Courtney Bothma

Courtney Bothma

Courtney is the Business Development Manager for Large Markets in Hong Kong.

Courtney’s indomitable spirit is certainly something to marvel at. Bouncing back to life after a traumatic near-death experience in 2017, she believes that no obstacle or hindrance can stop one from achieving their goals as long as they keep the fire burning inside. As the Business Development Manager for Large Markets in Hong Kong, Courtney likens her job to running her own business as she is given full empowerment in ownership and responsibility towards her clients. She loves her job as she is given flexibility in managing her own time, but yet still have the support of a large global company with a great reputation like FCM, which makes her job that much easier.

With such strength and a bounty of life experiences beyond her years, we ask this motivated individual:

WHY ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT CHAMPIONING THIS CAUSE?

Throughout my career I have been ‘looked over’ for leadership roles for various, discriminatory reasons. I started working at 18 years old and was in my first corporate role at 22, being the youngest employee at a large multinational corporation. I understand what it feels like to be under-estimated given my age or gender and as such I am passionate about fair, equal and non-discriminatory practices in the workplace. Anybody, no matter their age, gender or skin colour should be given equal opportunities.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FOR FEMALE LEADERS?

Work life balance. It is a common misconception that women need to choose either to be a mom, or to be in a leadership position in the corporate world. Balancing these equally huge responsibilities isn’t easy and employers need to start to be supportive towards one’s career aspirations as well as their desire to be present in their children’s lives.

WHAT IS THE ALL-TIME FAVOURITE PHRASE THAT YOU LIVE BY?

The fire inside her burnt brighter than the fire around her.

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