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Looking for your next step but can’t find it at your current company? Then walk away, you’re next step is somewhere else. Career advice from an outstanding woman leader, and chairman of an ASX top 200 company.

Many women search for new challenging opportunities, present ideas to their managers, suggest innovations to their bosses and network enthusiastically to progress their careers. But all too often women find that even with all this exemplary career investment, they aren’t offered the opportunities they know they are ready for.  Elizabeth Alexander is the chaiman of CSL, a biopharmaceutical company that is one of the ASX top 200. As many of you will know, this makes Alexander one of the six women chairing an ASX top 200 company. She’s the only woman on the CSL board, which she has been on for 20 years, and she’s worked in the finance industry her whole career – an industry rife with gender barriers and stereotypes.

Her advice is to women is to realise that the next step is elsewhere, and take it. She explains all in this article.

A snippet of the article:

I believe very much that people determine their own destiny, but if circumstances are not encouraging, then moving on is the answer.”

Of course this is just one idea from one woman… what’s your take? Should you stay or should you go if you want to get ahead?


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2 months ago

Jen Dalitz

What are the lessons you’re teaching your kids? We took the opportunity of a holiday long weekend to visit my mum interstate as the timing of the trip coincided with my son’s favourite AFL team battling it out against my mum’s beloved team. Perhaps only those of you with the love for AFL will appreciate why we’d plan a long distance trip around a game of footy, but suffice to say it was a passion project! With every ounce of anticipation, the game was a tough, tight duel and could easily have gone either way. Yet when the final siren sounded, it wasn’t our team that was smiling. It sure is tough for a 10 year old boy to sit within a crowd 41,000+ people all cheering for the opposite side. It was tough for him to see the exhaustion and disappointment on the faces of the players he adores. And yet, it’s so important for him to learn that his team won’t always win. There’s so many lessons in that, but the one I chose to instil is that you won’t always back the team that wins but you’ll always back the team that you love. That’s why I asked him to wear his team colours home the next day, and show his support even when the chips are down. That’s the kind of commitment I want my son to learn and the kind of team player I want him to be. PS. #gotheGiants @GWSGiants #neversurrender ... See MoreSee Less

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4 months ago

Jen Dalitz

I haven’t been here in a while as the writing has been on hold. But I was reminded today that there are things in our life that light us up. That might take us out of our comfort zone but, once you sit with it, bring you both joy and a sense of “I can do this” achievement. These moments are such a gift. So I’m curious, what’s your special thing that lights you up?

Despite (or in spit of) my professional career, these moments for me normally involve my horses. I’ll never be an equestrian Olympian, but I take great pleasure in all the lessons my horses teach me. They remind me that it’s a team effort, we’re in it together, and that if I’m prepared to give a little bit more, they will too. That’s true whether we’re on the ground taking care of their feet, or grooming, or when I’m atop riding as one. Two hearts one team.
It’s hard to describe the adrenaline and joy they bring to my life. But I’d love to know, what lights you up??
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