Catherine Fox: That's a wrap

Catherine Fox, Director of Diversity for WLNZ, reflects on the 2019 Women & Leadership Australia and New Zealand Leadership Symposium series.

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The one day personal and professional development experience will be developing Wellington's Leaders.

Women & Leadership New Zealand has launched in the UK.

WLNZ is proud to be celebrating their first cohort of leaders in the UK, with Suzi Finkelstein, Director of Leaderhip and Advocacy, flying over to facilitate the first two face to face sessions and meet our first pool of UK graduates.

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Catherine Fox is the Director of Diversity at Women & Leadership New Zealand. She has written numerous books including her most recent, Women Kind. She talks to WLNZ about the power of amplification in a workplace setting, why quotas work and how men can make the best workplace amplifiers

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The year that was: Celebrating 2018 for Women & Leadership Australia and New Zealand

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By Suzi Finkelstein.

Well, we’ve made it…

The ‘silly season’ is upon us and we are beginning to wind down for the year, before an even bigger and better year in 2019. As part of planning for 2019, we have taken some time to think about the year that was (and the fact that we have been around for almost 15 years- wow!), and it has been an absolutely ground-breaking one for us. The #100daysforchange campaign was more successful than anything we could have ever imagined, and has had a tangible impact, which we are incredibly proud of. If you want to see what we all achieved, you can find out more about the impact of #100daysforchange here.

The #100daysforchange campaign was something that came out of a need for individuals and organisations to share wisdom in order to mobilise change. Organisations and individuals would often come to us with issues they were facing around diversity and equality in the workplace, and they were all facing the same issues. All over Australia, people became ambassadors for positive change, sharing collective wisdom and addressing issues of equality and diversity in the workplace, and we are so excited to see that continuing.

I think the biggest realisation from the campaign (for us and for the organisations and ambassadors who got involved) was that change is an ongoing process- and the change that began as part of #100daysforchange will both continue and evolve for many years to come. We would like to extend a big thank you and congratulations to everyone who participated and helped us move closer to a more gender equitable society.

We also brought the New Zealand Women's Leadership Symposium back to Auckland for two days of networking, inspirational conversation and leadership deveopment. Our speakers for the symposiums this year were all amazing, established leaders in their industries. We were joined by the likes of Alexia Hilbertidou, Cal Wilson, Lizzie Marvelly, Renee Graham, Catherine Fox and the Right Hon Dame Jenny Shipley.

In the room, we also had women who were currently undertaking leadership courses with us! It was a joy to see current and past students coming together in the room. They most certainly had a more informed learning experience following the event and the atmosphere was even more supportive and inspirational than usual.

We also held the Emerging Leaders masterclass in Christchurch, where aspiring and junior female leaders had the opportunity to hear from Debbie Sorensen, Trina Tamati, Alexia Hilbertidou and Rebecca Keoghan MNZM.

As far as our cutting edge leadership courses go, I have had the pleasure of working with so many emerging, established and senior leaders this year. There is no doubt in my mind that every single one of them will continue to be effective, admired leaders in their workplaces, and will continue to do great things.

And speaking of courses, this year we also launched The Accord Program. This unique program is delivered in house and helps leaders and workplaces more broadly to engage with, and support, talented women in the organisation. It creates networking groups, helps women build social capital, accounts for emotional wellbeing and promotes inclusivity.

2018 has been an incredible, jam packed year for all of us at Women & Leadership Australia and New Zealand, but there is no doubt that it has been one of our best yet. We can’t wait for 2019- not only will it be bigger and better than ever, but we will also be celebrating our fifteenth year. Have a safe and happy holiday season and we will see you next year.

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