Inspiration at Work - The National Association of Women in Operations e-newsletter
Newsletter Issue 6, September - October 2016

from the National Director…

The 'best' choice? Addressing the linguistics of parenthood and 'work'
Prue Gilbert from Grace Papers wrote recently in her newsletter about early childhood education and why Australia is falling behind. She started the article with a quote stating that it is "no more justifiable to value the production of income over the provision of care than it is to value white over black, straight over gay, or men over women". Around the same time I also read an article written by a professional working parent who was pleading with her audience to stop judging her choices. Both articles have inspired me to write about something that has bothered me for quite some time. Why do we judge other people’s choices?

Louise Weine


in the pipeline…

It's been a HUGE year for NAWO events and programs! Not many left for 2016, but the 2017 calendar will be out soon!

Are diamonds really a girl's best friend? A
ccess award winning advice that will help boost your financial fitness! NAWO QLD Quick Bite, November 15th. BOOK NOW.

Failure without fear! Are you brave enough to fail like a millionaire? NAWO WA Quick Bite, November 16th. BOOK NOW.

Lateral thinking to broaden the talent pool in operations - NAWO VIC Senior Leaders Industry Solutions event, November 24th (Corporate Members invitation only).

Courage & confidence - inspiration from elite sport - NAWO VIC Quick Bite, November 24th with 
Rio Paralympic Gold medallist, Katie Kelly. FULLY BOOKED - JOIN WAITLIST

The Communicating with Authority one day workshops have been an outstanding success in 2016 and have booked out quickly. Feedback includes "I learnt more in 6 hours than I have in 20 years"
Final 2016 workshops: VIC - December 8th, QLD - December 14th
BOOK NOW - only a few spots left! 
To register your interest in future workshops CONTACT US.

Visit our events calendar...

commercial acumen? game on!

A high level of commercial acumen is a critical leadership skill and has been identified as one of NAWO's five key learning priorities. Yet getting 'real' experience can be challenging. But NAWO members are finding that it can all be fun and games! The Zodiak Game of Finance workshop is NAWO's newest Professional Development Program. A pilot of the one day workshop held in Victoria was very quickly fully subscribed and the post-event feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Kylie Fraser, CEO, BevChain, provided the following feedback about the Zodiak program:

"Thanks so much for completing the Zodiak program for our team here at BevChain.  We ran the program with our NextGen team who are our emerging leaders. They absolutely loved it and all have stated it’s the best course they have participated in. The concepts were delivered in a really fun way with the simulation giving them some real time experience in commercial decision making that made it very realistic for them. They were all very nervous about coming to a ‘finance’ course but walked away with newfound commercial skills in their toolkits so you guys nailed it for our group. Thank you." 

Register your interest or find out more about this program...

inspiring recognition…

Congratulations to Australia Post, a Gold NAWO Corporate Member, on being announced as a finalist for AHRI's Gender Equity in the Workplace Award. It was Australia Post's 'ProjectMe' initiative, which connects women in entry-level roles to supervisory-level roles, to build their skills, confidence and resilience and provide the tools and resources to empower them to build the life and career they want, that led to the nomination. The Award winner will be announced on the 1st of December. We wish the Australia Post team best of luck with the award and take this opportunity to say thank you for their active involvement with NAWO - with a NAWO Board Member, committee members in four states and multiple event hosting each year!


inspiring women…

Hiti Taluja takes the label 'inspiring' to new heights! 
The Chartering Operations Manager at Incitec Pivot Limited and member of NAWO's Victorian State Committee has just been announced as a finalist in the category of "Young Maritime Professional of the Year" for the 2016 Australian Shipping & Maritime Industry Awards. It is a tremendous and well deserved reward for Hiti's hard work and caps off a great year. We wish her the best of luck for the Award presentation ceremony to be held on the 16th of November! You can read Hiti's inspiring story of being a new immigrant and a single mum with a really big dream on the NAWO website.

Read Hiti's story...

launching a new approach…

NAWO is proud to be part of Asaleo Care's new approach to gender diversity and inclusion. Peter Diplaris, CEO of the new NAWO Silver Corporate Member, said “We are striving to build a workplace culture that embraces diversity and realises the value of inclusive leadership.

Image (left to right): Celebrating gender diversity and inclusion at Asaleo Care – David Griss (EGM HR and Corporate Affairs), Louise Weine (NAWO), Peter Diplaris (MD & CEO), Hannah Nguyen (GM HR Services) and Diversity & Inclusion leader Carina Green (HR Manager Australia)

Read full story...

navigating parenting solutions…

NAWO is proud to partner with Grace Papers, a gender consultancy that makes it easy for working parents to navigate career and family, enabling workplaces to retain their talent. Their programs are designed to not only support parents, but to address the preconditions to sexism, discrimination and domestic abuse by educating and exploring the gendered expectations that are most prominent at the time people become parents. Grace Papers won the 2014 Australian Human Rights Business Award.
Workshops & Coaching
In addition to a unique digital offering, Grace Papers delivers workshops for leaders and managers seeking to lead flexible and diverse teams, and delivers 1:1 coaching for new parents - mums and dads. 
Business Case
The programs are supported by a sound business case, focused on increasing retention, productivity and engagement of employees. They also support organisations to meet many of the WGEA Employer of Choice criterions. 
Grace Papers clients
Grace Papers currently works with a range of clients across many industries, including NAWO Corporate Members Kimberly Clark, Sunrice, Australia Post and DuluxGroup. 
NAWO members are eligible for a 10% discount on Grace Papers Programs
Image courtesy Fiona Storey


inspiring reading…

What gender pay gap?
'She’s Price(d)less – the economics of the gender pay gap' is an important report  prepared by the Diversity Council Australia (DCA), KPMG and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) which presents a picture of the economics underlying the gender pay gap. Among the most startling findings of the study would be that "sex discrimination continues to be the single largest factor contributing to the gender pay gap". Worth reading in collaboration with the report is the overview by Lisa Annese, CEO of DCA, published in 'The Guardian' on the 8th of November.

Read report...

what happens at NAWO events?

Check out the reviews provided by NAWO's State Committees that we have been sharing via the NAWO Blog, the NAWO LinkedIn Group and Twitter (@NAWO_Australia).

NAWO NSW PDE - 'Taking control of conversations'
NAWO SA Launch
NAWO VIC Quick Bite - 'Authenticity in action'
NAWO NSW Quick Bite - 'Pick of the crop'
NAWO QLD Quick Bite - 'Taking charge in times of change'

If you haven't attended a NAWO event for a while, be sure to book early for your next event because they often book out very quickly!

welcome to our new members

2016 has been a year of significant growth for NAWO in terms of the number of new Corporate Members who have joined our ranks. It is encouraging to see so many operational businesses demonstrating their commitment to driving real change in terms of gender diversity. Welcome to our newest members, and congratulations to our existing members who have recently upgraded their membership level:

BevChain, Caltex, Hawker Pacific, O-I, Orora, Parmalat, Toyota, Visy

APA Group, Asaleo Care, Cheetham Salt, Gale Pacific, PACT Group, SunRice

View all of NAWO's Corporate Members

If your business is not a member, you can still enjoy the benefits of NAWO – individual membership is only $110 and provides you with access to our member discounts and all of NAWO's Professional Development Programs. 

Find out more about joining NAWO...
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