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TGt Meets...Natarlee Lawrence, Director of Thea Recruitment, IWD Special
Meet our latest TGt Meets...Natarlee Lawrence, the director of Thea Recruitment! We interviewed Natarlee for our International Women's Day Special to find out exactly what IWD means to her.
Name: Natarlee Lawrence
Occupation: Director, Thea Recruitment
Which woman would you compare yourself to?
When you are 1 of 8 strong minded Sisters, there isn’t just one woman I would compare myself too. I would say I am made up of a little bit of each and every one of them, From, my loyalty, my impatience and my determination for justice to my ability to let things go incredibly easily. My sisters are hardworking and generous. They are supportive, cry with you, laugh with you, laugh at you! They are truly inspirational women and I like to think I possess a little piece of each of them.
What would you say is your most valuable skill and why?
Listening is definitely my most valuable skill. I find that people find it easy to open up and speak to me regardless of how long I have known them. For someone who prides the success of her career on building relationships, this skill for me is absolutely invaluable
Why do you think it's important to have an International Women's Day?
For me personally, it is about celebrating how far Women have come in all walks of life. For Women today to not take for granted the opportunities afforded to them based on the determination of many Women before us. And for us as Women to continue to strive for the absolute best to pave the way for the Women after us.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
A better work life balance was one of the many reasons I set up as self employed a year ago. I believed that I only really had to work half the time I was putting in to achieve the same results and as a result a more equal work life balance for me was born. I make the decisions on what I focus on in business and when and this has given me a very healthy work/life balance where I am able to dedicate more time to home and voluntary work.
Do you ever experience any discrimination in the workplace because of your gender?
I have suffered injustice in the workplace. At the time I didn’t equate it to gender discrimination and even now I couldn’t be 100% sure. I know I have been passed up for certain things because of the way that I look – could this be gender related? Perhaps but I am a strong believer in everything happens for a reason, even if it is not clear why at the time.
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to fellow females looking to get into your profession?
The success within my profession is based on great working relationships, trust and honesty – I truly believe this. If you appreciate what you have and work hard to maintain that, it will develop and gender should have nothing to do with it.
If you could have dinner with 5 inspirational women dead or alive, who would they be and why?
Tina Turner – her story has always inspired me. One of such great success after years of utter pain. She’s an incredible woman.
Princess Diana – I remember the devastation of the nation when Princess Diana died. It would be incredible to hear her side and discuss how she feels about the paths her children are currently following.
Maya Angelou - Words and language are a real passion of mine and Maya Angelou is a genius poet. I would love the opportunity to discuss her experiences and inspirations for her work.
Rosa Parks – Refusing to be a 2nd class citizen anymore, Rosa Parks completely changed history. It would be incredible to discuss what led her to standing her ground and could she ever imagine the impact she would have on history.
J K Rowling – Again because words and language are a real passion, it would be fascinating to learn what J K Rowling hoped to achieve on graduating University and could she ever have imagined how inspiring she would become
As a successful female, where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
Happy is definitely where I see myself. My business is steady. I have developed my education and training and perhaps taken on further responsibility alongside my business in a slightly different direction to further my skills and keep myself busy.