Women In The Spotlight

Karyn Pratt
Karyn Pratt

VP – Marketing & Strategy, Adelphoi

Who is a female inspiration to you in life and why?

This answer probably changes based upon the week as there are so many women who inspire me, but at the moment, it’s Glennon Doyle. Her willingness to unapologetically challenge conventional expectations and norms about how women should behave has helped me to find the courage to be myself and to exist fully, even when it might make others uncomfortable.

What does #BreakTheBias mean to you?

We’re all responsible for breaking the bias, whether deliberate or unconscious, whether against women or any other marginalized population. I think we need to continue to work to understand what bias looks like, recognize the impact it has, and endeavor to impact change individually, in our workplaces, and in our communities.

If you could change one thing about your professional life, what would it be?

I wish that I had found my voice earlier. I spent so much of my career struggling with imposter syndrome that I second-guessed the ideas that I had to contribute. You have the job you have because someone believed you were capable, so speak up and own it.

What’s your most-used productivity hack in life?

Not checking my email every 5 minutes! You can’t be creative when you’re on 24/7. Turn off your phone, take a walk in the woods. There’s nothing like trees and solitude to stimulate the imagination.

What would you tell young women who are just starting to work?

Play to your strengths. Everyone has areas where they naturally excel. Understand what those areas are, use them to your advantage, and seek out opportunities to showcase those strengths. Celebrate what you do well.