The theme for International women’s day being held on Monday, March 8, 2021, is Choose to Challenge… IWD is all about choosing to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. As a successful woman in business, what advice would you give to young women wanting to forge a similar path to you in business?
J: I’d advise young women to follow their own truth, their own vision, seek council from mentors that you trust and you know have your best interest at heart. Endure the ups and downs, it’s all part of the adventure.
What challenges did you face when you were first getting started in business and fashion and how have you learned to overcome these over the years?
J: Life is full of challenges in every area of life. You’ve got to have a lot of love for what you do because when you come up against those inevitable difficult periods you need a great deal of heart and mettle to see you through them.
International Women’s Day is about celebrating women’s achievements, what is your biggest and proudest achievement to date?
J: I’m a brave person – I’m proud of that. it’s a quality that is important to me. Also my ability to find humour in difficult moments. Laughter means a great deal to me – it’s a gift that’s been given to me by others when I’ve really needed it. I try to give that to others when they need it, sometimes it’s the only thing you can offer. There’s wisdom in lightheartedness
What does International Women’s day mean to you?
J: International Woman’s Day is a day to celebrate woman, all the incredible qualities they bring to the human experience… a day to appreciate women globally, their triumphs and to acknowledge the devastating atrocities that are committed against women every day, hopefully having these incredibly important conversations will change the future for woman everywhere.
The spoken word and poetry seem a perfect medium to reinforce and amplify this year’s International Women’s Day #ChooseToChallenge theme. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day, can you share with us some positive affirmations that get you through challenging times?
J: I have this notion that if we have enough of the right conversations, the right action will follow and those words will change the future. I try to stay open to as many diverse ideologies as possible, I try to listen to others deeply and offer up what little I know back their way.
Listening to the woman’s diverse personal experiences and the endless wisdom that comes with those conversations has empowered me to find my own path and to stay in my own truth.