Embracing the Power of Collaboration: Announcing The Orijen Group’s 2024 Collaborative Mentoring Circles

2023-10-11T08:41:07+10:00October 10th, 2023|Opinion, Orijen News|

In the world of professional development, sometimes unexpected moments make us rethink our decisions. Recently, as we wrapped up the final session of the 2023 Collaborative Learning Circle, something remarkable happened that made us reconsider our plans for the future. Amid budget constraints in the industry and across the APS (Australian Public Service), we initially thought 2023 would mark the end of our open program offerings. [...]

Why women’s mentoring circles are my passion?

2022-11-14T08:39:08+10:00November 13th, 2022|Opinion|

Over the past 2 decades, I've observed the real power of women coming together to grow themselves and their generosity in supporting other women in their quest for personal and professional growth. I've seen women help each other find their unique voice as leaders, support each other to drive change within their workplaces, and build a more inclusive culture. These changes spread via a ripple [...]

Radio: ABC NewsRadio Culture change can be created by more women in leadership positions

2021-03-08T18:30:39+10:00March 8th, 2021|Media|

Jenny Morris, CEO of the Orijen Group and Founder and Chair of Women for Election Australia spoke with ABC NewsRadio's Thomas Oriti about the barriers women come up against when they decided to enter politics. You can sign up for the Women for Election Newsletter and follow them on social media via their website. https://youtu.be/ofIiuYtXF3M   It is vital that we close the gender gap in [...]

A Perfect Storm

2021-03-05T10:20:53+10:00March 5th, 2021|Opinion|

It is a perfect storm. The 2 reports that have consumed and angered us this week can be conflated into one nasty and uncomfortable reality… in Australia there exists an acceptance of pervasive misogyny and toxic masculinity. We have on the one hand, a distinct lack of empathy from our political leaders and on the other, reports of private school boys degrading and denigrating women. And [...]

Women mentoring men could help solve workplace gender bias, inequality

2021-01-27T18:37:56+10:00January 27th, 2021|Opinion|

It’s great to see confirmation of what we have seen over the past 14 years in our executive mentoring programs - that even when the woman is the mentee, reverse mentoring occurs. We have seen significant changes in workplace practices in IT departments where CIO’s (mostly male) have mentored senior women in the Dell WITEM programs. The below article was published on The University of Michigan's [...]

WIC 2020 Awards (Women in Information and Communication)

2020-12-06T19:10:18+10:00December 6th, 2020|Opinion|

A heartfelt congratulations to our WITEM mentee and mentor for their WIC 2020 Awards. There are times in life when it’s good to sit back and bask in the success of others. This is where I found myself as I saw the announcement of the WIC Winner of the WICked Woman of the Year Award for 2020 – Jade Carson from Department of Skills Education and [...]

Job hiring algorithms are disadvantaging women

2020-12-06T18:09:20+10:00December 6th, 2020|Opinion|

This article appeared in Women's Agenda, you can read the original article here. A new study from the University of Melbourne has revealed that subconscious gender biases from a range of sources leads to unfavourable outcomes for female job applicants. The study was commissioned by UniBank with an aim to deepen understanding of how artificial intelligence (AI) influences the likelihood of women being hired in finance industry roles. The findings revealed that gender [...]

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 [...]

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