Hats off to Women on Boards for their latest Boardroom Diversity Index (BDI), which provides a snap shot across 850 organisations of the number of board seats held by women. The research, now in its third year, tracks directorships by gender across ASX Companies, Cooperative Research Centres, Credit Unions & Building Societies, Government, National Sporting Organisations, Research and Development Corporations and Superannuation Trustees, and this year the categories of ASX201-300 companies and Health Funds were also added. Read More
Women On Boards releases 2012 Boardroom Diversity Index showing further small increase in women holding board positions
Money tip: Private Health Insurance Rebate now means tested – prepay for next year and make 30 per cent return on your savings
Next week is the start of a new financial year in Australia and if you earn more than $84,000pa as an individual or $164,000pa as a family you will no longer be able to claim the Private Health Insurance Rebate from July 1st. (Note income includes things like super that is salary sacrificed, fringe benefits reportable amounts and imputation credits). But here's a tip that could buy you a bit more time on the rebate and help you save big dollars!
"Women need to stop apologizing for routine workplace events," Bloom shared with me in an email. "Ladies, every time the word 'sorry' is about to fly out of your mouth, think: Have I actually done something wrong? Or has this just become a verbal tic?" Here are three things that women often apologize for and what we can do to stop, today. Read More
"According to a 2010 report from comScore, women spend more time online than men, and they’re overrepresented in social networking, gaming, photos, blogs, and retail. Not only do women spend time online, they spend money, too—female customers make up 61% of online transactions. In a TechCrunch article on the topic, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Aileen Lee called women the “rocket fuel” of e-commerce. “Especially when it comes to social and shopping,” Lee explains, “women rule the Internet.” Read More
Like Lindy and Michael Chamberlain, my parents have grieved the loss of a child. Like the Chamberlains, my parents took a healthy, vibrant baby girl home from hospital expecting a lifetime of happiness but instead experiencing the ultimate sadness. In my family’s case, it was a decade earlier and my sister – Susan – died at home from meningitis, asleep in her cot, a little younger than Azaria and only two weeks old. Like Lindy and Michael, my parents never fully recovered from the loss of their daughter. Only unlike the Chamberlains, my family wasn’t torn apart, publicly vilified and my parents incarcerated for the sad circumstances that beset them. Read More
You're invited to a fashion fiesta: Personal service, pampering and exclusive access to independent designers
If you're in Sydney on the weekend of 23/24 June this is a fun fashion event that's bound to keep the winter blues at bay! I've written before about the gorgeous all-Australian fine merino knitwear from Cinnabar Designs - just one of the many brands on offer at this weekend boutique fashion fiesta. This event is free to attend by invitation only - but my friends are welcome and you can download your invitation here. Read More
BREAKING NEWS: Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership on offer... could this be you?
This is exciting news: The Origin Foundation is sponsoring a Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership, and applications are now open!! This scholarship is designed to boost the long-term leadership and management capacity of the Australian NFP sector - so if you're a leader or director in that sector, you could be in the running for the $40,000 scholarship package. Read More
I love this: Air Baltic - a Latvian airline - has become the first commercial service to introduce intelligent seating, offering the opportunity for like-minded passengers to sit together. Travellers will be offered the choice of three preferred “flight moods” which relate to whether they want to get on with work, make new business contacts or simply not be bothered by someone’s droning voice for the duration of the flight. Read More
The 2012 Australian Women’s Leadership Symposium - register now for Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney events - SUBSIDIES AVAILABLE
I've just confirmed my registration for the Australian Women's Leadership Symposium and thought some of you may also benefit from attending (NB If you're one of my colleagues from the finance and professional services sector, you may be eligible to register at a subsidised rate of $1195 instead of $2295 . To apply, click here] Drawing on the success of prior years, the 2012 program provides an unparalleled opportunity for hundreds of Australian women to gather together to explore contemporary leadership theory and observe current best practice at locations across the country – including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra and Adelaide. Read More
The PM's Childcare Summit: The cold, hard facts relating to childcare, working women and the Australian economy:
Prime Minister Gillard’s rushed childcare summit last week has put the spotlight back on the issue of affordable, quality care and why – like it or not – childcare is an issue for all. At my end, I’ve been in contact with Minister Kate Ellis’ office to organise a meeting to present the petition of signatures we’ve been gathering at Make Care Fair to reignite the debate on the cost and affordability of child care [so if you’re yet to sign the petition, please do so here]