Community | 09 March, 2021

#IWD2021: Zara Llewellyn

#IWD2021: Zara Llewellyn

International Women’s Day 2021 is all about forging a gender equal world. Maven Dental #ChooseToChallenge by celebrating some of the amazing Maven women who contribute to our organisation.

In celebration of #IWD2021, we spoke to Zara Llewellyn who manages to juggle being Practice Manager for four Maven Dental practices on the Sunshine Coast, studying at university and a raising a young family.

Now a well-respected and high-performing practice manager at Maven Dental, when asked about gender bias during her career Zara recalls a struggle that many young women would relate to.I have had to prove my intelligence, and my worth! I have been fortunate to work for leaders throughout my career who were hard on me. They pushed me to be a better person. When I took away the emotion associated with feeling like they were tough on me I realised they could see what I was capable of and they were pushing me to be the best version of myself. Now working for Maven, I finally feel I am valued and contributing to a change.”

As someone who has had many great mentors throughout her career, Zara often tells young women she works to “keep believing in yourself, keep improving yourself. The woman who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones."

Loving what you do is important but equally as important is finding a workplace where your values match those of the organisation. “I love my teams! The people I work with are amazing. We talk about the values every day in our practice. They are part of our day-to-day language. If I had to choose my favourite Maven value it would have to be ‘We play as a team’. I always say, ‘Teamwork makes the dream work’”.

Currently studying her Post Graduate Certificate in Business online from Murdoch University, Zara admits (like many of us today) she finds it a constant challenge to balance work, study, and home life.

“It’s tricky. I have to balance a young family and have time to meet their needs, as well as my own. I am mindful I am responsible for 4 dental practices and the staff and patients, and uni commitments! How do I balance all this? If you ask my husband, I do not balance it well - I spend more time on uni and work – whoops.”

She has however found that structure and finding time for the little things is key. “I schedule my time - work time, uni time, family time and I try my hardest to stick to the schedule! I find time for the things that are important to me -the little things - Singing my children to sleep, keeping in contact with my teams daily, date nights with my husband.”

Zara Llewellyn is just one of many inspirational women in the Maven Dental network. Keep an eye out for more profiles highlighting amazing Maven women as we celebrate #IWD2021.

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