Culturally Diverse Women
Move your understanding to action
While efforts continue to address the issues of inequity for women at work, it is not progressing at the same rate for all.
This program is designed to support women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women, inclusive of those from migrant, refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds to navigate the barriers to progression at work.
It would also be of benefit to female First Nations leaders seeking to strengthen their capabilities in leading culturally diverse workforces by deepening their understanding of the dynamics of workers with diverse backgrounds.
We create a safe and supportive environment with a mixture of in-person, online and peer-to-peer learning and coaching that culminates in the involvement of your selected advocate at work to help implement your progression plan in your professional environment.
What you'll learn
Join the Culturally Diverse Women Program and take the first step in unlocking barriers to your career advancement in the process.
How you'll learn
The program is delivered over five Masterclasses, designed to Inspire, Teach, Coach and Make a Commitment to Act. It is 80 per cent interaction and application with 20 per cent learning, a style that mobilises participants to make real change.
Together we form a community of practice. We also match you with an accountability partner within the session, so that you keep moving forward. All the sessions are connected both in content and action, so we are designing for your progress.
How comfortable are you sharing all of your cultural identity at work? Do you see your diversity as a strength? How do you tell your story with impact? In this session, you will learn to amplify those parts of your cultural identity at work by learning a storytelling methodology. You will find strength and inspiration in the stories of others. Your personal rebrand journey starts here.
Can you articulate clearly what you want and when you want it by, in life and in your career? If you can, have you learnt to progress these goals over time? Our personal dreams and aspirations are usually intertwined with our career goals, often unconsciously. Where are you in terms of your own clarity on your goals?
Different cultural backgrounds can create a complex mix of competing priorities that see women sacrificing career aspirations.
These aspirations don’t get formulated into SMART – Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant Time-bound – career goals and this slows down progression, especially in your mid 30s to mid 40s.
In this session you will gain the clarity you need on your own career-life goals and learn a methodology to mobilise you forward.
Have you heard of the term 'covering'? This when we share only some of our differences because we are unsure of how to bring all of our differences to work.
Some things we can’t hide; our race, gender, age, accent. However, there are differences we consciously hide for various reasons, such as fear of backlash, or not ‘fitting in’.
This might mean that your cultural identity is not part of your personal brand. How do you include this naturally and authentically so that it positions value in terms of our career goals?
MindTribes Facilitator Div Pillay says: “Some 78% of women that MindTribes has worked with have achieved their career goals from deliberately transforming their personal brands, over time garnering the confidence of key allies and allowing advocates to back them with ease. You can achieve this too.”
Our communities and workplaces still hold significant structural and systemic gendered barriers. For migrant, CALD, First Nations women and people of colour, the barriers are intersectional, compounding the effect of the challenges they face from their race, culture, age and socio-economic class.
The lack of representation of culturally and racially diverse people in leadership roles in business, politics, government and media means it’s likely that leaders with mainly Anglo or European backgrounds are making the hiring and promotion decisions.
Div Pillay: “From 2017, we have shown success with racially and culturally different people navigating these barriers by strategically identifying key allies and advocates at work that align with their current and future career aspirations and goals.”
Who are your allies and advocates? Learn how to select people who are connected to your professional goal and influence them to act in order to help progress your own goals.
The Culturally Diverse Women Program is offered in two formats – choose the one that is right for you:
Each Masterclass is delivered in person at Monash Business School, Caulfield campus.
Applications close 2o June 2022.
|Thursday 28 July 2022||9.00 – 12.00||Masterclass 1: Leveraging Cultural Heritage: Strengths and opportunities|
|Thursday 18 August 2022||9.00 – 12.00||Masterclass 2: Goal setting|
|Thursday 22 September 2022||9.00 – 12.00||Masterclass 3: Developing your online and offline brand|
|Thursday 20 October 2022||9.00 – 11.00||Allies and advocate workshop|
|Thursday 17 November 2022||9.00 – 12.00||Masterclass 4: Creating advocacy inside your organization; leveraging your brand and activating allies and advocates|
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Who should attend
- Female professionals who identify as being from culturally and/or linguistically diverse, migrant, refugee or asylum seeker backgrounds.
- First Nations Women (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders) seeking to strengthen their capabilities in leading culturally diverse workforces.
We encourage leaders and organisations to nominate and support CALD women and First Nations women in their workplace to attend.
Upon successful completion of this program, you will be awarded a digital badge to share with your network. Find out more about digital badges.
Div Pillay is the CEO and Co-Founder of award-winning diversity and inclusion consultancy, MindTribes, as well as being the one of the Co-Founders of Culturally Diverse Women (CDW), an organisation that promotes inclusion at the intersection of gender, culture and age. Having grown up under apartheid in South Africa, the kind of change that Div is driving is both tangible and measurable.
A true innovator for inclusion, Div has 20+ years' experience in behavioural design, facilitation and impact measurement, and is an Accredited Executive and Career Life Coach and an expert in Career Management, making her a force amongst the next generation of business leaders. Recently named as one of two Australians in a list of 25 Global Influential Leaders by AACSB International – the world's largest business education alliance and one of AFR's 100 Women of Influencer, 2018, Div is a sought-after speaker and writer on the benefits of greater workplace diversity and inclusion and how to promote commercial participation of people from diverse backgrounds in corporate Australia. She is on the Board of VicHealth, is a Plan International Ambassador supporting girl's empowerment globally and is the Chair, of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, American Chamber of Commerce, Australia.