Leading audit, tax and consulting firm RSM was joined by Caroline Nokes MP, at an event hosted by the firm’s employee Empower Network, to discuss advocacy for women in business alongside her work as Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee.
The event for RSM employees within the firm’s southern region heard from the MP for Romsey and Southampton North who shared her experience of starting a career in politics and how it led to her current work addressing equality issues such as gender, race and ethnicity, disability, faith and age.
Speaking at the event Caroline shared the importance of building alliances and focusing on your strengths. Offering advice to more junior members in the firm she pulled on experience of placing herself in circumstances where she had to work on her weaknesses, and not focusing on the need to be the best to start with, instead she urged people to find a way that works for them.
RSM’s Empower Network offers collective support for women throughout their careers in the firm. The Empower network works to remove some of the barriers to progression typically faced by women and men and aims to seek balance within professional lives.
Hosting the event, Paul Anthony, RSM’s Southern Regional Managing Partner said: ‘The opportunity to hear from an MP who is at the heart of implementing change around equality issues is few and far between. Across RSM there is huge talent and a key aim for us is to create an inclusive talent pool which reflects the values of the organisation.
‘Caroline’s experience of starting a career where men dominated the benches of Westminster may not have surprised some of us, however we were all in agreement around the challenges and need to address inequality, and ensure women have their voices heard.’
Caroline Nokes MP said: ‘It was great to speak with RSM’s Empower network and share our experience of the issues affecting inequality within the workplace. I know how hard it can be as a woman in a male dominated work place, and always seize the opportunity to talk to others about the need for women to establish networks and mentoring opportunities, sending the elevator down so that women following after us don’t have to climb a rickety ladder.’