Ask any working mum what’s her secret to success and there’s one common denominator: access to quality and affordable childcare. Despite existing benefits and the introduction of paid parental leave by the Federal Government, Australian families continue to rate the affordability of childcare as a key election issue, saying they’d vote for the party who offers tax breaks, according to the latest poll. Read More
Have you read Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead yet? Over 1 million copies have sold so far in at least 11 different languages; so if you bought one of them I’d be interested to know what you thought?
After flying all the way from Australia to Chicago, a particular highlight of my past 3 days at BlogHer13 was spending a morning with Sheryl Sandberg (yep just me, Sheryl and a few hundred other women!). Sandberg (author of Lean In and COO of Facebook who reportedly became a billionaire on its listing) was keen to share her thinking on the Lean In concept. Read More
Women in Leadership, Childcare Issues and chasing a Government Board position all the way to Canberra
How was your weekend? They just seem to go sooooo fast, don’t they? It was a short one for me, with a 2-day strategic planning workshop on Fri/Sat with the management team at Third Horizon. So I’m playing a bit of catchup today and didn’t quite get to everything I had planned before my trip away… yikes! For those of you interested in gender balance, there’s been a number of new research reports released in the past couple of weeks. I’m taking a couple of the longer ones – the CEDA Women In Leadership “Mind the Gap” report and the AWCCI Child Care Issues Paper – away with me on my trip to BlogHer this week and will review them here shortly. Stay tuned for my key takeaways. Read More
You might have heard about this guy who was applying for jobs back in the 1990s in the management consulting profession without success. Turns out his first name is Kim and it dawned on him – after countless knock-backs without so much as an interview – that potential employers thought “he” was a “she”… So he added “Mr” to his CV and pronto! Within 2 weeks he secured his dream job. Unconscious gender bias? He thinks so. Read More
I’m about to head off to the 2013 BlogHer Conference in Chicago, my first major business trip (on my own!!!!!!!) post child. And since it’s been 4 years in the making I just CAAAAAAAAN'T WAIT!!! But if you’re the kind of person who saves for long-term goals, you better check your bank account. Pronto! Because if you haven’t touched it for 3 years there’s a good chance that the Government has drained your savings account. Completely. Zippo. Gone. Read More
Obviously. If this FULL-PAGE ad on page 10 of the Australian Financial Review’s Weekend Edition is anything to go by, that is.
Flip it: instead of justifying "why diversity on boards?", let's ask the current homogenous cohort to prove "why not?"
A lot has been written about tokenism and diversity on boards. Ann-Maree Moodie, an expert in Boards and Governance, has recently explored the topic in the context of what it means to “lead for diversity”. In other words, what additional skills does a chairman, experienced only in leading a board composed of men similar to him, need in order to accommodate a greater range of people on the board? (You can read her thoughts here.) Read More
Marie was an ordinary, unassuming woman, in her sixties I would guess. She was well dressed, clean and neat, and wore a hat on this cold winter’s day. Standing outside a city office tower, she was so normal she could have been anyone’s aunt or grandma or sister, waiting to meet them for lunch. So normal I barely noticed her as I dashed toward the lift well, late again. Her hand gestured forward, and the motion caught my eye but as I spun around she withdrew, turning away. My gut made me ask: “Do you need help?” Read More
I'm not a Woman For Gillard, I’m not a fan of her policies in general and I will never understand the timing of many of them. But there’s at least one thing I will always regard Julia Gillard for: the introduction of Disability Care. I wish my Grandmother was still alive to see it’s introduction; after a lifetime caring for a child – and then adult – with Down’s Syndrome she deserved but never enjoyed this level of assurance and support. My late auntie Janice deserved it, she was a joy and an inspiration in the small town where we all grew up. And even today, millions of Australians with disabilities and their families and carers absolutely deserve Disability Care, and it’s enactment will be a lasting legacy of Ms Gillard. Read More
Perhaps the only good thing to come out of yet another Defence scandal this week is the blistering speech by Lieutenant General David Morrison who delivered a clear and candid message to his troops: “those that think that it is ok to behave in a way that demeans or exploits their colleagues have no place in this Army”. And for those who don’t see the vital role women have played in current engagements and in maintaining our capability now and into the future, his message is clear: “Get out!” Read More