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Celebrating the Women of GLOBO on International Women's Day

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 8, 2021 1:34:11 PM / by GLOBO

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In honor of International Women's Day, we're looking to the women in leadership at GLOBO.

We're lucky to have such incredible, talented women across departments. In honor of International Women's Day, we're excited to have them share their inspirations, achievements, and pieces of advice:

 Katelyn O'Brien

Katelyn O'Brien

Chief of Staff

 

Who is a woman that inspires you?

The woman that inspires me is my mom, also known as Lola, in the family. She is my inspiration because she has taught me to be strong, especially in tough times. Life is never going to be easy or go the way you have thought or planned. To be patient, be strong, and be kind to others. My mom is one of the strongest people I know, and I hope to have the strength that she has one day.

What achievement are you most proud of?

My most proud accomplishment is completing the Philadelphia Rock n Roll Half Marathon. That race was one of the toughest races I have done, not only physically but mentally.


What piece of advice would you give to other women looking to grow professionally?

The advice I would give is to trust your instincts. Be open-minded and take advice from others while still relying on your gut to make the right decision. 


What are you currently reading or watching?

Watching: Anything on Bravo!

Reading: I am currently reading "You are a Badass" by Jen Sincero.

 

 

Francesca Mayr

Francesca Mayr

Director of Marketing & Engagement 

 

Who is a woman that inspires you?

My mom! My mom gets stuff done. She's had a long career as an extremely talented technical project and program manager. She has a knack for understanding people both personally and professionally and helping them to get unstuck. She's an excellent listener, super goal-driven, and the most fun to be around (she's an especially fun reality-show-binging partner). I'm beyond grateful for the example she set for me.

 

What achievement are you most proud of?

I am most proud of spearheading GLOBO's internal monthly Brainstorming &  Feedback ritual. Watching that program grow and serving our team with an outlet for creative, collaborative problem solving is hugely gratifying to me.

 

What piece of advice would you give to other women looking to grow professionally?

The best piece of advice I've ever received that I pass on every chance I get is to do what makes sense. It's so simple, it seems silly, but giving yourself permission to take action even if a process doesn't exist, consensus can't be reached, or it's unclear what "should" happen is freeing and opens up professional doors. If there's no clear next step, feel empowered to use your judgement, gather the information you need, and then do the next right thing.

 

What are you currently reading or watching?

I am excited to start reading "That Sounds Fun" by Annie F. Downs! "That Sounds Fun" explores why pursuing fun is important (not silly or shallow at all).

 

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Agustina Gomez Beret

Vice President, Finance

 

Who is a woman that inspires you?

Mother Theresa because of her unconditional love for others.

 

What achievement are you most proud of?

Building an amazing Finance team!

 

What piece of advice would you give to other women looking to grow professionally?

Be open to opportunities and never give up on your path to achieving your goals.

 

What are you currently reading or watching?

Reading: "What Got You Here Won't Get You There" by Marshall Goldsmith.
Watching: "Shameless"
 
 
Meg Ruthenberg
Meg Ruthenberg

Senior Director of Operations

 

Who is a woman that inspires you?

Ruth Bader Ginsburg asserted that “women belong in all the places where decisions are being made.” In my life, I’ve been lucky to have been surrounded by women who understood this a priori and played their roles in business, leadership, and advocacy unapologetically. I got my start in the language services industry with Kathleen Diamond, who started a language services company in the 1970s, which she grew into a healthy acquisition target. Kathleen has advocated for and mentored women entrepreneurs all her career - and she still checks up on me.

 

What achievement are you most proud of?

While I have been fortunate to enjoy many professional successes, I am most proud of the people I have hired and mentored over my years in this industry. Investing in people is one of the most rewarding aspects of being in a management role and one of the best ways to achieve successful growth.

 

What piece of advice would you give to other women looking to grow professionally?

Be assertive and advocate for yourself. Be curious and a lifelong learner and you will be able to provide value in your profession in different ways.

 

What are you currently reading or watching?

I’m reading "Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows" by Balli Kaur Jaswal and have an unhealthy fixation with home renovation shows like "Rehab Addict Rescue."

 

Alison Walsh

Alison Walsh

Vice President, Legal

 

Who is a woman that inspires you?

The person I admire most is my Mom. She was known for her grace, dignity and compassion. She was someone who always made people feel comfortable and respected. Also, she always carried herself with poise and graciousness.

 

What achievement are you most proud of?

Driving from a business meeting in Alabama that ran late to Atlanta, Georgia to make my flight home with literally 2 minutes to spare. Thankfully I did because, unknown to me, my now husband had been planning on proposing that night and I got home in time.

 

What piece of advice would you give to other women looking to grow professionally?

Don't worry about making mistakes. Women often try to be perfectionists, but no one is perfect and that is ok.  Just learn from the mistake and move on.

 

What are you currently reading or watching?

Reading: "The Lost Girls of Paris" by Pam Jenoff.

Watching: "Schitt's Creek"

 

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Lyndsy Kelley

Human Resources Manager

 

Who is a woman that inspires you?

This is a really hard question because there are so many inspirational women. This is so cliche but I really fell in love with Michelle Obama after reading her book. Her story is remarkable and I love how honest she is. She is strong, radiates confidence, seems to have a big heart, and also knows how to laugh. But on a more accessible level, I am frequently inspired by all the women in my life. I am lucky to have a truly incredible support system of women who are all different, have their individual strengths and weaknesses, but are all the same in that we learn from each other and tell each other regularly that we are capable and can do anything! 

 

What achievement are you most proud of?

I have 2 things that I am really proud of. In 2018, I bought a condo in Philadelphia at 30 years old. Growing up, I always figured I would buy a home with another person, like after getting married -- I never thought I'd own a home on my own and it was a really big moment for me to be able to do that. Then in September 2019, I took my first vacation alone. I loved it so much, that I did it again the following March (right before COVID hit)! There were a lot of people who were surprised that I'd be doing these things alone. I've always been independent but there was always this assumption that I'd need to rely on someone else or have someone with me to see and do the things I wanted. In both achievements, I stepped out of my comfort zone, learned a lot about myself, and the rewards were SO worth it. 

 

What piece of advice would you give to other women looking to grow professionally?  

1. Be your authentic self. I see a lot of advice that are pushing women (and men!) to be someone that they're not to fit in with an ideal of who you're "supposed" to be or what you're "supposed" to be doing. Do the work to determine who you are and what you want, and go for it, unapologetically.

2. Find a strong support system. Whether it's your partner, your family, your friends, your supervisor, your work friends -- make sure the people around you want to see you succeed and encourage you along the way.

 

What are you currently reading or watching?

I am SO boring and watch very little TV, and unfortunately read even less (even though I love reading). I love listening to music though and usually have it on all day. I use both Apple Music and Spotify. My top playlists on Spotify are "my life is a movie," "Afternoon Acoustic," "Kitchen Swagger," and anything in the "Feel Good" category on Apple Music.

 


 

About International Women's Day 

International Women's Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.

IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.

 

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