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Julie McKay #iambiased

Author: Barry Scott / Published Date: 29 September 2015

Categories: Events, Inspirations

On 22nd July, Autopia and the Australian National Committee for UN Women hosted a panel discussion in Melbourne. 'Driving Gender Diversity in the Workplace' was over subscribed, eagerly anticipated and did not dissapoint. Today we release the full recording of the session with a guest post from Julie McKay.

Julie McKay #iambiased
Executive Director, Australian National Committee for UN Women.

We are all biased. From the moment we are born, we are influenced by the people in our lives, by our experiences and by our surrounds.  Little girls are rewarded for nurturing behaviours when they take care of their toys, while little boys are encouraged to be tough, to enjoy ‘rough and tumble’ activities and to lead. Our experiences frame the way we make decisions, and the assumptions we make, consciously and unconsciously.

I encourage you to take some time with a coffee to watch the video of the Melbourne launch event. The panellists share ideas and challenge each other’s assumptions of merit. Most powerful for me, was hearing Commodore Alan Clements speak about the moment when he realised that the system that he lived and worked in, and deeply respected, was not giving equal opportunities to men and women.

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Today was a good day for Gender Diversity

Author: Barry Scott / Published Date: 22 July 2015

Categories: Events

Almost a year ago Autopia started working on the issue of Gender Diversity with Julie McKay, Executive Director of UN Women Australia. Our role in the partnership is to facilitate the exchange of ideas. And the ultimate result of that, we hope, is to make the world a better place.

Do we as a financial services company have the right to do that? Absolutely. Everyone has the right to do what they can, it’s just that not everybody does.

And making the world a better place? I know that sounds like a lofty goal, but I personally think - what’s the point in a goal if it isn’t aspirational? It’s just something on your to-do list otherwise.

We started with a lunch, where 20 Executives heard Julie McKay talk about the failure of the meritocracy, unconscious bias, an almost unbelievable fact about the percentage of CEOs over 6ft called Peter, and some shocking statistics about the inequality of pay in Australia, and throughout the world today.

I thought that kind of thing didn’t exist in this day and age. I was wrong.

Today we managed to put over 100 Senior Executives in a room with an incredibly talented panel of speakers to discuss the issue of Gender Diversity, and in particular, how to overcome it. There was universal agreement on the problem, not always agreement on the solution, but what was on display for sure, was the passion and determination to resolve the situation.

A lofty goal of changing the world? Yes, but I tell you, with the people in that room working hard towards it, I feel more hopeful today than I did yesterday, about the society we live in and the possibility of real change in the future.

How do you change the world? Same way you get through life. One day at a time. Today was a good day.

How do you change the world? One person at a time. And after what I’ve seen and heard in the last 12 months? I’m in. You’ve got me. Today was a good day.

Thanks to everyone who came along, and thanks to our inspirational panelists Julie McKay, Robert Wood, Dimity Hodge and Air Commander Alan Clements.

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Author: Barry Scott / Published Date: 10 July 2015

Categories: Novated Leasing

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Air Commander Alan Clements Announced as Final Speaker for Gender Diversity in the Workplace Melbourne

Author: Barry Scott / Published Date: 3 July 2015

Categories: Events

During his time as Commandant, ADFA, Air Commodore Clements has overseen one of the most significant cultural change programs in ADF history.

Please join us on 22nd July at the Crown Towers, and be part of an in-depth discussion on the state of gender diversity in Australia, and the pathways to drive change in the workplace.

  • Julie McKay, Executive Director, UN Women Australia
  • Robert Wood, Director, Centre for Ethical Leadership
  • Dimity Hodge, Australian Practice Leader - Leadership Advisory Services, Spencer Stuart
  • Air Commander Alan Clements, Commandant, Australian Defence Force Academy

"If we can have women on the battlefield, surely we can manage it in the boardroom."  David Wakeley, CEO, Autopia

Very few seats left, book now!

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Melbourne's ‘Gender Diversity in the Workplace’ filling up fast!

Author: Barry Scott / Published Date: 25 June 2015

Categories: Events

22nd July, Crown Towers, Melbourne. Book before there are no spaces left!

Following on from the success of the Sydney event, UN Women & Autopia are moving the ‘Gender Diversity in the Workplace’ Panel Discussion to Melbourne on 22nd July at 7:30am, and we’re pleased to confirm three of our four panellists as follows:

  • Julie McKay, Executive Director, UN Women Australia
  • Professor Robert Wood, Director, Centre for Ethical Leadership
  • Dimity Hodge, Australian Practice Leader - Leadership Advisory Services, Spencer Stuart
  • Final Speaker TBC

“The panel discussion was great - the right balance of information, personal experience/views and Q&A. The panel members were also fantastic - a nice mix of backgrounds and personalities."
 Sydney Event Attendee

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