With a 20-year marketing career holding senior positions at a number of major global financial institutions, Kari Arnison has also worked through the common career challenge of returning to the workplace after embarking on the journey of motherhood and the ups and downs it brings. She fronts our latest campaign, Rise, a new styling service designed to elevate professional women; helping them curate a wardrobe that represents a personal and professional evolution they might be experiencing.
Kari Arnison was drawn to a career in finance because of one thing. “I'm someone who loves to work with numbers. Doing marketing in that environment, helping people to better prepare for their investments and for their futures, is something that I found really interesting.”
Whilst forging a successful career in financial services, Kari also became a mum and faced the common struggle facing women returning to the workplace: balance. “I have three children and the main thing for me is around striking the right balance because career is important to me, but my most important job is as a mother.”
Working with other women in her field has inspired Kari to create a network for women, to afford them the same opportunities as their male counterparts whilst also cultivating an environment in which they can achieve. “As a manager, depending on where people are at with their life stage, I think everyone needs a bit of flexibility, and that’s an important thing to bring to workplaces.”
When it comes to career success Kari believes in going back to basics. “It's really important to do a good job, to focus on being the best you can be in the role that you have. Opportunities arise if you're not only good at what you do, but also the way that you go about it.”
Kari thinks professionalism and skill should be paramount when it comes to how you present yourself in the workplace, but that fashion can still play a part in complementing those attributes. Navigating her way back into the workplace after having children, Kari’s style naturally changed with her new lifestyle, and keeping that in mind was something that was crucial during the shoot. She says working with a stylist she learned, “there are all different kinds of things that you can put together that are interesting and stylish and comfortable but also look great and make you feel good. You can still have that feeling, whilst finding your own style, in your new way of being.”
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