Join us in celebrating International Women's Day 2021 (IWD) throughout the month of March. This year's campaign theme for IWD is #choosetochallenge. Each week, we will be featuring several women of IMS who will share insights about how they #choosetochallenge, successes they’ve experienced, the women they admire, and more. Our first feature includes two dynamic professionals, Marie-Petra Adams, Director of Corporate Relations, and Britta Stanton, Strategy Advisor.
Director of Corporate Relations
Q: Why did you choose a career in the legal services industry?
A: I didn't originally plan on pursuing a career in legal services, but IMS's culture and business model made an impression on me and led me to pursue this career path.
Q: As a woman in the legal services industry, what are some experiences you’ve had on the job that made you feel empowered?
A: I recognize and am grateful about the fact that during my 28-year career I have continuously had mentors and managers who were invested in my development and who empowered me to grow.
Q: This year’s theme for IWD is #choosetochallenge. Of the many women throughout history who broke down gender stereotypes and helped build platforms that enabled women’s voices to be heard, who do you admire most and why?
A: My Mum, Rosemary Anieze-Adams is my role model for how to overcome gender stereotypes. Mum was crowned Miss Nigeria in 1960, which was the year the country gained its independence from the UK. Since then, she has been known as Miss Independence and is featured regularly in Nigerian media. Mum was also the first ever female radio broadcaster in the country and later became an actor in a TV sitcom as well as a sought-after MC of large events. She is known for her large personality and ability to instantly make anyone feel welcome and comfortable. She raised me and my sisters to be fiercely independent and self-sufficient and she taught us, mostly by example, that most of life's challenges can be overcome through hard work, discipline and humility. Despite her 'fame' and ability to kick back, Mum still chooses to work three days a week to keep herself busy, even though she'll turn 80 this year. Her voice resounds powerfully in my life and in the lives of the many she has touched along the way.