Taylor Root is proud to be supporting International Women's Day 2018. We have interviewed a selection of our female clients asking them how they are pressing forward for women's gender parity #pressforprogress
Taylor Root interviewed Ceri Malyn, Senior Group Counsel, Belron International
If you could tell your younger self one thing what would it be and why?
When you know something isn’t right for you, have the confidence to make a brave decision and try something else.
If you had to start your career from scratch, knowing what you know now, what would you do differently?
Work hard but put less pressure on myself to know exactly where I would end up. With the right mind-set anything is possible and there are lots of options.
Of the people that inspire you, what character traits do they have which you admire?
Character and integrity are very important to me. Positivity and a progressive attitude are traits I admire and value.
If I were to ask people in your workplace for three adjectives that best describe you, what would they say?
I have asked around and the common themes are genuine, approachable and flexible.
How do you motivate yourself and stay motivated?
I’m naturally pretty driven. My family are a big motivator. I would like to be a great role model to my children as a professional woman.
If you were to be a mentor to someone within your profession, what one piece of advice would you give?
Take pride in your work and do a great job. Stay true to yourself and your personal values and goals. Be open minded and consider the potentially high value in fair and well intentioned feedback. The work you deliver is only one element of your role and, ultimately, your success. Despite the time pressure of work, try to find time to build and, importantly, maintain great relationships and don’t take your eye off your personal development – both self and career.
What is your personal mantra?
Be true to yourself.
How is gender parity being achieved in your profession and what do you think needs to be done to press for progress?
In my experience, there is a good female representation in the in house legal market. I hope that this will continue and that there will be more gender diversity at senior levels in the future. Internal and external initiatives will help influence this but we can all play a part within our roles/teams and our wider networks.
What would you say the top 3 skills are needed in order to be successful in your industry?
The ability to learn new things quickly (both what is happening in the organisation you are part of but also externally) and identify issues but remain solution focussed. Developing and supporting a great team and network – as your role becomes more senior, success will only be possible if you have a great team and network. Build and maintain great relationships - obviously having strong communication skills and the right approach is key to this.
What kind of legacy do you wish to leave behind?
I’d like to think that I will have helped people to make the best of themselves and embrace opportunities to develop and succeed. I would also like to think that I can have some impact on making the workplace a more level playing field for both women and people from a variety of backgrounds.