Women in maritime
Group Management team: Elisabeth’s story
I was drawn to shipping because of the connectivity it creates between people, places and societies. Our role in Connecting Europe – whether that’s people or goods in the supply chain – is exciting. Ever since my first day at Stena Line, when I joined a regional management team, I have been one of few women in meetings, and often the only one representing a commercial part of the business.
Always look for new challenges
I think it’s great that women now make up half of the Group Management team, and are seeing more and more women in the company. It’s a stepping stone in continuing our journey to become a truly diverse company, and to further enhance the value of our business. Gender is one of many aspects when it comes to diversity, and we need to challenge ourselves to keep making progress. Now we’ve got gender balance in the GM team, I want to ask: “what can we do next?”.
Focus on the future
I’m really keen for us to keep doing more – both in terms of gender equality and other aspects of diversity. In some areas of the business we struggle to move beyond the traditional norms for our industry. I believe in sharing our love and passion for shipping, particularly with the younger generation – there are careers here they might not know about or haven’t considered as viable options yet. Building that into our long term thinking is a great way forward.
Recognise your value
I would like to say to anyone who’s not part of the majority – you are a role model, just by being in our industry. We all play a part. Understand that you are doing so much more than your job description by being here and contributing to change. In some contexts, if you’re not part of the norm, you’re carrying extra responsibility and that can be tough – but you should know that your contribution matters and you are valued.
Each one of us is responsible for driving change in our decisions. We are all on a journey and we need to do what we can to facilitate change and take our company – and our industry – forward.
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