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What do you call a gathering of female entrepreneurs? An opportunity

With Lyndsey Cattermole at the Ernst & Young event.

I have just had the pleasure of being a participant at the Ernst & Young Women’s Entrepreneur Workshop in Sydney. It was a delight to listen to Carla Zampatti share her story of being an entrepreneur committed to women’s fashion and the struggles she faced in the late 60s. Lyndsey Cattermole shared the thrill and sheer determination it took to create her business – Aspect Computing – and Melissa Widner discussed her journey as a serial entrepreneur – and her…

Everyone’s contribution is equally as important

Mixing business and family - sharing the journey with my daughter at the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2011

Recently I received a ‘letter to the editor’ in response to my article in The Australian: Role models key to end gender imbalance Goals for women IF Naomi Simson‘s goal is to get more women on boards, she should start by not denigrating the role of parenting. ?The women’s movement has failed in what should have been a prime goal — to recognise and elevate the role of caring — whether it is for young children, the disabled, or the…

Free childcare for all Australians

Marg Hartley with her teenage daughters

That would certainly make headlines, wouldn’t it? I wonder the impact such an initiative would have. On the weekend I was chatting with my friend Margie Hartley and she shared some insights into why there are not more women in senior roles in Australia. Marg facilitates women’s resilience programs and is a coach to executives. She wrote a blog recently about the disappearing pipeline for senior female executives. As we were chatting I offered that making childcare – including qualified…

Dinosaurs move over – you’ll be out of business

Too funny - men and women see what is 'important' differently

I have just heard someone recount a story that the CEO of his organization stated (only weeks ago) “Forget culture – we’ve got a project to build in a hurry”. Could this be true that there are still leaders who believe that culture is a ‘nice to have’?  This organization does not have female representation in senior roles. People do have a choice about where they work; they also have a choice about how they give their discretionary effort. A…

Help me research for my book…

Help me research for my book…

I’m feeling great… full of the joys of life. I have walked to work with my dog Dexter – people have smiled as we walked, delighted by his youthful enthusiasm. The sun is shining, and I am looking forward to being in the office – getting lot’s done – but mainly listening to those around me, including customers about their day – as well as noticing the contribution that people make – and letting them know it is appreciated. As…

‘Real women’ don’t need quotas?

AIM WIM Great Debate ACT

‘Real women’ don’t need quotas? was the topic debated last week in Canberra at the AIM great debate event at the National Convention Centre. I was given the task of debating for the affirmative. Which meant that I was debating against having quotas. I’m not sure of the number but there seemed to be about 1000 people in the room. And they voted a resounding ‘Yes we do need quota’s’. I think however that the audience was not really simply…

Grateful for the noisy sounds of silence

Grateful for the noisy sounds of silence

I have found myself a few extra (unplanned) days in Exmouth WA – as all the planes are grounded. It is quite an interesting sensation to be given two extra days of holiday. I was already mentally making note of all the things that need to be done on my return, plans to be reviewed, evaluations to be done, budgets to be approved – it is after all only a few weeks to the end of the financial year. Instead…

Coming up this week 9 May 2011

Coming up this week 9 May 2011

One of the clear highlights from last week was taking some of the RedBallooners to the Business Chicks Breakfast in Sydney to hear Olivia Newton John speak. What a delight. We were all inspired by her commitment to wellbeing and positivity. Dexter was in his element when we had Channel 7s Today Tonight come and film with us on Friday – he of course was the star of the show. I’m sitting looking at this weeks calendar and sort of…

Being Stingy is so last century.

Why do some people think it is okay to be stingy in saying ‘thank you’. I have been in three situations recently that have given me an insight I had been oblivious too. When we happily operate in our own world we are often blind to other peoples view of the world. I thought people knew how important it is to be grateful for another person’s generosity and that to authentically thank them was the gift they give in return….

Four great business opportunities

Four great business opportunities

‘Sharing’ is the new business opportunity. People often ask me ‘what is the next big thing?’ Occasionally one get’s an insight into what the world ‘might be like’. Here are some things we know: There is an anti ‘stuff’ movement – not only can we not store everything we own (we live in smaller spaces in cities – and self storage is one of the fastest growing industries) but we are increasingly concerned about the cost to the planet of…