International Women's Day 2021

I am humble to be invited for the interview and featured in an article #InternetionalWomensDay by Sapture I hope each of us find our hidden talent and develop ecosystem of greatness and righteous for all. Feel free to connect or seek advice. Thank you Danielle Chung in facilitating such a valuable shared experience. #IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge #WomenMakingSAPHappen #SaptureBlogs #leadershipchallenges #ecosystems #riseandgrow

Sapture8,205 followers6h • 6 hours ago Sapture continues to put a spotlight on amazing women with this blog for International Women's Day 2021! Make a cuppa and take 5 minutes to read the stories of these incredible women as we talk about challenges that life throws at you! Massive thank you to Amy Hawkins, Anita Wong and Brankica (Branka) Malic MITL. Your stories are truly inspiring. #IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge #WomenMakingSAPHappen #SaptureBlogs

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In 2019, Sapture launched our 'Women Making SAP Happen' initiative with the aim of highlighting some of the amazing women working in the SAP ecosystem. Now, 2 years later, we have shared some truly inspirational stories and have given an insight into the career achievements of women in the SAP industry. These stories were included in our International Women's Day Special 2020. The theme for International Women's Day 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. A challenged world is an alert world and we all have a responsibility to encourage and embrace these challenges in our world today. This year, we bring you a mini blog which digs a little deeper into some of the challenges that women face in both professional and personal lives and how they have learnt to navigate through these experiences. Amy Hawkins, Commercial Account Executive at SAP Amy, give us an insight into your current role. My current role is with SAP in Perth, W.A. I am a Senior Mid-Market Account Executive looking after our clients in all different stages of their business transformation. I thoroughly enjoy working at SAP and looking after my clients using best in class platforms and services. What unique challenges have you faced in your career as a woman? How did you overcome them? I am certainly not alone with my experiences through my early career. I entered the professional workforce in my early 20’s and I remember a lot of the time I was interrupted when I spoke and simply disregarded for one reason or another. Sometimes it was expected that I took a backseat and I was not often asked for my opinion. It does take time for people to build credibility and experience, however sometimes I was quickly ‘type-casted’ due to my gender and age. Over the years, simply from experience, I have developed confidence to really speak with authority and claim the same level of ‘space’ and respect from everyone. Which mentors or role models have positively impacted you in your career, and what's the one lesson they taught you? I’ve been very lucky to be surrounded by an incredible family and partner which I believe underpins my positive attitude and approach to life. Being appreciative for everything I have is an important mindset that I hold. The people closest to me have taught me selflessness, empathy and great resilience. From a professional perspective, I’ve worked with some very powerful, intelligent and inspirational people. I am continuously motivated and inspired to achieve a high standard due to strong leaders whom I look up to and respect. I am happy to say, there are too many to name that have influenced me to be and do better every day. How have you managed to balance your career and personal life? I was recently in a coaching session with a senior leader at SAP, and I actually asked this question to them. Their response really resonated with me. They said something along the lines of: “People try to separate work and home life, but at the end of the day, it’s all your life, and sometimes you will put more into work, and sometimes you will put more into personal aspects. It’s your choice as to what you want to focus on more at any time and balance that accordingly”. This was quite logical to me, as sometimes it feels like we let work consume us because of deadlines and schedules – however that is a choice we make at the time because of our commitment and aspirations. So, I think as long as we are conscious of the choices we make and where we invest our time for whatever reason, we can balance as need be. Be in tune with yourself and your relationships and you will know the balance you need to apply. What advice would you give to your younger self? Treat yourself kindly. Self-awareness is important to catch yourself with behaviours that are not serving you. I’m in my early 30’s now and only just starting to realise this now. "It does take time for people to build credibility and experience, however sometimes I was quickly ‘type-casted’ due to my gender and age" Anita Wong, Delivering Best Industry Practice Anita, give us an insight into your current role. I provide independent business management advice, business partner solutions, strategy development & execution, compliance and operational excellence for small and medium and digital transformation initiatives delivery for enterprise clients which usually have over 2,000 employees. I have been responsible to deliver part of the 10's of millions worth of business case which aimed to simplify the process, increase overall value, manage risks & compliance and organisation rating. I worked with multiple tier 1 consulting firms to deliver global change initiatives, to enable businesses and teams to effectively transform and contribute high value activities with the help of automation typically in manufacturing, government, utility, education and care. I enjoy very much the diversity of challenges my work brings. From building teams to delivering the solutions in lightning speed. We make sure the suppliers, system integration partners, internal stakeholders, leaders and contributors are aligned so that we recognise the impact of the outcome and the values realised, commercially and more satisfying teams as their talents are motivated to drive the overall positive outcome together going forward. What unique challenges have you faced in your career as a woman? How did you overcome them? I started working as an assistant tutor very early on when I was 10 years old. As my parents are teachers and finance managers, this inspired me to see how we can help each other to make our lives better through education, contributing value in the community and have sound financial management. I continue to support others to explore the options on personal development and strategic financial planning to achieve a more balanced lifestyle. When I was studying, I transformed from a shy lady into a well rounded person. I was given enormous tasks and people feel I can Fix or Close it with my diplomatic skills, elected to be a leader in school as deputy head prefect (similar to school captain) and executive leader of a wide range community services organisations and the journey continues. Age won't stop us from achieving, our attitude in reaching higher and willingness to support others along the journey fulfil lives. I believe in Pay It Forward, every day we learn, we pass on valuable lessons so that others can rise quicker. Which mentors or role models have positively impacted you in your career, and what’s one lesson that they taught you? Besides my parents, which I am very thankful for their lifelong roles as a friend/mentor and adviser, I am thankful to people who I met along