Karen Sheppard, owner and managing director of a Skegness mobility retailer, has recently championed the need for more female bosses in business. After an interview with Access and Mobility Professional, Sheppard has pointed out that the industry is crying out for more women to be in leadership roles. She also noted that it is not only for more diversity in the workplace but also for her customers. When in the store, she noticed that some female customers preferred to talk to a female employee about their needs. Because of this, Sheppard believes that it is even more important that female employees know that they can be in charge.
When taking over the business in 2015, she stated, “I had a vision and a passion for the business and had so many ideas to make it a success”. Sheppard has shown what women in leadership can do in their industry, just like her role model, Baroness Karen Brady. Both Brady and Sheppard have advocated the importance of women to be in charge so that other women are able to look up to them and aspire to those higher job roles.
But it isn’t that there aren’t any opportunities in the business and mobility industry, it’s the stigma that surrounds women in leadership and working in an industry that requires knowledge of stairlifts and mobility scooters. She told Access and Mobility Professional: “I’ve spoken to people who have car businesses and it is often the same there too and they think you’re not actually capable of repairing them”, which she says just simply isn’t true.
The empowerment of women in leadership, especially in an industry like mobility retail is great to see. Sheppard wants to see a change in the diversity of the industry’s leadership, and she might not be waiting too long to see it. With a variety of people in the market for mobility options like stairlifts and mobility scooters, it’s no wonder that there is a demand for more diversity.
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