In celebration of International Women’s Day, this week we’re continuing to acknowledge the hard-working, smart, passionate & capable women we have working at Lawrence & Hanson.
The second person we are introducing is a familiar face that you may have seen in our advertising online or in-store, Madison Brandi (Marketing Co-ordinator) has worked in sales and operations for almost two years before being promoted to a central role supporting our branches nationwide in marketing activities. We asked Madison a few questions about the NECA Women’s Networking event and what International Women’s Day means to her:
What does International Women’s Day mean to you? I’ve always been surrounded by strong women and inspiring women but not everyone has been as lucky as me. International women’s day is a wonderful day to celebrate all those women and empower others to achieve their goals. We have come so far as a community to try to rectify the injustices in gender pay inequality, socioeconomic issues and cultural issues but we still have a long way to go so it is amazing to have the opportunity to highlight that once a year, although we need to be celebrating the women in our lives every single day.
Last Friday, NECA Victoria held an event for International Women’s Day attended by you and our Victorian female leaders, how was that experience? Having the opportunity to come together and network with women in the industry was an amazing opportunity. Hearing from multiple speakers within the audience who have dealt with different struggles while working in a male-dominated industry was an enlightening experience. This event gave everyone the opportunity to speak to other women who have had similar experiences and learn how to tackle difficult situations. Hearing from guest speakers including Hunterlink who provide mental health support to our industry was a wonderful resource that we can share within our companies which many of us did not realise was even available.
What were the highlights from the event?
I was very lucky to be seated with Kelsie Guthrie and Molly Stedman, two female leaders from Programmed Electrical Technologies. Both women have worked their ways into leadership positions and are well respected amongst their peers which were an inspiration as someone who has only recently entered the workforce.
Who is a woman that inspires you & why?
My Mum, she’s strong, confident and unapologetically herself, my mother is the biggest inspiration in my life and I honestly would not be the person that I am now without her guidance and support. Any goal I have set for myself, my mother has been my number one supporter in ensuring that I have every opportunity and resource available to make that happen. Coming from humble beginnings she owned her own home at 18, raised four children and ran multiple successful businesses. She has inspired me to know that anything you set your mind to is possible and with the support of my amazing mother and other inspirational women in my life, I will be able to achieve anything.
What advice do you have for women entering our industry?
It can be very intimidating coming into a male-dominated industry but if you can find yourself a good support network, like the women I have met through the NECA International Women’s day event, you will always have someone to talk to about any issues that have arisen. Always remain true to yourself and continue to strive to achieve your goals.
What are you most proud of working at Lawrence & Hanson?
I am really proud that some of our most successful branch managers are women. Although they are the minority in our network, they do take every opportunity they can and work hard to reach the top tiers of branch managers.