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!
Karen Patterson – National Account Manager
Karen Patterson has over 15 years’ experience working for a range of event production companies. She is passionate about building relationships with her clients and creating and delivering event solutions which engage, motivate and communicate effectively to their audience.
Karen shared her thoughts on the women who have inspired her and advice she would give to her younger self, if she could!
Who has inspired you most as a woman?
I’d have to attribute this to many women over the years, family, friends and colleagues, who have shown that integrity, enthusiasm and determination will open doors and help you to succeed on your chosen path.
My nana, pictured with me above when she was 94, would, when she was over 80 years old, drive the ‘old people’ (her friends) to their evenings of bingo and ballroom dancing. She was a force of nature and that strength of character and willingness to help others always inspires me.
Can you share a piece of advice that has stayed with you throughout your career?
Always champion and support your colleagues.
What does gender equality mean to you and why do you think diversity is important in the workplace?
True gender equality would mean that we no longer have to talk about it! Irrespective of gender, that opportunities are open equally to all genders, that there are no more ceilings or walls in anyone’s way.
I think what is often missed are those who have alternative ways of working. That’s why it’s so important that we strive for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, which ensures fair treatment and opportunity for all.
What piece of advice would you give to your younger self, if you could?
I’ve got two, as I couldn’t choose!
Don’t worry about the things you can’t control or change, concentrate on the things you can.
Surround yourself with positive people.
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.