Women at CMC - Advice to my younger self

8th March 2022

To celebrate International Women’s Day today, we asked women across CMC for the advice they would give to their younger selves. Here are a few of our responses: 

Ellen Cooper - Head of New Business Administration

"Love yourself! Don’t worry what people think – the people who love you now will still love you in 10- or 20-years’ time, and you’ll also pick up a few more fans along the way! The moments that make you cringe and blush when you remember them aren’t as bad as you think, so don’t stress about them. Follow your heart and, I promise you, you’ll end up regretting nothing."

Sylvia Adam – Senior Marketing Manager Europe

"Believe in yourself and your skills. You know that you can do it, so focus on what makes you happy and prioritise it timewise. Dare to make mistakes (and do make them!), and don't mind what other people think."

Camilla Boldracchi - Institutional Services Team Leader

"Care deeply and don’t make yourself small. Wear that lipstick, ask that question, let people know you have not finished your sentence. Be the biggest version of yourself, walk with your head up high and accept the fact that you will not always know everything, but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to be where you are."

Tasha Patel - Graphic Designer

"Trust yourself, don't be afraid to take risks and enjoy the moment "

Gemma Monte-Colombo - HR Business Partner

"You are always learning and all experiences support that. It's okay to change direction and there is no one right way to progress and develop. The experiences that lead you to make changes support your growth in the future and no one has all the answers!"

Beatriz Hermida - Marketing Executive, Spain

"I would tell my younger self to believe in herself more. Sometimes we feel as though we don't deserve the good things that happen to us and we say it's pure luck, but it is important to acknowledge and cherish our accomplishments as our own, without making apologies or caring what others may say."

Katrina Mendoza - Marketing Manager, UK

"Don’t let your age get in the way of your confidence, appreciate your parents and don't take them for granted, and remember that it’s okay not to know what you want right away!"

Kayleigh Venn - Head of Data Product Management 

"Don't be afraid to fail. This is where you grow and learn the most. You are more capable than you will ever give yourself credit for. It's okay to change your mind and always keep striving for more."