International Women's Day - The Women Of MooGoo
In a world where we are often bombarded with the media plugging the likes of celebrities like Beyonce, Oprah, and Gloria Steinem – the idea of an ‘inspirational woman’ is an exclusive one. Don’t get us wrong, these women are amazing, and have achieved incredible feats that deserve to be admired and respected. However, it doesn’t take being ‘Cosmopolitans Women of The Year’ to be an inspiring figure. In fact, the women in our everyday lives are often our biggest inspirations without us even knowing it.
This year for International Women’s Day we wanted to learn from our very own. The women of MooGoo. Women that like so many of us aren’t striving to be the best actress or the best sportswomen but instead the best version of themselves. WGEA 2019-20 data shows that while women make up half of the private sector workforce (50.5%), women make up only: 32.5% of key management positions, 18.3% of CEOs, and 14.6% of board chairs. We were shocked to read that as here at the Australian MooGoo Head Office, 85% of our team are women, and 4 out of 6 of our department heads are women too.
We are spoiled with inspirational and encouraging women at every patch of the office. So, this year to celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked our team leaders their greatest achievements, words of wisdom, and what the fight towards gender equality means to them.
Melody – CEO
What is the best advice you’ve ever received? What I’ve learned over the years is that a big part of leadership is about humility. Which a great female mentor of mine summed up in this statement ‘seek first to understand, then to be understood. She would repeat it in every conversation we had about leadership and it has helped shaped my leadership style today.
What do you think it takes to be a good leader? I don’t believe there is one characteristic or trait that defines good leadership, each leader has their strengths. Personally, a core trait in being a good leader is empathy. Being able to relate and connect with all people to help achieve a common goal.
What women either in your life or not inspire you most? Too many to list here, but more recently Jacinta Ardern. I admire her leadership style which shone during the recent pandemic.
What is your proudest achievement? I’d have to say taking the role of CEO at MooGoo. It was equally daunting and exciting.
What’s your favourite thing about your job? I am passionate about improving people’s wellbeing, at MooGoo I get to do this every day by providing access to natural healthy products that help skin and scalp problems.
What change do you want to see for women in 2021? I’d like to see an increase in the representation of women in senior leadership roles. Women are underrepresented at leadership and management levels in Australian workplaces.
What does International Woman's Day mean to you? It’s an opportunity to reflect and acknowledge the determination, sacrifice, and achievement of all women who have paved the way for us today and all those that continue to pursue social, economic, cultural, and political equality for women.
Megan – Head of Marketing
What is the best advice you’ve ever received? The best advice I have ever received, and has taken me my lifetime to just begin to understand, is that being anything but yourself is a complete and utter waste of time.
What do you think it takes to be a good leader? Being a good leader means encouraging and empowering your team to make decisions on their own and to offer suggestions for improvement on anything they’re involved with. No one likes to be micromanaged and running a team that way not only kills a whole bunch of time with double-handling, but it also communicates a lack of trust that does a great job of deflating morale very quickly. Over the years I’ve learned that my way isn’t always the best and listening to others makes them feel more connected to the company, the team, and the project. With more connection usually comes more engagement, investment, effort, and solutions.
What women either in your life or not inspire you most? Any woman that dares to put herself out there, to not be afraid of what others think of her, to take steps towards bettering herself and bettering the lives of those around her, those women inspire me. You don’t have to be famous, rich, or influential to make a difference – having a big audience or platform just increases pressure and responsibility. But all of our experiences are relative so any woman who has felt fear about doing something but did it anyway, those are the women that make me proud to be female.
What is your proudest achievement? My proudest achievement is the commitment I’ve made to constantly work on and healing myself. Without this work I would not have been able to grow, evolve, and change as much as I needed to, especially over these last 2 years, into the person I am today and onwards to the person I want to become in the future.
What’s your favourite thing about your job? I really enjoy the non-existent dress code. Anyone can dress however they like, in whatever they feel most comfortable in. If I’m feeling fancy, then I can dress things up and if I’ve got a gym class after work, I can show up in activewear. There is no judgment or pretentiousness in the office, which is a welcomed breath of fresh air. We are also very much into participatory work activities so we can have fun together. Whether it’s a day at the wakeboard park or a Halloween dress-up party, there’s always something to look forward to. And the snack drawer.
What change do you want to see for women in 2021? In 2021 and beyond, I hope that women re-remember their worth as human beings, equals, and strong individuals. I hope that women remember to support each other instead of competing with or tearing each other down. I hope that we continue to demand the same respect and compensation for our contributions as our male counterparts, and I hope that women really see how incredible they are as the life-givers on this planet.
What does International Woman's Day mean to you? As I get older my commitment to being a proud female that positively contributes to the world increases. I also reflect on how I can better strengthen my support for other females. I hope that IWD continues to be a much-needed reminder to everyone, men and women that it’s our responsibility to pave the way, set new benchmarks, and forge new paths for future generations of females to come.
Gabby – Ecommerce Marketing Manager
What is the best advice you’ve ever received? That feeling and caring deeply is not a weakness, is our biggest strength as humans.
What do you think it takes to be a good leader? I think a great leader has integrity and passion. I believe they are someone that leads in a positive direction and is always encouraging people to utilise their strengths and learn from their weaknesses.
What women either in your life or not inspire you most? My mum and my grandma because of their endless strength and resilience.
What is your proudest achievement? Becoming an Australian citizen was one of my proudest achievements. I moved here at 24 years-old with just a few dollars and now I’m 31 living the life I worked so hard for.
What’s your favourite thing about your job? I have been at MooGoo for 6 years now and one of the things that I love and that has kept me here is that we’re in constant evolution and constantly learning and I think that resonates with who I am as a person, I don’t like to stay still so is a great match. And also, that I get to bring my pup
Laura – Branch and Marketing Manager UK
What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Work hard, be kind and surround yourself with good people.
What do you think it takes to be a good leader? Trust, honesty, and a good team. Know when to let others take the lead and trust in them, own up to your mistakes (we all make some), and recognise and reward good work.
What women either in your life or not inspire you most? My mum and my sister. My mum never stops helping others and putting other people first. She will do anything for me and my sister, even though she is kept very busy, looking after children in her role as a foster carer. I hope I have the energy to do as much for my children in the future. My sister is so career-driven and constantly inspires me within work. She is the person I will always go to for advice.
What is your proudest achievement? I am proud of my career. With the support of my amazing team, we have achieved some really great things in MooGoo UK over the past few years! Last year has been particularly difficult with the UK being so badly affected by the pandemic, but I am so proud that we have continued to do well throughout, and have successfully adapted to the completely new way of working.
What’s your favourite thing about your job? My team! I am so fortunate that we have found the best team. We stick together, help each other out, and are a constant support to one another. We achieve great things together but have a laugh whilst doing so!
What change do you want to see for women in 2021? I recently read that 1 in 4 women in the UK has set up their own business during the pandemic. With many people losing jobs or being furloughed for long periods of time, this demonstrates the resilience women have. I would love to see even more of this, with women supporting women in business, and the banks investing in them too!
What does International Woman's Day mean to you? A day to celebrate women and all the great things that we can achieve, but it's also a reminder of how important it is to support other women, encourage them and be kind to one another.