TNT UK’s managing director, Marianne Culver, delivered a rallying call to women working in traditionally male-dominated industries this week, telling them that the key to success was being resilient, being as business-like about their careers as they are about their jobs and always having a plan B in their back pocket.
Delivering the key note speech at this weeks’ national ‘Advancing Women Academy’, run by Everywoman, Marianne also called on female leaders of the future to regularly find time ‘away from the daily drumbeat’ to reflect on whether they were being developed, stretched and fulfilled, and to build personal career plans to ensure this happened if not.
Everywoman is the UK’s largest network and learning and development platform for women in business and female entrepreneurs. Their industry -themed academy events bring together hundreds of women in, or aspiring to be in, management positions to learn from each other and leading female figures in that sector.
Opening Everywoman’s 2015 Transport and Logistics Academy in Coventry, Marianne provided an inspiring account of her career journey from teaching modern languages in Paris, Vienna and Scotland, to leading TNT UK, via positions all over the globe, where she led and turned around businesses in the high service microelectronics sector.
She admitted that the transport and logistics sector can still be perceived as male-dominated, but called on talented women to be proactive in seizing the many opportunities which do exist to help drive their companies and the wider market forward.
Marianne said: “Diversity and Inclusion play such an important role in creating an open environment where hard work is rewarded, irrespective of an individual’s race, gender or beliefs. My message, not just to talented women, but to talented men as well, is that if you are resilient, authentic and committed, with a relentless focus on building high performing teams to drive high performance, you will always be in demand in this, or any sector.
“I’m proud to be a part of an organisation where all staff are challenged, as well as valued. I am wholeheartedly committed to ensuring that all TNT employees enjoy the same quality of experience and believe that for those talented individuals who are sufficiently determined, there are many exciting opportunities to forge long and successful careers in the transport and logistics industry.”