A Little Context
So here’s a small aspect of the big backstory.
I’ve mentioned that some of my writing will be based on my own experiences and research – well this will explain what this research is actually for. I’ve only been in my current position for around five months now, but my induction has been particularly unique. Whilst the position I applied for was Communications and Publicity Assistant, the role has quickly evolved into something that has made the 7am alarm a little bit easier.
In my second week, I was invited to a pitching session with my new team. There are around 19 of us globally and in hindsight, I couldn’t have asked for better people to see every day. This particular meeting was a space for us all to bring ideas to the table to better help our organisation. Up till then, I had only met these people once or twice, if at all, so I was a little nervous, and very conscious that I still didn’t even know what the organisation was doing!
I had noticed on arrival, that there was a lot of conversation and buzz around establishing a culture of diversity and inclusion within the organisation. This was exciting for me given that the little career experience I had, had always involved organisations built on female empowerment. So to ensure I had something to say, and to make it look like I had half an idea of what was going on, I proposed setting up a Women’s Network.
Now what I initial thought was going to be a monthly lunch meet up quickly evolved into a global initiative, with the goal to be adopted by all divisions and regions within the organisation. We’ll be having speaker sessions, panel events and networking opportunities, all to give women the tools and confidence they need to progress in their careers. When I turned up to that meeting I had no idea that this could happen, let alone be given the responsibility and the respect to run it as my own. But once I was given those reigns, I held on tight and have been on an incredible, and determined, ride ever since.
This, of course, couldn’t have happened without the support, believe and encouragement from my boss, my manager, and the team that have now become my friends. In these past few months, I have spent countless hours and coffee talking to whoever was willing to listen and share ideas on how this Network should be shaped, and its resulted in an incredible program for 2019.
At the end of November it all became a reality when I stood on a podium and announced the official launch of the Women’s Network, alongside colleagues in India, Brazil, Pakistan and New York who had their own celebrations for the initiative I created. It was an adrenaline-heavy experience, both exciting and terrifying, but it was also a huge learning curve, which you can read about here. I’m sure there will be many other updates and reflections to come from this crazy, and unexpected experience.