Not afraid to break the glass ceil­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - WOMEN IN BUSINESS - Bet­tina War­bur­ton

FE­MALE busi­ness and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers in Townsville are “smash­ing glass ceil­ings all over the place”.

Com­mer­cial lawyer Tamahra Moore said Townsville sur­passed other cities in terms of the ra­tio of high-achiev­ing women in the cor­po­rate, small busi­ness and po­lit­i­cal sec­tors.

“Townsville re­ally shines when you look at our high­achiev­ing women,” she said.

“We have many fe­males in high-level po­si­tions, from our mayor to the Townsville Port CEO to the CEO of Townsville En­ter­prise, as well as count­less other women who hold po­si­tions on boards and are small to large busi­ness own­ers and man­agers.

“Townsville women are smash­ing glass ceil­ings all over the place.

“There is a real ac­cep­tance in the com­mu­nity of the voice that women bring to all as­pects of com­mu­nity, cor­po­rate, busi­ness and po­lit­i­cal life.

“There are mas­cu­line and fem­i­nine styles of lead­er­ship and I be­lieve we live in a com­mu­nity that en­cour­ages women to find and lead with their strengths,” she said.

“We need both (styles) or we’re all the same.”

The 32-year-old ad­mits to liv­ing “a Jekyll and Hyde ex­is­tence” in her early ca­reer but is now paving the way for other ca­reer women to be con­fi­dent to be them­selves.

“When I was first ad­mit­ted as a lawyer in 2008 … I would dress and act how I thought peo­ple ex­pected their lawyers to be – stern, and with­out any trace of fem­i­nin­ity or in­di­vid­u­al­ity,” she said.

But Ms Moore said her per­son­al­ity was the op­po­site of that.

“Keep­ing up this fa­cade was ex­haust­ing,” she said.

“One day I spent a whole af­ter­noon in a tiny court con­fer­ence room with a client, wait­ing for an ur­gent judg­ment to be handed down.

“As we talked, I re­alised that the more au­then­tic I was, the more re­laxed my client be­came.”

Pic­ture: Zak Sim­monds

Suc­cess­ful Townsville lawyer Tamahra Moore.

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