Over the past year, the world has seen what change women can bring about when we work together. Strong, respected women, who refuse to let the norm go unchallenged anymore, are filling newsfeeds internationally, calling Time’s Up on accepting the place we’ve been given at the table and the terms it comes with. These women are smashing the glass ceiling that says the best that we can hope to be is be a man’s equal. They are asking us to see ourselves without imagined limitations. To take the opportunities that can be ours if we work hard enough. Because opportunity should never be gendered.
This International Women’s Day, we asked some of the 50 women of Cogs & Marvel to share their career stories and to tell the world what it means to them to work as part of a team that began with two female entrepreneurs leaning into opportunity.
I never planned on living in Ireland, or even working in events! I originally studied engineering in Sydney but it wasn’t social or creative enough for me. In the event industry, no two days are ever the same. I’ve only been in Cogs & Marvel for 6 months but it’s been an amazing experience to learn from so many women with such a strong background in events. We’ve created a culture of working together to get the job done and having fun along the way.
Gretel, Junior Project Manager
I fell into travel not knowing what to study after school – fast forward 17 years and four travel agencies and here I am. I first met Jane and Roisin in the early days of Green Light Events and have admired the amount of hard work and sacrifice they have put into growing the company over the past eleven years. Helping them set up Green Light Travel three years ago and seeing the company grow has been a fantastic experience. I’m extremely proud to work with such an amazing, hard working, determined group of people who are truly inspiring and really put their heart and soul into what they do.
Sue, Travel Manager
You don’t hear of many Australians living in Ireland but our office has two! Moving from Western Australia to Dublin with my boyfriend almost six months ago, I got my first job out of practice and into industry here at Cogs & Marvel. I always planned to move into industry after becoming a Chartered Accountant – I get the opportunity to do something different all the time. No day is ever the same. I previously worked in a firm where, of ten, there was only one female partner. I was always inspired by her determination so it’s fantastic to be working for a company owned by two driven women and to be able to watch their company continue to grow.
I started as an intern in Cogs & Marvel three years ago, still learning the different aspects of event management. Now, I manage the registration on events for up to 5000 people. Regardless of who has driven the agency to where we are now, to the business community Cogs & Marvel is a success story. But to see two women grow this business from the ground up by building strong relationships based on respect with both suppliers and clients is amazing and truly incredible to be involved in.
Niamh, Registration Project Manager
When I grow up I want to be Roisin Callaghan. Cogs & Marvel has been a fantastic experience so far. Before this, a lot of the companies I’ve been involved in have been male driven so it’s great to work with a group of girl bosses. I think as a young professional you should be surrounded by positive influence and that’s what the men and women at Cogs & Marvel have to offer as a team.
Katie, Junior Project Manager
At Cogs & Marvel, we believe that every time you get a group of people together, whether they be staff, customers, partners or consumers, you have an opportunity to strengthen their relationship with you. You have an opportunity to turn passive admirers into an army of advocates for your corporate brand. Cogs & Marvel is an event agency that creates brand experiences to delight in the moment and inspire lasting change.
Want to inspire change in your audience? Get in touch with the Cogs & Marvel team.