Vygon Voices: A celebration of International Women’s Day
Katie Kingston | Senior Leadership Team | 14 Years of Service
"For me, International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate girls and women all over the world – to recognise achievements and celebrate women supporting women – to show appreciation for each other and a bit of girl power!"
"So take those opportunities, say yes when they arise and back yourself!"
Iona Mackenzie | Product Specialist | 5 Years of Service
"For me, International Women's Day is an opportunity to appreciate all the contributions made to medicine and healthcare by women throughout history, like Betsi Cadwaladr, Florence Nightingale and Marie Curie. While these women were underappreciated in their time, it's important today to remind ourselves how fortunate we are to have their legacy."
"At Vygon, we value the contributions of all women, and today celebrate and appreciate all women in healthcare."
Claire Bentham | Sales Enablement Manager | 3 Years of Service
"International Women’s Day is a chance for me to remember the strong women that have influenced me both professionally and personally."
"At Vygon we know that working together in support of each other we will continue to shine."
Sapphire Coggins | Clinical Technical Advisor | 2 Months of Service
"For me, International Women's Day is a time to reflect on the monumental shift within women’s rights year upon year. It is an opportunity to unite, stand as one, and embrace the shared power, strength, and essence of being a woman. It is stripping back the layers of societal pressures we so frequently feel as women, and advocates as a time to use our voices, and remain unapologetically brave, bold, and fierce in the face of adversity."
"Vygon supports women within the business to stand true in their power. Equality runs deep within the heart of Vygon, and women are actively invited to participate, speak up, be brave, and remain ambitious. There is no role a woman cannot undertake within this innovative organisation, and I am excited to see this attitude go from strength to strength. The theme and future for the women of Vygon is bright, collaborative, and equal."
Kate O’Connell | Technical Manager | 18 1/2 Years of Service
"For me, it means a day of reflection and celebration of women everywhere. There are still many challenges and obstacles for women all over the world, but IWD is an opportunity to recognise the successes and progress toward a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. I have experienced many challenges as a woman and have spent years fighting stereotypes and discrimination. I have young nieces and I’m so proud that the world they are growing up in is more inclusive and supportive of women, full of opportunities, and they are free to choose how to live their lives."
"Vygon has seen a great shift over the years and women are celebrated within all teams. We have a great representation of women in the UK MMT driving and implementing change. I’ve always felt supported within Vygon and my gender has never held me back. I started in the Warehouse which at the time was male dominated but I felt accepted and encouraged to progress through the business. There are fantastic female leaders throughout Vygon, standing side by side with male colleagues. I’m proud to be part of an organisation that is inclusive of all women."
Wendy Huynh | Associate Product Specialist | 5 Months of Service
"To me, International Women’s Day is a reminder to thank the strong women who have come before us, who navigated challenging culture and expectations by exhibiting strong leadership and revolutionary vision to allow all women today to do what we do."
"At Vygon, I admire and am grateful for the amazing women I work with, for their support, empathy, leadership and passion."
Bharti Trivedi | Key Account Manager | 4 1/2 Years of Service
"International Women’s Day means taking the time to show support, respect and gratitude to all women around the world for the contributions each and everyone of us make each day. It’s a day to celebrate the progress we have made so far."
"At Vygon, we are surrounded by strong and successful women who act as role models that young women can look up to and can see their future selves in."
Sarah McKenna | Clinical Technical Advisor | 2 Months of Service
"I feel it offers women an opportunity to remind ourselves to take the time to celebrate our differences and similarities. #EmbraceEquity being the theme this year gives focus to the concept of being treated fairly and impartially which if adopted would create an open, honest, inclusive environment where individuals feel safe and can grow without judgement."
"Since starting at Vygon recently, I have been made to feel very welcome, have been treated fairly and given opportunities that meet my needs as an individual – be being woman hasn’t factored into this at all as Vygon has seen me for the clinical experience and knowledge I bring to the company, not my gender. Therefore, Vygon appears to be promoting an inclusive environment for everyone, women included, which I can only see ever developing into bigger and better things."
Nicola Pyke | Clinical Nurse Advisor South | 3 Years of Service
"On International Women’s Day I’d like to add that there are many talented and successful women within the company setting that we all can aspire to their attributes."
"Working at Vygon, a woman is seen as equal. It demonstrates that there are opportunities within Vygon for women to strive for a successful career without the discrimination of being a woman."
Caroline Redmond | National Sales Manager | 5 Months of Service
"It means regardless of being born as a woman from whatever background – that I am respected and equal with no discrimination. I come from a generation where I had to fight and overstretch, and it is brilliant to see women in our day and age who do not have to fight and are accepted as they are with no reflection on their gender.
I celebrate women who push the boundaries with flare and finesse. My idol is a lady called Mow Mowlan, ‘’People working together can overcome many obstacles, often within themselves, and by doing so can make the world a better place.”― Mo Mowlam, Momentum: The Struggle for Peace, Politics and the People . When I heard Jacinda Arden say – would you ask that of Obama and John Key – it showed me things have changed and are continuing to change."
"At Vygon it is clear to me that women are celebrated in the workplace, our own MD within the first few days of working as MD many years ago changed our dress code policy to allow us to wear trousers and from there has always celebrated women in the workplace and encouraged us to be the best professionals regardless of gender."
Andria Thomas | HR Manager | 4 1/2 Years of Service
"It’s day for me to appreciate my female colleagues and recognise the support and encouragement they have given to me, and to enjoy and celebrate their achievements and ambitions. It’s also a time to reflect on how far equal rights for women has come in recent decades, whilst also recognising that there is more to do."
What does International Women's Day mean to you? #EmbraceEquity