That's why a recent Women's Leadership Forum at which each attendee received a gift bag that included an apron printed with the event and chamber logo wasn't appropriate. Even though the organisers claimed the apron was a nod to the male chef who presented at the event, aprons symbolically align with more traditional views of a woman's role – going against the whole purpose of the event.
What is needed is a more strategic approach, starting with big picture thinking, and then aligning the details. On the topic of diversity, you can be part of the big picture by joining the Diversity Co-Design Workshop to be facilitated by Virginia Haussegger AM and Mark Evans of the 50|50 by 2030 Foundation
Monday, 22 May, 2017
Open & free to all local government professionals
This is a co-design workshop – your chance to help create the strategies and processes local government can use to recruit, support and promote women’s capacity for and access to the senior levels of local government. We will explore how to eliminate unconscious bias in recruiting and promotion processes, build programs that harness the power of diversity; dismantle pay gap inequities; improve representation and strengthen democracy; and redefine workplace norms that present barriers to women’s progress.