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Celebrating International Women’s Day – March 8, 2018

05/03/2018

International Women’s Day takes place on March 8, 2018 and Ridout & Maybee LLP is proud to celebrate this honourable day.

This day, celebrated globally, is to celebrate the social, economic and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

Diversity and inclusivity is an important aspect of our firm’s culture as well as in our hiring process. In recognition of this day, we are proud to publish these pieces of professional advice from members of our firm:

I think it’s important to take credit and avoid false modesty. When I was more junior, I was at a client meeting with a partner. The client mentioned he really liked a particular bit of drafting, and the partner credited that drafting to another partner. I spoke up right away and let it be known that it was me who did that drafting. Both the partner at the meeting and the client appreciated that. I got credit not only for the good work I did, but also for being assertive.

As a mentor, one of my common suggestions to mentees is to “do something that challenges you outside of your comfort zone, especially when no one asked you to!” I have done that and the experiences as a result have been so positive so I impart that on others – and the results have been wonderful to see!

As President of the Human Resources Professional Association – Ottawa Chapter, working with students, I remind them to look at each job prospect, no matter how big/small as an opportunity. An opportunity to show your talent and make a difference – it will get you to your goal.

The best business/career advice I received is to take ownership of your work and be able to admit when you’re wrong or have made a mistake. The next step is to find a way to fix the problem or ask for help.

Don’t stress about the things over which you have no control.

One day you won’t care so much about what everyone else thinks about you.  No really.

To get involved with International Women’s Day, and take action with the 2018 campaign #PressforProgress, visit the official IWD website.

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