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Meet some inspirational women working at Diageo

 February 04, 2019

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Diageo celebrates the life, careers and achievements of its inspirational women. Hear from these women about their journey in the workplace and beyond and learn from their insights from from their professional and personal experiences.

Louise Prashad, Global Talent Director at Diageo

Meet Diageo's Global Talent Director, Louise Prashad, who discusses how her family, particularly her stay-at-home husband, helped her achieve a successful work-life balance.

"I love to hear my seven-year old son describe our roles. He sees Mum as the person who gets up every morning, goes to work and has a fulfilling job she loves," says Louise. "And he sees Dad as the person that is there for him every morning and afternoon when he goes to school and comes home from school and I think that's reshaping his perspective on what's possible."

Syl Saller, Chief Marketing Officer at Diageo

Meet Diageo's Chief Marketing Officer, Syl Saller.

"Forget work life balance. Nothing is ever perfectly balanced and if it feels like it is, it's likely to tip over any second," comments Syl.

Arlene Amitirigala, Head of Employee Engagement

Meet Diageo's Head of Employee Engagement in Europe & GB, Arlene Amitirigala.  Arlene shares her journey to where she is today and explains what women uniquely contribute to the workplace.

"I automatically believed that all doors would be open for me, there was no barrier in place because of my gender," says Arlene.

Gillian McBride, Process Capability Team Leader

Meet Diageo's Process Capability Team Leader, Gillian McBride. Gillian shares her insights about how she started her career as an engineering apprentice at the age of 24 and why she thrives in an inclusive and diverse workforce.

"I'm not just a woman in engineering, or a gay woman, or a mother, or a nerd that meets my friends every Thursday night to play Dungeons and Dragons! I'm all of those things and more," says Gillian.

Eileen Hanna, Senior Brand Manager at Diageo

Meet Diageo's Senior Brand Manager, Eileen Hanna. Eileen talks about the pressure that women place on themselves to be heard and how she is working to encourage gender equality in the workplace.

"The question isn't why you should progress women. It's a natural fact - women should be equal to men in an organisation," comments Eileen.

Menen Wondwosen, Head of Functional Effectiveness at Diageo

Meet Diageo's Head of Functional Effectiveness, Menen Wondwosen. Menen discusses the lessons she's learned during her career, and what she would do if she had a superpower.

"The most powerful and important trait that women should have is persistence," says Menen.

Gráinne Wafer, Baileys Global Brand Director at Diageo

Meet Baileys Global Brand Director, Gráinne Wafer. Gráinne talks about her work/life balance and the lessons she's learned in the process.

"Very early on in my career a guy I was working for said: 'the only thing stopping you going all the way to the top is the fact you want a family.' And I looked him in the eye and I said: 'well why would it stop me, it didn't stop you?'"

Annmarie Phillips, Channel Director On Trade, ROI at Diageo

Meet Diageo's On Trade Channel Director for the Republic of Ireland, Annmarie Phillips. Annmarie shares her personal career journey and what she learned along the way.

"More and more men are understanding of what it's like to be a working mum because they're married to working mums. It would be wrong of us not to bring men into the conversation, they have to be a part of the solution."

Join impressive women at Diageo

Women's work is valued at Diageo and they thrive with the support and opportunities given to them in the company. As one of the leading alcohol beverages company, Diageo offers a wide range of opportunities to talented women. Learn more and apply now!


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