IWD – Being Bold For Change

Be Bold. Be The Change.

Tomorrow is the 2017 International Women’s Day (8 March 2017) and this years theme is #BeBoldForChange

So, what will you be doing promote positivity and change?

Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other women who are supporting and inspiring her.

From the important women in your personal life… mums, sisters, aunts, best friends… to those that developed our learning, a special teacher, lunchtime supervisor… to those that support our careers, the manager who motivated you to take that course or take on something new… to the successful business and celebrity women who seem to have it all.

I am inspired by women like Karen Brady, Sarah Willingham, Amy Bateman, Sheryl Sandberg… strong talented intelligent women who are successful and respected in business.

I am also inspired by Michelle Obama, she is truly an amazing woman and positive role model, who demonstrates great integrity. I would love to have her public speaking skills.

I am proud to have worked with numerous women and men who have inspired me. I have been motivated to look beyond my own boundaries, to go for that next role, to be the person that I am today.

I feel very lucky that I have been allowed the freedom to learn, to work, to marry who I wanted, to wear what I want, to drive… if only there was equality for women and progress for all.

I have learned to say ‘yes’ to opportunities, to keep pushing myself, not settling for the norm. I use my social media accounts and networks to share my experience, my successes, but also to ask for help. Never be afraid that you don’t know it all. Never stop asking questions.

When I am struggling with a decision, I always go through the following steps in my mind of will this matter in 3 days? 3 weeks? 3 months? 3 years?

I was talking with my eldest child who is 3 years old recently and asked her what would she like to do when she is a grown up?

“I want to be a fire fighter mummy…. or a fairy”

She is turning in to a fabulous and strong minded little girl, who I am immensely proud of. I love that her first answer was a firefighter, because I know it came from an experience at school where she met a female firefighter and a male nurse. It’s broadening her mind to think beyond stereotypes and I will support her in whatever she decides to pursue in the future.

So, whether you are a man or a woman, if you are a school business manager or leader, be one….

Who supports and develops others.

Who celebrates the achievements of others.

Who is always learning and networking.

Who leads effectively.

Who empowers.

Who can. Who will. Who does.