1. Tell us a little about yourself?
I am a psychologist and the founder of The TARA Clinic (where TARA is an acronym for Therapeutic Addiction Recovery Assistance). We support busy and successful people to regain control over substance use and addiction while leaving the guilt and shame behind because everyone deserves to find the freedom they truly crave!
2. Who are the women who have inspired you the most in your life?
Oprah Winfrey has very much inspired me throughout my life. As I grew, I realised that she was representing more than someone who was a Talk Show host. I sought to understand her story and journey, and her badass nature and honesty while remaining true to her personality is incredible! The best part about this is that the aspects of her personality that were initially said to be limitations became what makes Oprah, Oprah. I love that
3. Why do you think it’s important to increase the number of women in business, particularly in leadership roles?
The benefits of femininity and compassion at a leadership level are widespread and offer young women and girls permission to aspire to more. It is vital at a political, research, and policy maker level because countless issues are currently misrepresented and are increasingly impactful on women’s lives. If we reflect on New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern bringing in paid leave for miscarriage and free feminine hygiene products in schools for young girls, it is unlikely that these issues would have presented highly if she was not a woman in leadership.
4. How would you describe your current thinking about diversity and inclusion?
We all must understand that when people of privilege are placed into an equal situation, it is likely that this will feel uncomfortable as now they have access to half of the pie instead of 75% of it. Meaning, diversity and inclusion for some may feel like oppression, and this is an important aspect of the process of change to be aware of and nurture.