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7 questions with Annie Cole

Meet Annie Cole

Annie is Sustainability & Environmental Advocate at NetZero Buildings and has been at the business for four years.

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Why were you interested in your role here at NZB?
I am passionate about sustainability, and in particular the parts of my role that interest me are changing our approach to sustainability as a company so that we have a more holistic strategy to make both NZB and our buildings more sustainable. I am particularly interested in the challenge of engaging others to work on projects to achieve this, such as reducing our carbon footprint and how to encourage behaviour change when people have no prior interest and limited knowledge.

What advice would you give to other women or younger female generations looking to get into the industry?
Apply for that job...even if you don’t meet all of the requirements in the job description! 

What’s your favourite part of your job?
Training my colleagues on Carbon Literacy. It's a challenge as I’m new to delivering the training, but it is really rewarding when I get feedback saying the training has changed a person’s mindset.

What do you think workplaces can do to be more inclusive of all genders?
Create a culture where all employees feel heard and respected, make pronoun sharing the norm, have gender neutral bathrooms, change the dress code policy so its gender neutral, remove gendered questions from hiring documents, open a dialogue about gender and potential pay disparities, have more flexible working arrangements.

How are you going to #ChooseToChallenge?
Calling in everyday sexism when I encounter it and celebrating the achievements of women around me. 

Who was your female role model growing up?
My mum

If you were having a dinner party, what female celebrities or historical figures would you invite to your table and why?
Caroline Lucas, Vandana Shiva, Margaret Attwood and Deborah Francis-White are four incredible women I would love to have a dinner party with. They are all extremely accomplished and wise women that stand up for what they believe in and in their work are campaigning to make the world a better place. Deborah Francis White is also hilarious, so would provide some laughter!

To find out more about International Women's Day and ways that you can #ChooseToChallenge, visit the IWD website.