Better Together with Alison McClure

Updated: Oct 17, 2019

What made you want to be involved in the Arise summit?

The Arise Summit is a great opportunity to come together and share best practice and the experience of being a woman and a leader. It is also an opportunity to support those who aspire to career progression and to leadership roles. I believe one of the most important success factors for women in developing their careers is to have great role models around them and to hear the stories of ' How they did it'.

What does ‘better together’ mean to you?

To me, this means the collective strength of women in business. It is tough to be the only woman on a Board or in a meeting – I know I have been there! Pooling our talents and our strengths create an environment where women's' voices can come to the fore and everyone can benefit from our talent, skill and experience.

Who inspires you and why?

The teams I work with. My proudest career achievements have been the development of the skills and careers of those I have worked with.

What is the last book you read that inspires you on your business journey?

'Working Identity' by Herminia Ibarra. We will all work for a long time and we will all grow and change during our working lives- the career we have now may not be the career we have in the future. I love the idea of just trying a career on for size, in parallel to our day job to see how being in a different world fits with you and where you want to go.

Who makes you feel empowered?

I confess to having a Pinterest Board called titled 'Inspirational Women' and I collect all sorts from Christine Lagarde to Michelle Obama and Judy Dench!

Who would you work with to be ‘better together’

I have spent my career in Partnership in professional services – the relationship of trust and confidence you have with your fellow partners is terrific support both professionally and personally when it works well and I believe the sum of a Partnership is much greater than individual parts.

What words of wisdom would you share to your fellow attendees?

Always prepare and have confidence – you are better than you think you are


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