At Friends House London, we are committed to embodying the Quaker values of equality and respect for all, and Women’s History Month provides us with the perfect opportunity to reflect on our commitment to empowering women in the workplace. We are proud to have a strong, equal workforce with a unique female presence from different cultures. To celebrate Women’s History Month, we sat down with some of our female staff to hear their perspectives on being a woman in the events industry.
Esther, Katie, and Gloria have made significant contributions to our organization, and we were excited to hear their insights. When asked whom they look up to, Esther cited her mother, who embodies qualities such as unconditional love, selflessness, and sacrifice. Katie spoke about Mary Wollstonecraft, a passionate advocate of women’s rights, while Gloria drew inspiration from her own mother, who taught her the true meaning of the common saying “We rise by lifting others.”
When asked how they have seen Friends House support and empower women in the workplace, Esther highlighted our great inclusion and diversity hiring process, while Katie praised our company policies around flexible working. Gloria shared that women at Friends House are given opportunities to improve and grow in various career roles and are provided with the right training and tools to give their best in their roles.
For young women starting their careers in the events industry, Esther advised them to develop a variety of skills, be adaptable and flexible, and always be willing to learn and grow. Katie encouraged young women to take every opportunity to learn and grow, while Gloria emphasized the diversity of the events industry and the vast opportunities for knowledge and career growth.
Finally, when asked what motivates them and gives them the drive to succeed, Esther drew inspiration from Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Katie highlights making her children proud, and Gloria from a quote by Michelle Obama: “The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them.”
At Friends House London, we are proud of our female staff and their contributions to our organization. We believe that Women’s History Month is an important opportunity to celebrate the progress that has been made toward gender equality and to reflect on how we can continue to empower women in the workplace.