What is the advancing women formula?

Advancing Women is an Australian based, globally focussed enterprise providing research, consulting and advisory services on equality, inclusion and gender diversity, in sport and in business.

What Problem Are We Solving?

THE HARD FACTS

Australia is a wealthy, developed country which has had positive economic outcomes for more than 2 decades, bucking the global trend. Yet, outcomes for women in Australia across many measures simply do not stack up positively in comparison, particulary when examining the gender imbalance in Australian business.

For example: 

  • 86% of Australian companies are chaired by men.
  • 83% of Australian companies have a male CEO.
  • 75%  of Executives are male
  • There is a 21.3% gender pay gap
THIS IS A WELL POLISHED PROBLEM

Advancing Women is determined to not continue polishing the ‘well polished problem’ of not enough women in leadership across sport, business and public sectors

Michelle Redfern established Advancing Women to provide practical, pragmatic solutions to business and sports leaders so they can take action that leads to enduring and sustainable outcomes for their organisation.

How? 

By having diverse, inclusive workplaces and leadership teams. To achieve this, Advancing Women provides:

  1. Consulting & Advisory: Design4Diversity draws upon design thinking principles to diagnose, design and deliver high impact strategies and action plans for organisations.
  2. Women’s Leadership Programs: The Advancing Women Formula is a collective of research backed and evidence based programs for womens leadership development that will assist to close the organisations leadership gender gap.
  3. Keynote Speaking & MC: High impact, engaging keynotes, panels and events with outcomes. Board retreats, corporate functions, leadership offsites and female professional networks.
  4. Women in Sport Research: Research that provides a blueprint for sporting leaders to address the significant under-representation of women in leadership in the sporting sector.

Advancing Women in Sport

My research into the conditions for women working in the Australian Sporting Sector began in 2017.

I knew gender equality was likely to be a key issue for the industry because of my significant experience as a corporate executive and sporting director meant that I had observed the systematic exclusion of women due to attitudes, policy, practices and systems of work.

My initial research results proved to be unsurprising. Women in the sporting industry are facing significant organisational and attitudinal barriers to advancing into leadership.

The result of these attitudes and the existence of societal barriers to female advancement have resulted in the sporting sector having a very poor scoreboard result when it comes to gender equality.

THIS IS THE DRIVER FOR MY RESEARCH PRACTICE WHICH HAS A DUAL PURPOSE.

1. Educate and raise awareness of gender inequity in sport, particularly for non-athlete women;

2. Provide access to research backed and evidence based solutions to close the gender gap in sport.

If you, or your organisation, would like to participate in the research and pilot of solutions, please get in touch.

FROM CONVERSATION TO ACTION

Do you identify the need for a gender action plan within your organisation or club? Are you having limited success advancing women into leadership or increasing the number of women in your talent, membership and corporate sponsorship pipeline? If so, Advancing Women has the solution.

Advancing women into leadership does not simply involve upskilling women to become effective leaders—after all, what is the point in having highly capable women who, due to cultural and structural barriers, are unable to move up in their careers? At Advancing Women, we believe it is important to build female leadership capability while simultaneously addressing the cultural and structural drivers of gender inequality within an organisation.

Advancing Women fills a gap in the market for customised gender equality action plans that suit the unique needs specific to an organisation. At Advancing Women there is no such thing as one-dimensional and ‘off the shelf’ initiatives; rather we use design thinking practices and a four-phase approach to build a gender action plan tailored to the organisation. This approach is effective, sustainable, and deceptively simple.

To ensure your sporting organisation develops and delivers a winning strategy for women, get in touch with Michelle today.

#GetShitDone Days

Ever wanted to take just one day out for you? To get shit done? With me? Well now you can.

My #GetShitDone days are a practical, fun, joyful, thought-provoking one day Masterclass for women. The whole day is designed and run by me, a woman who gets lots of good shit done and has a heap of fun doing it.

WHO IS IT FOR?

For women who want to take one day out of their full lives to reconnect with themselves, their ambition, kickstart their “what’s next” plan, connect and expand their network of driven, ambitious women.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN?

This is one day where you will check out of your normal life and check into a day that is just about you! There are two components to the day:

  • Knowing Your Shit: You’ll reconnect with your purpose, values & strengths as well as gain greater understanding of why your emotional intelligence skills are female leadership game changers.
  • Getting Your Shit Done: We will use the Knowing Your Shit work to define your leadership brand is, elevate your profile & develop your strategic networking plan. You’ll develop a #GSD plan to up your game, no matter what your game is.

This one day Masterclass is an opportunity for professional women to disrupt themselves by stepping out of day-to-day life to stop, breathe, think and importantly reconnect, to themselves and with others. It’s practical, hands on and will be fun!

I really value working in safe, collaborative environments, so I work really hard to create an atmosphere where women can learn to use empathy, curiosity and vulnerability to create meaningful connections.

This is the perfect opportunity to set your chart for 2019 and beyond.

WHERE WILL IT HAPPEN?

Advancing Women HQ, Melbourne CBD.

HOW MUCH?

Your investment (in you) is $632.50 which includes GST, all materials, assessments and a beautiful, wholesome catered lunch.

WHAT DO OTHERS SAY?

Women who’ve attended so far have said:

I attended the #GSD first session; I highly recommend you take a moment for yourself, sign up and commit to you and your development I attended the first one and can’t recommend it highly enough. Joyful, supportive and very challenging – I was walking on air for days!Many thanks for today it was more than I expected! Everything I needed was there, confrontation, evaluation, and what is the best thing- I’m not alone, other amazing women that I aspire to have fears, lack of confidence and direction. You rock!!! I see you as a master chef that brought all the ingredients together for a meal that was perfect to satisfy all at the table.

We also offer workplace programs. For more details, get in touch with Michelle today.

Keynote Speaking

MICHELLE IS AN ACCOMPLISHED, AUTHENTIC, INSPIRING AND ENGAGING SPEAKER.

With more than 20 years of experience managing life and leadership, Michelle  has the ‘street cred’ and can tell a story with wit, humour and heart. Michelle is an in-demand speaker about authentic leadership, inclusion and gender diversity.

 Michelle is an expert:

  • Keynote speaker
  • Panellist
  • MC & Moderator
  • Workshop Designer & Facilitator
  • Team Day/Workshop Designer & Facilitator

Corporate, Event and Workplace programs available on request. Get in touch with Michelle today.

Design4Diversity

Design4Diversity is the Advancing Women consulting and advisory practice for organisations who want to move gender diversity from conversation to action.

THE ADVANCING WOMEN APPROACH

We use design thinking practices and a four-phase approach to build your organisations deceptively simple, effective and sustainable gender action plan. The four phases are:

1. DIAGNOSE

Where are you now? What are the facts? The stats?

2. DEFINE

The problem(s) to solve. The priorities. What success looks like.

3. DESIGN

Your gender action plan, considering people, processes and tools.

4. DELIVER

The how and the what. Building organisational capability and capacity to continuously deliver results.

To start or accelerate your organisation’s gender action plan, contact Michelle Redfern for a confidential discussion.

                              

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