Margaret McCabe – Founder and CEO of Debate Mate, an international educational charity


What motivates you?

Social injustice

What has been the biggest learning curve in your career?

Becoming a single parent aged 27, when I was a barrister, and realising that the playing field is not level.

What matters more, ambition or talent?

You have to have talent but what matters more is determination. Determination gets you everywhere.

What advice would you give to your 30 year old self?

Trust your instincts. Smile a lot. Buy good accessories. Write a thank-you letter.

Who do you admire?

Oprah Winfrey – she has come from nothing to become one of the most successful business-women in the world. She believes in the power of the skills that debating teaches.

In what place are you happiest?

With my debate mate kids and in Jamaica.

What’s your biggest extravagance?

Shoes (Prada and Jimmy Choo) and handbags (Chanel and Prada)

How would you change government policy to help women in the workplace?

Equal pay is equal power. Once you get equal pay, everything else will fall into place.

Do you believe in quotas?

Yes, you need affirmative action.

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Fierce. Fearless. Fun.

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