I'm a self confessed conference junkie. I've attended hundreds of them, and run more than most people have had hot dinners. I enjoy the networking, I enjoy the opportunity to down tools and reflect on best practice, brash new ideas and challenging concepts. I also appreciate being in a room with like minded individuals and reflecting that;
"Gee, what I'm doing on the money. Keep on going. This stuff makes a difference."
Last week I attended the Women World Changers one day event in Sydney.
The speaker lineup was a who's who in gender and broader diversity discussions from Australia and beyond including the following: Wendy McCarthy AO, Holly Ransom, Avril Henry, Ming Long, Mai Chen, Pat Milligan, Dr Simon Longstaff AO FCPA, Ainslie van Onselen, Giam Swiegers, Libby Lyons, Jenny Leong, Christine Bartlett, Veena Sahajwalla, Amy Mullins, John Lydon, Hala Gorani, Jennifer Dalitz, Melissa Browne, Kim-Louise Liddell, Gen George, Karen Beattie.
And "girl" did I have a great day! It felt pretty fabulous to be in a room full of men and women committed to gender equity - and the benefits for business and society more broadly. Thanks to both Carla Wall and Deborah Harrigan who joined me at the event. It was great to share and compare highlights afterwards.
Significant moments for me?
Wendy McCarthy AO as the opening keynote drawing attention to:
- "the gap between well intentioned programs and programs that deliver real outcomes"
- "the face of poverty in the future is an older woman with no super"
Patricia Milligan - on the data
- "Companies who measure the progress and publish the results get better results"
- "One of the biggest issues cited by women for leaving the workforce is health and well being issues"
Ming Long on encouraging men into the conversation
- "Slavery didn’t end because black people thought it was a good idea. It disappeared because white people thought it was a good idea. Let’s get men into the discussion about gender equity"
- "For the men in the room understand gender equity in the workplace is a smart business move, not just a nice to have because you have daughters"
- "Some of the male champions don’t quite get it, but they’re on the journey and most importantly in positions of power to do something about gender equality"
Mae Chen on Super Diversity
- "Cultural capability (CQ) is the new currency of success for business and individuals"
- "I came to this conference because the title is Women World Changers - we need to change the world for humans, not just women"
Holly Ransom on the future of work
- "The nature of work is changing and becoming portfolio in nature with consulting, freelancing and flexibility options seen as more and more attractive"
- "6 degrees of separation is out the window - with impact of a social media it's estimated to be more like 3.8 degrees"
Avril Henry with a rousing close on how women can make a bigger difference for themselves
- "No-one is more interested in your career than you. Put up your hand and manage it!"
- "Winning women don't play nice, they play fair"
Please enjoy (and share) the Twitter highlights below!
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- I am the creator of The Ambition Revolution – the science and art of amping smart and savvy
- I mentor busy professional women to ensure they remain smart, strategic and focused on the bigger game.
- I also work with organisations who are trying to increase the profile of women in leadership, but are struggling to do so.