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Here is a note from our CEO, Amanda Dobbie
Our second Business Series Lunch in Sydney was one of the largest WiBF has hosted. Over 400 people from the WiBF community gathered at The Westin Hotel to listen to our guest David Gonski.
David covered many areas ranging from business to the Arts to his thoughts on quotas. He even covered his experience as a violin player. The importance of great mentors throughout a successful career is so important. David shared one key point that he had learnt from each of his 3 significant mentors.
- Generosity of spirit
- Attention to detail
- A carefully considered philanthropy program to ensure a good outcome- otherwise giving nothing at all can result
There is something we can all take from the above pearls of wisdom.
We all know the statistics that the number of women on boards and in key Executive roles remains too low and the rate of change too slow. The AICD mentoring program has assisted in helping to shift the numbers from 7-17%. Clearly however, a lot more needs to be done. In David's view this is best achieved through targets rather than quotas. It's a men's problem and ultimately needs to be solved by men. This is why the role of the male Champions of Change is so important in leading changes, as is the CEO. The companies that have made the most progress in advancing women are those where the CEO is a passionate advocate. Women do need to trumpet their sucesses and gently state what they have achieved and where they want to go. Men need to be supported through the process of articulating and facilitating change.
As always David was candid, thoughtful and generous in sharing his experience. From the feedback we have received from the lunch, David is hugely appreciated for speaking up and sharing his thoughts about important issues in our community. This certainly displays his generosity of spirit.
The event also saw the launch of the inaugural WiBF scholarship to a WiBF member and in conjuncion with a WiBF member organisation. This particular scholarship is in conjuction with TurksLegal and is a 5-day Women's Leadership program at the prestigious Darden Busines School at the University of Virginia. Congratulations to the winner Kristeen Adam-Smith from Westpac.
I would like to thank TurksLegal for providing this scholarship. We do hope it is the start of many such partnerships with our member organisations to provide development opportunities for our members.
WiBF hosted an exclusive lunch with the Business Council of Australia, Maria Tarrant earlier this month. Thank you to JP Morgan for hosting. The discussion was centred on their recent paper: "Increasing the number of women in Senior Executive positions: Improving recruitment selection Practices".
Our next Business Series Lunch is on Disruptive Technology in Banking and we have a very informed and interested panel for this discussion.
Business Series Lunch: Disruptive Technology Panel
Next in our Wealth Series we have a session on managing your own finances with Alisdair Barr and Zoe Lamont
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