This International Women’s Day (IWD), we’re highlighting some incredible women across the organisation, gaining insight into their influences, and hearing about their experience at Regis. Rhea van Heeswyk is our Acting National Manager – Lifestyle & Housekeeping. She recently shared some important messages to other women across the sector and emphasised how integral it is to push back against bias in the community.

IWD offers a chance to reflect on the significant accomplishments that women make year-round and acknowledge the challenges that some still face in the workplace. As Rhea puts it, IWD is “about celebrating the achievements of women and continuing the pursuit for equality and inclusion. There has been significant progress in equal rights over the past decades. However, women still face biases in many facets of our lives.” Continuing that critical discussion is vital to maintaining a fair and equitable workplace and society.

In challenging bias, Rhea says to be “open and honest about how your own experiences can help others do the same. I strongly believe there are ways to call out gender bias, stereotyping and discrimination in a constructive way that can promote self-awareness and help pave the way for eliminating bias.”

We have many inspirational women at Regis and we love hearing about the women who have been influential in their own lives. Rhea lists incredible women on the global stage, such as Ash Barty, Grace Tame, Jacinda Ardern, and Malala Yousafzai, leaving an impression on her. “I love seeing girls and women taking the lead in important global movements, whether that be climate change, healthcare, human rights, or advocating for social injustices.” Rhea mentions some figures closer to home, such as our fantastic residents and the diverse leadership team at Regis. We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to remarkable women who make up the fabric of the Regis community.

When reflecting on her time with Regis, Rhea says that she has “always felt supported. I have been provided with many opportunities to grow and develop alongside others with diverse skills and knowledge. I feel very grateful to work alongside such a supportive and passionate team.” Also offering some significant advice to all women, Rhea says to “learn how to say no and trust your instincts for when to say yes. Back yourself, support other women, and stay true to your values.”

On a final note, Rhea quotes the legendary Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who reiterates to “fight for the things that you care about but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

We thank Rhea and all the women at Regis, who are fantastic role models across the company, and we continue to share their stories and experiences this IWD.