Happy International Women’s Day 2021. To celebrate, Intuit are spotlighting five fierce leaders over five days. First up, Bree McAusland.
How would you describe your role at Intuit?
I lead the QuickBooks Global Expansion efforts in the ROW business.
My role is currently a combination of navigating the Global Expansion strategy for the ROW portfolio as well as integrating the Indian business into the portfolio. The aim is to globally scale QuickBooks at speed and operate as the catalyst for international long-term growth.
What has been your career progression? Where did you get your start and how did you end up at Intuit?
I started my career in advertising at Saatchi & Saatchi. I loved it however I always wanted to get more involved with the business side of marketing so moved into marketing at ING Direct, Sydney.
Global experience was always a priority for me, and I have since worked and lived in six countries (Australia, Italy, Indonesia, UK, USA and Singapore) working in business development/strategy and global marketing across the finance and tech industries.
Throughout this time, I also started and ran two small businesses of my own, one in Indonesia and one in the US.
I am hugely passionate about what we do here at Intuit.
What are you most excited about working at Intuit?
The opportunity to ensure equal opportunity for small businesses to thrive, no matter where they are in the world….
…And to work with some incredibly inspiring and awesome people at the same time.
Is there a particular turning point in your professional experience that helped define your career path?
Not so much an experience which helped define my career path however an experience which helped define who I am.
In the past I worked for a micro-managing boss. This was the type of person who made you feel everything you did wasn’t good enough; they were manipulating and at the end of the day just not a nice person. I didn’t realise at the time, but her actions made me start to question myself, who I was and if I was worthy of what I was doing or the decisions I was making.
Luckily, I had strong people around me to help me realise that this type of behaviour is not ok. I vowed I would use this experience to ensure I would never accept that type of intimidation from anyone and most importantly never be that type of person.
What does ambition mean to you?
For me ambition is knowing what makes you happy, allows you to constantly learn and keeps you excited every single day…. and then just going for it.
Never settle for mediocracy, believing in your passion and never losing sight of it.
Based on your experience, what is one thing managers or execs could do better to support and encourage women in the workplace?
Lead with empathy, embrace vulnerability and encourage a balance between work and life.
Understand that work is just the tip of the iceberg for not just woman but everyone. What we show up to do every day ‘in the office’ is only a small percentage of what our lives entail.
What is one thing a leader has done to help promote women in the workplace — either organisationally or for you personally?
Knowing that your leader has your back.
They truly listened and acted on past actions which were not in favour of equality.
That to me showed grit and compassion.
What’s a time you felt immense pride in yourself/your work?
Speaking up for what I knew was not right and following through on my convictions at a point in my life where I could have settled because it was the easy option.
Upon speaking up I was overwhelmed by the unexpected response from other woman saying this had given them the confidence in the future to stand up for what they believe in.