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Four inspirational women and their words of wisdom

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’re turning our attention to some of our female employees – strong, intelligent and empowered women who make each day a better day for our clients, colleagues and community.

We’ve tapped four inspirational women behind the brand of APSO to share their words of wisdom, important life lessons, and how they choose to challenge gender stereotypes and bias to forge a gender-equal world.

 

Jasmine Crooks IWD2021

 

The best advice I’ve ever received 

Always be kind and have an open mind.

The most important lesson I’ve learnt is

You are never done learning.

The woman I feel most inspired by is

My Nanna – she is a strong, independent woman. She raised three children by herself, had breast cancer twice and other medical difficulties, however, she doesn’t let anything keep her from having the most beautiful positive attitude and viewpoint on life.

I feel most in my power when

When I manage to complete something that I found particularly challenging – especially when I have had to hunt for the solution

What International Women’s Day means to me

For me it’s a day that we can reflect on the progression we’ve made in regard to gender equality and celebrate all the wonderful women in our lives and their achievements.

We need more women in leadership because

We need more female role models for younger girls.

What I would choose to change about the assumptions made by men of women

That they wouldn’t do well in positions of power – and that they should earn less than men when working a similar position.

What I am choosing to do this year and beyond to challenge gender inequalities

To support other women around me and help them feel confident in themselves.

 

 

Bonnie Savage IWD2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best advice I’ve ever received 

To treat other people as you would like to be treated.

The most important lesson I’ve learnt is

You will never get everything you need out of one person. We shouldn’t have these expectations of one individual fulfilling every single need you have. It’s healthy to explore other resources, reach out  get other people’s insights and opinions.

The woman I feel most inspired by is

My mum – she had me at quite a young age and she sacrificed a lot for me to be able to experience as much as I could and have the best upbringing possible! GO MUM!

I feel most in my power when

When I am most confident is at work and in social situations.

What International Women’s Day means to me

I am thankful that we live in a country where IWD is recognised and promoted. We should be super grateful that we have the opportunities and resources that we do in Australia.

We need more women in leadership because

I think that this is important as it promotes success, education and anti-discriminatory perspectives for women of all ages.

 

Kaitlyn Dell'Aquila IWD2021

 

The best advice I’ve ever received

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
Every loss leads to an opportunity, and every adversity leads to new possibilities.
A narrow focus brings big results.

The most important lesson I’ve learnt is

You can’t please everyone.
Make yourself irreplaceable and you will always be needed.

The woman I feel most inspired by is

Orpah – definition of a powerhouse.

I feel most in my power when

When I’m surrounded with likeminded people creating and making positive choices #empowerment.

What International Women’s Day means to me

That we are moving towards a generation of equality and we are on the rise for an equal future.

We need more women in leadership 

To create diversity.

What I am choosing to do this year and beyond to challenge gender inequalities

I will continue to challenge the system and strive to make a difference.  

 

Andrea Koeniger - IWD2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best advice I’ve ever received

Just be yourself.

The most important lesson I’ve learnt is

Be kind and listen to your gut feeling, every person has a story, take the time to listen.

The woman I feel most inspired by is

I could list so many names… but to be honest the most inspiring woman is my mother. Born 1940 in Germany during war times, she lost her father on the way home in 1945. She had to grow up during such difficult times which we can’t even imagine. She lost her husband when she was 40, 3 children, a mortgage and no job. We never felt that we missed out on anything, she gave us strength, courage, values and love. She is the most amazing role model you can ever imagine, and it has taken me too long to realise that.

I feel most in my power when

I’m with my team and friends, they give me so much energy and joy.

What International Women’s Day means to me

It is important to celebrate women and recognise how far we have come but we still have a long way to go to achieve equality.

We need more women in leadership because

Women bring so much diversity to the workplace. We don’t just bring kindness, soul and dedication to everything we do, but we do think differently, and you can’t run a business where everybody thinks the same.

What I would choose to change about the assumptions made by men of women

We are all humans, we all live on this earth, breath the same air and should be all treated the same way. Some men think that women are weak but men who were raised by a woman should know how strong women are. Men and women should be seen as equal, as a team not on different levels.

What I am choosing to do this year and beyond to challenge gender inequalities

I don’t care about genders or orientations. I chose to be a good person every day and I will embrace every human being equally.

 

Happy International Women’s Day 2021! #choosetochallenge

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