It’s International Women’s Day this Friday 8th March and to show our support, we are featuring some fantastic women across the Sugarman Group business every day this week.
Our colleagues are sharing their experiences of work, their inspirations and talking about their career journey.
Today we feature Cassie Harrison, Business Development Director at Sugarman Health & Wellbeing.
What is your current role & what does it entail?
Business Development Director at Sugarman Health & Wellbeing. As Business Development Director I am responsible for creating new opportunities for the business through strategically planned sales and account development. I am responsible for achieving annual growth targets set, along with managing my team to ensure they are effective and high performing. I work closely with the service delivery team to drive a profitable and progressive branch.
Where did your career begin?
In 2004 I was appointed as Branch Manager for the Industrial sector based in Stratford East London, throughout my career at this company I worked for the managed service division as National Sales Manager until being head hunted by the social care sector in 2013 to run the Stratford branch taking up the role of registered Manager in January 2015
How have you found being a woman, working in your sector?
As a mother I have an embedded instinct to care for people and I really feel this comes across in the way I manage my team and when I am selling the services of Sugarman Health and Wellbeing. My passion to promote the excellent work we do is driven by thoughts of “walking in the shoes of my clients” and wanting to make a real difference to their lives.
What are the current challenges for women in your sector?
I don’t feel challenged working in this industry; being a woman I feel we are more relatable which is a strength when the main driver of what we do is care. Sugarman Health and Wellbeing have always recognised the hard work of its employees and I have been able to climb the career ladder within this company on my merits which have not been stifled by being a woman.
Which women in the media inspire you?
JK Rowling is an inspirational woman and one I look up to, she came from meagre roots, lived on benefits, is a divorcee and a single mum. Her success has come from sheer hard work, using her brain and imagination, grit and determination. There are very few people who would be knocked off the Forbes billionaires list because of the amount of money she gives to charity, I love that she thinks of her responsibility to help others because she has the means to do so.
Who has inspired you growing up/throughout your life?
My Mum is my true inspiration, as a single mum of two kids she strived to give me and my brother the best life possible sometimes going without herself. She was hardworking and career driven and I have memories of looking up at her all suited and booted and thinking “Wow I want to be like her when im older”, she is a rockstar role model to me