What I’ve learned from Adam Goodes’ inclusive leadership
Last Sunday, my family and I went to the Classic Cinema in Elsternwick and watched a documentary titled The Australian Dream. My youngest son told me afterwards:” This is the best documentary I’ve ever seen.” The Australian Dream is a story about Adam Goodes, the Australian footy player and Australian indigenous leader. However, more broadly, it's the story about racism in Australia.
Revolutionising how women connect with transport
I was one of the happy few to meet George McEncroe - Shebah Founder and CEO talking about her journey. Shebah is Australia’s first and only active all-women rideshare service getting women and children where they need to go. As a diversity and inclusion practitioner and leader working in the transport industry globally for 15+ years, I was so inspired that, as soon as I was on my way home, I wrote this article to share my 10 learnings.
Women leaders in operations
How experiencing vulnerability harnesses our courage
Brené Brown held an inspiring show in Melbourne yesterday. She is a famous research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Brené has spent more than a decade studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She is a superstar, I love her work, yet I wasn’t disappointed I couldn’t attend her show. I was actually in Geelong for the first time. Why would I be thrilled to be in Geelong while my idol Brené was holding a terrific show in Melbourne?
Innovative framework to address diversity and inclusion
The 2019 Economic Nobel prize award gives me hope: after years of awarding theoretical achievements, the winners were rewarded for their experiment-based model to tackle real-life social issues. Their approach to economic development relies on a more rigorous evaluation methodology. The 2019 laureates distinguished themselves with practical ways to real-world trials. They transform economic development economy by breaking down significant challenges into testable clusters and study them like social scientists running clinical tests.
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A few reflections about women in operations leadership before chairing the Women in Operations Leadership Summit in Melbourne.
Back in early 2003, I started a leadership journey in operations. For the first time in my career, I led a team of 200 train controllers responsible for safety, on-time departure, revenue protection and customer service of millions of passengers travelling to iconic places like Normandy, Bordeaux, Paris and Brittany. I was a 25-year-old-woman with an outstanding master degree in business from a worldwide-recognised business school, but 0 experience of managing people.
I remember I thought I was bringing a lot to the job. I believed I had no fear, was determined to kick goals. Thanks to the support of people I wouldn't yet call my mentors but actually were, I felt empowered to take on new challenges.