International Women’s Day

Photography: Chelsea Green Photography

Two women, Anna and I, began Loot over 13 years ago. We decided to enter a professional industry that is dominated by 80% women, so we felt warmly accepted from the get go. It isn’t lost on us how lucky we are to be in such a welcoming industry compared to how different other industries are. Our industry is represented by so many different positions held by women: DJs and caterers, floral designers and cake bakers, make-up artists and set designers, event planners and musicians, stationary designers and lighting professionals. Sisters, mothers, wives, BFFs. You get the picture.  And even though the leadership roles in our industry are predominantly men, Loot is proud that over 70% of our leadership team is made up of women leaders. Loot is the face of women’s progress. 

It’s no wonder to me why women, historically the creators and nurturers of tender, loving homes and families, dominate our industry and pave the path for continued connection, collaboration, education and inspiration among communities and beyond. Our business is focused on creating events and cultivating bonding among people in beautiful, inspiring settings and our success comes from creating a company culture that encourages women to have equal opportunities.

We pride ourselves at Loot in creating a nurturing environment where everyone, regardless of gender, feels empowered to reach their fullest potential. Some programs we have in place for this include a robust maternity and paternity leave program allowing the primary caretaker to bring the baby to work the first six months of life, equal pay, zero tolerance discrimination and harassment policies, mental health PTO, just to name a few. These benefits were lacking in previous roles we held before starting Loot, so it was important for us to change that to allow for less inequities when it comes to the workplace. We find that the more we show support and encouragement…take part in the rising tide…the more equity will follow.

On this International Women’s Day, we celebrate the contributions of women to all the roles they hold inside and outside the home … as worker bees and leaders … as trailblazers and go-getters. It is us that nurture the development of our future women leaders. And we should know, as we currently have at least seven little women looters modeling after us… and one on the way. 

Happy International Women’s Day to all the women out there. May you continue to grow and flourish while doing the good work this world needs. – Rhoda

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