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Women in Leadership, Childcare Issues and chasing a Government Board position all the way to Canberra

How was your weekend?  They just seem to go sooooo fast, don’t they? It was a short one for me, with a 2-day strategic planning workshop on Fri/Sat with the management team at Third Horizon.  So I’m playing a bit of catchup today and didn’t quite get to everything I had planned before my trip away… yikes!  For those of you interested in gender balance, there’s been a number of new research reports released in the past couple of weeks.  I’m taking a couple of the longer ones – the CEDA Women In Leadership “Mind the Gap” report and the AWCCI Child Care Issues Paper – away with me on my trip to BlogHer this week and will review them here shortly.  Stay tuned for my key takeaways.

But before I fly out, I’m off tomorrow to Canberra tomorrow for the inaugural BoardLinks Annual Forum where the theme will be “Strategies for Success”. We will hear from guest speakers including a couple of BoardLinks members who have already been appointed to major boards since the program began, and other prominent directors and leaders including the Chair of NBN Co, the head of WGEA and the Dep Secretary of Department of Finance and Deregulation.  Networking will be a major part of the day, with other aspiring NEDs and those from Government boards and committees responsible for appointments.  What a fabulous opportunity, I’m very thankful for the chance to be part of this great initiative introduced by Senator Penny Wong.

Straight afterwards I’m back to my office in Sydney to review a swag of products and services I’ve received from talented Aussie entrepreneurs who are looking to break into the USA market. I’ve offered to try and facilitate introductions to influential USA Bloggers and their ginormous audiences.  It will be a bit like Christmas day – opening all the parcels – and I can’t wait to see what arrives! And to share some of goodies with my readers 🙂

In the meantime Monday is a farm day for me and so far I’ve already been out on horseback to check the boundary fences in the gully country; inspected the Dorper sheep in for innoculations; checked the Angus cows and their brand new calves; and inspected part of the new fencing and tree corridor that’s being built to link up the bush to the paddocks (and bring the birdlife with it).  Certainly a nice contrast to my “day job” (whatever that actually is!)

Time now for the daycare dash… So I better get on with it, it’s the only part of my life with zero flexibility! I look forward to updating you on my adventures as they unfold this week. Thought I’d leave you with this gorgeous sunset and moonrise at the farm yesterday… This is Australia!

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"The only moment we ever really have is this one - celebrate it. Happiness isn't in the future or the past but in the awareness of the present." - Anna McPhee

Anna's words are how she lived her life. She has been an amazing inspiration, a wonderful support, a gracious mentor to me throughout my career. So many of us counted her as a girlfriend to look up to, and her legacy will live on in the many women she has inspired to live their very best life.

I will miss her.

Sending condolences to Reggie, Anna's beautiful mum Trish and adoring sisters, and all of her extended family.

Vale Anna Marsali McPhee (1970 - 2017)
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