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Where are
all the women?
In my very first job as a junior engineer, there
was one other woman in the office, and she was
a secretary. I didn't think much about it at the
time; when it's your first role, gender doesn't
stand out as an issue. It's only later, when
you're more experienced, that you start to look
around and say, "This is funny, where are all the
women?"

THERE'S A SIMPLE ANSWER
TO HOW YOU INCREASE THE
NUMBER OF WOMEN IN SENIOR
LEADERSHIP ROLES: HIRE MORE
WOMEN."

In my own career, I've been fortunate enough to
have some great women mentors. The first time
I worked for a female boss was when I moved
into economic regulation. Sally McMahon was
one of those career-changing bosses who
constantly pushes you to be better-she had
very high standards of quality and an absolute
conviction that you could meet them. She lived
by a radical candor philosophy, which was
challenging at first, but I've since tried to follow
that approach myself.
There are more opportunities for women now.
Ten years ago, if you were looking for senior
female role models in Western Australia, there
were just a handful of women, in mining and in
banking. Now that's starting to change.
I think the critical bits moving forward are
the more invisible points of diversity, such as
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diversity of thought and technical background,
because that will help us adapt as our industries
are disrupted. If our senior leadership teams
are populated by people who've always been in
the industry, they're going to think about it in
that same way. They need an outsider to come
along and say, "Hey, what about this?"
As far as women in tech are concerned, there's
a simple answer as to how you increase the
number of women in senior leadership roles:
hire more women. Recruiters still think that
tech leaders need to have a technology
background to lead IT teams, but that's not
true anymore. Most people have the intellectual
capacity to understand the concepts.
Leadership is its own skill set. As a leader, my
role is to break down road blocks so the team
can be as effective as they can be. Their job is
to be the technical experts.

I THINK THE CRITICAL BITS
MOVING FORWARD ARE THE MORE
INVISIBLE POINTS OF DIVERSITY,
SUCH AS DIVERSITY OF THOUGHT
AND TECHNICAL BACKGROUND,
BECAUSE THAT WILL HELP US
ADAPT AS OUR INDUSTRIES ARE
DISRUPTED.

I know it can work because we now have 40
percent women in our senior leadership, 50
percent on our board, and our performance
metrics are better than ever.



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