Vice President Procurement
Etihad Aviation Group
What’s the biggest challenge you have faced as a woman in business to date?
Juggling a young family and career, among other things, is a daily balancing act. I’m leading a team that I’ve never physically met from the other side of the world and I’m learning that communication and connection is key here (said to be among a woman’s strongest skills). Ensuring that an open communication stream at home and work is in place means roles and responsibilities are well understood (lol I hope my husband doesn’t read this!). I’ve also learnt to be flexible and adjust expectations of myself. It’s impossible to make everything perfect and effortless, and that’s okay.
Who has inspired you (male or female)?
I find inspiration in many people, but I have to say that my greatest inspiration is my parents and in-laws. I often look back on their careers and the decisions they made- some of which were really courageous for the time, like working in Laos after the Vietnam War and the Middle East. They are a wonderful inspiration on a daily basis and they managed to prioritise family along the way - which is really important to me.
What do you wish you’d known when you started out and/ or what advice would you give your younger self?
Be yourself. Who you are is what makes you great.
What are the character traits of successful women and/ or what do you think makes a good leader?
Regardless of Gender, in my opinion great leaders in our current (uncertain) world demonstrate:
Conviction and perseverance: we need it in spades right now
Humility & Empathy: Being human (such as being able to ask for help and admit mistakes) inspires people to be part of the journey.
Integrity: leading by example, being genuine, principled, ethical and consistent
Gratitude: More powerful than most people realise
Do you have a favourite quote or statement that sums up your approach to life?
Give it a red hot go!
What do you #ChooseToChallenge?
I choose to challenge bias. Its often unconscious so we need to challenge it when we see it.