Behind every great woman…
I’m just back from the Telstra Businesswomen’s Awards lunch. Whilst I didn’t win either of my categories (I was a finalist in the Business Owner and Young Business Woman categories) I was honoured to be part of the process.
It was beautiful to have my mother in law mouth across the table “I’m so proud of you” while they were announcing the finalists and our achievements. My grandfather, bless him, held my hand while instructing the waiter to fill his glass (Poppy’s partial to unlimited access to wine), telling me I was a winner in his eyes. My father in law came along and joked that he wouldn’t have come if he knew I wasn’t going to win.
My amazing and much loved team were there, as was my good mate (and former Innovation Award Winner) Naomi Simson. She’d organised for another of my best friends, Maria, to be there and it was the best surprise as she lives in Barcelona and I had no idea she was coming. That Simson really is the Queen of Experiences, red balloon in hand or not.
And my hubby was also there, who could forget him?
It was humbling to be in a room with such talent and tenacity but that’s not what touched me most. What I loved hearing about were the women who got up and graciously attributed a large part of their success to their partners and their selflessness.
The winner was…
Luxxotica’s Rhonda Brighton-Hall. She thanked the man she’d ‘left behind in a campervan on top a mountain in Tasmania at 4.45am that morning’. She told us how he’d gotten up, helped her with her bags and sent her on her way to catch a plane to the awards ceremony. Now that’s gender equity and commitment at its best!
We hear a lot about how women support their men, and the delightful irony of the Awards was that we celebrated the contribution of men just as much as we did women. I just found it interesting how the women were so grateful and so quick to acknowledge their partners and I wondered if it would have been the same had it been the other way around?
Does your partner truly support you and what you’re taking on with your career?
Is he there when it counts? Love to know your thoughts.