Have you ever wondered how to make diversity a reality so everyone in your organisation can advance their careers, and help make your company more successful?
Most people agree that workplace diversity is essential to becoming fit for the future… it’s common sense. Research even shows that racial and gender diversity improves financial outcomes by as much as 35%.
The trouble is that few companies know what diversity actually means and how you make it work for them.
Atlassian’s survey of 1,400 tech workers shows that nearly 80% believe that an average team has a diverse group of members. Contrast that with published data showing that less than 5% of tech workers are non-white and less than a quarter are women.
Our own research suggests that many of the women who attended Stepping Up and completed the pre-course survey didn’t really see how diversity policies were benefitting them or the organisation, and many didn’t know what a diversity policy was meant to do. Indeed, watch as Allan Ryan, Executive Director of Hargraves, explains how innovation mindset and diversity are the secrets to creating a virtuous success cycle.
Hargraves’ conference, innovation2018, approaches being “fit for the future” through different lenses: using data, innovation culture, technology and diversity. It’s designed to help anyone responsible for innovation and organisational performance, or anyone who just wants to further their career by developing the skills and know-how to manage both diversity and innovation.
“We’ve seen a big change in the conversation. It’s no longer about setting up an innovation team or hiring an innovation manager. It’s now about equipping everyone in the organisation, regardless of gender, race or preference, to contribute to rapid change in everything they do” says Allan.
One focus of innovation2018 – Fit for the Future – is about making diversity a reality with the conference itself offering an exceptional and diverse line up of speakers, including:
- Janice Cox, Managing Director – CA Technologies, explaining how CA Technologies is ‘Built to Change’ and has transformed into an agile environment to drive maximum digital transformation both internally and for its customers.
- Jacqueline Linke, Manager Innovation & Strategy – Sydney Trains, sharing “what is an innovator’s mindset” and how do you drive the one thing you can control in the ever-changing landscape of rapid and exponential change – your mindset.
- Mita Bedi, CEO – Resonate Australia, a leading Customer Experience Management provider. As Mita says, “she began her career as a “geek” in coding and in 2016 she stepped into the role of CEO”. Resonate prides itself on its diversity with employees from over 14 countries, speaking 20 different languages and a ratio of 6:4 men to women in technology.
- Gaia Grant, Author, Researcher and MD – Tirian International revealing her unique research with over 70 global innovation leaders on how to get the formula right for a sustainable culture of innovation to underpin a future-ready organisation.
- Nigel Andrade, Partner and Managing Director, ANZ – A.T.Kearney Australia exploring the differences between building capability and process for future success.
- Todd Johnsen, Chief Operating Officer – BGIS sharing how BGIS is taking a deep dive into data, data and more big data to develop better customer experiences.
- Lawrence Mitchell, Chief Customer & Culture Officer – Sumo Salad taking a new look at change and how to achieve successful change across diverse teams.
On Day 2, Allan and Tess Julian, CEO, Catalyst Exchange, will lead a number of sessions on managing diversity in both leadership and teams. This has grown out of the leading-edge programs introduced last year – Innovation Mindset and Stepping Up – Women, Innovation, Leadership which explores gender diversity at work and the practical strategies to overcome the barriers. Both programs have proven highly effective not only for women making career decisions but also for developing general leadership skills for diverse environments.
“We’ve seen extremely positive outcomes from the program, and participants have asked us to share it with a broader audience which includes men. My session at the conference will provide insights for getting the most out of everyone on the team regardless of gender or culture” says Tess.
This is a great opportunity to be inspired by leaders; to hear from those in the know about what you can expect from work, and what it will expect from you, as the future unfolds.
For full details including speakers visit innovation2018.
We’re here to help you succeed in your career as an innovator; help you lead a successful team, and contribute to making your organisation ‘fit for the future’. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want to chat with Allan about leadership or Tess about diversity.
Written by Tess Julian, CEO, Catalyst Exchange & Hargraves Member Advocate