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Business and Government Boardrooms : Women C reating V alue 2012 Leadership Conference Voices of Pacific Women October 2012. Judith van Unen Melbourne Australia . Joint CEO & Joint Founding Director Justice Equality Rights Access International

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Business and Government Boardrooms :Women Creating Value2012 Leadership ConferenceVoices of Pacific WomenOctober 2012

judith van unen melbourne australia
Judith van UnenMelbourne Australia

Joint CEO & Joint Founding Director

Justice Equality Rights Access International

( JERA International ) Not for Profit NGO

BPW International Oceania Sub Regional Co-ordinator

National President, BPW Australia 2000 - 2004

my journey

SERIALENTREPRENUER

  • 17 years old : Started 1st business while still at school
  • 20’s: Married, 3 businesses, 3 children, ran our rural property
  • went on to own numerous businesses including design, retail, wholesale, import, export, manufacturing, construction and a business performance consultancy
  • INQUISITIVE
  • Always like to know as much as I can about anything that I am in any way associated with.
  • I Need to Know !!!
myjourney
community involvement

Panton Hill Pre-school Committee

  • Regional Board of Education: Works Priority Review Committee
  • Regional Board of Education: Cluster and Regional Board
  • Eltham Shire Community Care and Recreation Program
  • Crime Prevention and Education Project
  • Araluen Disabled Workshop Annex
  • Women’s Federal Constitutional Convention Planning Committee Member and Delegate
  • Federal Office for Women; Federation Conference Planning Advisory Committee
  • Probus Women’s Housing: Board of Management
  • Assisting Women from Isolated Indigenous Communities Program: Project Leader
  • Melbourne University, Office Gender & Health, MidLife Health Project
  • Combined Charities Association: NorthEast Region: President
  • Southern Cross Aged Care: Committee
  • Women for Workplace Justice: Committee
  • Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society: Vice Chair
  • Red Shield Appeal: Regional Committee
  • Industries Review Team Leader, Office Regulatory Reform
  • Business & Professional Women Victoria: President
  • Entrepreneurial Women National Study Working Committee
  • Numerous local youth and community organisations
Community Involvement
boards advisory bodies past
Standards Australia: Small Business Advisory Panel

United Nations CSW Australian Government Delegation _ NGO Expert Advisor on 3 occasions

Australian Tax Office: Personal Tax Advisory Group / Capitol Gains

Australian Tax Office: Advisory Group / Child Care Tax Rebate Group

Dept. Foreign Affairs and Trade: Human Rights Forum

Business & Professional Women Australia: National President

Federal Attorney General’s Human Rights Forum

Victorian Government: Work, Family and Community Life, Advisory Committee

Fed Govt, Office for Small Business: National Small Business Forum

Employment Advisory Service

Affirmative Action Agency, EEO Industry Review Facilitator

Riding for the Disabled Victoria (RDAV)

Riding for the Disabled Victoria Foundation

BOARDS & ADVISORY BODIES - PAST
boards bodies current
Voluntary:

Council of Small Businesses of Australia – COSBOA

National Foundation for Australian Women – NFAW

economic Security 4 Women: Founding Chair

Expenses Paid:

Australian Tax Office, Micro Business Partnership Forum -MEI

Renumerated:

Australian Defence Reserves Support Council

Retiring:

Asia Pacific Diversity Foundation

Riding for the Disabled Association Australia –RDAA,Chair

BOARDS & BODIES - Current
certainly never idle but be disciplined develop good habits
Certainly never idlebut be disciplined – develop good habits

You can have everything you want

…. Just not all at the same time

a slow start to recognising value
Last century the arguments focused on gender equality in the workplace and promotion by merit

Recent studies show a correlation between the proportion of women on boards or in senior managementand an improved bottom line

A Slow Start To Recognising Value
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2010 United Nations publication

“Women’s Empowerment Principles:

Equality means business”

… commitment to the empowerment of women,

and the importance of diversity and inclusion to its business strategy

The UN adds it’s weight

australian context

Australian Government – (Labour Party)

set targets to achieve greater representation of women on government boards and committees40% women appointment to government Boards and bodies

AppointWomen - is a free, confidential registration system for women for appointment to a variety of Australian Government boards and decision-making bodies

State Office for Women also have registers for women

Australian Stock Exchange Improve or else !!!

ASX Corporate Governance Council Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations

Publicly disclose Corporate Diversity Policy / Establish measurable objectives for diversity and report progress / disclose Board skill mix needed

Australian context
quotas as many good women
The fear is that women who are appointed under quota systems will be under-qualified or inappropriate

In jurisdictions where quotas currently applythe evidence does not support those fears

LAWS:

France: 2011 - establishing 40% of executive board of largest publicly traded will be female by 2016.

Belgium: 2011 – 1/3rd male – 1/3rd female

India: 2011 ratio of 1 woman to 5 men

Norway / Malaysia / Italy / Nederland / Spain

Quotas: as many good women
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‘Our Brains See Men as Whole and Women as Parts ‘

Evolution might underlie the different processing of female versus male bodies. Both genders do it.

University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Stephanie Pappas and LiveScience

common sense is not that common
Why it makes sense to include women;

Half the population

Make most of the household purchasing decisions

They influence other customers

The more diverse the input into any debate – the better informed decisions are made

Studies repeatedly acknowledge the ‘improved bottom-line’ results

Common sense is not that common
play to stay the rules are the rules
Play to stayThe ‘rules are the rules’

You cant change anything if you are not on the team

getting started adding your value
Where do I begin … Making the choice:

Community / Business

Local - Regional-State or National Government Body

Group discussion

– purpose ; what is yours

– skill sets ; inherent or learned

– traits ; becoming invaluable

– values ; leading the way

– knowledge vs wisdom; knowing what you need to know

– how to choose where to start: advantages and disadvantageous

Getting started – adding yourvalue
every trade has its tricks
Groupdiscussion

Tips

Ideas

Challenges

Opportunities

Every trade has its tricks
having a game plan

Not being noticed or heard

  • Someone presents your idea differently and you are overlooked
  • Inappropriate discussions take place
Having a game plan
fake it until you make it

If you ….

Waddle like a duck

Quack like a duck

Look like a duck

………..Then you MUST BE a Duck !!!

Fake it until you make it !!!
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You can never cross the ocean

unless you first have the courage to lose sight of the shore

Christopher Columbus,

Thank you for your gracious attention