Our Members

WOF is a movement focused on collaboration and kindness in the workplace, galvanising a community of women to work together as a new generation of talent across multiple sectors and industries. Learn more about the inspiring and high-achieving women who are part of our community.

Emily Levy
Category Controller, Pernod Ricard
What is the best part of your job?
Day to day, I love it when I see a story fall into place, whether in my own work or one of my team’s. We spend our time analysing data and other information to understand everything going on and interpret the implications, and the moment when everything comes together is so satisfying. I’m also fortunate in my job to be able to help drive PRUK’s diversity and inclusion agenda - something incredibly important to me - including co-founding Libra, a new network for women and allies, with three amazing colleagues to support the pursuit of gender equity in our workplace.
If you could give one piece of advice to yourself at the start of your career what would it be?
Take ownership and be kind. Control what you can control and do your best to work with what you can’t; is there another way to achieve the same or a similar outcome? While taking ownership, remember we’re all human; people experience ups and downs emotionally, and ebbs and flows in motivation and energy, both physical and mental, and that’s okay. You can push yourself and still be compassionate as you go, to others and to yourself.
What is one act of kindness that you will remember forever?
In 2019-20 I cycled to Singapore with my husband Ed. One day we were trying to find somewhere to buy some food in Qobustan, a small town in Azerbaijan, and asked two women we saw. We thought they were guiding us to a shop, only to be ushered into their home and cooked for. They brought out endless dishes of roast chicken, delicious fried potatoes, pasta with sausages, homemade bread, tomato salad, and more. To two hungry cyclists, it was heaven. We spent a couple of hours with them, eating, playing with the children, giving them rides on our bikes, and helping the teenagers practice their English. As we left, the mother of the family filled our camping saucepans with leftovers and gave us each a massive hug, telling us to pretend it was from our own mothers as we wouldn’t see them for another seven months. It was an act of such unprompted generosity and hospitality, it was both incredibly humbling and heart-warming.
What is your favourite quote?
“Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.” It’s always stuck with me because I love food and drink, both cooking and eating – but also, if there are things more broadly that I’m not enjoying that I have to do, it reminds me to see if there’s another, more pleasurable way to achieve the same goal.
If you could invite two people to dinner (dead or alive!) who would they be and why?
I know many people would see this as an opportunity for inspiration, but for me it’d be about love; my late mother-in-law Susie Levy and my grandfather Joseph Bunting - and I’m taking my husband as a +1 and plenty of champagne. I’d love to have known Susie even better than I did, and it would mean the world for Ed to have one last evening with her. Grandad was a quiet man in a family of loud, outspoken women, and there are things about his life I’ve learned only since he died, so I’d love to be able to talk to him now as an adult - and I wish he and my husband had met, as Ed sometimes reminds me of him. Susie and Grandad also both shared a mischievous twinkle in the eye; I think everyone would get on well and we’d have a brilliant evening.
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