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!

Emma Murphy – National Account Manager

Emma Murphy, dedicates her time to nurturing a highly regarded programme of events for a large client portfolio. She focusses on building strong relationships with her clients through understanding the business objectives and becoming a trusted extension of the internal event delivery team.

Emma shares her thoughts below around the woman who has inspired her most, as well as equality and diversity and advice she’d give to her younger self, if she could. 

Who has inspired you most as a woman?

My mum gave up her chance of a higher education to have me young, but still went on to get a 1st class honours degree in English Language from Birmingham University, later in life. 

She also has a severe autoimmune disease that can make her very unwell, but she battles on and always has a smile on her face. She is my inspiration and best friend. 

Can you share a piece of advice that has stayed with you throughout your career?

What has stayed with me most and what I try to remember is that you can gain respect and be a great manager by knowing your subject well, treating everyone fairly and being approachable. Commanding respect through a bullying and fear culture never works. 

What does gender equality mean to you and why do you think diversity is important in the workplace?

To me, gender equality means being judged on ability and experience rather than your gender or background so that everyone has the same opportunities.

Equally, workplace diversity is beneficial for employee retention and ensures all employees feel accepted and valued. When employees feel accepted and valued, they are also happier and more productive in their work and ultimately choose to stay with the company for longer.

What piece of advice would you give to your younger self, if you could?

There’s a few things I’d say! 

Stop worrying about what people think of you. Stop trying to please people who aren’t worth your time. Live your own life.

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. 

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