A Trainee's contribution to International Women's Day

In this blog post, trainee Isabel Rawlings shares her experience getting involved with International Women's Day at Burges Salmon

19 May 2022

This article was written by Isabel Rawlings

International Women’s Day and “BBalanced”

During my Training Contract, I have been involved with Burges Salmon's Diversity & Inclusion network, BBalanced. The network champions gender equality and works to advance gender balance across the firm.

March was a lively month for BBalanced due to the annual occurrence of International Women's Day ("IWD"), a global celebration of women, women's history and achievements in society. I was honoured to speak on the panel at the firm's IWD panel event, "The Big Ask", themed #breakthebias.

The panel was formed of wonderful women from across the firm, each with a story to tell. I enjoyed sharing my career experiences so far and my journey that has led me to my Training Contract.

Being on the panel, listening to others' stories and being amongst a crowd of women and men supporting each other to embrace who they are and become their most confident selves in the workplace was something really special.

What I learned

The three key takeaways from the panel discussion that will stick with me throughout my career are:

  1. To say "yes" to opportunities as they arise - don't shy away from a challenge
  1. To learn on those around you for support - there is a wealth of knowledge and friendship around you, so use it
  1. To not "pull up the ladder" for those behind you - share your wisdom and champion others

D&I at the firm

The panel event was one of the first big in-person events hosted by the firm since the pandemic began. As a result, the atmosphere was full of energy and excitement about connecting in real life. The Atrium came into its own when the panel came to a close and the BBalanced signature Cosmopolitan cocktails started flowing, with the sound of a female string-quartet echoing through the room.

There is always something to look forward to at Burges Salmon, and I recommend to all current and incoming trainees to get involved with the D&I networks to enrich your experience, network with colleagues and make your contribution to the firm's important D&I strategy.

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