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WA boldly explores unconscious bias

NAWO’s WA chapter celebrated International Women’s Day 2017 (IWD2017) with a Professional Development Event exploring the topic of Unconscious Bias and the significant role it plays in the way we engage with people and the decisions we make about them. The interactive afternoon event, led by International Public Speaker and Executive Coach, Margo Halbert, unlocked the unconscious bias that impacts both our influence and leadership capability – and helped participants to understand how awareness of our biases may be the key to unlocking a more inclusive, gender equal world.

The event also included a fascinating overview from Owen Thomas, Executive Director, Infrastructure Planning and Land Services at the PTA, who led attendees on a virtual journey through the changing face of Rail Infrastructure in the city of Perth.

Fiona Paech – NAWO IWD Photo comp winner

The event was capped off with networking and an IWD photo competition, challenging guests to be photographed making a ‘bold commitment’ then sharing their photo and commitment on social media using the IWD hashtags (#IWD, #IWD2017, #beboldforchange) AND tagging NAWO (#NAWO, #NAWOAustralia).

NAWO was prepared with some pre-printed bold commitment cards:

  • I will be bold and celebrate women’s achievements
  • I will be bold and champion women’s education, or
  • I will be bold and challenge bias and inequality

And some that were just about being bold!

  • I will #beboldforchange
  • #IWD2017 #beboldforchange

Entries were posted across Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn and participants either wrote their own commitment to accompany the photo or reinforced the pledge on the card.

Congratulations to Kimberley Clark’s Fiona Paech who was chosen as the competition winner. A highly engaged NAWO member and regular event attendee, Fiona and is also now the proud owner of a fabulous prize pack that included prizes from Brookfield Rail; a golf umbrella, cap and water bottle; as well as a Golden State Western Australia photography book, and professional development books.



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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