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Confidence. Fake it till you make it?

On November 20, NAWO SA partnered with WinRSA and WIMnet to offer a Quick Bite packed full of tips and tricks to boost courage and confidence. Bettina Venner, Manager Industry Participation in the Department of State Development and a member of NAWO’s SA Committee, provided the following event summary…

BHP hosted the NAWO Quick Bite event ‘Confidence. Fake it till you make it?’ – focused on the Learning Priority Personal Courage and Confidence – in collaboration with Women in Mining Network SA and Women in Resources SA on 20 November 2017 at the Science Exchange in Adelaide.

More than 80 people attended. Keynote speaker Fiona Vines, Head of Inclusion and Diversity at BHP, spoke about BHP’s journey to achieve gender balance globally by 2025, noting that inclusion and diversity isn’t just about gender. In order to achieve its aspirational goal, BHP is embedding flexibility in the workplace, enabling its supply chain partners to support its commitment to inclusion and diversity, uncovering and taking steps to mitigate potential bias in behaviours, policies and processes, and ensuring its brand and industry are attractive to a diverse range of people.

Fiona also shared her top ten tips for confidence and career management:

  1. know what your ‘thing’ is
  2. be clear about your professional and personal goals
  3. get a sponsor
  4. be excellent at your current job
  5. be open minded
  6. set goals… and tell people
  7. use flexible working to help you balance your life
  8. pay people to do things for you (eg housework)
  9. pay attention to your super
  10. and use social media to raise your profile

Fiona has generously agreed to share her full presentation here.

Lucy McEwen spoke on behalf of Women in Resources SA and shared her tip on confidence – ‘it’s ok to ask questions, there are likely others in the room that also don’t know the answer’.

Bettina Venner, Manager Industry Participation in the Department of State Development,  facilitated the event and introduced participants to the Power Pose and a visualisation activity where they imaged themselves with increased confidence.

The event ended with a networking activity where participants shared their learnings and take-away actions one on one.

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About 12 hours ago from NAWO's Twitter via Gain Platform