International Women’s Day – What it means to us

As part of International Women’s Day (IWD) we’re speaking to Lucy and Lucy from our Envu UK team about the key messages and exploring this year’s chosen theme #EmbraceEquity.

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At Envu we promote a strong culture of diversity and inclusion, recognising the importance of meeting the needs of each and every individual in our team and within our wide customer base.

We grow our business on successful collaboration, promoting innovative thinking that empowers and inspires our people to be curious, while adopting a positive, can-do spirit.


Lucy Halpin Vaughan, Digital Marketing Specialist for Envu UK/IE

Lucy joined Envu in March 2022 after working for Envu Crop Science for three years in other marketing roles. She enjoys a very varied role at Envu UK, managing the online marketing activity, organising key industry events and supporting other Envu marketing projects.

We dropped in on Lucy to ask her a few questions on the theme of International Women’s Day…

What advice would you give any woman considering a career in marketing?

Go for it! If you’re completely new to the world of marketing look for a diverse role that gives you the opportunity to work across a variety of different aspects like social media, email, events, copy writing etc. That way you can decide which areas of marketing inspire you the most and work towards a particular specialisation as you progress.

What career advice would you give your younger self?

Never be afraid to ask questions. When you’re young it can often be quite frightening to ask questions at work if you don’t understand something. But it’s important to remember that everyone was in your position once and that no question is a silly question! Asking questions is a great way to get to know your colleagues and better understand your role.

If you could have dinner with three inspirational women, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

Malorie Blackman - Malorie wrote the first book I ever read and couldn’t put down - Noughts and Crosses. She’s an unbelievable writer, very funny and comes across so well in interviews. It would be incredible to gain an insight into the inspiration for her books and to ask some of my burning questions!

Molly-Mae Hague - I’m not ashamed to say one of my favourite things is Love Island and Molly-Mae is by far my favourite contestant to ever go on the show. She’s achieved huge success off the back of the show; built up a brand, launched companies, and gained over seven million loyal Instagram followers by doing so.     

Nigella Lawson - If I can choose to go to dinner with any three women, it seems silly not to choose a famous chef! I often follow Nigella’s delicious recipes when cooking at home and would love her to cook some of her favourites for me instead! I think she would have some interesting stories to share as well.

#EmbraceEquity is this year’s IWD theme, what does Equity mean to you?

To me it means understanding and embracing people’s differences, ensuring everyone has the resources needed to achieve their full potential.


Lucy Rankin Commercial Assistant for UK and Nordics Teams 

Lucy joined Envu UK in May 2022 after working in a support role in education for the previous five years.

Here’s what Lucy had to say…

Have you faced any barriers in your career due to being a woman? If so, how did you overcome them?

I’ve been fortunate to have always worked for companies who value equality, so I am lucky to have not faced this barrier.  The biggest personal challenge for me came after taking a break to have my children and changing my working pattern on return to work.  Luckily the company I worked for at the time was extremely supportive in this area and I went back to work on a part time, job share basis. This helped immensely with my work/life balance, especially as I was living abroad at the time so couldn’t rely on family for support.

What career advice would you give your younger self?

Have a clear specialty and think harder about what career you want before enrolling on a university course!  It’s not easy, but try to think longer term about what you want at the end of your degree and what opportunities that could lead to. Be open to opportunities and meeting people along the way.

If you could have dinner with three inspirational women, dead or alive, who would they be and why?   

Queen Elizabeth II - As the longest-reigning Queen and female Head of State it would be a pleasure to have dinner with her to find out what life as the Queen was really like.

Marie Curie – It would be fascinating to discover how she overcame the barriers enforced on her and how she was able to peruse her passion for science - especially her pioneering research on radioactivity and her contribution to finding treatments for cancer.  I am sure she would be proud that her work continues through the Marie Curie charity today.

JK Rowling- It would be amazing to talk to her about her success and the impact of the Harry Potter books.

#EmbraceEquity is this year’s IWD theme, what does Equity mean to you?

Fair opportunities for everyone based on individual need.


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