We’re proud to be a female-led business and as the agency has grown we now have over 80% female employees. Although this is a great internal achievement, there is still work to do in the industry. This year’s IWD theme is #BreakTheBias, as women continue to face bias and gender stereotypes on a daily basis.
It’s important to recognise the incredible achievements women have made personally and professionally, and the influential women who are continuing to raise awareness about women’s equality.
Our agency is full of strong, independent women, and this year we’re celebrating 6 females from across the team.
Who run the world?
The most important woman in my life is my grandmother - she's a complete badass who has had a very strong influence on who I am as a person today.
My favourite content creator is Rachel Nguyen, she is a very creative person. I like her editing style, the things she talks about and her general attitude towards life.
I started out as a freelance production assistant, now I've been lucky to continue working with production and also have my own team!
I don't have a famous role model or anyone specific like that - I get inspiration from the ones close to me. I admire my friends and people I've met along the way.
Honestly, my sister! We live in different countries and have done so for 8-9 years now. I miss her and I want to take her out for dinner.
My son, my career and my Masters degree.
I was lucky to get an internship straight out of University with a company called Gorkana, I was there for three months when I had the opportunity to join a PR company as a HR Assistant, it then went on up from there!
Being blonde and young (ish) it has been presumed that I might not be educated or knowledgeable, I was once chatting with an ex colleague about a book I had read, her response was "you read?!"
Either my nan or (don't judge me lol) Kim Kardashian for multiple reasons why!
A man's salary!
After graduating I worked in brand management for FMCG giant Reckitt Benckiser. I was supporting marketing activations for Lemsip, Strepsils, and Nurofen. I was thrown in the deep deep end and had to learn how to work and behave in a professional environment very quickly. There are things that I do now in my work that stem from my time there, so I don't regret it. Since then I haven't gone back to the big corporate world, it's not my cup of tea and I much prefer scale ups!
In a work environment it's to always ask "why". Another boring but very true piece of advice I got was that networking is so key to your future. I met our CEO Jenny at an event I was running when I was at my previous job, so clearly... It's working!
At the moment I am really enjoying content from Eva Zu Beck, she's an adventurer and explorer and the way she films and narrates her videos is pretty cool.
As an adult now I would have loved to have had dinner with my grandmother. On a happier note, I also just love having dinner with my 2 girlfriends / flatmates who are big motivators in my life.
It's not gender specific but I think having a mentor to help guide you professionally is hugely beneficial to one's career, and at any age. Having a sounding board and someone who can tell you that "this is a good idea" or "this isn't such a good idea" is comforting.
Definitely my degree!
I started my career last July here at Digital Voices shortly after finishing university! I'm very grateful for the opportunity and have learnt a lot about design and Influencer Marketing!
I love being able to get all glam, doing my make-up and hair for a night out!
Emma Chamberlain, she is an icon.
My mum, she's so hard working and does so much for me!
One of the most important pieces of advice I have received concerning woman- and girlhood is that there is no wrong or right way to experience that identity. Falling into the trap of “not being like other girls” when I was younger caused me a lot of emotional pain, so growing out of that mentality and finding solace and unity through other women has been an incredible light bulb moment and a giant weight off my shoulders.
Learning the ability to set boundaries and stick to them. This is still a work in progress, as this is something that doesn’t come to me naturally. However, I am super happy with how far I have come and I know younger me would be proud!
Graduating in the midst of a pandemic was not the greatest way to start my professional life as it took me a long time to find my first “real” job in customer service. However I am glad that I could build the skills needed to succeed In my current role here at Digital Voices!
I would love to have a chat with the author of one of my favourite books, Cristina Sandu! From what I can tell from interviews, it seems like we share similar experiences and I’d love to pick her brain.
Izzzyzzz! I love her colourful and daring makeup looks, her storytelling abilities and her New Zealand accent. She’s just great.
Growing a company from a £500 investment to being worth about £15 million today, with a team of 35 people across the world.
But honestly, volunteering over Christmas in 2015 to help refugees in Greece get registered as they arrived in Moria refugee camp. It stops me forgetting how lucky I am to have your family nearby and all your needs met.
My first job was being a dishwasher in a cafe, then waitress, for £3.50 an hour during the summer holidays. Turns out the cafe was probably a money laundering cover!
People always assume I'm about 21, which is flattering in some ways. But it means you're never taken seriously and consistently underestimated.
If I sense that someone is thinking it during a first meeting, I often drop into conversations that I'm 31 and wait for the "Oh really?! You look so young!" or "I thought you were a student". Sometimes I play into it and let people think I'm the intern/tea girl. It's interesting to see how their behaviour and attitude towards you changes.
100% my mum. She always encouraged me to be confident and said that my opinion is just as valid as anyone else's. I wouldn't be the same person without her.
An understanding of her self worth and the ability to walk away from bad situations.