By Hillard, KM and Franklin, EJ, “The Business Case for Gender Diversity – a Competitive Edge”,  Lawyers Weekly, published on 1 September 2015.

Women in leadership and understanding gendered roles is essential for competitive and effective business, but how do you create this environment?

As businesses recognise the positive financial and other benefits of adopting a diverse workforce, the push for women in leadership has become an “it” topic for discussion. Missing from the discussion is how women or disadvantaged persons can be included in traditionally male dominated workforces, like the legal profession, education sector energy and resources, banking and commerce industry, without alienating co-workers or business partners.

The Asia Pacific Professionals Association Ltd with the Papua New Guinea High Commission presents a three day, three city ANZ I PNG Gender Parity Symposium that showcases high profile and influential speakers from Papua New Guinea and Australia who can provide practical examples, barriers and ways to overcome challenges to create “Pathways to Parity”.

At the “Pathways to Parity” dinner, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO (retd), an Officer of the Order of Australia and a delegate at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London in 2014, will present his perspectives on gender parity in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

It is clear that Lt Gen Morrison AO (retd) knows what he is talking about when it comes to creating cultural change and achieving parity

Symposium details:

 

Date  Event
Monday, 12 October 2015 Canberra – 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Fringe Event

Higher Education Issues and Reform in Papua New Guinea
Speaker: The Honourable Malakai Tabar MP, Minister for Higher Education,Research, Science and Technology in PNG
Australian National University, Crawford School of Public Policy, Canberra
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 Canberra – 12.00pm to 1.30pm 
Pathways to Parity Panel Discussion
Australian National University, Crawford School of Public Policy, Canberra
Wednesday, 14 October 2015

 

Sydney – 5.00pm to 6.30pm
Pathways to Parity Panel Discussion
Lowy Institute, Australia-Papua New Guinea Network, Sydney
Sydney – 6.45pm till late
Pathways to Parity Dinner
Keynote address: Lieutenant General David Morrison AO (retd)
Thursday, 15 October 2015

 

Brisbane – 5.00pm to 6.30pm
Pathways to Parity Panel Discussion
Federal Court of Australia, Brisbane
Brisbane – 6.45pm till late
Pathways to Parity Dinner
Keynote address: Lieutenant General David Morrison AO (retd)

 

At the “Pathways to Parity” panel discussions the panel speakers will provide practical examples, insights and ideas on legislative reform on achieving parity:

  • Mark Baker, CEO ANZ Papua New Guinea
  • The Honourable Malakai Tabar MP, Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology in Papua New Guinea
  • Magistrate John Kaumi, Mendi District Court Senior Provincial Magistrate
  • Avia Koisen Principal, Koisen Lawyers and President of the Papua New Guinea Women’s Chamber of Commerce in Papua New Guinea
  • Dr Eric Kwa Secretary, Papua New Guinea Constitutional Law Reform Commission
  • Dr Linda Van Leeuwen, Capacity Building Specialist and Manager – Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW) Program, Anitua Ltd.  Board Member of the Papua New Guinea Business Coalition For Women and Chair of its Addressing Violence Working Group
  • Desmond Yaninen CEO, National Development Bank Investments Ltd

DSC08415 provided by Emilie Franklin.jpg

 

Every business owner, legal or otherwise, should ask:

Do I know how to create Pathways to Parity to build a competitive business?

Posted by Kylie Hillard

Kylie is a barrister at the private bar in Queensland and practices in a variety of areas. Kylie is also the Secretary of the Equal Opportunity and Diversity Subcommittee of the Bar Association of Queensland, is a founding Director of the Asia Pacific Professionals Association, President of Soroptimist International Brisbane, President of Labor Lawyers Queensland, and President of the Forest Lake ALP Branch. Kylie has also held positions including the Chair of National Advocacy for Soroptimist International Australia, and was the Vice-President of the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland for 3 years.

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