Metcash generously hosted the NSW Professional Development Event, ‘Collaboration in a crisis’, held on the 9th of November. Thanks to NSW State Committee Member, Abby Phillips (Transformational Change and Continuous Improvement Leader, Kimberly-Clark Australia and New Zealand) for providing the following recap of the event…
Metcash hosted their long awaited event on the 9th November 2016. The topic of the session was professional development and we were extremely lucky to hear from Linda Venables and Kari Banick, two very successful women taking Metcash to its next stage of an inspiring Supply Chain Transformation. Linda and Kari shared with us the opportunities they took, challenges they faced, and decisions they made during their careers.
Hosted by Metcash and held at its State–of–the art Huntingwood Distribution Centre, this event was particularly special because it was originally planned for May 2015 – just after the massive storms that devastated the brand new DC. After an incredible re-build effort, it was a real pleasure to tour the DC and see that it was back up and running, impressing us all with not only the advanced technology and automation, but also the professionalism and streamlined coordination of the people and processes in the DC.
Over 40 people attended this event. We heard first from Linda Venables, Chief Logistics Officer Supermarkets, Liquor and Convenience at Metcash. Linda talked us through her extensive and varied career, bringing humour and human observations that we could all relate to.
Kari Banick, National General Manager Logistics at Metcash, then shared with us her inspiring career, highlighting how Kari’s core values have brought business ethics, collaborative change management and team development together to drive successful results in a culture of contribution across a number of different organisations and life stages.
Both women brought their own lens to the subject of professional development, which was very relatable to their audience, whose questions reflected that they, too, were looking through a variety of lenses in planning and executing their career choices. While their presentations were different, the similarities were profound, as both talked about times when they needed to tap into their core values to make tough choices, and the resilience that was both required and built in the face of set-backs.
The question and answer session afterwards was lively and engaging, with a key theme emerging, that although Linda and Kari approached many career decisions in different ways, they both recognised that it was using their core values to underpin their decision making which gave them the strength to move forward.
Some key takeouts from the presentations:
Thanks again to Metcash for their commitment to the development of operational women and providing the opportunity to hear from their inspirational leaders.