Inspiration at Work - The National Association of Women in Operations e-newsletter
Newsletter Issue 7, November - December 2016

from the National Director…

Inspiring Personal Leadership – 2016 and beyond!
A recent US study by VitalSmarts reveals women’s perceived competency drops by 35 percent and their perceived worth by $15,088 when they are equally as assertive or forceful as their male colleagues. Assertive men are also punished, but to a much lesser degree. This fundamental inequity needs to be addressed at a cultural, organisational, and social level — however, as we all know, this all takes time. At NAWO, our fundamental message to women and men is that as individuals we can take control. As an example, this VitalSmarts research goes on to demonstrate that those who use a brief framing statement that demonstrates deliberation and forethought reduce the social backlash and emotion-inequality effects by 27 percent.
At NAWO we are all working hard to ensure that every single event and program provides NAWO participants with the practical and pragmatic behaviours & attitudes, tools & knowledge to take control and positively influence their own career and the careers of others.
I am immensely grateful to the 70 volunteers across the country who have dedicated their time and shared their knowledge with the NAWO community. NAWO would not and cannot exist without this tremendous volunteer base.
I am also very proud of the strides we continue to make toward delivering to our strategic plan. I am particularly excited about the activity schedule for 2017, including increased activity in regional locations, the expansion of 'Project i' - our internship program for female undergraduates, a partnership with the Centre for Ethical Leadership, the introduction of 'Table of 10' Leading Women in Operations luncheons, and piloting Returnships, together with the delivery of an even bigger event and program agenda.
We are so fortunate to be working with organisations and people who are inspired, inspiring and share a commitment to leading positive change towards greater operational gender diversity. On behalf of my team, I wish all of you the very best for a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. I can't wait to unfold NAWO's 2017 plans with you!

Louise Weine

this is BIG!

'If you have to report on it, it will happen'
In line with this philosophy, NAWO is embarking on a bold new project that is as exciting as it is BIG... and it promises to deliver insights that will have both NAWO's and our member organisations' diversity strategies hitting the mark to deliver real outcomes, every time. NAWO has partnered with the Centre for Ethical Leadership (CEL) to develop the 'Diversity Scan' - a validated assessment tool that can be used:
  • to monitor the effectiveness of diversity policies and practice
  • to identify areas for strategic focus of diversity interventions
  • as a team diagnostic for motivating cultural change and increasing diversity and inclusion
Results from the initial Diversity Scan will form a baseline measure for a longitudinal study to track the progress of our member organisations and NAWO's impact on this progress. Members will be able to access full reports for a fraction of the cost of implementing such a study independently and will be contributing to research that will benefit all of NAWO's members.

Look out for more details early in 2017! 

in the pipeline…

Kick start the new year with these great February NAWO events!

February 1, NAWO QLD Quick Bite: 'Removalist wanted! I'm packing up and moving on to my second career', with Annette Carey – CEO, Linfox DETAILS

February 2, NAWO SA Quick Bite: Making it work: harnessing business acumen to drive commercial outcomes, with Kylie Gallasch and Jackie Lawrence, ARTC. DETAILS

February 23, NAWO VIC Quick Bite: Career Management, with Andrea Douglas, CSL Ltd and Peta Sigley. DETAILS

February 23, NAWO WA Quick Bite: Finding the Leader Within, with David Fyfe, Western Power DETAILS

NAWO's 2017 Calendar of events and programs is already well populated. Be sure to visit our online calendar and mark all of the relevant dates in your diary.

Download full calendar of events and programs from NAWO Events page...

what's your New Year's resolution?

If it involves making the most of every opportunity to make 2017 your year of achievement, NAWO Professional Development Programs, exclusively for our members, could be the piece of the puzzle you need to keep you on track...

Communicating with Authority:

This one day workshop was an outstanding success in 2016, booking out quickly.
 Designed to help professionals communicate with more authority when engaging with key internal and external stakeholders, it offers strategies and techniques to manage a range of challenging communication issues. It also generates thought around dressing with authority for the workplace. Overwhelmingly positive feedback included: 
"I learnt more in 6 hours than I have in 20 years", and “This was one of the best workshops I have been to in terms of the takeaways and also the structure".
  • VIC - 21 March, 26 July, 18 Oct
  • WA - April (date TBA), 20 Sept
  • SA - April (date TBA), 22 Sept
  • QLD - 13 June, 8 Nov
  • NSW - 22 June, 13 Sept

Bookings open February. Program Details...

Mentoring Circles:

NAWO’s flagship mentoring program, exclusively for our members, provides the opportunity to collaborate with a group of 5-8 like-minded, high potential women. Together, you will work with an inspirational mentor - a leader with a solid track record in operations - through a series of workshops designed to build your knowledge, grow your networks and drive your career forward.
"it is important that all people have a good mentor, not just specifically operational women.  No one person has all the answers, nor the ability to come up with the answers in isolation all the time.  A career is a marathon and like all athletes one needs a support crew."

Applications for 2017 Mentoring Circles Program close February 15, 2017:


 Commercial Acumen? Game On!

Commercial and financial skills are critical for success in senior leadership roles in operations. So get gaming for the C-Suite with NAWO’s exciting new one day Commercial Acumen Workshop for WOMEN AND MEN! Using the globally recognised Zodiak® Business & Finance Simulation, you will spend a day managing the top level financials of a business. This sophisticated simulation game is designed to build the financial and strategic acumen of every participant in a fastpaced, energising and engaging way.
"What a fantastic concept to teach theory that could otherwise be far too abstract to pick up in a day. There's nothing as effective as learning by 'doing' and the game made the day practical, interactive and fun"

  • NSW - 24 May
  • QLD - 18 Oct
  • SA - 2 August
  • VIC - 3 May, 20 Sept
Bookings open February. Program Details...


Look out for two exciting new NAWO Professional Development Programs in 2017!

Developing and Sustaining High Performance

  • QLD - 9 March
  • VIC - 20 June
  • NSW - 26 July 
Bookings open February. Details...

Talkforce Negotiating and Influencing
  • SA - 6 June
  • WA - 8 June
  • VIC - 23 Aug
  • QLD - 30 Aug
  • NSW - 1 Nov
Details coming soon...

inspiring women…

'Empower a woman, empower a nation'

The theme for March 8's International Women's Day 2017 (IWD17) goes straight to the core of the 'why' when it comes to embracing gender diversity. When we are concerned with empowering women - as a family, as a community, as a company, as a nation - it demonstrates the regard we have for values such as equity and respect. And if equity and respect are high on the radar, it stands to reason that other people, not just women, will feel the benefits of empowerment. To celebrate IWD17, we will be sending a NAWO Tool Kit to our member organisations and launching the NAWO CEL Diversity Scan (see top story), both designed to build a solid foundation of empowerment for women and their business.   

inspiring leaders...

NAWO's success is linked inherently to the generosity of our extensive network of volunteers in sharing their time, knowledge and expertise. In particular, programs such as our Mentoring Circles can only operate if we are able to access volunteer mentors with a high level of operational experience. We acknowledge and thank the Executive Mentors involved with NAWO's Mentoring Circles program in 2016. Together, they have mentored over 80 women from within the NAWO network.
Jennifer Purdie - Executive Vice President, Enterprise Services, Aurizon (previous)
Naz Asker - Consultant
Katherine Williamson - GM Supply Chain Operations, Telstra
Sari Mackay - General Manager Logistics, GrainCorp Limited
Jane Whitney - Head of P&C & Sustainability, UGL

Melissa Baulch - Senior Finance Manager, UGL (previous)
Brian Lowe - Group General Manager, Orora Limited
Nick Pritchard - Group Managing Director, Gale Pacific
Anne Mustow - Legal Manager, Bunnings
Geoff Gruebner - Head of Global Business Service ANZ, BP Australia
Clinton McDonald - VP - Safety & Operational Risk (AsPac), BP Australia
Daniel Tyzack - VP Supply & Optimisation, Australia & NZ, BP Australia

Greg MaGee, Executive General Manager - Parts & Logistics, WesTrac

Interested in becoming an Executive Mentor? Register here

season's greetings!

To all of our wonderful members and supporters,
thank you for another fabulous year and best wishes
for a safe and very happy Christmas and New Year!

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