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Top 10 career tips from 5 female CEOs in lead up to IWD

B2B Editor 6 March 2017

Top 10 career tips from 5 female CEOs in lead up to IWD

Top 10 career tips from 5 female CEOs in lead up to IWD

Top ten tips from WaterAid female CEOs
1 – Believe in Yourself

“I think that we teach young girls to doubt themselves. For some reason, the way that we bring up our girls doesn’t inspire confidence in themselves. So I would say just give it a go – you can do it.”

Rosie Wheen, WaterAid Australia Chief Executive

2 – Take Risks

“Take some big risks, have a big vision and believe in yourself.”

Barbara Frost, WaterAid UK Chief Executive Officer

3 – Find Your Passion

“Go out and try and find your passion, it’s when you have that passion and that commitment that you can actually make a difference.”

Cecilia Chatterjee-Martinsen, WaterAid Sweden Chief Executive

4 – Find a Mentor

“Find a mentor, find someone you believe in, someone you trust who can accompany you on your path.”

Nicole Hurtubise, WaterAid Canada Chief Executive

5 – Be Resilient

“Have courage and resilience. Keep believing in yourself even when it’s tough, even when others don’t believe in you – and even when you don’t believe yourself – just keep at it.”

Sarina Prabasi, WaterAid America Chief Executive

6 – Leave your comfort zone

“The sky is not going to fall in if you make a mistake. You will actually learn more from giving it a go and getting yourself out of your comfort zone. What I have really found is 80% of success is just giving it a go.”

Rosie Wheen, WaterAid Australia Chief Executive

7 – Say Yes

“Try out new things, it’s ok to fail, but just go out there, say yes, be brave and try out. You will make a change if you really want to.”

Cecilia Chatterjee-Martinsen, WaterAid Sweden Chief Executive

8 – Give It Your All

“Really believe in what you’re doing, do a job that plays to your heart, to your values, so that you’ll give it your all.”

Barbara Frost, WaterAid UK Chief Executive Officer

9 – Be Patient

“Be kind to yourself, you can’t change the world overnight – you can influence bits of it at a time, but it can’t be done overnight.”
Nicole Hurtubise, WaterAid Canada Chief Executive

10 – Smile

“You need determination, a really, really good sense of humour, and self-confidence of courseā€¦ Remember to smile – smile through adversity.”

Nicole Hurtubise, WaterAid Canada Chief Executive

Working for WaterAid Australia since its inception in 2004, Rosie Wheen was most recently WaterAid Australia’s Director of International Programs, leading programs and a large team of people in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Solomon Islands and Myanmar. Rosie has 20 years’ experience working in the not for profit sector including six years living and working in Indonesia and working for the Australian Council of International Development.

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