utilise one another’s strengths and collaborate with others in the team for the best possible outcome.
What piece of advice would you give to your younger self, if you could?
Life is short. Don’t wish it away and enjoy every day as if it were your last.
Join us tomorrow where we’ll continue to celebrate and recognise International Women’s Day across the week, as we hear from some more of the team at Corporate Events.