As part of International Women's Day, we have some words of wisdom from our female clients who have cracked that glass ceiling and made it to the top of their game. We also have personal stories from #TeamCP, sharing where we find our inspiration, while also paying homage to those who have come before us - enjoy!
Meet Mayor Samantha McIntosh
After training as a registered nurse, Cr McIntosh worked as a real estate agent and owned a range of tourism, hospitality and health support venues before being elected as a City of Ballarat councillor in 2008. Cr McIntosh was chosen to become Deputy Mayor in 2012 and Mayor in 2016, with the aim of delivering a strategic vision facilitating job creation and attracting investment by forging partnerships and advocating for Ballarat residents. Cr McIntosh is married with four adult children.
Q: After having worked in a range of industries, becoming a local government councillor and now Mayor, what drives you to keep on trying new things and challenging yourself professionally?
A: There is always more to be done and greater things to be achieved. When you experience the buzz of the successful delivery of both small and large projects, the satisfaction, excitement and drive become an irresistible response.
Q: What career moves do you credit with your success?
A: One of the most rewarding and proud deliveries in my career has been the successful restoration of a number of heritage properties (some including businesses), along with significant media mapping and collation of social and cultural history. Being on the opening show for the ABC Series “Who’s Been Sleeping in My House” is a great example of this.
Q: What has been the most rewarding moment in your career?
A: Being elected Mayor of the City of Ballarat, with my family present to witness it, was my most rewarding moment. Through my career, there has been a great deal of political challenges and I am proud that I have been successful at staying above this.
Q: What has been the most challenging moment in your career and what did you learn from this moment?
A: With four gorgeous children comes many challenges. My role as ‘mum’ is paramount and, when faced with the trauma associated with a child living with a life-threatening illness, I had to re-evaluate our journey and best way forward. I learned that there is always a way and that those you have helped will be there to help you.
Q: What do you believe is the most important thing that can be done to see women succeed in the workplace?
A: I believe there should be a respect, compassion and understanding shared between ‘all’ members of the working environment. If time is taken to understand diverse views, with a negotiable and collaborative approach, there is most often success.
Q: What advice would you give to young women hoping to break into politics?
A: You need to be true to yourself, honest to your constituents, transparent and compassionate even if you don’t share the same view. Your ability to exude confidence and commitment to your cause is imperative for success. For those women putting your hand up, there is a 50 per cent chance of being elected against a male – if you nominate.