Inspirational Women Series: Tania Prasad
She may be the regional business development manager for Meredith Dairy now, but you may be surprised where Tania Prasad started her career!
The self-professed example of "zero to hero" pursued what she thought was her passion when she left school in year 10 to become a hairdresser.
"My principal said that I'd amount to nothing if I followed through with this decision...so I did!"
Pretty quickly Tania realised that it was actually the sales and retail side of the business that really sparked joy for her.
A move to Canberra for L’Oréal Australia was the perfect place to hone her skills and find her voice in a male dominated workplace.
"I still reflect and draw from those years of experience working for such a large international company."
Fast forward to today and Tania now extolls the virtues and goodness of all things goat's cheese and yoghurt related as part of her role with the family-run Meredith Dairy.
On a side note, if you haven't yet tasted their mouthwatering products at one of our Biz Gals events (my personal fave flits between their Ash Chèvre and their multi-award-winning Marinated Goat Cheese), do yourself a favour and taste some stat! Be warned though...you might become addicted!
Tania and I first met when I was the manager of guest experience programs and theme cruises for P&O. We collaborated on many of the Food & Wine cruises that I produced and the thing that still stands out to me today about this driven woman is her innate attention to detail and her drive to challenge herself to deliver only the best for the brand she loves so much.
For someone who initially was a tad nervous to present to such large groups of guests, she soon became a regular fixture in my cruise programs, gained confidence and honed her presentations for the oft-sold-out sessions.
Biz Gals: What is your greatest achievement?
Tania: My greatest achievement is probably having my two amazing children, raising them as single mum and pursuing my chosen career path with Meredith Dairy.
I was only able to do this as Meredith Dairy are an all Australian, family conscious, family owned and operated enterprise that respects supports and embraces women and mothers in the workplace. They are the hardest working family I have ever come across and I’m so fortunate to have them as my mentors and employers. Nine years ago I started working part time with Meredith as a business development manager for NSW and ACT with two very young children and now, in 2019, I'm the full time regional sales manager for food service and independent retail!
Biz Gals: What is the greatest lesson you have learnt?
Tania: Not to be so hard on myself! I never quite felt I did enough as a mum, manager, partner or daughter. I've had lots of sleepless nights where I reflect on my day and wonder if I could given a bit more somewhere. I am starting to believe in myself and that the decisions that I make are the best I could do at the time though.
Biz Gals: What is the best bit of advice you have been given?
Tania: You can't be all things to all people, no matter how hard you work. As much as you want to please others, it just isn’t enough for some. And that’s OK.
Biz Gals: What or who inspires you?
Tania: Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to work and become friends with some amazing women and men. I don’t think there is just one thing or person that inspires me, as I draw inspiration from many people in my life, including my two children who teach me so much every day.
Biz Gals: What is your biggest hope for women in the future?
Tania: I hope all women just believe in themselves. Your high school exam results don't define you, the first job you have does not create a path for your future, the first bad relationship you have won’t be the end of happiness forever. They are all stepping stones in life to get you to who you will become in the future. You will make some bad choices, but as long as you learn from them, it's OK!
Biz Gals: What advice would you offer your younger self?
Tania: Don’t take criticism personally, take it as someone’s point of view and respect their opinion.
Words: Natalie Kessell