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08 March 2018

SWA CEO pledges to mentor women to mark International Women’s Day

SWA Chief Executive, Karen Betts
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 glass ceiling.

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.

Commenting on 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 them too."