01 Apr, 2021
Success means different things to different people. To hear more and to conclude Gender Equality Month, we celebrated female voices in our business with a special webinar.
We listened to a panel of six women from across the business share their stories of successes, challenges and how they navigate their space to continue to develop in the industry. Our goal was to inspire everyone, especially our women developing their careers and searching for role models in the industry.
Among many topics discussed were: women in tech, imposter syndrome, positive actions, workplace taboo, motherhood, pregnancy and maternity. Another key topic was role modelling and mentoring, and the importance of women supporting women in the workplace.
The session was intended to kick start everyday workplace and societal conversations. There was also a focus on encouraging people to challenge themselves and others to use their voices. Whether you are an executive leader, line manager, colleague, friend, brother, sister, husband, mother, or father, your voice matters and should be heard. Although the months’ worth of great activities and initiatives surrounding Gender Equality Month has concluded, conversations toward positive change continue!
“How important it is for us to recognize & celebrate our she-roes.” – Maya Angelou
Read more about our inspiring panelists:
Anisha Patel – Technology Director, Portfolio, Optimsation & Programme, Flutter UK&I – England
Anisha has over 15 years’ experience in technology transformation, in various technical leadership roles and across several sectors including retail and hospitality. As well as being a technologist, Anisha is passionate about creating high performing, diverse teams in business to fuel innovation and growth. She is a founding member of Tesco’s Women in Technology and current sponsor of Flutter UK&I’s ‘Lean In Circles’ initiative, which is leading thriving female networks.
Kim Daly – MD Marketing, Betfair International – Ireland
Kim Daly is the Marketing Director for Betfair International, responsible for defining and implementing the Betfair International marketing strategy. During her time here, Kim has held the position of Digital Director for Paddy Power Betfair and Production and Agency Director. Kim is a proud mum to three-year-old Ollie and loves spending time with her family and their Red Setter dog Charlie.
Lisa Hogan – Managing Director, HR Business Partnering, Flutter International – Ireland
Lisa has nearly 20 years’ experience working within the HR and Talent Management space. She started her career in Australia before moving into the implementation of e-recruitment software for corporate clients. Upon her return to Ireland, Lisa moved into Accenture management consulting where she spent 6 years working with clients, helping to find solutions to talent and organisational performance issues across the financial services industry.
She joined Paddy Power Betfair in 2014 and has grown her career with the company ever since. Lisa has a dog and is married with two beautiful daughters. She recently returned from maternity leave and leads the HR Business Partnering function.
Priscilla Castillo – Department Head of Learning Experience – PokerStars – Isle of Man
Pri started her career with PokerStars in the Costa Rica office in 2007 and relocated to the Isle of Man in 2013. In her current role, she heads the Learning team where the focus is to contribute to the growth of the business by offering, promoting, and fostering the learning necessary for world-class talent development.
As a Latin woman, advocacy for woman’s equality in every space is something Pri is profoundly invested in. In her free time, Pri likes to paint, play video games, travel, spend time with friend and partner of 15+ years and take her 3 Costa Rican dogs out for long walks.
Francine Watson – Associate Director, Branded Content – PokerStars – England
Fascinated by the magic of television, Francine started out in sports broadcasting working on live cricket and football. When someone decided to put poker on TV, she never looked back!
“From live streams, promos, highlight shows, organic social content, commercials and even a Netflix documentary, this industry has truly afforded me a wonderfully varied career working with brilliant, talented people,” said Francine.
Radostina Mihaylova – Senior Manager, Delivery Management – Flutter International – Bulgaria
Radostina started her journey with PokerStars nearly 11 years ago fresh from university. She began her career as a language specialist for 3 years before moving to the Marketing Team to join the Delivery Team as a CRM coordinator.
At present, Radostina is the Senior Manager of the Delivery Team, which consist of 20 employees in the Isle of Man and Bulgaria – in her opinion, one of the greatest professional journeys she could have hoped for. Outside of work, Radostina loves to spend time with her husband (who also works for Flutter International) and their little kitten Tina.