To mark International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the achievements of women around the world, starting with those on our team.
First up is Katie Miller, a customer success manager at Crowley Carbon. Katie clearly cares for people, and that is visible both in her role as a customer success manager, and outside of work where she is a schools’ hockey coach.
Katie is an award-winning hockey player. Prior to Crowley Carbon, she attended Michigan State University on an athletics scholarship, playing for the university’s field hockey team while studying mechanical engineering. There she was voted “Most Valuable Player” in 2015 and also won a sportsmanship award.
Katie is currently based in Tulum, Mexico having recently moved there to escape the Irish winter and sky-high rental prices in Dublin. She thought if you have to be facing Covid-19 restrictions anywhere, it may as well be on a sunny beach in Tulum.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to work for NASA, helping with the missions or building the plans for them. I didn’t want to be an astronaut, but I wanted involvement in the accomplishments they had.
I was good at math, physics and problem solving which is why I ultimately chose to study mechanical engineering.
What is your favourite part of your job?
Problem solving and finding new ways to help our clients. We might come across a client who has a request we have never dealt with before. It’s not a cookie cutter approach for each client we have. Everyone has different data points and needs.
What do you enjoy most about working at Crowley Carbon?
The people. We have a great bunch of people. I can’t see every company having the same atmosphere/community. The team was really supportive of my move to Tulum and enabling me to work different hours.
What keeps you motivated and driven on a daily basis?
Crowley Carbon’s overall mission of cooling the planet and tackling climate change. You have that in the back of your head always. Whenever day to day work gets tough/extremely busy, I think of that and our end goal to help people and the planet.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t stress about how things will end up in the future. Every moment you’re in, that’s where you’re meant to be at that time. Don’t look too far ahead, and instead enjoy the present moment.
What women most inspire you and why?
Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg and American politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I find them inspiring as they are dead set on what they believe in and not afraid to stand up for what they believe in. They are young and often get criticism online but don’t give up. Prior to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, I wouldn’t have been able to name any US Representative. It’s amazing to see how much support she has globally, with people following her all over the world on Instagram and Twitter.
How can we better support women to get ahead in the workplace?
Being conscious of the women around you and giving them the credit they deserve. I know for me, I tend to overthink whether my point is valid or not and don’t always voice my opinion. We should all encourage and empower others so that they feel safe to express their views without fear of judgement.
What book would you recommend to mark International Women’s Day?
Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given. I couldn’t put it down when I first read it. It is very eye opening, and definitely a book everyone should read. It’s not just for women!