03/05/2021

Celebrating Women in Leadership at Drake International – International Women’s Day 2021

Drake Editorial

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The global theme for International Women’s Day in 2021 is ‘Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World’. COVID-19 has impacted women and girls in profound ways, amplifying the inequalities they face every day. It is fundamental that diverse women’s voices and experiences are central to national and global recovery plans.

To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, we asked some of Drake’s talented, successful and inspiring women to provide their view on International Women’s Day and share their achievements, successes, and career advice to women today.

Here’s what they had to say…

 

Melyssa Cumming, Branch Manager (Darwin & Townsville) – Drake International

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

International Women's Day is a celebration of all women, of all backgrounds, coming together to acknowledge their successes both professionally and personally. It's a day for us!

Looking back on your career, what are you most proud of?

Having embraced every opportunity, no matter the scale, to it's full potential, and going into those opportunities within a "nothing to lose attitude", rather, only lessons to be learnt and professional enrichment achieved as a result.

What's the secret to your success?

Glam up, treat everyone equally and respectfully and always be open to taking some risks.

What career advice can you give to young women today?

  1. Gain as much experience as you can.
  2. First impressions count for everything
  3. Embrace continuous learning & development no matter what stage of your career you are in.

 

Nicole Jones, General Manager (Australia) – Drake International (Industrial)

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

A day to celebrate and a sense of pride for all women past, present and future for what they have already achieved and are still yet to discover.

Looking back on your career, what are you most proud of?

Watching the success and growth of my teams both personally and professionally in their lives.

What's the secret to your success?

Authenticity, remaining humble, tenacity and always keeping a perspective on life along with a good dose of humour. 

What career advice can you give to young women today?

  1. Remain authentic to yourself.
  2. Hold onto your values.
  3. Know your worth.
  4. Keep a strong tribe of good women around you and never give up!

 

Natalie Lunn, Branch Manager (Brisbane) – Drake International

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

I see International Women’s Day as a time to reflect on the achievements and contributions made to further the balance of gender equality.  It is also a time to highlight what more we can do to support women locally and internationally.

Looking back on your career, what are you most proud of?

I am proud to be in a leadership role where I can be myself and know that my input directly impacts people’s lives in a positive way.

What's the secret to your success?

My confidence in not being scared to fail. I don’t mind getting egg on my face as long as I know that I gave it a go and can learn something along the way.

What career advice can you give to young women today?

  1. Be open to feedback and be prepared to learn and move on, never dwell on the negative.
  2. Always reflect on what you could have done better even with a successful outcome.
  3. Never assume others know better.
  4. Speak up, sometimes you will be the smartest person in the room!

 

Nancy Chen, Regional Controller (Finance & Payroll) – Drake International

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

Celebrating equality.

Looking back on your career, what are you most proud of?

Mentoring my younger team members.

What's the secret to your success?

Using logic to approach all situations and facing challenges with equanimity.

What career advice can you give to young women today?

Don't be afraid to ask questions.

 

Debbie Broadley, Branch Manager (Perth) – Drake International

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

It means empowerment, equality and women's rights being recognised; we still have a way to go but its constant change and movement is inspiring.

Looking back on your career, what are you most proud of?

The people I have worked with and the influence I have had on their career by coaching and mentoring. Also, the positive recruitment work I have delivered during the past 20 years.

What's the secret to your success?

I listen to others and support and guide whenever possible; I lead from the front and I'm driving to ensure results are delivered to a high standard.

What career advice can you give to young women today?

  1. Always ask questions and listen to answers.
  2. Find a mentor and constantly strive to learn and develop your skills and knowledge.

 


About Drake International:

Drake International is a global leader in flexible and permanent staffing, as well as offering a dynamic suite of Talent Management Solutions. Remaining true to our original vision, we believe organisations perform at their best when they are staffed with the right people, with the right processes and support. From talent attraction to training programs, our talented team are dedicated to your long-term success and support your people strategy.

Need flexible and permanent staff? Get in touch: Order Staff Form | Drake International Recruitment Agency and Job Placement (drakeintl.com)

To discover how Drake Talent Management Solutions can drive the efficiency, engagement, and performance of your workforce, visit: Talent Management Solutions Overview | Recruitment, Employment Agency and Job Placement (drakeintl.com).

 


Looking for more information on developing your personal brand? Contact Drake today on 13 14 48  or visit us at au.drakeintl.com.

 

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