Uplift Her featuring Sian Borrett-Short

Women’s Month is a celebration of what women have achieved, a conversation around what is happening right now, and the chance to consider how things can change in the future. This Women’s Month at Digicape, we want to celebrate and uplift our local (s)heroes by giving South African leading ladies the platform to share their stories. A woman with vision today inspires a girl with a dream tomorrow.

Meet Sian Borrett-Short

Sian Borrett-Short is one of our very own leading ladies in the Business Development Team at Digicape. We want to shine the light on everyday women that everyone can relate to. While Sian is known for her versatility and attention to detail, she also has a unique story to share. Sian is a beautiful example of how just by being yourself and living in your truth, you can uplift and impact people around you. 

What does Women's Month mean to you? 
It is a celebration of all the amazing women around me.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your work.
I am a bit of a jack of all trades... I rarely sit still. I am a member of an awesome Business Development Team so I am focused on Sales for Digicape, but also assist where needed throughout the company.

What is your proudest achievement?
This would have to be the personal growth. I believe everyone has to keep growing and learning and evolve both professionally and personally to not only be the best person I can be, but to be the best parent, partner and team mate to those around me.

What did you have to overcome, to be the woman you are today?
I have always been a fighter. I have never walked away from a challenge, both personally and professionally. It probably came from growing up under apartheid and due to inter marriage, I was a white girl living in a designated non white area.. which whilst was both enlightening about other cultures, races, religions etc, it brought its own issues with it. Later in life, I fought and overcame cancer. Now in my 18th year of remission, it taught me how valuable life is, to enjoy the here and now and to grab the opportunities that present themselves. In business, it's harder being a woman. If you are not part of the old boys club, you have to fight to be taken seriously and seen as more than a secretary.

What progress have you seen on gender equality in your life and work?
There has been a big shift in the last 10 years to more Woman being in power, to being more of the leaders, and being recognised for their contribution to industry, and this is making it easier for woman overall. We need to remember that we need to uplift the woman around us, not put them down.

Why do you think diversity in the workplace/your field is so important?
Diversity is very important. People are individuals, and all bring their own talents and strengths to the organisation. The success on the business relies on this. If you did not have diversity then you would essentially land up with a one sided environment. It allows for stereotypes to be challenged and for moulds to be broken.

What is the most important message you want to send out to young women, reading this?
Don't believe anyone when they say you can't do something. If you want to do it, put your mind to it, then do it. You are strong, and amazing and individual. No matter where you came from, no matter what your upbringing is, there is nothing that you cannot do.

Is there anything you want to add that you think should be included?
Be the type of woman who helps another woman. We are surrounded by the most amazing woman at Digicape and are so very blessed to be able to work with them. #grateful.

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