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Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue

NAWO NSW celebrated International Women’s Day by collaborating with the Australian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI) to present their inaugural joint event, generously hosted by KPMG.  Featuring an expert panel discussing why ‘balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue’, the breakfast event was attended by over 60 guests, including ASCI and NAWO members.

Thanks to Diane Utatao and Tania Montesin (both members of NAWO’s NSW State Committee) for providing the key learnings from this event

Our IWD event was the perfect opportunity to launch a new collaboration between NAWO and ASCI and to address the day’s global theme, #balanceforbetter, through a discussion with an expert panel.

Warmly welcoming guests was Henry Brunekreef, Chair of ASCI and a Director at KPMG, our generous host for the event.

The expert panel included:

  • Kylie Fraser – President FMCG Linfox and NAWO Board Member
  • Alexandra Riha – ASCI Director and Head SNO of Developed Markets APAC, Merck Biopharma
  • Mark Smith – Human Resources Business Leader, Schneider Electric
  • Chris Clements – Partner and National Leader Procurement Practice, KPMG

Moderating the panel was NAWO NSW Committee member, Tania Montesin, who is Head of Operational Excellence, Woolworths.

Setting the context for the panel discussion, Tania highlighted that the business case for more gender balanced workplaces at every level is now clear and diversity, well managed, in all its forms, leads to better overall business performance.

Conversation highlights from the panel discussion were around why it is proving difficult to change the gender balance in supply chain – there has only been an increase of female representation in supply chain of 25.9% in 2014 to 26.4% in 2018 (Source: Transport, Postal and Warehousing Industry data – WGEA).  The panel also discussed targets and merit, and how we can help middle and frontline leaders more effectively build and lead diverse teams.  Ideas included activation around education and awareness – giving managers the practical tools to create momentum for achieving gender balance in supply chain and ensuring leaders are recognising diversity and leading top down with consistent practice.

Thanks to ASCI, KPMG and NAWO’s NSW State Committee for organising this terrific event.

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