International Women’s Day 2018 – Ilze Holsteina

Ilze Holsteina

Job Title & Company: IT Programme Manager – Cushman and Wakefield

Specialism: Technologies, Project Management, Business Change/Strategy

Why is International Women’s day important to you?

International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to the social – while calling for gender equality.

Why is diversity important in the workplace?

Allowing diversity into our lives is how we find out all the brilliant ideas out there in the world. It is how we learn more about the world around us. By exploring other ideas, beliefs, and lifestyles with an open mind, we open ourselves to exercise creativity and problem solving by looking at things from other lenses. If we only take one perspective about events in the world, we will never understand the other perspectives behind them and therefore lock ourselves into a sort of closed-minded ideology that has only led to hate, prejudice, and tragedy throughout history.

What’s the best career advice you have ever been given?

When you need the courage to be bold, simply ask yourself, “What’s the worst that could possibly happen?”  When you have the answer, ask, “Can I live with that?” And if the answer is yes, then take it!

There’s never going to be a precisely right moment to speak, share an idea, or take a chance. Just take the moment—don’t let thoughts like “I don’t feel like I’m ready” get in the way or the opportunity will pass you by. Don’t let perfect get in the way of really, really good.

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