A champion of women in business, Abi has made sure that Spabreaks.com always supports women within the company and beyond it, in both their professional and private lives. Spabreaks.com’s London call centre was designed to attract more women into sales by initiating mentor programmes, providing financial and personal life planning, boosting confidence through monthly awards, encouraging women to go for internal promotions, one to one sessions with Abi, and team motivational sessions every Monday morning.
As a result, Abi’s skilled senior management team is 98% female. Abi has also developed a nurturing environment for young uneducated females, and is investing in wider home working programmes. Externally, Abi visits universities and talks to young professionals about women in the workplace and how to succeed. She also delivers speeches at trade events around the need to increase the number of women in the workplace and the roles they play.
The title comes as Spabreaks.com finishes their September campaign dedicated to Women’s Wellness and focussed on encouraging women to take time out and broaching subjects that affect all working women.
In 2017, OUTstanding launched HERoes, a gender equality focused initiative, celebrating female leaders and those working to support and encourage the female talent pipeline. OUTstanding is an LGBT+ membership organisation for global businesses. It provides professional, peer‐to-peer connections for its members and helps businesses create diverse and inclusive work environments. To catalyse change, OUTstanding focuses on driving cultural change through authentic leadership. Corporate members include BP, Barclays, EY, Google, American Express and BAE Systems.
Founder of HERoes, Suki Sandhu said: “While there are a number of role model lists celebrating successful women, the FT and HERoes Champions of Women in Business Lists are different. They recognise those individuals who are using their personal success as a springboard for others, working to address the lack of gender diversity at all levels in business.”