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Audrey Hametner

Audrey Hametner

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

Hi! I have spent over 20 years in the corporate world across the globe working with Media technology firms like PIKSEL; Educators like Swiss International scientific School, Dubai; recruiters like Monster Worldwide and Advertising Agencies like DIGITAS UK, bringing financial structure, risk management and Operations leadership to the table. I have had successes managing large scale departments spanning 22 countries, and small scale single location entities. Currently, I am Founder of The Hametner Group, where I manage two companies. The Bedrock Program is focused on Career coaching for teenagers & young adults and THG Advisory Group focused supporting SME's and educational institutions with Risk, Operations and Governance support.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

My favourite Ellevate memory is the one that prompted me to join; the Dubai Chapter conference in 2019. The speakers were inspirational and the energy was electric! I joined to surround myself with a tribe that was supportive and one where I could contribute to helping others succeed as I myself blossom into the next best version of me.

How would you define your professional mission?

My professional mission is to help transform the world and do my part in making it better. that is why I have started both firms. To transform and support Teenagers & Young Adults who lack focus and confidence in a future. To transform and support businesses that are strong, but just need the right advice and guidance, and lately in my move to develop a portfolio career, to transform the thinking of organizations by influencing the board to stay the course and live the values of the organization they serve.

What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?

It takes a lot of patience, empathy and drive. Oftentimes one wants to make the change for the client, but you know that won't stick. It will be temporary and therefore ineffective. Real change and transformation comes when you realize and own the roadmap- with the right help and guidance.

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

Successfully, designing the integration processes and following it through for 9 businesses that we acquired within a 2 year span across 4 regions globally. It is my biggest professional challenge to date, and taught me more about the human side of business than any other role I have held.

What are some career challenges on your radar?

Developing a portfolio career will take a lot of mental redesigning, as board members are not on the frontlines of the business. So standing back and developing my negotiation and influencing strengths while wanting to enact change or support and drive initiatives will be challenging to manage.

What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?

Setting up my businesses, and taking this journey to make my future my own.

We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?

I had a boss that believed in me. While I was ace in finance and did a great job, he understood that I was wasting away not getting more involved with people and the human side of the business. He gave me the opportunity to work within the M&A team knowing I could and would look at the human side of the structure- technology and numbers.

Who are your role models?

Michelle Obama and my Aunt Maudrie.

What would you say your personal superpower is?

My ability to analyse and verbalize situations quickly and effectively.

Is work-life balance a problem for you? What is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?

I no longer view the work-life issue as a balance. Sometimes work takes over, sometimes family does. My family know that I am there when it is important and they realize that when I need to focus on work, it is a real need- for me both personally and professionally. So the balance shifts constantly and that is healthy for me.

What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?

Be confident in your voice, and constantly hone your skills.

What is the best career advice you ever received?

Make time to strategize- guard your time like your life.

What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?

Give yourself a break and don't beat yourself up. In the end, it all works out.

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