Nine Muses Festival was founded by Spotify in 2019 and Rebecca Broni, People and Culture at Discovery was one of our hugely inspirational speakers. 

Ahead of this year’s event we aught up with her to hear about her experience last year, and her expectations for this year. Check it out! 

Why not listen along to Rebecca’s nine track playlist, featuring her favourite songs to celebrate International Women’s Day, whilst you read: 

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

International Women's day means an extra opportunity to honour and celebrate all the women that have been on the forefront fighting for gender inequality. As well as reminding ourselves that even if we have come a long way, we need keep on paving the way for future generations of women, and that you and I have a responsibility and opportunity to do so. 

Why is the topic of advancing women within media and the creative arts close to your heart?

Advancing women is advancing people. And when we are working with advancing people we find talent, skills, possibilities and improvement! 

You gave a lightning talk at the 2019 event - for those that couldn’t make it last year, can you recap for us the main points?

Dare to be kind yet bold. Kindheartedly bold is my mantra. Being kind is not a weakness, it is a tremendous strength. 

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve your goals and dreams whilst being kind to others.

Feed forward and help your fellow. 

What are the things that you think media companies and businesses can do to make a difference?

We can and will make a difference, by leading the way and setting the standards within our business. Demanding that our recruitment processes are based on competence, talent and learnability, reflecting the diversity of our society today. Educating and training our partners, leaders, managers and employees to be adamant on the importance of a diverse workforce. 

Tell us about some examples of impactful initiatives for the advancement of gender equality that have impressed you.

MeToo was an inspiring movement for the industry – and the world – but we are now in a position where we need to take the next step. Truly inspiring will be anyone who can take the power of this movement and use it to break up old patterns and create. 

For me personally I get a lot of inspiration from the strong women within my Äldrekontakt group. They have been standing up for other women throughout their entire lives, despite the risk of personal damage and threat to their own careers, solely to be able to make a change - to stand up for gender equality! And still after retiring, they keep on inspiring younger generations of women unselfishly and open-hearted feeding it forward. I am very proud and honoured to be a part of their group. 

What are you most looking forward to about the Nine Muses Festival 2020?

I’m really looking forward to meeting all the amazing women and speakers attending the event, exchanging experiences, sharing learnings and taking part in inspirational stories. Last year we had an impressive program, this year it’s even better. I can’t wait! 

When have you felt the most inspired and empowered within your career?

Right now!I feel both inspired and empowered, and I truly believe I have the best job in the world.

I am surrounded by our Discovery OneTeam, and I have the luxury to devote my time to helping our employees grow and give them the best possible tools to excel within their areas of expertise within our ever changing industry. 

What are your favourite things about working in media and creative arts?

My favourite thing is being surrounded by highly skilled, very passionate and creative colleagues, who do what they love and share it with the world.Bringing stories to life by producing great content, telling the stories that would otherwise be untold, powering the passions that makes us human.

That is what I love about our business.