Trailblazing the boardroom: Getting a seat at the table

Getting a seat at the table - Spilling The T


In this episode of Spilling the T, we delve into the dynamic journeys of Gill Mahon, Chief People & Places Officer, and Fiona Hood, Head of Tech Presales, both trailblazers at Totalmobile. Join us as we explore their experiences, challenges, and triumphs in navigating the corporate world, breaking barriers, and securing their place in the boardroom.

We sit down with Gill Mahon and Fiona Hood from Totalmobile, who share their incredible journeys from unexpected beginnings to influential roles within the tech industry.

Gill provides a fascinating glimpse into her transition from recruitment to tech HR, while Fiona recounts her 25-year journey at Totalmobile, shedding light on gender dynamics and the persistence required to thrive in a traditionally male-dominated field.

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Discover the innovative and compassionate approaches Totalmobile has adopted to create a supportive work environment, including a groundbreaking maternity policy that underscores the importance of flexibility for working mothers. Gill and Fiona delve into the significance of strong female mentorship and a diverse workplace, sharing personal anecdotes that emphasize the value of empathy and psychological safety in leadership. Their stories highlight how authenticity and self-awareness can foster a culture where everyone feels valued and empowered to bring their whole selves to work.

Finally, explore practical strategies for balancing the many roles women often juggle, from motherhood to leadership. Gill and Fiona offer advice on seeking balance over perfection, combating imposter syndrome, and the critical role of mentorship and networking. They also share their vision for the future of female leadership, advocating for mentorship programs, sponsorship schemes, and board readiness courses to prepare women for leadership positions.

Tune in for an episode brimming with actionable insights and powerful stories from two trailblazing women in tech.


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