The 'bifocal approach', based on and backed up by research is a proven approach to tackling the difficult task of moving organisations forward in addressing gender inequality and the continuing under-representation of women in leadership.
Jen assists organisations to develop a strategic approach to gender change that is specifically crafted to the organisation and takes into account the organisation’s history, structure, culture, values and the particularities of its workforce.
Following hard on the heels of the relief of completion and celebration of success, comes the realities of implementation and still more hard work. Addressing longstanding gender inequality will require new and novel approaches, the application process itself has intentionally pushed institutions into uncharted territory, and concerns flagged in the SAGE evaluation conducted by ACER during the pilot program will have implications for the implementation phase. What institutions do now to ensure appropriate governance will be critical to successful implementation and future award success
This publication is an educational and strategic tool to guide universities, and individuals working within universities, to address gender diversity and equality issues that may arise through currently informal sponsorship practices. We position sponsorship not as a formal ‘program’ to be implemented, as you may do with mentoring, but part of effective leadership development and practice.
Poster presented at Gender Summit GS7, Berlin 2015.
Mentoring programs are commonly used to help individual women advance in their careers. We report on a successful mentoring program that uses innovative design to address organisational change, as well as individual development. The program has been operating in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS), The University of Melbourne, Australia since 2011, and is currently in its fifth year of implementation. The Faculty has 2200 employees, with 70% academic and 30% administrative staff. Women are under-represented in senior faculty, with women only totalling to 28% of all professors.