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A LOOK AT FEMMES FORWARD ON AIR

Senior Writer and Editor
Hannah Lindley joined Havas Group in October 2021 as a Senior Writer and Editor. She has a background in corporate reputation management, journalism, and creative writing.
Since 2018, Havas Group’s Femmes Forward programme has represented our commitment to advancing the careers of senior manager/director level women at Havas through leadership development, workshops to promote self-reflection, and opportunities to connect with other women in the network. This year, the programme pivoted to a digital-first platform in the form of FF On Air, launched on International Women’s Day to enable virtual career advancement and community building. To date it has run in the UK, Latin America, France and Belgium, and Asia Pacific, with more to come in 2022.
Aurelie Greco, Performance Manager, Havas Market France and Caroline Pierre, Account Manager, Havas Media France, who recently participated in FF On Air France, talk about their experiences and share advice for other women across the network.

What do you experience during the programme?

The Femmes Forward On Air programme was very enriching. It gave us an opportunity to reflect on our personal and professional talents and develop the self-knowledge to better work together within our teams. Another key part of the programme was hearing from and sharing our stories with women across the Havas network who we may not have met otherwise–giving us a better idea of our community and opening our minds to the opportunities we have as women at Havas.

What have you found to be the main benefits of the programme for your career development at Havas?

One of the elements of the programme we found most useful was completing the Lumina Spark Portrait, a leadership assessment that helps you figure out your strengths and identify opportunity areas to help you work better both individually and as a team. Learning about how we use our inner skills and qualities in our daily working lives and learning more about the people we manage gave us a lot of food for thought about how to be more empathetic, effective members of the Havas team.

“Another key part of the programme was hearing from and sharing our stories with women across the Havas network who we may not have met otherwise–giving us a better idea of our community and opening our minds to the opportunities we have as women at Havas.”

What have you learned about yourself?

Caroline: I discovered that I’m not only people focused, but I am also very much outcome focused – a realisation I’ll carry forward as I continue to think about how to work with and manage my team.

Aurelie: I’m very structured and practical, and thinking about those skill sets helped me better understand my interest for KPI reach in digital performance. I also learned where I can focus on my professional growth – and coming out of this experience, my challenge now is to develop my creative and competitive skills.

Why do you think programmes like this are so important for the Group?

It’s so important to create and foster relationships between Havas Group women around the world. Forming these bonds and exchanging our diverse visions and realities across the network can help all of our careers – and we can also share this knowledge with the women in our network who didn’t participate in the programme, expanding its reach even further.

What advice would you give to other women at Havas?

Keep an open mind to relationships and opportunities outside of your comfort zone, continue to believe in yourself, your goals, and unique skillset, and never be afraid to show your personality and vision – you never know who you’ll connect with!

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