Carnival Australia encourages women to be brave
Carnival Cruise Line Vice President Australia, Jennifer Vandekreeke, today addressed an audience of women and men at an International Women’s Day event in Sydney, Inspiring Greatness -hosted by Jito Connected and sponsored, in part by Carnival Australia.
Speaking to a crowd of key travel industry representatives at the event, Ms Vandekreeke urged women to be brave and courageous, not perfect.
“Girls are taught to be perfect, boys are taught to be brave. If you don’t believe me, think about which uniform is more suited to climbing to the top of the monkey bars in the school playground?”
Ms Vandekreeke brought her thinking to life by sharing inspiring examples of fearless women who’ve had the courage to step into leadership roles, such as Carnival Cruise Line President, Christine Duffy.
“Years ago, Christine Duffy was rejected by Pan Am as a stewardess because she was less than 5’2”, so instead she took her love of travel to work as a travel agency receptionist. Through hard work, dedication and measured risk taking, she rose through the ranks to become the President of the largest cruise line in the world – Carnival Cruise Line. She now oversees 26 ships, 40,000 employees and the vacation dreams of 5-million guests annually,” Ms Vandekreeke said.
In a step to make the Inspiring Greatness event as practical as possible, Ms Vandekreeke was one of four women to host a ‘hard skills’ bootcamp at the event today. Her finance focussed session was driven by an observation that all too often women shy away from the numbers, which holds them back from achieving greater success in business.
“Too many times I’ve heard women say out loud ‘I hate numbers’ but with men I virtually never hear that phrase. As women, we need to get comfortable with the numbers because at the end of the day, strong financial acumen is a key attribute to success.”
Now in its second year, the Inspiring Greatness event was started by Jito Connected. The event’s vision is to inspire women at all levels of leadership and open up a conversation that will create a ripple effect in helping Australians’ to encourage other women to greatness. Carnival Australia is one of the key sponsors and partners of the event, among others.