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International Women's Day

We are Crowe and we are #EachForEqual

Supporting International Women's Day

On International Women’s Day people from across the globe come together to celebrate women's achievements, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality, as they show us how an equal world, is an enabled world!

At Crowe, we celebrate and empower our female employees every day. We asked some of them what International Women’s Day means to them.

Click below to find out what they have to say...

Women in Accountancy

Emma Reynolds

Emma Reynolds
Senior Manager
Corporate Tax

Ashton Turner

Ashton Turner
Manager
HR

Natasha Begg
Assistant
Marketing

Sarah Clarke

Sarah Clarke
Senior Manager
Private Clients Tax

 

emma reynolds
Senior Manager, Corporate Tax

Emma Reynolds

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
It’s great opportunity to step back and take stock of the progress being made to achieve equality - not just for women but for all. It’s a chance to look at what more can be done to be more inclusive in workplaces and in society as a whole. We live in a time where people have more choice and more voice than ever before, and where 'conventional' is becoming less conventional - kindness and a respect for individuals’ choices need to be at the forefront of how we interact with others.

Why do you think it is important that businesses recognise and support their female employees?
In service businesses like Crowe, our people are crucial to what we do and how the business performs. Inclusive and supportive business environments surely have to mean a more engaged workforce and hopefully an environment with a 'buzz' about it.

Do you feel empowered working for a business such as Crowe?
I work with so many supportive, talented and kind people here at Crowe which is truly rewarding, and its great to be part of a business which has such care for its people experience. Our culture is really inclusive and there are opportunities for all to be involved in shaping the future of the firm, in however big or small a way they wish - I’m excited to be a part of that future.
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Manager, HR

Ashton Turner

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
For me International Women’s Day represents an ongoing need for diversity and balance as well as a celebration of what has been achieved to date. It is a day earmarked for gender parity however I see the conversation around diversity as broad and continuous. It is important to recognise diversity in all forms. It is clear also that days such as IWD are important, however we must discuss support and inclusion throughout the year. Using these days to highlight where our attention should be is great but issues around gender diversity won’t go on pause after 8 March. We should continue to drive these initiatives forward 365 days a year.

Why do you think it is important that businesses recognise and support their female employees?
Recognising and supporting diversity in the workplace, put simply - it is the right thing to do. Businesses should ensure that their people are not at an unfair advantage whether that be in terms of pay, development or career progression. It is important that people are recognised on their own merit and that they will not be treated differently to the person at the desk next to them for a reason such as gender. The by-products of such recognition and support is having a more engaged workforce who subsequently deliver greater results and a better client service. This also reduces turnover, allowing businesses to retain key female talent. In turn this can also be used as a recruitment tool whereby a firm shows its gender diversity in its PR and recruitment campaigns. This then becomes cyclical as having a more diverse team encourages new ways of working, more creativity and utilisation of wider skill sets which increases productivity.

Do you feel empowered working for a business such as Crowe?
I feel empowered by the leaders in my team - one of which is female, one of which is male. They give me autonomy to drive tasks, projects and initiatives forward and trust me to come to them should I need to. My opinion is not only considered but sought out. I feel encouraged to put my views across and comfortable that they won’t be disregarded. Since working with Jo, Head of HR and Tony, HR Director, who trust in me and my ability, my development has soared. I thrive on being challenged and have the forum to be involved in new areas of HR and project work which is invaluable. I am given the tools to grow in my technical ability and soft skills having been supported by the firm in my HR Management Master’s degree to become fully CIPD qualified and completing internal skills development courses in areas such as assertiveness and coaching. I know that my leadership champion me and the rest of the National HR team so not only do we develop personally but we provide the best service to our people/employees.

Natasha begg
Assistant, Marketing

Natasha Begg

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
International Women’s Day for me is a celebration of how far women’s equality has come. It’s a time to celebrate women’s past and present achievements and look towards a more gender equal future. I look back at all the inspirational women who have been so integral in fighting for gender equality and think about how I can make a change in my daily life. No matter what culture or religion you belong to we are united on this day to celebrate and accelerate women’s equality.

Why do you think it is important that businesses recognise and support their female employees?
It’s essential that businesses recognise their female employees as this brings awareness to instances where women are discriminated in the workplace. Once this is identified it allows businesses to work towards being more gender inclusive. This results in the retention of female employees as their voice is being heard and their needs being met. Businesses that support this movement help to educate men who may not be aware of the challenges that women face. Many men in today’s workforce are fathers who would want their daughters treated equally in the future – this encourages men to become allies in accelerating women’s equality. 

Do you feel empowered working for a business such as Crowe?
I do feel empowered working for Crowe as their Women’s Empowerment Programme makes me feel included. Crowe’s ongoing effort to make the firm more gender inclusive is great as many firms do not recognise this. There are many strong females in the firm who make me feel confident to take on challenges in my career. Crowe runs many great events to celebrate women’s empowerment – these events have seen some great external speakers come in and inspire women of all level in their careers. It’s refreshing to see that Crowe is constantly trying to accelerate women’s equality in their firm.

sarah clarke
Senior Manager, Private Clients Tax

Sarah Clarke

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
I think International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate women and our input and impact on the World, especially in business. It’s a time to reflect but to also discuss and consider the next steps, the next goal and what more we’re capable of achieving.

Why do you think it is important that businesses recognise and support their female employees?
It is statistically proven that businesses with Women in leadership roles perform better than those without. Businesses need to recognise this need and support their women to ensure that equal opportunities are given to everyone.

Do you feel empowered working for a business such as Crowe?
Crowe’s Women Empowerment Programme (WEP) has really progressed and grown in the last couple of years – I’m proud to be a part of it and to see the steps being taken to ensure equal opportunities and to support women in the business. Crowe has so many great women in leadership role models, and a lot of support from the entire business. We’re taking steps and making movements in all the right places and I look forward to seeing how much further it can go.