Today we feature our globetrotting logistics coordinator Kathryn Boyd on what International Women's Day means to her.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
Honestly, not massive amounts. When it first came about I agree that it was definitely needed, however in my everyday life I don’t like being separated from the group for being female, I am just as equal as everyone else and therefore I don’t think it needs to be highlighted that that’s a big deal, because it isn’t – it’s how it should be (and should always have been). However, saying that, and thinking about it more, that is my personal experience on a day to day and I’m lucky to be able to feel like that. I don’t know much about International Women’s day and it’s not something I’ve observed before, but on a much bigger scale I hope it’s used to highlight the inequality and as a call to action for other countries around the world where woman are mistreated and not given equal opportunities because of their gender.
As a woman in Events what are your thoughts on it as an industry for women?
Brilliant – I think it’s quite a female heavy industry.
What are the best bits relating to your role and career to date?
Just the ever increasing opportunities and responsibility I get to gain more and new experiences and grow in my career.
And have you ever experienced any negative gender related issues in our industry?
People assuming I’m a secretary or a PA – especially onsite as a lot of our senior clients are male and there is an assumption that because I’m organising something, or answering the phone, that I’m a PA. This also happens when people call up the office.
What advice would you give your younger self as you started to navigate your career?
It’s OK to say no to things – you’ll excel more if you don’t take on too much and learn to delegate! It’s also OK to not know what you want to do – start with something you enjoy and you will meet the people and gain the experience which will open all sorts of opportunities and lead to jobs you didn’t even know you wanted or even existed.
What would your hopes be for Women and specifically around the theme of Parity in the future?
Equality. It’s ridiculous that in 2016 we’re still living in a world where this is not the case.
Which women past or present, known or unknown, industry related or wider do you most admire?
Heidi Keuhn-Jedicke – a family friend of ours. I don’t know what it is about her but I have so much respect for her as a person and she has helped shape my career and given me advice when needed. She is such a humble and down to earth person, however still opinionated and will say it how it is. A successful woman, who runs the European office for Moser Baer on her own, adopted two children and raised them on her own after her divorce who are now both lovely, well-rounded individuals and accomplished in their own right. She has lived and travelled all around the world, defeated cancer twice, now a yoga instructor in her spare time and just has an air of elegance surrounding her at all times. There is so much more, but in summary she has been actively supportive in my life and career and has become someone I look up to.