Pauline Wilson: Operations Director, Virgin Holidays

To provide our customers with an amazing holiday experience that is uniquely Virgin – from the minute they arrive at the airport until they return home.

What’s the secret of your success?
Focus and having a great team around me.

What women have inspired you?
My mother, J.K. Rowling, Maya Angelou, Anna Wintour, Oprah, Malala Yousafzai, Michelle Obama.

How do you think women’s equality has evolved and what needs to happen next?
High profile recognition of the extent of inequality has intensified the need for change, as well as the value that greater diversity brings to businesses.

It’s great news that we now have our own diversity and inclusion company goals which is a really good place to start. Gender parity in the workplace won’t be achieved overnight but knowing where we are currently and where we want to get to provides clarity of the ambition. Also important is providing greater focus on attracting and retaining a sufficient pipeline of talent, and addressing unconscious bias.

Success will also require courage, drive and discipline of all leaders to champion this change.

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