Last night in Sydney as the skies oozed with drizzle and commuters rushed home before the clouds burst open, a small gang of troublemakers came together to reflect. It’s been five years since the audacious launch of 1millionwomen by founder Natalie Isaacs and in this time the community has grown from one to 92,000 women. Not quite one million women, but well on the way. Read More
Sheryl Sandberg. Mention her name in a public gathering and I guarantee you’ll get a mixed response. From “who’s Sheryl Sanders anyway?” to “oh yeah she’s so amazing” to “Lean In? If I lean in any further I’ll be kissing the pavement!” Well, here’s your chance to find out for yourself what Sheryl Sandberg is all about. Read More
Fancy working 9 weeks less AND earning more? New study reveals benefits of mobile business - but is it really possible?
Bibbip. 4am. Bloody email on the bloody smart phone. Twelve years and still Hewhoshallnotbewrittenabout is seemingly unable to find the silent switch before bedtime. Grrrrrrrr. But such is the love hate relationship we have with our devices. Read More
You wouldn’t know from the frequency of my blog posts this year that writing really is one of my favorite things. For in 2013, I’ve been living the words of Her Excellency the Governor-General Quentin Bryce: “Yes, you can have it all, but not all at the same time. Set your own priorities, trust your gut and follow your heart."
And so, for the first time in eight years, being at my writing desk most every day of every week wasn’t a priority this year.
Instead, I’ve been reflecting on life, reveling in the people and the things I love, reigniting a professional career and roaming the globe in search of the she who is me, in 2013. What an adventure! Read More
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
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