Who runs the world? Definitely the girls at FullCircle, where 70% of our workforce are women (and 100% are fabulous!). We asked the women in charge, from our senior team, to answer some questions on their careers so far. Meet Nicola Miller, Head of Design and Sophie Hatton, Head of Entertainment.
Why do you think it is important to have equality in the workplace?
Sophie: It should be a fair representation of the wider society.
Nicola: Many opinions from many diverse people make for better decisions.
What was the most challenging part of getting to where you are today?
Sophie: The Northern Line! No, but seriously… just being open to the fact that I actually am an expert in what I do.
Nicola: Understanding a corporate world, initially it was completely new and alien to me.
What are you most proud of?
Sophie: Being a role model to others by inspiring and leading my team to be leaders themselves. Also, expanding our speaker and headline talent bookings and becoming known in the industry for being a specialist in this category.
Nicola: Nurturing and growing a major drinks-based account for FullCircle which is now one of our key clients. I’m also proud to manage the very talented bunch of designers within my team and support their continued development.
What does success mean to you?
Sophie: Success and happiness are not mutually exclusive; you need one to have the other.
Nicola: Having a happy, motivated and invested team all moving towards a shared goal.
Do you have any advice for young women pursuing their dream career?
Sophie: It’s important to believe in yourself and show your strength in what you do through confidence. Challenge yourself and be brave. There will be knockbacks and obstacles but it’s how you overcome them which is what will get you to where you want to be. Don’t just exist – remember to live!
Nicola: Recognise that relationships are everything, especially within the events industry. Make friends and don’t burn bridges. I owe the success of my career to a few key people who have helped me endlessly over the years. Be willing to ask for help and don’t be afraid to jump in with both feet, even if you are unsure of the outcome. When recruiting new team members I instantly warm to people who show hunger and drive.
Do you think the media portrays working women realistically?
Sophie: I think the portrayal of women in media has come a long way and is a lot more realistic; there’s definitely been an increase in women working in the same roles as men and a focus on the gender pay gap. There’s a lot of ‘girl power’ in the public eye; however, in reality, let’s face it, there are far fewer women than men in director or CEO roles. There’s still a long way to go.
Nicola: I certainly think it’s heading in the right direction with female-led publications like The Huffington Post and Refinery29. The media play an important role in the shaping of a society where women feel empowered and valued. They must honour that responsibility by challenging old stereotypes – more campaigns like This Girl Can would be great.