Each For Equal

By March 9, 20202019, Articles
International Women's Day

We continue to honour the amazing women we work with at GAJ as we recognise International Women’s Day.

Regina Santos, Associate Lighting Designer

How important is it for women to lift each other up and what does that mean to you? 

To lift each other up means to embrace each other, not compete with each other.  Being kind, compassionate, collaborative, and not afraid to share what you know and what you believe in can help build a great foundation to solid heart-based connection, professionally and personally.  We’re all going through similar struggles so sharing our experience and supporting each other is fundamental.

On International Women’s Day, what is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about their careers? 

I would say – you can do it!  Nothing is impossible, you just have to believe in yourself.  Don’t be afraid to ask if there is something you don’t know or when in doubt.  Listen before speaking, but when you speak, don’t be afraid to say what you mean.  Don’t be quick on making assumptions or judgment, be kind.

Who was your role model as you were starting your career and why? 

The first is my mom.  Always eager to work and help others, she was never afraid to start something new and was always supportive and enthusiastic in her encouragement of me and my professional path.  Secondly I name Kai Piippo, an incredibly talented person with a generous heart who has made amazing achievements in lighting  and who inspired me to take the leap to engage in a new profession.  And finally two ladies: Anne Bureau and Susanna Antico both of whom are amazing lighting designers who took the stand in conferences to share their experience. And what an amazing experience they have to share.

Felishya Ibrahim, Electrical Engineer

How important is it for women to lift each other up and what does that mean to you?

Even in the 21st century, women face glass ceilings in their career, so it is important that women come together to overcome the limitations they face to achieve their full potential. Women in leadership roles are leading the way in setting examples to young generation and I have been lucky and proud to have had women team leaders throughout my career who have been great mentors and role models for me.

On International Women’s Day, what is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about their careers?

Take the plunge and never be afraid of making mistakes. Push your boundaries and take up new challenges. The sooner you to step out of your comfort zone the sooner you’ll realise that no hurdle or road block can stop you from achieving your goals.

Who was your role model as you were starting your career and why? 

I have had more than one role model at the start and throughout my career. My sister was a great inspiration when I was started my career. She had a successful career while taking care of two little children. Some of my women colleagues and team leaders have always encouraged me to aspire for more and move out of my comfort zone.