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Why are women are still leaving top organisations and jobs in their droves… and why don’t business leaders stop it from happening?

Back in 2005, just a couple of years after completing my MBA, my classmate Bianca sent a copy of Off-Ramps and On-Ramps (a Harvard Business Review article by Sylvia Ann Hewlett and Carolyn Buck Luce) to all the women in our cohort.  The article which highlights the large numbers of highly qualified women dropping out of mainstream careers was […]

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Transfemational leadership – why a feminine approach is absolutely essential for success in 2011

Welcome to a new year, resplendent with new opportunities.  I love this time of year, when we can choose in our work and in our life what we want the year ahead to look like, what we’d like to achieve, how we’d like to lead.  To this end 2011 could look remarkably the same as […]

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A feminine response to Iceland’s financial crash – and what Wall Street must learn from it

Halla Tomasdottir managed to take her company Audur Capital through the eye of the financial storm in Iceland by applying 5 traditionally “feminine” values to financial services. At the recent TEDWomen, she spoke of the conscious decision she and her business partner Kristin Petursdottir made to escape the testosterone charged financial markets environments they had experienced […]

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Only 3 days left for the earlybird offer to Executing Womens Initiatives in Firms event

Don’t forget that earlybird pricing to the forthcoming Executing Women’s Initiatives Within Firms event end on 17th December.  This important one-day connected forum will explore important issues for the advancement of women in firms including: Building a strategic network for an effective and successful career in firms Identifying and breaking through the myths surrounding women in firms […]

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How can we attract and retain more women in professional firms? The realities of being a woman in professional services and driving change from within

In a past life I worked in a global consulting firm and I think that if you’ve never worked in professional services it can be hard to visualise some of the obstacles women face in forging professional careers.  At the time there were no female partners I could turn to for advice. The firm was […]

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Why we need to become more proactive about gender diversity, and avoid 70s style conscience-raising when tackling female advancement blockers – as observed by female architect – plus what it is the role of women only networking events

What happens when you gather together 200 female architects to discuss the advancement of women in this archetypal “old man’s profession”? They “trade horror stories” and sympathise with one another, as described by event organiser Sandra Kaji-O’Grady, a professor at Sydney University. Sure, this is one of the wonderful elements of all women’s events – […]

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2 weeks 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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2 months ago

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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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And so, maybe time does change some things. Or women do.

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– They let me go at 42 because they told me I was too old to represent women's dreams. #kvinnedagen

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