Gender inequality persists in our community. This includes women’s representation in senior leadership positions, such as boards. The case for change is as much about improving business performance as it is about gender equality. Put simply, boards perform better when they include the best people with a diverse range of perspectives and approaches.

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Women leaders’ positive contributions to firms are increasingly clear, yet women remain significantly underrepresented in leadership positions. While the spotlight on challenges they face at work is growing, less understood are the issues shaping the success of those who do make it above the glass ceiling.

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What do you do if you’re trying to return to the ever-changing workforce of the law, after being out of the workforce for 3-20+ years? How can you navigate changes in technology and regulations, whilst delivering the value of your own knowledge and experience? We spoke to Andrea Bell from Herbert Smith Freehills to learn about how the OnRamp fellowship program supports women to do just that, accelerating the re-entry of female lawyers into the firm.

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Flexible workplace initiatives are on the rise with employees being afforded with greater freedom to decide ‘how’, ‘where’ and ‘when’ they work in an effort to accommodate an improved balance between work and life goals. Are employees taking up the offer, and how effective are such initiatives? Westpac Group’s “All In Flex” policy provides a case study to explore what these initiatives look like in practice, and to understand some of the ongoing challenges to mainstreaming flexibility across organisations.

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Fundamental global shifts, including growth in emerging markets and changing employee attitudes, have seen global employee mobility increasing.  However, a ‘glass border’ is restricting some LGBT employees from enjoying prosperous international careers, with many countries being unsafe or unfriendly for LGBT people, and limited organisational support creating barriers to working overseas. 

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The New South Wales (NSW) Police Force has undertaken a series of initiatives aimed at supporting employees and community members who identify as lesbian, gay and bisexual. We speak to the pioneer of these programs, Superintendent Tony Crandell, about why this became a priority for a policing agency and what business leaders could learn from their experience.

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, fields are some of the fastest growing industries in the world today. However, little is known about the experience of sexual and gender minorities working in these traditionally male-dominated fields. While research has recently focused on the experience of women as a minority group, the question remains: How do LGBTQA individuals studying and working in STEM fields experience their professional environments?

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