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Quotas – why they are good for men – Sydney
September 7, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am| $75
Join us in for a breakfast event in Sydney for what will be a complex discussion around gender quotas.
The topic of gender quotas tends to be divisive; people are either for or against, with very few sitting on the fence. While gender quotas are unlikely to be the whole answer to gender inequality in Australia, there is robust evidence that quotas may offer us a mechanism to provide a level playing field for both men and women in all aspects of political, organisational and community life.
Why is this important? Because gender diversity is linked with a wide range of organisational and societal benefits; from enhancing organisational outcomes, to engaging talent, and better public policy development. While quotas are often perceived as being good for women whilst taking away something from men, there is an increasing recognition that better gender diversity may in fact be good for men too. Men want better work-life balance, a deeper connection with their families, a better future for their daughters and a rethink of what it means to be a man.
Previous research from The 100% Project has shown that people who oppose gender quotas are more likely to believe that the current system is fair and that in Australia people are paid and promoted based on merit. However, an increasing body of research is questioning the ‘myth of meritocracy’ and points to the negative effects of this myth for both women and men. The 100% Project set out to investigate why the meritocracy myth is so entrenched and so difficult to address.
Our research found that people who have a stronger preference for a hierarchical society are more likely to perceive the current system as meritorious, and are more likely to have a negative attitude towards gender quotas.
To discuss what this means come and join us as Frances Feenstra director of People Measures officially launches our research findings and we discuss their implications for Australia as a whole, men as well as women. Understanding the barriers to acceptance of policies such as gender quotas will ensure the most effective implementation of such interventions to disrupt the systematic and damaging inequity that exists for women in senior leadership positions in Australia today, and the negative effect this has on men.
Panel members are
Rhonda Brighton-Hall, CEO of mwah. Making Work Absolutely Human, Director of AHRI, Chair of FlexCareers, Former Telstra Business Woman of the Year and HR Leader of the Year
Rhonda is one of Australia’s foremost experts in human resources, specialising in culture, leadership, and fa recognised champion of diversity and the future design of work. Her career spans roles in BHP, Sara Lee, Luxottica and most recently, CBA, across Australia, Europe, Asia, and the USA. Her fundamental belief is that inclusion is not only good for business, but equally for more equitable and prosperous economies and communities.
Richard Knox, Head of HR, Asia Pacific at Ashurst
Richard Knox is the Head of HR, Asia Pacific at Ashurst, a leading international law firm with a strong presence in Australia. In this role, Richard is responsible for leading and coordinating the firm’s people strategy across the region.
Core areas of responsibility include engagement, leadership development, recruitment and talent acquisition, diversity & inclusion, learning and development, remuneration, benefits and organisational effectiveness.
Richard has significant experience across both professional services, financial services and defence, and has held leadership positions across Asia, the UK and Europe. Richard has previously worked with leading organisations such as PwC, Credit Suisse and KPMG and commenced his career as an officer with the Australian Army.
Gina De George, Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Lendlease
Gina leads the global diversity and inclusion function at Lendlease, engaging senior leaders and employees across the organisation to positively change where we work and how we work together.
Her career spans several industries in large organisations including Vodafone, Luxottica and Lendlease working with global teams across Europe, Asia, USA and South Africa as well as smaller local teams. Gina’s diverse career started in finance before evolving to employee engagement roles in both social sustainability and diversity and inclusion.
Lendlease is recognised for tackling key issues and driving change in the male-dominated construction industry around flexible work, gender equity and LGBTI inclusion. The company is an WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality, a Top 20 Employer of Choice for LGBTI Inclusion and is implementing positive change for flexible work on construction sites.
Matt Gribble, Regional Managing Director for PageGroup
As Regional Managing Director for PageGroup, Matthew has full commercial responsibility for the management of our businesses in Australia and New Zealand. In addition, Matthew personally plays a lead role in Page Executive recruiting CEO, General Management and Strategy and Planning appointments. Matthew commenced his career as a graduate with BHP and rapidly grew his career within BHP’s finance team before making the moved to recruitment in 1997. He started his career with us in Melbourne, but has had leadership roles in Africa and also the Middle East where he set up and managed two offices before returning to lead our JANZ team in 2015. He brings with him over 18 years of recruitment experience and an impressive network of international industry leaders located across the globe.
Moderator: Catherine Fox, Award winning journalist, author and former ‘Corporate woman’ columnist
Catherine is a journalist, author and speaker who has spent nearly 30 years advocating for women’s rights and fairer workplaces. After a long career at the Australian Financial Review, Catherine launched her own advisory and freelance business. She has written several books with the latest “Stop Fixing Women: why building fairer workplaces is everybody’s business” urging women to stop blaming themselves for structural bias and men to actively tackle workplace gender inequality.
Ticket: $75 incl GST – includes amazing breakfast buffet!
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