Gender equality makes good business sense

Andrea Myles. Image supplied by City of Sydney

Sydney startups are being called on to make gender equality a core business objective in order to achieve higher productivity, better performance and more effective decision making.

Andrea Myles, CEO of China Australia Millennial Project, is a speaker at the City of Sydney’s free October 2017 City Thought Leaders seminar on women-led businesses. Voted one of Australia’s most influential women, she says a business designed for inclusion is geared for success.

“The data shows that having gender parity strengthens businesses and improves profits, but I believe it needs to be framed as part of the values of a company,” Ms Myles said.

“Startups should have iron-clad targets that women will make up 50 per cent of everything they do, and every person in the team and company should be driving towards that goal unless you design for inclusion, there will be exclusion.”

Ms Myles is one of four successful Sydney female business leaders who will be speaking at the 25 October 2017 seminar ‘City Thought Leaders Women-led businesses: What does it take to navigate a pathway to success?’

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said some of Sydney’s most exciting business success stories are run by women.

“This free seminar will offer female business leaders, in particular, advice on navigating pathways to success and becoming part of Sydney’s dynamic and diverse business community.

“As an organisation, we are committed to leading by example and our own 2016–17 gender pay equity review shows we have more women employees in higher paying jobs across our organisation. When you compare male and female employees at the same salary level, the City has a gender pay gap of 2.8 per cent compared to a national gap of 15.3 per cent.

“We know companies that value diversity will attract and retain a high performing workforce. This event will be an ideal opportunity for established businesses and startups throughout Sydney to learn from the most innovative minds in business who are shaping an agile and equal business landscape for the future.”

Sarah Gibson, co-founder of Chippendale-based furniture and design studio Design By Them will also speak at the City event. Gibson and Myles will be joined by Amelia Holliday and Isabelle Toland, co-directors of Aileen Sage Architects whose projects include the award-winning Prince Alfred Park and Juanita Nielsen community centre upgrades.

“I’m hoping this seminar will inspire women to step up and take a chance. I want to encourage women to start their own businesses,” Ms Holliday said.

“The big message for me as a business owner is that this is your chance to design your own life and have a workplace that works for you – and that is also a successful and viable business.”

The free City Thought Leaders seminars are held at Customs House on the last Wednesday of the month until November 2017.

October 2017 seminar: Women-led businesses: What does it take to navigate a pathway to success?

Date: Wednesday 25 October 2017

Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Cost: free, but bookings are essential

On Wednesday 29 November 2017, the City will host the final City Thought Leaders seminar for 2017: ‘How important brand is to business’.

Source: City of Sydney

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