An extract from The Manly Daily article, “Northern Beaches Top Business Women Reveal Their Tips for Success”.
An extract from The Manly Daily’s February 17th, 2021 article on “Northern Beaches Top Business Women Reveal Their Tips for Success” which featured Charlotte Rimmer.
Charlotte Rimmer is the president of the Manly Business Chamber and founder of Aide de MD, supporting and advising people in business.
A good work ethic is what Charlotte Rimmer believes has helped her get where she is today.
It might explain how she went from a temp receptionist at Chanel in London to assistant manager within a year.
Charlotte Rimmer, President of the Manly Business Chamber. Picture: Supplied
Now the 56-year-old from North Manly runs her own business mentoring others.
She said when she first started out women were regarded quite differently in the world of business.
She said at Chanel women had to wear stockings to work and men were not allowed to have beards.
She said all the directors were men and all the managers were women.
Charlotte Rimmer President of the Manly Business Chamber pictured speaking at a press conference in Manly about NSW Government support for businesses caught up in the lockdown. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Damian Shaw
Now she says she is seeing more female directors, but still not enough.
Ms Rimmer said navigating having children and working was the trickiest moment for her in her career.
“All of a sudden I was at home where I was totally out of my depth as a mother,” she said. “I had a baby who did not want to do what I wanted it to do.”
She said it was a struggle to balance both roles and she would “cry all the way to work on the ferry because she was leaving her baby and cry all the way back home” because she was missing meetings to rush home for her child.
Ms Rimmer’s advice to young females wanting to succeed in their career is to find what they love and follow their passion and always keep working on self-improvement.
Her advice to businesses struggling due to the pandemic is that it is going to be tough, but with a “good community and a positive attitude we will get there”.
“The future is bright,” she said.