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Mentoring helping NRL increase numbers of senior women

2020-10-31T09:34:36+10:00October 31st, 2020|Media|

Taking a moment to reflect on the amazing women we’ve met and mentored. We were proud to run this Orijen program for the NRL back in 2016. Senior women in the National Rugby League are mentoring young women within the game to aspire and support them in their career progression. 25% of staff at clubs are now female and most clubs have a female on their executive team. [...]

Minister visits Defence Mentoring Group

2020-10-18T16:15:20+10:00October 18th, 2020|Media|

Published on 06 October 2020 Ms Harriet Pointon Mather (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer) Location: Leeuwin Barracks, WA Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, fourth from left, with members of the Defence Women’s Mentoring Group at Leeuwin Barracks, Western Australia. The Western Australian Defence Women’s Mentoring Circle was privileged recently to host the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, at [...]

Building up the confidence of women AND helping an organisation evolve are not mutually exclusive. Both are necessary.

2020-10-17T12:38:53+10:00October 16th, 2020|Opinion, Orijen News|

Jenny Morris challenges the assertion "That advice to women to ‘lean in’, be more confident… doesn’t help".  Would you tell a young girl or a young woman not to be confident? Not to believe in themselves? Not to try to be their best selves in whatever arena they choose to be in? I suspect your answer would be ‘no’. It seems to me that we are [...]

The power of Coaching Circles, one woman’s very personal journey

2020-10-01T07:41:27+10:00September 30th, 2020|Opinion, Orijen News|

I often find it difficult to find the words to adequately explain the real power of our circles. This arrived in my inbox this morning, from a women in an Australian Government Department whose Mentoring Circle program has finished after 12 months. She describes her journey below. I hope it brings a smile to your face Testimonial from 'Liz, APS6, Canberra' The very first session I [...]

Goodbye to the Women in IT Coaching Circles

2020-09-30T08:36:58+10:00September 29th, 2020|Opinion, Orijen News|

  After a truly wonderful 8 years working across the APS I am very sad to say goodbye to the Women in IT Coaching Circles.  Over this period I have had the privilege of experiencing, at a personal level, the quiet power that emerges when women support other women.  I’ve seen women blossom, I’ve seen their confidence grow, I've seen them gain skills and grow their networks …all through [...]

Success of the women in digital program

2020-09-23T10:28:49+10:00September 21st, 2020|Opinion, Orijen News|

The Australian Government Coaching Circles program has now come to a close and we would like to thank everyone who has been involved. This highly successful program ran from 2012 to 2020. It coached and mentored 537 participants and provided much-needed networking opportunities and career support for women in digital. The program was designed and delivered by Orijen and is an excellent example of an effective and [...]

Zooming my coaching circles

2020-09-19T21:39:29+10:00September 19th, 2020|Opinion|

I have long been passionate about the power of women coming together in closed, safe spaces – coaching or mentoring circles - where they could both learn from each other and contribute to the personal and professional growth of their peers. I have been facilitating such sessions for the past 10 years (well before ‘lean in’ circles were recognised, and Skype and Zoom came along). I [...]

Orijen Group Dell WITEM Zoom Meeting April 2020

2020-04-30T19:39:59+10:00April 30th, 2020|Orijen News|

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHjvU94kgVg   After a very successful collaboration between Orijen, the DTA and Dell, we launched the Dell Women in IT Executive Mentoring Program (WITEM) - our first ‘virtual’ launch in the 12 years we’ve been running the program. It was most encouraging to match the twenty-eight EL2 women who had enrolled as mentees with the mentors from the ranks of the SES. Equally as rewarding was [...]

Hidden barriers to women’s advancement: Women don’t ask

2019-12-11T16:42:00+10:00December 11th, 2019|Opinion|

Having worked with 2 very different cohorts of women in the last month - one with aspiring women politicians and the other with women in the Dept of Defence - I am more than ever of the belief that we need to expose the unwritten rules that form barriers to women’s advancement. I have seen a growing awareness as women progress their careers, that working harder [...]

The leadership lessons of Julia Gillard and Sara Hansen-Young

2019-12-06T13:35:13+10:00December 6th, 2019|Opinion|

Call it out ......early! Having had the privilege to meet and talk with two outstanding women leaders Julia Gillard and Sara Hansen-Young, I’m struck by their strength and grace. Both women have been at the receiving end of public abuse and humiliation, yet continue to stand up for their values and commitment to supporting women and girls in their journeys into leadership. A cogent message that [...]

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