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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Orijen Group’s Jenny Morris at Mentor Walks Sydney

2019-12-06T10:21:18+10:00October 1st, 2019|Orijen News|

It couldn’t have been a perfect start to the day. The very best of Sydney! It’s 7 am on Friday, and I’m looking across at the Harbour Bridge from the steps of the Opera House, about to spend my next hour walking through the Botanical Gardens. I’m feeling both a little anxious and a lot excited as I await the introductions to the 3 women [...]

And that’s a wrap: final day of Canberra WITEM program

2019-08-30T16:08:38+10:00August 30th, 2019|Orijen News|

As always, the final Circle of any WITEM (Women in IT Executive Mentoring) program is a day of mixed emotions! Delight in hearing the women share their journeys and sadness at saying goodbye. However, what stays with me is the safe space that the Circle provides for these women to reflect, support each other and flourish... so very blessed to do the work I do ???? [...]

The year is 2015

2019-08-22T10:03:17+10:00November 21st, 2015|Orijen News|

"I have been reflecting on the universal applause of the doubling of the number of women in our federal parliament recently.  This came, of course, with the elevation of Malcolm Turnbull to the Prime Ministership.  And while I think that any advancement in the number of women holding the most senior positions in our public offices is truly worthy of celebration (given it seems do damned [...]

Sharing our research at WFE in Ireland

2019-09-05T09:19:42+10:00August 21st, 2015|Orijen News|

I am very excited to be sharing our Australian research at WFE in Ireland in September. Suzanne Collins gives a compelling case for gender equality - Click here to see the original article Collins: “The bottom line is you either support the idea of gender balance in our national parliament or you don’t.” Suzanne Collins is the Director of Operations and Campaigns for Women for Election the non-partisan, [...]

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