National AHRI Leadership Conferences focus on women in business

The Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) Leadership Conference 2010 is currently making it’s way around the country. The conference features key leaders and the latest thinking on people management. Our team attended the Melbourne event this week and reported back on the focus on women in leadership including the new legal requirements for employers and the associated need to provide flexible work practices.

Of particular interest was Dr Helen Szoke, Commissioner of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, who spoke of the cost of income inequality to society and the strong correlation with health and social problems.  This is something we often hear from Elizabeth Broderick. There will be a new Equal Opportunity Act in Victoria from 1 August 2011. The new equality framework places obligations on employers to identify and eliminate systemic and institutionalised discrimination. It also includes broader tests for establishing discrimination cases, making it easier to prove discrimination has occurred.

We were also interested to hear from Edyta Torpy from Ernst & Young who explained the firm’s Female Executive Mentoring program which was piloted in 2007 and saw four females promoted to Partner in the first six months. Edyta spoke of how the program has built networks across the firm and established a strong pipeline of talented women.

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