NAWO SA members kicked off the celebrations early with a breakfast on the 6th March at the Stamford Plaza with a fantastic presentation by Michelle Bakjac that got everyone involved in harnessing their personal power to influence.
Michelle Bakjac is a highly experienced Psychologist, Trainer/Facilitator and Coach. Her expertise ranges from facilitating workplace wellness training and organisation wellbeing strategy, to personal and leadership coaching to organisational development and leadership training programs. In the session Michelle drew on 25 years of experience as well as a bucketload of laughs and interaction as we learnt how to harness our secret weapon: Emotional Intelligence.
While we are making progress in gender diversity in our organisations we still have a way to go. Michelle highlighted that there are more men named John that run large companies, than all of the women combined that run big companies! So how do we influence this? Michelle taught the audience how we can support effective change both in our personal and professional lives by drawing on our soft skills and effective communication techniques. We learnt how striving for a win/win outcome is always more effective than win/lose and that owning our strengths creates out strength. We had some great interaction within the audience discussing these strengths and did an amazing group power pose!
This event well and truly supported our learning priority of adaptive and courageous leadership and supported the IWD theme of #EachforEqual. An equal world is an enabled world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.