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What’s your name, your job title, and how long have you worked at K2?  

My name is Christine Burton. I am a Client Account Manager and I have worked at K2 for 10.5 years. 

As a member of the X Annos community, what motivates you to keep working at K2?   

K2 is my second family. I feel part of something bigger than myself. I love being able to work with and mentor my teams, as well as be mentored by my leaders. I also love being able to form both professional and personal bonds with everyone in the company. 

What does gender inclusivity mean to you?   

No matter how you identify, you are valuable. 

What advice would you give to women aspiring to leadership roles in the business world, based on your own experiences and insights?  

Ask the ‘dumb’ question. Speak up. Find a way to start the conversation. The worst thing that anyone can say to you is No. 

How has K2 supported your career growth over the last 10+ years?  

By always keeping that metaphorical door open. I have never been turned away upon asking for something that I needed, or upon expressing the desire to learn more and grow. 

Can you share a pivotal moment in your career journey, one which has shaped who you are today?  

My first time going in front of a client with a pitch. I was very nervous, but my colleagues prepped me and gave me the confidence that I needed. 

How do you think that K2 is challenging the Status Quo in the global mobility industry? 

Through our culture. K2 is not just about hiring warm bodies. They are about hiring special people. Their employees are not just cogs in a wheel; they are individuals who are truly valued for both their character and their talent. 

What do you think the future would look like if we had more female leaders? 

AMAZING! However you identify, you will have gaps in your knowledge that only someone who identifies differently can fill. Everyone needs to be represented equally in the room for the best solutions to rise.   

How can more companies foster a more inclusive and supportive environment for women?   

Be careful who you hire and who you choose as leaders. Don’t devalue or dismiss input from women, even if you don’t agree with what they’re saying. It is not about being ‘right’ or ‘wrong’; it is about understanding each other. 

In Conversation with Christine Burton, Client Account Manager