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My first NAWO Quick Bite

Allison Dodd, NAWO Program Consultant, reflects on her first experience of a NAWO Quick Bite event – “Influencing and presenting with authority“, hosted by Bunnings in Port Melbourne on the 12th of November, 2015.

I attended my first NAWO event at Bunnings last Thursday and I have to say, it was fabulous. The topic of the day was ‘Infl
uencing and Presenting with Authority’. I was in a room with 60 people from within the NAWO network, each of us from different walks of life, different backgrounds, different work experiences, with a common goal – to be the best versions of ourselves.

It was also great to see a number of men from the network there supporting NAWO and championing the NAWO vision.

Mike Schneider, Director of Operations from Bunnings shared with us his career experiences and some of the decisions he has made to be in the role he is today. It was a great insight with these being some of my key takeaways from his presen

  1. Be comfortable with making mistakes. Be comfortable with apologising for those mistakes.
  2. Authentic Leadership is pivotal in negotiating and
  3. Sometimes you have to make a call that others may not like, however, if those around you know you have integrity, trust you and know you are real, your team is more likely to accept your decision.
  4. I want a red shirt and to work at Bunnings!

Andrea Clarke, Former Washington DC Correspondent and MD of CareerCEO spoke with us about the importance of ‘Interacting with Authority”. Andrea certainly gave us a number of “light bulb” moments on how we, as women, often do ourselves a disservice when in a situation where we need to communicate effectively with poise and confidence – playing with your hair and using a squealing voice is not conducive! It is imperative that we understand how our voice and body language contribute to how our message is interpreted.

After the presentations, Colleen and the Bunnings team provided us with the opportunity to get our hands dirty with some DIY gardening, a store tour that looked at how Bunnings minimises waste and the environmental impact of the business, and how can anyone forget the networking with the Bunnings branded cupcakes… an absolute
must at any networking event!

I can’t recommend the NAWO events enough. If you are already a member of NAWO, make sure you get yourself to the next Quick Bite or PDE in your state – keep an eye on the NAWO events page on this website. Remember, book in early for these events as they sell out very quickly.

If you or your organisation aren’t yet members, get on board – you won’t be disappointed!

2016 is gearing up to be a huge year for NAWO and our network, I look forward to working with everyone and to continuing the championing of women in operations.


Allison Dodd

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2015-11-12 16.40.20    Bunnings Quick Bite

Sending out a warm welcome to new Silver member @KelloggCompany from the NAWO network! Such a great company and brand committed supporting women develop their careers and move the dial on gender balance in operations. #inspirationatwork #operations #genderbalance

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