Reece Hunt: challenging stereotypes with positivity

By - March 9, 2023

Amagi's legal counsel, Reece Hunt, believes in challenging gender stereotypes with meaningful action and keeping her professional life centered on her core values. This motivating Q&A with Reece will inspire you to embrace her passion for gender equality and her growth mindset:

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do at Amagi
I’m legal counsel at Amagi. I advise on legal affairs for the company and partner with teams across the business to help Amagi achieve its business and strategic goals while minimizing risks and building trust. I have been practicing law for a little over 15 years in New York. I’m currently based in Brooklyn and in my free time I enjoy exploring NYC's natural areas, reading novels, and watching movies. 

Do you think it’s important to celebrate International Women’s Day? Could you tell us why?
It’s important to promote gender equality every day. Meaningful change requires serious and sustained commitment from individuals, organizations, and governments every day. 

That said, International Women’s Day is important because it provides an international platform to recognize and honor the contributions of women, raise awareness of the continuing challenges women face, and promote efforts to address systemic barriers to gender equality. International Women’s Day is also a powerful reminder that while progress has been made, there is still a lot of work to be done to achieve true gender equality around the world, and celebration must be accompanied by meaningful action. 

What do you think Amagi should do to improve gender equality?
It’s important to recognize that gender inequality affects everyone, limits everyone’s opportunities and experiences, and is everyone’s responsibility. As a tech company that values data-driven decision-making and concrete results, Amagi should set clear and measurable diversity goals for the entire organization, such as increasing the representation of underrepresented groups in hiring, promotions, and leadership positions, and regularly assessing its progress by collecting and analyzing data on hiring, promotions, pay equity, employee engagement, and other relevant metrics to identify areas where the organization needs to address disparities and challenges. 

As a woman, have you faced any barriers in your career, and if so, how did you overcome them?
Sure. All women continue to face barriers in their careers. I wouldn’t say I’ve entirely overcome them but it’s important to me to bring my core values, passions, and interests into my work and to just keep showing up. 

Would you mind sharing the most important piece of advice you’ve been given?
Embrace change and be willing to adapt. 

Tell us, what is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about their careers?
Approach work and opportunities with a growth mindset. Try to reframe challenging and disappointing experiences as opportunities for learning and growth and see mistakes and setbacks as part of the learning process. Keep moving forward. Celebrate your successes, no matter how small, and use them to motivate you to keep going.

If you could have dinner with three inspirational women, dead or alive, whom would they be and why?

1. Doris Lessing, Amelia Earhart, and Katherine Hepburn. They were all trailblazers in their respective fields who were dedicated to positive change for women. 

Doris Lessing broke new ground with her unflinching portrayals of women's experiences and her willingness to tackle controversial subjects. She was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, and she was also a vocal advocate for women's rights and social justice.

2. Amelia Earhart shattered gender stereotypes and inspired generations of women to pursue careers in male-dominated fields. She was also an advocate for women's rights and worked to promote gender equality throughout her life.

3. Katherine Hepburn challenged gender stereotypes, playing strong, independent female characters at a time when such roles were not common. She was also a philanthropist and advocate for women’s rights and environmental conservation.