Jen Dalitz
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  1. From one to a community of 92,000 – this is what happens when women come together Jen Dalitz 28-Feb-2014
  2. Your chance to hear direct from Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and #LeanIn founder Jen Dalitz 18-Feb-2014
  3. Fancy working 9 weeks less AND earning more? New study reveals benefits of mobile business - but is it really possible? Jen Dalitz 12-Feb-2014
  4. Yes you can have it all, but not all at the same time. Agree or not? Jen Dalitz 23-Dec-2013
  5. Paid parental leave is popular with mums, but childcare still king Jen Dalitz 30-Aug-2013
  6. Lean In. Realise your fears. And then overcome them. Jen Dalitz 29-Jul-2013
  7. Women in Leadership, Childcare Issues and chasing a Government Board position all the way to Canberra Jen Dalitz 22-Jul-2013




Community leadership and the role we all play in creating change for good

Thursday, July 04, 2013

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

“It will be easier for the next woman, and the next woman”

Thursday, June 27, 2013

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

What if YOUR daughter wants to be a soldier?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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

Abortion is an electoral issue? Australia needs political leadership focused on moving forward, not the ghosts of the past

Thursday, June 13, 2013

According news this week from Prime Minister Gillard, Australian women (and indeed men, in so much as they are impacted by it) should be very afraid that after September 14 we’ll lose control of our reproductive rights.  Gillard’s campaign assertion that women should be concerned “with abortion again becoming the political play-thing of male politicians” appears to be aimed at rallying women against the tide of anti-Labour sentiment. But is it anything more than an ill-informed grab for a media soundbite? Read More

New guidelines a valuable resource for gender balance reporting

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Here’s a big tip for those of you charged with measuring and monitoring gender balance in your organization: the new Guidelines for Gender Balance Performance and Reporting Australia developed by Women On Boards will save you loads of time and money and give you access to leading practice tools (finally!) all in place.  Read More

Thinking of working from home? Work from home DISadvantage suggests it's not all smooth sailing

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

If you're thinking of working from home, then here's another free resource that you might want to review before you give up your desk in the office.  We've heard a lot about why people want to work from home... now this infographic from Internet Provider gives us an insight into some of the challenges you might face if you do.

A survey of 24,000 workers in 95 different countries highlighted some of the most common challenges for those working from home, and found that :

- 59% were impacted by children or family demanding attention
- 43% had trouble concentrating on work issues when in the home environment;
- 20% suffered from bad postur;e
and maybe this one relates to me... 12% were impacted by pets demanding attention!!

It seems to me that none of the obstacles are so significant as to avoid working from home; though some consideration of these issues BEFORE you make the big move could certainly help you with planning the transition, and maybe even save you some heartache down the track. Read More

A tear for our ANZACs and a tear for Kate

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Kate Malonyay lived – and died – about 200 metres from my home in Sydney.  I didn’t know Kate, but I’ve walked past her home hundreds – if not thousands – of times.  As the news broke first that her bruised body had been found, alone, in her apartment, after work colleagues raised the alert, my heart sank.  As the story evolved, and her ex-boyfriend jumped to his own death yesterday to evade arrest for her alleged murder, I felt anger.  What sort of selfish and gutless bastard is this guy, to take away the life, the promise, the joy that this woman brought to the world? Read More

Women and Leadership: Do women value MBAs as much as men?

Friday, April 19, 2013

An article this week in AFR titled “Women Lagging in MBAs” caught my interest and has had me pondering ever since whether or not it’s a problem that only 35 per cent of students in Australian MBAs. A decade or so ago when I was completing an Executive MBA, there were just 8 women in my final year cohort of 32. At the time I had little awareness of gender balance; it had simply not appeared in my consciousness as yet. Though I do recall some discussions about the 1:3 ratio and my personal feeling was it had advantages. Read More

Steve Jobs on reaching out and reaping the rewards: Fantastic advice from the archives

Friday, April 19, 2013

This clip featuring Steve Jobs is doing the rounds again – and I love it for it’s simplicity, brevity (just 2 minutes!) and practicality.  Success is all about being prepared to give it a go, to reach out, to take risks, says Jobs.  What do you think? Read More

Parenting & Work: Tell the politicians what really counts when it comes to childcare, paid parental leave, early learning and more

Friday, April 19, 2013

Parenting and work – and how to combine the two – are critical issues for our communities.  Since launching the Make Care Fair petition three years ago, a lot has changed in the world of childcare, paid parental leave and the needs of parents.  And given the election that has been called in Australia on September 14, we would love to understand your CURRENT views: Read More