Tell us about your role and what do you most enjoy?
I have recently taken on the role of Marketing Automation Practice Lead. I love my role as I get to work with a really passionate team of really clever people who all want to help their customers to get the most out of their marketing automation platforms. The other element of my role that I really enjoy is my advisory role as this means I get the chance to build trust with the customers and create a solution for my team to execute on.
What unique challenges have you faced in your career as a woman? How did you overcome them?
I would say, like many parents out there, Covid19 brought me one of the biggest challenges from a work perspective. This is obviously not unique to me and affected many people worldwide but just thinking back on the situation raises my anxiety levels
I live in Melbourne Victoria, which as most of you know is the city that was in lockdown for the longest time in the world over the 2 year period. The day the kids came home from school and home schooling started was one of the biggest challenges I have ever faced.
The lessons all of this taught me were:
- Being super organised and being a step ahead of everyone always helps but it is really tiring!
- Be creative in your problem solving. There is always a solution for everything.
- Take care of yourself as you cannot be a good mother or wife when you are not looking after yourself.
- Do not be afraid to speak up and let people know that you are battling.
Have you received any opportunities you are grateful for?
In 2019 I was given the opportunity to attend Dreamforce. Little did I know that that would be the last Dreamforce as we knew it!. This opportunity opened up so many doors for me as I got to network face to face with so many key people in the Salesforce ecosystem. This I believe was a tipping point for me in my career.
Covid brought me a few opportunities too. At the time when the world was panicking about the unknowns of Covid and people were worried about losing jobs, I was given two amazing career opportunities. I was invited to sit on the Salesforce Pardot Advisory Board and I was asked to take on a leadership role at Destined.
What advice would you give to women entering the tech field? Anything you wish you had known?
You are equal. You are more than capable of doing an amazing job. In fact, as a woman you may stand out in your role in tech when you tap into your nurturing, more femine side as it can make the customer feel at ease and in safe hands.
How do you balance work and life?
Now this is a tough one… Being a wife, a Mom and a career woman means I need to be very careful about striking the right balance. The one thing I have done since my son was born was to work four days a week. I do not work on Mondays. This is a day for me I call it “Me Monday”. I also always try to do something for myself on Mondays. I am really strict about staying offline on this day.
Who supports you to feel like anything is possible? Who inspires you? Who helps you see the world through new eyes?
My husband is a big supporter of mine. He is always so proud of what I have achieved. When I am going through a tough time he often helps me by giving me another perspective of looking at the problem. This is helpful as it makes me consider all the different perspectives before acting.
The CEO of Destined, Andrew France, is someone who really inspires me. I often look at the amazing business that he has built and the way he conducts himself as a true leader and just wish that I had the same ability. He always shows up as cool, calm and collected. He is really practical in the way he thinks and behaves and he is able to string his thoughts together in such a logical understandable way. He can also put his thoughts onto paper in such a clear way.
The other person who has made me look at the world through different eyes is our son. He has probably been the biggest challenge given to me. I was always told that I would make an amazing Mother. Truth be told, I am really battling with being a mother. My son has taught me that I cannot expect him to behave and be who I want him to be. He is unique and has other amazing qualities that I need to recognise. My job is to help him to become the best version of himself by tapping into his unique qualities and skills.