Are YOU ready to #BeBoldForChange in 2017 & beyond?

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TheVenueShop.com BeBoldForChange Blog Post - written by Sadhana SmilesWith the IWD2017 theme "Be Bold for Change", so grateful to Sadhana Smiles, CEO of Harcourts Victoria & Founder of Links Fiji, for sharing this piece on the ways we all can strive to make a difference in 2017 & beyond.

*We were also very lucky to have Sadhana as one of our speakers at our Melbourne event on 8 March supporting this year's chosen charity, Wear For Success. (Some 2017 event pics HERE)

(Sadhana shares) This day has been celebrated since the early 1900s, a day we recognise social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year, we come together at our #IWD2017MelbourneStyle event, encouraging all to work together in an effort to accelerate towards our goals for equality. “Be the change”, you can make an impact, by creating your own ripple effect...

Last year’s theme, #PledgeForParity, had me recently questioning whether we saw change throughout 2016 and if we genuinely did take steps to move closer to parity.

  • National gender pay gap is 16.2%, down from 19% in 2016 
  • The full-time average weekly earnings difference is $260.10
  • The gender pay gap in ASX 200 organisations is 28.7%
  • The gender pay gap in the sporting industry is 50%
  • Average superannuation balance for women at retirement is 52.8% less than men
  • The proportion of CEOs who are female is 15.4%
  • Out of Melbourne’s 106 suburbs, a single woman can only afford to rent one bedroom flats in just over a quarter of the city

Equality is a core human value women have been asking for in every country across the globe for centuries. According to the World Economic Forum, we won’t reach global parity in social or economic terms until 2186. The 2017 IWD #BeBoldForChange is a call-out to women to step up and boldly ask for what they want. We've come a long way but there is still much more to do.

The IWD 2017 theme strikes a chord with me. I believe women are bold; we are bold enough to have children, to leave them in care and go back to work, to go to war and to lead countries. We are getting bolder in asking for what we want, in pursuing our dreams, desires and many of us are bold enough to walk away from what doesn't make us happy. We can be single and do it on our own.

My question is "when are Australia’s leaders going to be bold and drive significant and rapid change on the issues of diversity, parity and equality?"

The IWD call to action should include a call-out to our government and business leaders who have the power to accelerate equality through bold policy making, diverse recruitment strategies, and a moral compass set so high that we start to influence the issue globally.

The current economic gap has a resounding impact, especially on my generation. Now more than ever we need business leaders to model the behaviours and set the tone in their work environments to elevate and positively impact this issue. We need to smash the glass ceiling from the inside.

Targets and quotas to achieve gender diversity have created much debate and this would be an example of a bold move. However, there is a difference between targets and quotas. Targets are measurable objectives set by an organisation at their own discretion. Quotas are mandatory, set externally by anybody that has the authority to impose them. I believe targets are a bold move, if we go down the path of quotas then we will have failed as leaders.

On this International Women’s Day, let’s pledge to be bold leaders, to take action and to do more than ever before.

  • Audit your organisation and if what you see is more of you, whether it be in gender or colour, change it 
  • Measure and be aware of the gaps in your hiring, remuneration and promotion policy
  • Find mentors and sponsors for your high potential women
  • Be conscious of unconscious bias, we have all been guilty of this
  • Measure the results of actions taken
  • Importantly, make men part of this journey

Be bold for change also requires us to be bold for action. Without action, we won’t have ground breaking results; won’t achieve a gender inclusive world; won’t have responsive, responsible leaders, and the gap won’t close until 2186.

My ask is not just for women to be bold, but for all leaders to be equally bold for change. What conversations can you start with your people? Who can you influence outside of your organisation to go on the same journey as you? What changes can you make quickly that will connect and unite your entire workforce?

Every 8 March we raise awareness about the same issues using different words. This year, let’s be bold enough to deliberately measure the changes we make across our organisation. Not only is this great for business, but remarkable for humanity and memorable for future generations.

Remember equality is not a threat, it is a social, economic, political opportunity.

Written & kindly shared by Sadhana Smiles: CEO, Harcourts Victoria (March2017)

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For International Women's Day 2017 #BeBoldForChange. Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world - a more inclusive, gender equal world

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Lisa Roberts is the Owner/Director of Ultimate Conferences+Events, plus Founder of www.theVenueShop.com & Ultimate Performance+Recruitment.


Lisa (AKA "Lisa-Maree") has an extensive background sourcing appropriate venues & services for an incredibly diverse range of conference & event needs. Highly regarded by her loyal clientele & industry peers alike for her knowledge, insight, integrity & can-do approach - just some of the qualities which have ensured her forging an abundance of long-lasting relationships in the C&E sector.  


Possessing qualifications in Public Relations & Hotel Operations/Catering, Lisa hails from the hotel industry with experience in all facets of F&B, Front Office Supervision/Training, Conference/Events & Sales Management; with most recent industry positions as Director of Sales both within a global Hotel chain & independent more "dedicated conferencing" regional properties.


Most importantly, Lisa's passion for the industry & genuine interest in both matching appropriate solutions & helping people achieve is infectious - with an unwaivering commitment to providing the best possible service in support of your business needs from a meetings & events perspective. As a result, Lisa has developed an extensive network of contacts with strong relationships at all levels. 

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Guest Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Clarion Hotel on Canterbury

A huge success... and lunch was amazing!!

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