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International Women’s Day: celebrating our heroines, supporting our future stars.

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Celebrating our heroines:

Photographers, footballers and members of their own family… for the men on our team, female inspiration comes from everywhere.

1. David Sutton, Senior Designer

Jill Scott, Lioness

Working in grassroots women’s football for my local club, I’ve seen the impact Jill has had first-hand. She’s been a brilliant advocate for the women’s game, pushing and campaigning for better facilities, more media coverage and actively encouraging girls from a younger age to take up football. I’ve also been lucky enough to meet her and she’s a genuine, down-to-earth and all-round great woman.

2. Leigh Sheridan, Creative Director

My daughter, Zara

“There are many women that I admire - especially the hugely talented bunch within our agency - but of them all, I have to say Zara. At 9 years old, she epitomises the spirit of ‘this girl can.’ Whether its football, athletics, singing or musical theatre, she takes on everything with sheer positivity and self-belief. She has the attitude that she can do anything, and I really believe she can. ”

3. James Doddrell, Senior Account Manager

Holly Duffy, Head of Group Performance Marketing at STM Group

“I’ve worked with many assertive and powerful women, but Holly is up there as one of the best. She’s always happy to support with quotes and jobs and is a strong and inspirational manager to her incredible digital team. A true leader and ‘get sh*t done-r!”

Stephen Frater, Managing Director

Jackie Holt, Former partner at BJL

“Jackie was part of the predominantly female led, 2004 management buyout team that transformed Barrington Johnson Lorains into BJL, which became one of the biggest independent agencies outside London. During my time working there, I was always amazed at her involvement in pretty much every piece of work that passed through the business. She was on top of everything, and whenever there was any difficulty, it was Jackie who knew how to sort things out. ”

Jon-Paul Lightfoot, Head of Packaging

Jameela Jamil, Actress and Presenter

“Not just an amazing actor and funny woman, she always stands up for the underdog and puts those old American ‘decision making’ men in their place. This girl rocks!”

Tuna Ekici, Designer

Vivian Maier, Photographer

“A female street photographer in the mid 20th century, Vivian was truly ahead of her time. Despite the many challenges and obstacles she faced, she persevered and created a body of work that’s considered some of the most important in the genre. Her evocative, intimate photographs and sheer dedication to her craft continue to inspire. ”

Supporting the stars of the future:

1. Lucy Edmonds, Account Director

“Always ask questions, even if they sound obvious – it’s always important to have clarity. Never be too proud to ask for help if you need it. And if a task seems daunting, take a step back and write a plan or structure. All of a sudden, it won’t seem so overwhelming.”

2. Laurie Foxon, Head of Content

“Don’t compare yourself to others – everyone is on their own path, with their own individual goals. Success isn’t linear, and feeling like you should have hit a certain milestone by a certain time only adds unnecessary pressure and distracts from everything you have already achieved. And make sure you celebrate every success, big or small – be your own biggest cheerleader!”

3. Helen Kennedy, Creative Copywriter

“When it comes to applying for jobs, just go for it! I think we often feel we need to fulfil every single criteria on of a job description before we apply, but this definitely isn’t always the case. If you have some relevant experience, it’s always worth a shot. And if an employer can really see your potential, they’ll be happy to help you upskill in additional areas.”

4. Steph Calver, Deputy Creative Director

“If you have self-doubt, don’t assume you’re the only one feeling that way. Even super successful people feel like they’re making it up as they go along – it was real game-changer when I learned a woman I really admire also experienced imposter syndrome. Use any doubt as fuel to keep learning, keep striving, and keep achieving better things.”

5. Rachael Hill, Creative Copywriter

“My tip would be to back yourself. It’s easy to let that voice inside your head take over and stop you from achieving the things you’re capable of. But you are good enough, and you can put yourself out there – whether it’s something small like contributing in a meeting for the first time, or a big step like applying for the dream job role you weren’t sure you were quite ready for. Once you start believing in yourself, you’ll be surprised how far you can go.”

6. Charlotte Booker, Campaign Manager

“Whether you’re looking at your job success or your life in general, don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Everyone is at different stages of their lives and as long as you’re happy, that’s all that matters. And never be afraid to ask questions if you’re not sure – that’s always better than getting halfway through a task and it not be what was asked of you.”

7. Holly Duffy, Head of Group Performance Marketing

“The advice I wish I was told earlier in my career is... appreciate that you don't know all of the answers. Much of the invaluable knowledge I have now has come from working alongside other incredibly talented individuals, pestering them for information, and in the early days, asking really honest questions. Yes you can Google, but you can't beat speaking to a talented Strategy Director or an accomplished Creative Director, and being CURIOUS. The type of knowledge you'll gather from doing this just isn't available on search engines.”

8. Kate Evans, Account Director

“Always look for opportunities and take them, especially if they’ll take you out of your comfort zone and into something new. Find out who you are, what you want and what your values are – and don’t compromise on them to meet social expectations.”

Stm_grp is all about perpetual thinking – an ethos that extends to the way we nurture our talent in our team. With a constant focus on what’s next, we’ll always look for new ways to make sure everyone on our team thrives, regardless of gender.

#InternationalWomensDay #EmbraceEquity

Celebrating our heroines:

Photographers, footballers and members of their own family… for the men on our team, female inspiration comes from everywhere.

1. David Sutton, Senior Designer

Jill Scott, Lioness

Working in grassroots women’s football for my local club, I’ve seen the impact Jill has had first-hand. She’s been a brilliant advocate for the women’s game, pushing and campaigning for better facilities, more media coverage and actively encouraging girls from a younger age to take up football. I’ve also been lucky enough to meet her and she’s a genuine, down-to-earth and all-round great woman.

2. Leigh Sheridan, Creative Director

My daughter, Zara

“There are many women that I admire - especially the hugely talented bunch within our agency - but of them all, I have to say Zara. At 9 years old, she epitomises the spirit of ‘this girl can.’ Whether its football, athletics, singing or musical theatre, she takes on everything with sheer positivity and self-belief. She has the attitude that she can do anything, and I really believe she can. ”

3. James Doddrell, Senior Account Manager

Holly Duffy, Head of Group Performance Marketing at STM Group

“I’ve worked with many assertive and powerful women, but Holly is up there as one of the best. She’s always happy to support with quotes and jobs and is a strong and inspirational manager to her incredible digital team. A true leader and ‘get sh*t done-r!”

Stephen Frater, Managing Director

Jackie Holt, Former partner at BJL

“Jackie was part of the predominantly female led, 2004 management buyout team that transformed Barrington Johnson Lorains into BJL, which became one of the biggest independent agencies outside London. During my time working there, I was always amazed at her involvement in pretty much every piece of work that passed through the business. She was on top of everything, and whenever there was any difficulty, it was Jackie who knew how to sort things out. ”

Jon-Paul Lightfoot, Head of Packaging

Jameela Jamil, Actress and Presenter

“Not just an amazing actor and funny woman, she always stands up for the underdog and puts those old American ‘decision making’ men in their place. This girl rocks!”

Tuna Ekici, Designer

Vivian Maier, Photographer

“A female street photographer in the mid 20th century, Vivian was truly ahead of her time. Despite the many challenges and obstacles she faced, she persevered and created a body of work that’s considered some of the most important in the genre. Her evocative, intimate photographs and sheer dedication to her craft continue to inspire. ”

Supporting the stars of the future:

1. Lucy Edmonds, Account Director

“Always ask questions, even if they sound obvious – it’s always important to have clarity. Never be too proud to ask for help if you need it. And if a task seems daunting, take a step back and write a plan or structure. All of a sudden, it won’t seem so overwhelming.”

2. Laurie Foxon, Head of Content

“Don’t compare yourself to others – everyone is on their own path, with their own individual goals. Success isn’t linear, and feeling like you should have hit a certain milestone by a certain time only adds unnecessary pressure and distracts from everything you have already achieved. And make sure you celebrate every success, big or small – be your own biggest cheerleader!”

3. Helen Kennedy, Creative Copywriter

“When it comes to applying for jobs, just go for it! I think we often feel we need to fulfil every single criteria on of a job description before we apply, but this definitely isn’t always the case. If you have some relevant experience, it’s always worth a shot. And if an employer can really see your potential, they’ll be happy to help you upskill in additional areas.”

4. Steph Calver, Deputy Creative Director

“If you have self-doubt, don’t assume you’re the only one feeling that way. Even super successful people feel like they’re making it up as they go along – it was real game-changer when I learned a woman I really admire also experienced imposter syndrome. Use any doubt as fuel to keep learning, keep striving, and keep achieving better things.”

5. Rachael Hill, Creative Copywriter

“My tip would be to back yourself. It’s easy to let that voice inside your head take over and stop you from achieving the things you’re capable of. But you are good enough, and you can put yourself out there – whether it’s something small like contributing in a meeting for the first time, or a big step like applying for the dream job role you weren’t sure you were quite ready for. Once you start believing in yourself, you’ll be surprised how far you can go.”

6. Charlotte Booker, Campaign Manager

“Whether you’re looking at your job success or your life in general, don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Everyone is at different stages of their lives and as long as you’re happy, that’s all that matters. And never be afraid to ask questions if you’re not sure – that’s always better than getting halfway through a task and it not be what was asked of you.”

7. Holly Duffy, Head of Group Performance Marketing

“The advice I wish I was told earlier in my career is... appreciate that you don't know all of the answers. Much of the invaluable knowledge I have now has come from working alongside other incredibly talented individuals, pestering them for information, and in the early days, asking really honest questions. Yes you can Google, but you can't beat speaking to a talented Strategy Director or an accomplished Creative Director, and being CURIOUS. The type of knowledge you'll gather from doing this just isn't available on search engines.”

8. Kate Evans, Account Director

“Always look for opportunities and take them, especially if they’ll take you out of your comfort zone and into something new. Find out who you are, what you want and what your values are – and don’t compromise on them to meet social expectations.”

Stm_grp is all about perpetual thinking – an ethos that extends to the way we nurture our talent in our team. With a constant focus on what’s next, we’ll always look for new ways to make sure everyone on our team thrives, regardless of gender.

#InternationalWomensDay #EmbraceEquity

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