Male Champion of Change James Kavanagh

Male Champion of Change James Kavanagh

My mother was one the hardest working people in my life from a young age.

If you could change one thing to make the life of women at FCTG better, what would it be?

A 'never miss a moment' pass!

Some of our working mothers miss out on the important milestones in their children’s lives due to our hours and may not have the confidence to ask if they can leave the office for these events. I would love to introduce a ‘never miss a moment’ pass so mothers (and fathers) can confidently leave work for an agreed number of hours, to see the major events in their children’s’ lives without feeling guilty or taking it from their leave or pay.

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What advice would you give to women applying for leadership roles? 

Go for it!

I often see women not apply as they have made assumptions in their mind that they won’t get the role due to one reason or another. Self-doubt exists in many people but can be bigger in female candidates. Talk through your concerns in advance with the recruiter, but most importantly, go for the role and demonstrate how you can overcome any concern. Compromise does occur when you are the best candidate for the role.

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How can men help support the women of FCTG?

Ask questions/ seek to understand!

Men can support women when they know what support is required. This starts with asking the right questions and seeking to understand.

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How have women influenced your career?

By providing me with support, believe, tuition and inspiration. Looking back on my 21 years in travel which is split 50/50 between male and female leaders, I can honestly say that the female leaders spent more time investing in my professional development. Generally speaking, the female leaders invested in me personally, whereas my male leaders typically take a ‘follow my lead’ approach.

Other women who have influenced my career are my wife who provides me with the support and flexibility to fulfil my role while still having quality family life (she also grounds me the occasional upper cut of alternative thinking). And, my mother was one the hardest working people in my life from a young age, who showed 100% care and commitment to every job she tackled (home or work).

Which woman would you like to have dinner with and why? Living or dead. 

My grandmother (mother’s mum), she died young and I never got to meet her or understand the foundations for my mother’s values or history of that side of my family.

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Women who have influenced my career are my wife who provides me with the support and flexibility and, my mother.

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