Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018: #pressforprogress

As the world joins together on International Women’s Day to collectively #pressforprogress, we wanted to celebrate the women that make up our business in a short series of films which tell some of their stories.


Watch the full collection below to hear from these inspirational women talking about their journey, at work and beyond, sharing their insights from their professional and personal experiences in a short, intimate interview.

Inspired by what you see? Please share on social media using the following hashtags: #PressforProgress #InternationalWomensDay

Louise Prashad, Global Talent Director

"I love to hear my seven-year old son describe our roles. He sees Mum as the person who gets up every morning, goes to work and has a fulfilling job she loves. And he sees Dad as the person that is there for him every morning and afternoon when he goes to school and comes home from school and I think that's reshaping his perspective on what's possible."

Meet Diageo's Global Talent Director, Louise Prashad.

Watch Louise talk about how her family, particularly her stay-at-home husband, helped her achieve a successful work-life balance.

Syl Saller, Chief Marketing Officer

"Forget work life balance. Nothing is ever perfectly balanced and if it feels like it is, it's likely to tip over any second."

Meet Diageo's Chief Marketing Officer, Syl Saller.

Arlene Amitirigala, Head of Employee Engagement

"I automatically believed that all doors would be open for me, there was no barrier in place because of my gender."

Meet Diageo's Head of Employee Engagement in Europe & GB, Arlene Amitirigala.

Watch Arlene talk about how she got to where she is today and explain what women bring to the workplace.

Gillian McBride, Process Capability Team Leader

"I'm not just a woman in engineering, or a gay woman, or a mother, or a nerd that meets my friends every Thursday night to play Dungeons and Dragons! I'm all of those things and more."

Meet Diageo's Process Capability Team Leader, Gillian McBride.

Watch Gillian talk about how she started her career on an engineering apprenticeship at the age of 24 and why she loves working in an inclusive and diverse workforce.

Eileen Hanna, Senior Brand Manager

"The question isn't why you should progress women. It's a natural fact - women should be equal to men in an organisation."

Meet Diageo's Senior Brand Manager, Eileen Hanna.

Watch Eileen talk about the pressure that women place on themselves to have a seat at the table and how she is working to encourage gender equality in the working world.

Menen Wondwosen, Head of Functional Effectiveness

"The most powerful and important trait that women should have is persistence."

Meet Diageo's Head of Functional Effectiveness, Menen Wondwosen.

Watch Menen talk about the lessons she's learned over the course of her career, and what she would do if she could have any superpower in the world.

Gráinne Wafer, Baileys Global Brand Director

"Very early on in my career a guy I was working for said: 'the only thing stopping you going all the way to the top is the fact you want a family.' And I looked him in the eye and I said: 'well why would it stop me, it didn't stop you?'"

Meet Baileys Global Brand Director, Gráinne Wafer.

Watch Gráinne talk about how she balances her work life with her family life and the lessons she's learned along the way.

Annmarie Phillips, Channel Director On Trade, ROI

"More and more men are understanding of what it's like to be a working mum because they're married to working mums. It would be wrong of us not to bring men into the conversation, they have to be a part of the solution."

Meet Diageo's On Trade Channel Director for the Republic of Ireland, Annmarie Phillips.

Watch Annmarie talk about how she got to where she is today and what she learned along the way.