Women in drinks held its third Victorian Chapter event at Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) in Melbourne last week, which focussed on a mentoring success story.
With more than 60 people in attendance, Danni Casey, Site Manager at Wolf Blass Winery and Stella Stavrou, Regional Delivery Director for a global IT project, from TWE shared with the group how their mentee-mentor relationship has influenced their careers.
The event was opened by Women in drinks Councillor Angela Burgum, who spoke about the desire within the industry to turn strong intent into action in order to enjoy the benefits of greater gender balance.
“It’s through showcasing the experiences of successful women like Danni and Stella that we hope other women will reflect on their own career journey and challenge themselves on new ways to develop,” Angela said.
The panel was introduced by Tim Ford, Managing Director Europe, SEAMEA & Global Supply Chain at TWE, who described Danni and Stella as “two females that have achieved great things because they care about what they do and they care about each other”.
Danni runs one of the largest winery and packaging facilities in the world. Her contribution to TWE was recognised in 2014 when she was awarded the inaugural Mary Penfold Award, which is a global award that celebrates an outstanding woman in the Company who embodies remarkable leadership qualities. Danni credits much of her success to her mentor Stella, including a pivotal moment in her career when she encouraged her to apply for a position that she didn’t believe she was ready for.
“I knew I could do all the other parts (of the role), but I just didn’t think I could do the strategic part,” said Danni.
Some constructive feedback from Stella helped Danni to approach the interview with more clarity and confidence – a critical mindset shift that she says was crucial to her being successful in securing the role. “It’s always hard to hear something about yourself that isn’t as good as what you want it to be,” said Danni.
"Now I look for opportunities to be uncomfortable because I learn more than when I’m comfortable."
Stella said that she was incredibly proud of everything Danni has achieved at TWE and said her attitude and desire to develop had been integral to her success.
“As much as she credits me, it’s been her willingness to learn that has got her to where she is,” said Stella.
“As a mentee it’s important you understand what you want to achieve from a mentor-mentee relationship. Usually the inhibiting factor is not skills or capability, it’s confidence.
“I love watching other people grow and stretching them. The more you stretch yourself, the more opportunity you give yourself to grow.”
The honest and open session generated colourful discussion among the audience and enabled Danni and Stella to demonstrate the power of their mentoring relationship, which has grown from a desire to support and a willingness to learn.
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