Today, we're celebrating International Women's Day, and exploring this years theme "#EmbraceEquity". In the below interview, we chat to just a handful of our inspirational, influential women who have all had a strong role to play in the success of Essential Cuisine.
Why do you think it’s important to celebrate international women’s day?
Diversity is an important part of any successful business, as it is fundamental in shaping behaviour, culture and values. But it of course goes further than this. Look globally, in every walk of life; wherever there is imbalance, there are profound challenges. Women are a vital part of bringing about that balance and should be celebrated for having the strength to overcome the many struggles they face to be on a level playing field with their male counterparts. - Heather Wilde, General Manager
How can we encourage more women to pursue senior leadership roles in their career?
Unless women are treated equally and assessed not on the basis of gender but on their talents and skills, they will struggle to make it to leadership positions. Female employees who are ready and able to fill leadership roles should be offered professional development, management training, support and mentoring.
We can encourage women to pursue senior leadership roles by; actively recruiting women, providing training opportunities and career mapping, encouraging a women-friendly culture, providing a flexible work schedule and offering provision for self care and family support.
A woman plays multiple roles in her daily life and can have a fulfiiling and successful career if employers give them the help and support to achieve their goal. - Julie Maskew, HR Administrator
What is the most important piece of advice that you have been given?
The most valuable thing that you can give a person is your time, so invest, support and nurture relationships with those around you. - Wendy Turner, CCE Manager
Have you faced any barriers in your career due to being a woman?
I’ve faced many barriers; sexual harassment, segregation, I found myself being belittled and bullied in working kitchens and in previous sales roles. Things are getting better and I'm much happier and stronger now. I love the industry and at Essential Cuisine the support and respect I get from all my colleagues is a breath of fresh air and most enjoyable. Everyone respects each others strengths and we support each other. It's brilliant to see how the industry is progressing with more women at higher levels. Kay Derbyshire, National Account Executive
How can we nurture the next generation of women?
I think we must continue to educate women about their full potential, outside of gender stereotypes, offering valuable work experience, allowing them to make educated, informed choices about their futures. I’d also emphasize that it’s so important to be yourself in any workplace. Everyone has something beautifully unique to offer. - Rebecca Perks, Marketing Lead
At Essential Cuisine, we are so thankful to work alongside so many amazing women. We would love to know who is inspiring you? Let's use today to send them love and appreciation.