Women's Day

Celebrating the MerchantCantos way

“Be brave about what you want to achieve and confident enough to enlist help, if you need it, to make it happen” - Helen James, Global COO

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we hosted an energetic breakfast Q&A with our inspiring new global COO, Helen James.


Livestreamed to all our global offices, our event is just one example of how women (and men!) are coming together to create opportunities in the movement for gender parity. With global campaigns like #MeToo and #TimesUp fuelling the way, now, more than ever, is the time to #PressforProgress.

The session was followed up by a ‘Building Confidence’ workshop for all women at MerchantCantos, which was designed to improve the confidence and raise the visibility of women in the workplace.

Helen shared her personal experiences, as well as advice and insights from her career so far. The session covered a range of topics for women in the workplace from ways to raise our profiles, to building confidence during transitional times like returning to work after maternity leave, as well as the importance of mentors and sponsors in career advancement. The mood in the room, and online, was one of support, encouragement and motivation.