To celebrate we asked the team at SEVEN HQ what International women's day means to them
‘It’s a time to really consider how far we have come, but be real on how far we have to go – talk is cheap and from what I experience and the women I speak to every day through SEVEN, there is a long way to go for the average woman in experiencing balance – the first IWD was in 1911 and when I watched ‘Suffragette’ a few years ago, I cried as it ended, because for all their incredibly selfless sacrifice, I feel they would be deeply saddened by how far behind we still are and how pervasive misogyny and sexism are in every day life in the west, not to mind globally. But, I also feel hopeful that many of us will raise our children with far less emphasis on traditional gender roles, than I was raised with, more freedom in what a ‘girl’ or a ‘boy’ can do or should do and it is going to improve in huge leaps within this next chapter of humanity.’ Evelyn Cotter, SEVEN’s Founder
‘For me IWD is about equality for both women and men, and recognising our strengths and diversities that we each have to offer to the world. As I’m due to become a mum in July, it’s also made me want to be a role model for my child and being him/her into a world where men and women are treated with the same.’ Jo Garside, Career and interview coach
‘Empower woman, empower the human community. The base on which the world stands is a women.’For me, International womens day is not only a reminder to reflect on and cherish my own feminine traits and to value them as strong and powerful. But also a day that creates a space for us to learn about, appreciate and support all the passionate people and projects who are fighting for women every day. There is still a lot of progress to be made but there are some inspiring people and projects happening around the world that really deserve to be celebrated. These projects are actively fighting for women to hold a greater space in the community, worldwide, which in my eyes is essential for a better, fairer world’ Rebecca Jones
‘To me International Women’s Day is a celebration of female empowerment and how far we as women have come. Probably because I was raised in Lithuania where 8th of March used to be a bigger deal than in the UK, I really love to celebrate this day. My girlfriends and I always try to organise something special to celebrate our femininity.’ Evelina Vilkaite, Career coach
‘To me 8th of March is an international reminder to appreciate and celebrate femininity, its value in the society, it’s attributes, it’s strengths and a call for nurturing those and embracing them in our every day life!’ Patrycja Skurzak, Career and life coach
‘For me, IWD, is about acceptance, celebration, growth and power but not at the expense of equality on all sides, however you identify. For me being a woman is about leaving my mark on the world and trying to leave the world a little bit more in tact than how I found it.’ Marcie Shaoul, Executive coach
Where to begin! I’ve just spent a truly transformative 6 months working with Oliver from SEVEN. I was feeling really stuck when I started thinking about coaching. I had a seemingly great job, lots of friends, a supportive family but somehow I was feeling unfulfilled and anxious and wondering if this was it? I had an idea of what I wanted my life and work to feel like but I felt completely at a loss as to how to achieve it. After an incredibly inspiring telephone conversation with Evelyn from SEVEN she suggested Oliver as a coach and so it began. I had no idea how empowering it would be to have someone in my corner whose soul aim was to help me become the best possible version of myself and make those daydreams a reality. The amount of energy and enthusiasm that he injected into our sessions was infectious. He provided me with endlessly interesting and helpful resources and was brilliantly creative in his approach to our sessions. Oliver has helped me work out what I need in my life to make it feel fulfilling and exciting. He has also helped me to value my unique skills and strengths and to devise a strategy for using them more effectively at work and in my personal life. As a result of my work with Oliver I've restructured my work so that I can focus on what I love, I’ve negotiated a more flexible set up at work so I can travel more and I feel empowered and more confident in my personal relationships than I ever have before. Perhaps most importantly. I now feel like I’m in charge of my life and I can achieve the things that once thought were beyond my reach.
I can say with utmost confidence that Oliver from SEVEN has completely reinvigorated my career, helping to open up new opportunities for the future. He did this by helping me find the core of who I am and then use these skills to the best of my abilities.
When we first started working together, I felt completely off-course and didn’t know which way to turn in my career. Through a series of engaging and creative exercises we worked together to tackle the issues that were holding me back, clarify my career trajectory, focus my values and discover my leadership style.
In each session, Oliver always had an infectious, optimistic energy that helped make this such a rewarding experience for me and each time I felt energised to take the next steps in my journey. I’ve completed our time together with such a deep appreciation for what he does. My career has taken leaps and bounds, and I’m now armed with the techniques to help me grab each and every opportunity in a way that is most beneficial for me.
This is a well organized and helpful service. Marcie led me through an analysis of all my strengths, a visualisation of where I want to be, and gave me some great suggestions for improving my CV and interview skills to get there. I don't hesitate to recommend them!
I started coaching with SEVEN a few months ago and have found the experience extremely helpful. They paired me with the perfect coach, Jo, and not only do I feel more hopeful and energised after each session but I have also started taking active steps towards achieving my goals. Thank you for everything - money well spent! Jen
I really enjoyed working with Jo from Seven. I was looking for some help for increasing confidence and bringing passion to my working career and she was the appropriate person. The coaching process boosted my confidence with immediate results, allowing me to excel in presentations and formal conversations. I would definitely recommend her to anyone suffering from a true lack of confidence but willing to go forward with positive solutions.
Thanks a lot,