The past three weeks have happened very quickly and they all started with a phone call from the Norbert Dentressangle Learning & Development Manager, Chris Dolby….
He rang to not only tell me that I had been shortlisted in the Young Woman of the Year category at the 2013 Women in Logistics Awards – and would I like to fly home for the Awards Ceremony!
Women in Logistics UK is a non profit group made up of women and men from the logistics sector. The group was set up in 2008 to support the careers of women in the logistics industry which has traditionally been male dominated. It’s a fantastic organisation who is also an official sponsor of Transaid and the amazing project I’m lucky enough to work with in Tanzania. I was so shocked to find out I had been one of the four shortlisted for the young women section but equally very excited! The winner was decided by an online public vote.
I decided I would take a week’s holiday before the event and flew to the UK early, arriving home on 14th September. Having an unexpected few weeks with my friends and family was very special and I enjoyed every minute of it. There was, though, a few things that I had to re-adapt too even though I’d only been away a few months! The first thing was accents. It felt like everybody was talking to me in extremely over-exaggerated accents! I guess it’s because my ears have adjusted to hearing English spoken with an African twist!
The second of course was the cold… I know technically by UK standards it wasn’t that cold but for me it was like I would never be warm again! A culture shock in reverse?
I took my mum and auntie to the Awards night. We sat with my friends and colleagues from Norbert Dentressangle and Transaid, it was a lovely evening and great to have everyone together. To my complete amazement, I won!! I really have to thank Chris and the HR team at Norbert Dentressangle for putting me forward and promoting the online voting, as well as all my friends, family and everybody in the business for voting for me. I am pretty overwhelmed to have won and can’t thank everyone enough!!
I’d also like to say big thank you to Women in Logistics for hosting a great event and, of course, Transaid for all their fantastic support during my secondment and career (and for giving me the time off to go to the awards!).