What is your role at Chemistry and what does that entail?

I have a few… Primarily I am a Consultant at Chemistry and have the opportunity to work with so many different organizations. I just love our clients. Second, I get to support our own amazing people and the work that we do as Head of US People & Compliance.

Has there ever been a time in your career where you felt being a woman has held you back?

Over the years, I have found that it takes a lot more effort to prove my worth and ability. However, I know what I’m capable of and if anything, it increases the resolve of my confidence and personal principles.

And on the flip side, has being a woman ever been an advantage for you in your role?

I don’t think I could ever say that is true. If I’ve ever earned something simply because I am a woman, it would be a hollow victory. I have had the fortune of being surround by strong women and men who taught me a lot. My success comes from my own work ethic, strength of character and willingness to learn rather than my gender.

What advice would you give young women entering the world of work today?

My dad gave me great advice when I left for college, which was KOKA (keep on kicking ass). Here is my translation of that…

Follow your passion. We aren’t all given a green light at 18 and know what we want to do. Keep trying new things, keep learning, keep teaching, until your heart tells you where to go. Also, you are the only one who can tell yourself ‘no’. Blockers will pop up, life will be hard, but there is always something waiting for you around the corner. Just keep going.

And one more for good measure that I share with a lot of young people – if you approach work and life with a humble and grateful heart, do the hard right over the easy wrong, you’ll be amazed at the level of influence you can carry and the mountains you can move.

"My success comes from my own work ethic, strength of character and willingness to learn rather than my gender."

Caitlin Collins

What do you think is the single biggest issue currently facing women/ feminism?

I think the biggest issue is that we let other people tell us what we can’t do. We are capable of anything, and that really goes for every person. I watch little girls learning robotics and engineering in school and it just makes me so proud. If we can start with our kids, we’ll have a powerful generation coming after us.

Who is a woman that inspires you and why?

I have to say my grandmother. She is a quiet woman of few words. She has helped more people and started more non-profits in her 86 years than anyone I know. The more I learn about her, the more I’m in awe of her. What inspires me the most about her though is her humility. Everything she does is with a grateful heart. She never boasts about her accomplishments or expects anything in return. She does them because it’s the right thing to do and she cares about people. In all things, I aspire to be like her.

What main change would you like to see for young girls in the next generation?

To never limit their curiosity. Also, to become a generation that supports and lifts each other up. We are all capable of so much, but when we tear each other down to get a head or because of our own insecurities it does too much harm. Heroes are unsuspecting people, in unsuspecting places. We adults need to be better role models who teach our girls to admire our differences, encourage our challenges and celebrate one another.

What is your go to girl power anthem?

LP – Into the Wild