Women in Business - Tara the Lion Trainer
In the fifth 'Women in business' series of blog posts, which highlight and support how important diversity in our workplace is, we talk to Training Manager at Optamor, Tara Davies as she offers us her sometimes controversial but always unique opinions on what it means to be a woman in business today.
How did you get where you are today?
By working hard, listening to feedback from colleagues/managers in roles that I’ve had and reflect and review on my performance. I’ve never been afraid to try something new given the opportunity. I have always kept my options open and taken on new challenges when they have come up or excited me.
Which woman/women are inspirational to you and why?
It sounds clichéd, but it’s my mum. She has worked hard all her life, sometimes doing a day and evening job while bringing two children up by herself. She gives 100% to everything she does and is well organised. She is fiercely loyal and very honest and will give you an opinion if you ask for it.
Margaret Thatcher – I know many people will think REALLY! But I think she was an inspirational woman. She was not frightened to let people know what she thought and she would not be bullied into changing her opinion even if it made her unpopular in government. She made world leaders take Great Britain seriously and a force to be reckoned with. She worked in a male dominated world and challenged it in a tough era.
What top 3 tips do you have for women in business today?
1. Be yourself and confident in your abilities, don’t try to fit a mould.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and challenge constructively what you are being told
3. Continue to develop yourself and reflect on your progress
What are the biggest changes you've seen in terms of women in business?
More women are getting top jobs and also seem to have more opportunity to work in what was previously perceived to be a very male dominated sector (Engineering etc.)
What was your dream job as a child and why?
I wanted to be a school teacher or an actress, I’ll let you make your own minds up about why!