Leading Woman


ASHLEY HENDERSON
EVENT PRODUCER
LEAGUE TWENTY TWO 

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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU’VE FACED FROM BEING A WOMAN IN YOUR FIELD?

I WOULD SAY, I DON'T HAVE TOO MANY CHALLENGES BEING A BLACK WOMAN IN THIS INDUSTRY BECAUSE THE EVENTS INDUSTRY IS DOMINATED BY WOMEN AS A WHOLE, BUT SOMETIMES WE FAIL TO GET THE RESPECT OF EQUAL PAY AND OPPORTUNITY AS OUR OTHER COUNTERPARTS. 

HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THOSE CHALLENGES? 

WORKING HARDER AND BEING MORE STRATEGIC WITH POSITIONING AND PROJECTS TO SHOW THAT WE CAN BE JUST AS COMPETITIVE AND EXECUTE ON A HIGH LEVEL AS WELL 

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER WOMEN LOOKING TO EXCEL IN YOUR INDUSTRY?

DON'T TAKE ANY SHORTCUTS AND ALWAYS PROTECT YOUR REPUTATION AND CHARACTER. WORK HARD AND THE MONEY WILL COME. AND GET THE MOST EXPERIENCE YOU CAN- IT'S THE BEST TEACHER. 

WHAT CAN MEN DO TO BETTER SUPPORT WOMEN IN YOUR INDUSTRY? 

I WOULD SAY OVERALL UPLIFT AND ACKNOWLEDGE HARD WORKING WOMEN AND SUPPORT WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES. IF YOU'RE IN THE POSITION TO HIRE US, DO SO. ALWAYS MAINTAIN PROFESSIONAL WORKING ENVIRONMENTS WHERE A WOMAN CAN FEEL COMFORTABLE AND AT EASE TO FOCUS ON JOB EXECUTION. 

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