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Liz Darlington-Brown Nov 19, 2018

Who is responsible for role-modelling gender equality?

When we dive into the details on the fight for gender equality, we tend to focus our attention on the large corporations — the giants in the business world. While it is incredibly important to make sure that the biggest influencers in the market are progressive and tackling the on-going problem of gender equality, we cannot ignore the influence of small and medium enterprises (SME’s).  A whopping 40 per cent of the workforce is made up of SME’s, and this large chunk of th...

The #metoo Thunderstorm

The emergence of the #metoo campaign has been a significant milestone in the fight for equality. Though as the rolling thunder that is the global #metoo campaign continues to hit more high-profile companies and individuals, the question I have is will the momentum brought on by #metoo be enough to change the underlying toxic workplace cultures that exhibit these similar behaviours? Over the last few weeks we've seen more senior leaders step down or be suspended, with the recent h...

Breaking Down the Boys Club: How Formal Sponsorship Can Accelerate Female Performanc...

Once conducted behind closed doors, corporate sponsorship is being brought into the open as a way to support emerging female leaders and improve retention in male dominated industries. Similar to a mentor, a corporate sponsor is there to help emerging leaders achieve their professional goals. Beyond providing advice and guidance, a sponsor acts as an active champion in the workplace. After recognising the hard work and abilities of an emerging leader, a formal sponsor shares the...

Katriina Tahka May 24, 2018

Lying on Resumes

We have recently seen the unravelling of lies made on CV’s by people in prominent positions, with the likes of Giuseppe Conte, the man nominated to be Italy’s next Prime Minister and even the former Labor MP, Barry Urban, who has recently resigned after similar lies had been exposed. While we usually encounter smaller, less dramatic fibs on Resumes— such as stating that a person led a project on their own, as opposed to co-leading the project with another team member— it ...

Katriina Tahka May 23, 2018

Industry competitors partner to create visible career pathways for our children

Last week, A Human Agency hosted a Construction & Infrastructure Roundtable discussion with a number of influential leaders in the construction and infrastructure industries. Katriina Tahka lead the discussion, with insightful input by our guest speakers Jannene McLean from CSIRO and Allegra Spender from ABCN. The construction industry is an important part of Australian business. Seeks insight & resources data shows that the construction industry has had a lengthy period...

Katriina Tahka May 02, 2018

On Saying ‘Just’ Too Often

A few weeks ago one of the participants in our Sponsorship Program forwarded us an article titled ‘Just’ Say No [1] and asked for our opinion on the frequent use of ‘just’ by women, the different way females make requests compared to males and whether the difference is really a bad thing or not? We thought we’d share our thoughts with you on this topic which has really stirred up a lot of great debate amongst both women and men. It seemed I was hearing “just”...

Liz Darlington-Brown Mar 07, 2018

Get it right this financial year!

Small businesses are an important part of the Australian economy and are an essential part of our society. A Human Agency loves small businesses, and we believe in supporting them to see growth and success within their industries. The new financial year is a great time to have a deep look into your business and see how you can make changes to lay a stronger foundation, to ensure your business is working in the best possible way. Making key changes to the way you operate your busin...

Natalie Galea Jan 22, 2018

Stepping Forward with Natalie Galea

Last year I learnt a valuable lesson. I said ‘yes’ to multiple opportunities that would normally make me feel very uncomfortable. What’s more, I even enjoyed the process. It began when I was nominated by Australia for a position on an international sporting committee. The committee is charged with representing athletes’ interests and as a result, members must be Olympians or have competed at a World Championship. I qualified on both accounts. My concern was that despite q...

Jonathan Oller Jan 08, 2018

Do The Nordic Countries Really Do It Better?

I’ve been in Australia for the better part of a month now (which I know is not long) and whenever I tell someone I’m from Finland, they start praising how the Nordics do everything better.  Yes, it is true that things are pretty great up north, and yes there are countless articles that state how Australia needs to replicate the way Nordic countries do life, so I decided to take a real look into it to see if the Nordics really do it better. Let’s start with the easiest one:...

Jane Arandelovic Dec 21, 2017

Seasons Greetings! from the A-HA team

  We wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to all our clients, partners and friends for your ongoing support and being part of the A-HA! tribe.It's finally that wonderful time of the year where we start to reflect on the year that was; the inspiring global women’s march to the same sex marriage vote. It has been a significant year for humans all over the world. At A-HA, we've also had an action packed 2017 as we reflect on some of our own achievements across the last 12 months...

Press Release: Teacher Training To Reduce Trade Industry Gender Gap

  The STEM+T program is an initiative from A Human Agency. It brings construction firms and schools together, with the aim to close the gender gap in STEM and Trade careers. In Australia, construction is the most male dominated industry, with females making up only 12 percent of the workforce*. Women must be encouraged to join this field, not only to provide gender balance, but to boost the industry’s dwindling numbers of skilled workers. “The lack of female participa...

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