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To mark International Women’s Day 2016, we had a quick whip round the team to share the stories of inspiring women who’ve impacted our work. Here’s what some of us had to say…
My inspiring woman is Georgie Howlett. I worked with Georgie at my previous agency and she is one of the best people I’ve ever worked with. Georgie leads with such skill – a combination of subtle but powerful organisation, a relentless positive attitude and an unfailing belief in people. She’s now applying her amazing leadership skills to her biggest challenge yet, being a new mum. Hats off to you Georgie.
I’ve been working with Audrey Hepburn’s family in the last week or so at Bowel Cancer UK, as she died of bowel cancer, and been particularly struck by one of her quotes…
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”
I’d also include Martha Lane Fox – for being a truly inspiring digital leader and encouraging more to go online, and Hillary Clinton – purely as I’d love to see a female US president!
My inspirational woman is Emer Coleman. I worked with her when she was driving Barnet LBC forward, integrating new technology to improve the council. I’ll always remember her energy, positivity and clarity for improving government for the benefit of everyone.
My inspirational woman is Brigitte Bardot, who famously quit her life as screen goddess to become an animal-rights activist. Controversial, strident campaigner, determined, strong, vegan, beautiful, hugely successful acting career – what’s not to be inspired by!
In an open letter to Sophia Loren in 1994 she wrote, “Never forget that wearing fur is wearing a cemetery on your back”.
This is tough, as I’ve been lucky to meet so many inspiring women who’ve impacted my working life. Today I’d like to share Dr Rama Mani – a performance poet who I was lucky enough to spend some time with last year. Her powerful work has taught me a lot about being of service to others with the words you speak, and her company was integral to me figuring out my own purpose.
I’d also say Lynn Tabbara, who I volunteer alongside for TEDxCoventGardenWomen. If you need a lesson in how to bring heart and warmth to your work, she’s it.