A woman who knows no bounds, we interview our senior logistics manager Amelia Conti on her views of International Women's Day.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
A chance to celebrate women and all the cool things we have done and achieved as part of humanity; how far we have come in such a short space of time and also how far we still have to go.
As a woman in Events what are your thoughts on it as an industry for women?
It's quite a female dominated industry, and maybe because a lot of aspects of this job suit a female's personality (if I can be slightly stereotypical). However I do think that there is still a lack of females in top positions which can feel a bit disheartening.
What are the best bits relating to your role and career to date?
Besides the chance to travel and experience some once-in-a-lifetime moments, I still believe the best part of my job are the people that are in this industry who I've been able to meet. From my colleagues who make me look forward to coming to work every day, to suppliers from across the globe who I've had the chance to meet, whether that's an Icelandic explorer who built us a campsite at the foot of a volcano, a local Myanmar tour guide who regaled us with stories of Myanmar life and made us feel welcome so far from home or a sound engineer who took us salsa dancing in Barcelona.
And have you ever experienced any negative gender related issues in our industry?
Yes - I've felt that some older males can be slightly condescending to a young female in this industry - like we need to be taught how to do things properly. Sometimes it shocks them when I do it my way and it turns out better. I think you need to have a strong personality (and a thick skin) to stand up for yourself and not let it discourage you.
I also think that the workforce (not just our industry) needs to make it easier for women to return to work after having a baby. A lot of my friends have not returned to work as once they put their child into childcare and the costs of commuting etc, they take home £50 a month!! Advances in technology means the typical 9-5 in an office isn't the only way of working now and we should explore how this could help women get back into the workforce.
I have also experienced people joking that once a woman has had a baby, their head is never 100% back into work.... Disrespectful to not only the mums but also the dads, who I am sure care just as much about their child!
What advice would you give your younger self as you started to navigate your career?
Never stop striving for what you want, and don't be scared if that goal changes several times! Make sure you have a voice and don't ever feel intimidated enough not to use it. And mostly don't let what people think about you shape the person you are - you decide who and what you are.
What would your hopes be for Women and specifically around the theme of Parity in the future?
I hope that one day we won't have the need for a women's day - that equality is just a given for all sexes and races. That there are no feminists, simply because there isn't a need!!! I know that it won't happen in my lifetime and possibly not even the next generation, but I'm hopeful that it will happen. And I'm proud to be one of the billions of people who will have been part of that.
Which women past or present, known or unknown, industry related or wider do you most admire?
Emma Watson- a beautiful intelligent women who has Hollywood at her feet and could easily sit back and reap the rewards. But she's out there campaigning for feminism in a fun engaging way which women of my generation can relate to.
Also, my sister - an awesome daughter, sister, wife and mum to 2 beautiful kids while still juggling a career in the arts world back in Australia. How amazing her two children are a true testament to how she and her husband have brought them up and the creativity and freedom she gives to their choices.
Finally, Abby Bishop – I had the privilege to work with Abby when I lived in Australia. Abby is an Australian basketball player who adopted her sisters daughter Zala when she was 2 days old and became a single mother alonside a professional elite athlete. Abby had to resign from the Australian basketball team as while they were happy for Zala to travel with Abby, they ruled that she would need to pay for flights, accommodation and childcare for her then seven-month-old. With female athletes already earning far less than their male counterparts, it was something that Abby was unable to do. Abby has used her profile in Australian sport to highlight the inadequacies of the professional sporting world and motherhood.