After all the doom and gloom of 2020, it’s nice to have some positive news come out of the disastrous year. The announcement in November last year of the new CEO of US sporting retailer, Dick’s Sporting Goods, means there is now a new record of females heading Fortune 500 companies. Lauren Hobart has taken over the top role at the retail giant, and with this means there are now 41 women on the list, the highest ever. While still a relatively low proportion of the list (8%), the increase shows a shift from corporates to change their thinking and perspective on their c-suite employees, wanting a more diverse representation. The next hurdle is very apparent, however, with only three women present on the list being women of colour. Let’s hope the next year will see this shift in mindset continue to grow.
Go Your Own Way
The Covid-19 pandemic brought with it a call for community and collaboration, where businesses were acting with heart and consumers were encouraged to shop and support local.
The benefits of these attributes were ones being researched in entrepreneur Jacqui Thomas’ book Her Way. Interviewing successful Kiwi business women who are running their company’s their own way, Jacqui wanted to prove the traditionally “feminine” attributes of sharing, caring, collaborating, nurturing and helping could be utilised within in business without compromising its success.
Gaining perspectives from New Zealand women in a wide range of industries, the book demonstrates how it is possible to use both your head and your heart while running a business and still find success. Including interviews with Kiri Nathan, Lisa King and Theresa Gattung, Her Way will empower readers to know they don’t need to join the old boys’ club to succeed in business.
A Journey to Diversity
You may have heard of our M2woman Journey to Excellence Live Forums, an immersive event where a panel of successful people in business talk about the issues and solutions to achieving diversity in the workplace. Currently up to its tenth series, our April panel promises to be another inspiring and informative event with practical steps discussed to take home and implement into your own workplace. Following the panel discussion is a networking hour where attendees will have the opportunity to discuss themes with other like-minded people from a broad range of industries.
If you are interested in attending with your colleagues or clients, visit journeytoexcellence.co.nz for more details.