Knowledge Share – Gender targets and the impact of gender diversity on employment brands

Subject: ‘Gender targets and the impact of gender diversity on employment brands’ NAWO NSW Knowledge Share Forum

“3 out of 4 Australian workers support or strongly support their organisation taking action to create a workplace which is diverse and inclusive.” – DCA Inclusion@Work Index 2017-2018

If you work in an inclusive team, you are 19 times more likely to be very satisfied with your job than workers in non-inclusive teams and 4 times more likely to stay with your employer. You are also 10 times more likely to be highly effective than workers in non-inclusive teams, and 9 times more likely to innovate (DCA Inclusion@Work Index 2017-2018).

And 67% – two thirds – of people consider diversity important when deciding where to work (Glassdoor, 2014). The business case for greater gender diversity is certainly compelling, but the frustratingly slow rate of change in achieving greater diversity in leadership positions and male-dominated industries highlight that we need more than just the will to create change.

Are targets the answer? If so, what are the pitfalls and how can they be avoided?

And how can we ensure that organisations are actually ‘walking their gender diversity talk’ – that what they are promoting in the marketplace matches the reality of what happens on the ground? Join NAWO’s NSW Knowledge Share Forum to discuss these challenging questions and many more.


  • Gender targets:
    • the pros and cons.
    • Do they generate the right kind of change ie greater female representation?
    • Do they compromise the quality of female appointments?
  • Do organisations that promote gender diversity have a more positive employer brand in the market place? Does this convert to increased attraction of female candidates?
  • How do we ensure that organisations are ‘walking the gender diversity talk’ – that what they are promoting matches what actually happens on the ground?
  • To what extent does the organisation’s work impact attraction of female candidates.

This forum will be facilitated by Diane Utatao and is generously sponsored by Lion.

‘Gender targets and the impact of gender diversity on employment brands’ NAWO Knowledge Share Forum

DATE:    Thursday 4 October 2018

TIME:     11:30 – 2:00 pm (working lunch)

                2:00 – 3:00 pm site tour (BYO safety shoes)

HOST:    Lion

VENUE: 253 -257 Woodpark Rd, Smithfield NSW 2163


COST:    This is a complimentary event 


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NAWO Knowledge Share Forums are member-only events limited to 12 participants – 1 per NAWO member organisation – who are passionate about driving diversity strategies forward in their organisations. The forums are designed to inspire the co-creation of pragmatic actions that will make a difference in the topic area by:

  • providing an opportunity to share and discuss research findings
  • identifying key learnings and points for discussion
  • sharing initiatives that participating NAWO members have implemented – what works, what doesn’t
  • identifying ideas that all participants can take forward and develop further in their own organisations

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