SWA CEO pledges to mentor women to mark International Women’s Day
08 Mar 2018
SWA Chief Executive Karen Betts has joined the First Minister
Nicola Sturgeon and other women in leadership positions in Scotland
in pledging to spend time mentoring young women to help break the
Last year, the First Minister started to mentor a young woman,
Charlotte Liddell, and has asked other women to join her this year
so that a new generation of women leaders can emerge having learned
from the life experience of others.
International Women's Day, Karen, who is the first female CEO of
the Scotch Whisky Association, said: "I'm delighted
to take the pledge with the First Minister to help young women to
reach their potential.
"Mentoring is a hugely important way to help young women
overcome challenges that might be blocking their career path.
I have had mentoring relationships - as a mentor and a mentee -
that have proved very powerful.
"The theme of this year's International Women's Day is 'Press
for Progress'. Attitudes are certainly changing and it's great that
progress towards real equality is being made, but that progress is
still slower than it should be.
"I'm looking forward to joining other women in Scotland in
taking on a new mentee to help women Press for Progress. . I
hope my mentee will learn something from the experiences I have had
along the way, and doubtless I will learn valuable lessons from