I first met Kate at YPWA’s annual International Women’s Day Conference in 2016. At the time, I was employed at an accounting firm and feeling frustrated at the lack of promotion opportunities I had, given the overly structured approach of the firm, and lack of recognition of my broader skill set. I was looking to meet similar aged successful women so that I could get an understanding of the different career paths they had walked to understand if I was wasting my time or gaining valuable experience.
Over the next 12 months, I participated in the LDMP and was also mentored by Kate. During the first three months, I was approached by a client to step up and take on the CFO role within their organisation. This was a huge promotion (3 levels higher than I was at the firm, and a negotiated salary increase of 85%). Kate helped me negotiate a revised package with my current firm which, while favourable, were not comparable, and I was then able to communicate a positive exit from the firm and continue a strong working relationship with them as a client going forward.
One of the most valuable parts about working with Kate has been gaining a better understanding of myself and my value, as well as meeting regularly with an amazing group of exceptional women.
I’d recommend getting involved in YPWA, and any of the associated courses Kate runs, to any woman who has a job they take seriously. The tools and mental clarity they arm you with can be used in a current situation or filed for future use. In my experience, the benefit you get from talking to like-minded women, even if they are in different industries or roles, will only enhance your ability to work through most career challenges as they arise.