Cassandra Kelly has worked throughout her life for the purpose of building a better workplace and a better world for the generations to come, especially through her work as founder and Global Chair of Pottinger. This commitment to change was recognised and celebrated in 2012, when Cassandra earned recognition as a Westpac/AFR Woman of Influence.
Thread Publishing asked Cassandra Kelly what advice she would give if she, herself, were a member of the future generations to come.
If I could talk to my seventeen-year-old self, I’d tell her, ‘You matter. You matter right now. You’re valuable even without learning another thing, or experiencing another thing. You matter and your contribution matters. You’re valuable.’ Every person in this world is valuable.
I would tell her to have courage. I would ask her to listen to her dreams and connect with what she thinks is her purpose, and to set out in that direction from the very beginning. I did a talk at a school recently where there had been a suicide, and I reminded those kids that they mattered. They’re good enough. They’re loved, just the way they are.
Find something that you believe in and make a difference. The world needs you right now, just as you are. Cassandra Kelly
Don’t wait for the perfect moment
Too often our young people feel like they aren’t enough. They feel like they don’t know enough yet, that they can’t do enough yet, and so sometimes they really don’t do enough.
What if we told them that just by existing, they’re enough? If they think they matter right from the start, what would they do with that confidence? What would they do with that belief?
You don’t have to wait and live an entire lifetime as a lawyer before you go and do something that matters. You can do it right from the start, because you’re a person, you’re valuable, and you can make a significant contribution to the world right now.
Don’t wait for that magic line in the sand; that magic time; that magic age. Don’t wait for the flashing neon sign. Find something that you believe in and make a difference. The world needs you right now, just as you are.
Pottinger is a global corporate advisory firm owned by its employees. This independence allows them to provide completely objective advice. Pottinger has won multiple awards in recognition of its contribution to staff and clients and was recently highlighted as a role model by the Australian Government’s Workforce & Productivity Agency.
Pottinger’s notable work includes advising on the 2007 AUD$7bn Suncorp-Metway/Promina merger and 2008 AUD$230m sale of its credit card portfolio to Citigroup, and the AUD$4.4bn water transaction and further development of Queensland Urban Utilities in 2010. Pottinger has also launched the Glass Elevator initiative to help connect, inspire and engage senior businesswomen so that they feel better supported as they continue their journey to greater impact and seniority.
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