inspiring conversations

Welcome to NAWO Podcasts!

We meet a lot of amazing people through NAWO, as anyone who has been to one of our events will attest. Through our podcast series, we aim to introduce you to some of these people. As well as finding out what makes them tick, we will explore some of their ideas and suggestions that are relevant to women working in operational roles or businesses.

Have an idea, a person we should interview or an inspirational topic you want us to discuss? Get in touch.

Anneli Blundell

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“Disruption affects the default” Anneli Blundell.

There is no need to state the bleeding obvious. We find ourselves in challenging, tumultuous and uncertain times. But as Winston Churchill  said “One should never waste a good crisis”. Now is the time to proactively leverage the disruption and embrace the positive personal and systemic change that has been brought about by this public health crisis. Carpe Diem – seize the day!

This conversation was borne out of a passionate discussion with Anneli and we decided it would be great fun to challenge you to think about what you can do to create opportunities for change that propell us towards a more inclusive workplace, through choosing what you are going to retain from the impact of the pandemic in relation to your own habits and behaviour, through advocating for team process and systems that support a new, more inclusive way of working and really just being the change you want to see.

Anneli Blundell is an author, a speaker, a facilitator, and executive coach and mentor – and by all accounts a great dancer and roller blader. Anneli has been a supporter of NAWO’s for a couple of years now and many NAWO members have attended her Leading out Loud program, with awesome feedback. Anneli uses her vast knowledge and decades of experience decoding people, to bring the everyday behaviours and communication habits to the forefront of getting results. It’s often the simplest shifts that create the biggest results, but the key is knowing what to shift. The way we interact, communicate and connect with others has a dramatic impact on our ability to get results.

You can read more about Anneli here

In the last episode I introduced you to the NAWO Nine Levers for Gender Balance.  The ‘NAWO Nine’ aims to provide a roadmap to help our member companies identify where they are making good progress and also where they may need to shift their attention to ensure we continue to engage in practical action – both behavioural and systemic, to achieve greater gender balance.

Many aspects of this conversation are aligned to these Levers and how we maintain unwavering leadership commitment to diversity and inclusion during these challenging times. Disruption has affected the default for us. The ways we have worked more flexibly, the way we have leveraged digital tools and technology, changed attitudes toward children and pets popping up in meetings, injecting news ways to connect team members socially, new ways to share the care, thinking differently about the skill sets required for certain jobs and how we might leverage alternative pools of talent – the list of what has been disrupted and what has evolved is endless  – but what is critical is how each and every one of us plays an active part in taking the good bits forward – to resist falling back into old patterns and falling back to the status quo.

We sincerely hope this inspires you to be a changemaker and use your individual power to influence and ensure that we do not revert back to systems, processes and behaviours that no longer serve us well. As Anneli says – ‘If not now when?’.

Anneli has two amazing programs on offer that we are promoting through the NAWO network. The Winning@WorkFromHome Online program and her highly regarded Women in Leadership Masterclass. You can find more information here

NAWO Podcast: In Conversation – Series 2 Episodes

Dr Karen MorleyDr Karen Morley

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In this podcast I speak to Dr Karen Morley about the book she has just released called Beat Gender Bias: How to play a better part in a more inclusive world. It is the best book I have read on the topic of bias in quite some time and we have a fabulous chat about the really practical approach this book takes to beating it.

NAWO Podcast: In Conversation – Series 1 Episodes

Professor Amalia Di Iorio and Megan mcCracken

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In this Episode, Megan McCracken, Professor Amalia Di Iorio and I unpack the topic of Confidence. As women we are often told that we are just not confident enough. That we hold back and that we need to throw ourselves into things more confidently to move forward or up! However, we are not so sure that it is as simple as that.


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In this episode I have the pleasure of speaking with the enigmatic Andrea Clarke. Around 400 NAWO members complete her Communicating with Authority program and there have been many spectacular success stories from participants who have reported greater confidence, career progression, and all round greater control of their reputational capital…..we will talk a lot more about this in the podcast. Andrea runs an organisation called CareerCEO.


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In this episode, Louise Weine speaks with two members of our NAWO board Simon Bromell and Marcus Hooke about engaging the hearts and minds of men in gender balance.  Simon and Marcus bring a wealth of leadership experience to this conversation and importantly, a male perspective to the topic. Simon is the Group General Manager Operations for the Beverages Division of Orora Ltd, and Marcus is the Executive General Manager Production for News Corp.


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In the first of our new series of podcasts with inspirational experts and leaders we explore the future of flexible working with Natalie Goldman, CEO of FlexCareers.  FlexCareers is a disruptive careers platform that engineers game-changing technology to connect talented individuals with progressive employers offering flexible work.


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Dee Heffernan – a Chicago-based branding strategist and adviser – discusses operational business image problems with NAWO’s Louise Weine, and offers some advice for operational businesses trying to tell a different story that ‘talks’ to women and markets employment opportunities to women…

Fabian Dattner

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Chapter 2

In this episode I have the pleasure of speaking with the incredible Fabian Dattner from the Dattner Group. Fabian has so much passion for the topic of this conversation – Living with Complexity – and so our discussion focuses on how to lead through complexity as well. There was so much to cover that we have actually split this podcast into two chapters. You can listen to chapter 1 on the way to work and chapter 2 on the way home!


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In this episode we are delighted to speak with two leaders form the Pepsico business, from the Tingalpa snack foods facility in Queensland, where they are having great success in extending flexible work options to their shift based teams.


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One of NAWO’s key learning priorities is Authentic Leadership and the NAWO network provides many opportunities for people to better understand and explore this concept. We are introducing another opportunity for NAWO members to embrace their authentic selves at an even deeper level, with the introduction of Mim Bartlett’s Change Up Program in 2019.


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In this episode Louise Weine speaks with Michelle Redfern about Commercial Acumen. It’s not one of the most popular NAWO key learning priorities but possibly one of the most important, so we hope this podcast inspires you to dial up your business savvy and get involved in NAWO events, programs and activities in 2019 that may help you close any gaps and find your commercial acumen ‘ON’ button.

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