COVID-19 has created a swathe of unintended consequences for gender equality in the workplace with women over-represented in both the fields most affected by an economic shutdown and in casual employment, thus more likely to impacted. How can organisations overcome these impacts and promote gender equality in real terms? What can we learn from other organisations in order to create the most effective diversity and inclusion measures? As individuals, how can we increase impact through the actions we take?
In this 45 minute session, hear from Australian Gender Equality Council Chair, Victoria Weekes and Research Director & CEO, Dr Terry Fitzsimmons as they unpack the recently released Leading Workplace Practice in Gender Equality Report.They will cover:
• Which initiatives have the greatest impact to increasing gender equality within organisations
• The 12 key elements of leading workplace best practice in gender equality and how to integrate them into your equality strategy
• What practical steps you can personally take to be a better advocate for gender equality in your career and network
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Victoria Weekes BComm LLB, FAICD, Senior Fellow Finsia is, a professional non-executive director with over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry in senior executive roles in major listed companies. Victoria is currently Chairman of OnePath Custodians Limited, a $45 billion market leading superannuation fund, a director of Sydney Local Health District, Deputy Chair of St George Community Housing and Chairman of NSW Treasury’ Audit & Risk Committee. Victoria is also President of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and member of the State Library of NSW Council. Victoria has been a vocal advocate for gender equality in the financial services sector over a number of years and was the inaugural Chair of the Women in FINSIA Committee. Victoria has worked closely with organisations like the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Women on Boards (WOB), the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, the Male Champions of Change, the AICD and the Governance Institute on gender diversity initiatives and events. Victoria played a key role in the campaign to retain the WGEA reporting standards on gender equality when under threat of repeal. Victoria led FINSIA’s work with WOB to develop best practice reporting guidelines on measures for gender diversity performance. Victoria also devotes significant time mentoring women in the industry.
Dr Terry Fitzsimmons is a Senior Lecturer in leadership, human resource management and change management with the University of Queensland Business School. He is the Director of the AIBE Centre for Gender Equality in the Workplace. He is also a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of experience. His PhD in Leadership examined successful attributes of CEOs and differing pathways to CEO roles for men and women. Dr Fitzsimmons has published many papers in leading journals exploring the issue of gender equality in leadership roles, including the world first Hands Up for Gender Equality Study in Australian schools. Terry has worked with many of Australia’s largest firms on their diversity programs and speaks regularly in Australia and overseas in the area of gender equality and inclusion. He has served as national and state presidents of not for profit bodies as well as a being a director on boards of Listed Public Companies in Australia and overseas. With Helen Conway, former Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, in 2015 Dr Fitzsimmons convened a series of workshops involving national organisations representing women in the workplace, as well as other men and women who share a passion for gender equality, to form what was to become the Australian Gender Equality Council.
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