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NZ study on Workplace Flexibility in the Accounting Sector finds partnership and having children are mutually exclusive

A new study into the flexibility practices of the accounting sector has been undertaken to determine why this profession – in which women have long dominated at the graduate level – is still failing to attain significant female representation at partnership ranks. The study was undertaken by the New Zealand Ministry for Women and reviewed workplace practices […]

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Breakthrough for dairy industry as first woman appointed to board

Those of you who have heard me speak about the dearth of women in leadership roles in Australia will know that as a country girl I love drawing a parallel between the heifer ratio on working farms and the corresponding number on our boards… so it was with great interest that I read that Kay […]

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Quotas for female politicians in Canada? Not if this journo has her way…

Off the back of news this week that the former prime minister of Canada, Kim Campbell has she wants gender parity in Canadian politics comes another wave of rationale for why we don’t need quotas for women.  According to Campbell, sex is “the fundamental category where parity ought to be assured” and her plan is […]

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Welcome to PwC / Minter Ellison Women in Transactions forum participants… and tips on overcoming perfectionism at work

This week I had the good fortune to address this Women in Transactions forum and what a dynamic and inspiring group it was: 60 intelligent, ambitious and optimistic women from many different organisations, all in the one room!  Rather than a pity party about all the obstacles women face in advancing to leadership roles, this […]

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ASX Gender Reporting Guidelines – your cheat sheet to the key points

I received a note from Sarah at the EEO Trust in New Zealand asking if we could supply a quick summary of the key points in the new ASX corporate governance guidelines relating to gender diversity reporting.  Here’s the summary we’ve prepared which may also be of assistance to you in planning how your organisation […]

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Westpac follows Comm bank lead in introducing 40 per cent target for women in top leadership roles

At an Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce gathering in Sydney this week Westpac Chief Gail Kelly announced a new target to lift female representation in the Bank’s top 10% leadership ranks from the 33% of present to 40% by 2014.  Speaking at the same event, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and prominant board director Catherine Livingstone also […]

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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

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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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

Watch our talk show interview with Isabella Rossellini here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRa7UptZ3qw
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