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Celebrating Otrium’s Power Women

For International's Women’s Day, we’re shining the spotlight on the women behind Otrium's technology – and sense of style.

8 MARCH 2023
As of March 2023, 53% of Otrium’s team is women – including half of our executive leadership. Our team is a vibrant mix of perspectives, passion, and diversity – spanning multiple continents and cultures. We're celebrating two themes that aim to empower women globally: The official 2023 International Women's Day goal to #EmbraceEquity and the United Nations' #DigitALL campaign that aims to foster innovation and technology for gender equality. Both themes highlight the need for inclusive and transformative technology and digital education – topics at the heart of Otrium. We aim not only to create a future where all clothing is worn, but also a future where equality is at the forefront and all people have access to the resources they need.
Ultimately, we want a future where these statistics are no longer true:
• Only 63 per cent of women are using the Internet in 2022 compared to 69 per cent of men (ITU, Nov22
• By 2050, 75% of jobs will be related to STEM areas. Yet today, women hold just 22% of positions in artificial intelligence, to name just one. (WEF Report
• A study of 51 countries revealed 38 per cent of women had personally experienced online violence. (2022 Gender Snapshot Report)
We’re thrilled to spotlight some of the women making a difference at Otrium through technology, fashion, and beyond. A big THNAK YOU 👏🏻 to all 100+ women behind Otirum.

Zuhairah, COO/President

💼 Role in a word: Leader
👌🏼 Making a change for women: Planned Parenthood
🛒 Your Otrium feed: Farm Rio, Reiss
😍 You admire: The courageous women in Iran
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Mariah, US General Manager

💼  Role in a word: Multitasking
👌🏼 Making a change for women: Children's Defense Fund
🛒  Your Otrium feed: Farm Rio, LSPACE , Mara Hoffman
😍 You admire: Serena Williams
🤝 Equality is: Freedom & opportunity to create the life you want
🫠 The go-to emoji

Marlot, Head of Sustainability

💼 Role in a word: Change
👌🏼 Making a change for women: Global Fund for Women
🛒 Your Otrium feed: Closed, Filippa K & newly-launched ECOALF
😍 You admire: Greta Thunberg for moving so many people at such a young age
🤝 Equality is: Equal opportunities & empowerment
💚 The go-to emoji

Nikki, Pricing Manager 

💼 Role in a word: Smart
👌🏼 Making a change for women: Justdiggit
🛒 Your Otrium feed: Designers remix
😍 You admire: Brene Brown
🤝 Equality is: Equality is balance: working all together to make the world a better place
😜 The go-to emoji

Kim, VP of Markets 

💼 Role in a word: Entrepreneurial
👌🏼 Making a change for women: Paid Leave For All
🛒 Your Otrium feed: Faherty, All Saints, Belstaff, Closed
😍 You admire: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
💪🏻 Equality is: That I am afforded the same rights and opportunities as anyone else - nothing more, nothing less
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Gena, Business Development Manager

💼 Role in a word: Persistence
👌🏼 Making a change for women: Metavivor to find a cure for Metastatic Breast Cancer
🛒 Your Otrium feed: Farm Rio, Everlane, Paige, Hanky Panky
😍 You admire: Glennon Doyle for doing hard things
💪🏻 Equality is: When the goodness and effort one puts out into the world is equally reflected back
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Isabella, Senior Visual Site Merchandiser

💼 Role in a word: Optimisation
👌🏼 Making a change for women: Women in Tech
🛒 Your Otrium feed: Daily Paper, Filippa K, Zoe Karssen
😍 You admire: Phoebe Philo
🏆 Equality is: Access to opportunities, treatment, and rights for all - regardless of race, gender, age, religion, or background – in a fair and just society with no favoritism
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Maria, Design Lead

🗂️ Role in a word: Design
💪🏻 Making a change for women:
🛍️ Your Otrium feed: Daily Paper
💌 You admire: Every woman
🤝 Equality is: Empathy
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Natalie, Business Development Manager

💼 Role in a word: Dynamic
👌🏼 Making a change for women:The Representation Project
🛒 Your Otrium feed: Mara Hoffman, DVF, Farm Rio
😍 You admire: Reese Witherspoon
💪🏻 Equality is: Acknowledging that we don’t all start out on a level playing field, but with empathy and humility we can work towards fair treatment and opportunity for everyone
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Joyce, Head of Merchandising

💼 Role in a word: Inventory-obsessed
👌🏼 Making a change for women: Plan International & United Nation Girls Education Initiative: access to education for all girls/children
🛒 Your Otrium feed: Closed, Filippa K, Lois, Kings of Indigo
😍 You admire: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
🤝 Equality is: Ensuring equal rights, freedom and opportunities
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Marissa, Director of Global Business Development

💼  Role in a word: Relationships
🛒  Your Otrium feed: Cynthia Rowley, Wolford, Closed, Who What Wear, Naadam
😍 You admire: Otrium’s investor Juliet de Baubigny - I feel so lucky to learn from her and how she approaches building a high-growth retail technology business.  I advise women to seek roles where your leadership will support and advocate for your growth.
💃🏼 The go-to emoji

Cecile, Brand Manager 

💼 Role in a word: Collaboration
👌🏼 Making a change for women: Bloody Good Period 
🛒 Your Otrium feed: Closed, Lois, Filippa K
😍 You admire: The Suffragettes
🤝 Equality is: Equal opportunity for all 
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Colette, Senior People Business Partner

💼 Role in a word: Supporter
👌🏼 Making a change for women: Girls Not Brides
🛒 Your Otrium feed: CK, Aim’n, Scotch & Soda
😍 You admire: Dolly Parton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Edith Eger: all very powerful women who decided to succeed in life and to continue to believe in hope despite all the setbacks they encountered.
🤝 Equality is: Ensuring that every individual has an equal opportunity to make the most of their lives and talents.
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Evva, Sales Enablement Lead

 🗂️ Role in a word: Enable!
🔦 Charity making a change: Amnesty International
🛍️ Your Otrium feed: LK Bennett
😍 You admire: Strong women (and men) who choose kindness and community.
🤝 Equality is: A close second to equity.
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