In a collection of interviews to mark International Women’s Day 2022, we shine a light on some of the brilliant women at the heart of The Independent.
In this conversation, we speak to Sara Recalcati about her role at The Independent, and the people and beliefs that drive her to break the bias.
Describe your job
I’m responsible for the global eCommerce strategy of The Independent. My job is making sure we deliver constant growth with a combination of creative eCommerce solutions, affiliate partnerships, and cutting-edge technology and automation.
How did you get into your profession?
I studied business at uni and started working in marketing and eCommerce straight after that. But it all started in high school with a teacher who inspired me and got me passionate about the subject. I travelled around the world, working in different countries and sectors before finding my dream job.
Who and what has helped you break the bias?
I’ve had a few line managers, both men and women, who taught me never to limit my aspirations and never downplay my team’s accomplishments.
Which women do you admire?
Eleanor Roosevelt is the woman I admire the most because she supported the advancement of women in professional and political positions in the US and abroad. She also shaped and played an instrumental role in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
What are your hopes for the future in terms of breaking the bias?
Women often feel forced to be present at work as a measure of performance and dedication. I’m working hard to make sure that success is measured by achieving goals, not by time spent in the office.
What one bit of career advice would you give to others?
Be confident when expressing your thoughts and ideas. And never let a man interrupt you when you’re speaking.