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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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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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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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