The Short Cut:

A quick fire chat about working life with Inga Thordar 

Inga Thordar, Executive Editor and Director, CNN

At the heart of the Nurture Network is the power of sharing experiences. From breakthrough career moments, to best ever advice, how to deal with stress and the women that inspire them.

The Short Cut designed to bring you a snapshot of our members’ working lives. Today we’re speaking to Inga Thordar, previously the Executive Editor and Director, CNN.

Tell us about your breakthrough career moment

When I interviewed for a job I was told I stood no chance of getting but the Head of the Department (a woman) hired me on potential rather than experience. It was the step I needed to build a successful career in management.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever had?

Treat all people with respect and dignity. The people you treat well on your way up the corporate ladder will be there when you come down.

Have you ever felt held back as a women?

Multiple times. I’ve tried to face it with integrity, authenticy and honesty. I don’t stay silent and point out inequities backed by facts and lived experiences

How do you protect your mental health in moments of pressure?

Give myself permission to step away and drop things.

Do you have any hobbies to keep you busy in your spare time?

I love reading, traveling and walking. I also like to stay fairly fit.

I feel empowered when…

… I can speak my truth without worrying about backlash.

The world would be a better place when…

… when there is true equality where privileges are spread more evenly. If we all recognise our own we might just get there.

The woman who empowers me the most is…

… the woman who helps other women achieve success.

Where is your favourite place in the world? 

Westfjords of Iceland.

One of my favourite places a photo of Westfjords of Iceland by Milind Kaduskar