Entrepreneur Devika Wood on standing up to sexual harassment

Courtesy of The Telegraph

Brenda Trenowden, Nuala Walsh and Devika Wood, at The Telegraph’s “Women Means Business” Live event in London.

Speaking on the Telegraph’s “What are the real roadblocks to women’s success?” panel, Wood admitted that when she began this business journey, faced with mostly male investors, she had no confidence in herself — especially after recovering from an abusive relationship when she was 19.

“I found it very hard to go into a boardroom, I found it very hard to face men, I found it very hard to sell my story and my dream, to get even people to invest in me,” she said, adding that she often dressed down in business meetings, so she’d be taken more seriously.

Following her panel participation, Wood tweeted that while the “journey wasn’t easy”, she was “truly lucky to have incredible shareholders and team” around her now.

In light of her experiences, Wood is now raising awareness about these challenges — telling event attendees that women should be educated from a young age on how to tackle such situations and give them the skill-set to prepare them to stand up for themselves in such situations.

Not only has Wood found support from other female founders, but she now aims to mentor people, to help them thrive career-wise.

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