03/05/2021

Celebrating Women in Leadership at Drake Medox - 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 our talented, successful and inspiring women at Drake Medox 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…

 

Gay Barton, General Manager, NZ - Drake Medox

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

It is a chance to acknowledge all aspects of what women do and to also take a moment and be grateful for the support I have had over the years.

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

Being able to balance a love of my career alongside my family.

What's the secret to your success?

Persistence and simplicity and being grateful.

What career advice can you give to young women today?

Be kind to yourself, do the little things and look for the positives.

Danella Williams, Branch Manager (Brisbane) - Drake Medox

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

International Women's Day is a time to recognise the achievements of women in our society and to celebrate the heights they have climbed to.  While the glass ceiling is certainly raising for women, there is still a massive variance to men in the same fields, but International Women's Day can demonstrate to other women the opportunities available and motivate them to greater things.

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

I have been part of Drake Medox’s success over the years and have had some amazing opportunities as a result.  I often pinch myself, when attending Drake's 100% Club, somewhere in the world in a 5-star setting in all its glitz and glamour, how a very small town girl who didn't finish high school has contributed and been part of something so great.

What's the secret to your success?

Being approachable and taking a commonsense approach.  I've also started to learn to listen more than speak.

What career advice can you give to young women today?

Build a culture of straightening each other’s crown rather than taking each other down.

 

Jody Rinehart, Branch Manager (Darwin) – Drake Medox

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

International women's day is an opportunity to continue with the big job of breaking down the limiting stereotypes of women's capabilities and contribution to society and business. 

To open more doors, to diminish more fears.  It is our opportunity to take the stage and unashamedly showcase our power and grace.

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

I am simply proud that along the road amazing people have trusted me with opportunities which has given me the chance to show myself what I'm capable of.

What's the secret to your success?

When I tackle a challenge, I have an inner attitude that failure is not an option. So, resilience, determination and listening to not only my gut, my team and my mentors have been key.

What career advice can you give to young women today?

Be ambitious, take risks. Be willing to get out of your comfort zone and fail because losing is learning and winning is simply the fruit of resilience and determination.

 

Elizabeth Gois – National Compliance Officer – Drake Medox

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

It means celebrating and acknowledging women throughout history who paved the way for women like myself to build a future, be successful in our own way despite all the stereotypes and struggles. It’s a day set aside for women to be recognised for all their hard work and resilience despite all the challenges they face.

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

Looking back on my career, I am most proud of the experiences and challenges I faced that led me to where I am now. I am now working for a company that makes a positive impact in people’s lives and allows me the opportunity to grow professionally and personally.

What's the secret to your success?

Be myself, continue to be passionate about everything that I do, and continue to work hard.

What career advice can you give to young women today?

Don't stop, keep going and believe in yourself. Believe that the impossible is possible.


About Drake Medox:

Since our inception in 1971, Drake Medox has been the health and community care recruitment arm of Drake International. During this time, Drake Medox has grown to be one of the most respected providers of homecare support services and healthcare recruitment across Australia.

We have extensive experience in home and community care, providing registered nurses and support workers for families and individuals who require all levels of support at home or in the community.

To learn more about Drake Medox, visit: https://www.drakemedox.com.au/  or call the team on 1300 360 070

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