Mentoring Essential For Gender Equality Say Top Business Women

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Mentoring essential for gender equality say top business women 


Embargoed until 9 November, 2010 Top Australian business women believe that

mentoring young women would prove more valuable than quotas in improving gender

equality at senior levels of business.


Almost three quarters of respondents (72 per cent) to a survey of state winners and finalists

of the 2010 Telstra Business Women’s Awards nominated mentoring programs for talented

young women as vital for greater gender equality. 


Eighty-three per cent of the women surveyed said mentoring should be an essential

component of a positive business culture while almost two-thirds of the women (65 per

cent) said they have enjoyed the benefits of a mentor during their business careers. 


Only 15 per cent favoured gender quotas in the hiring, retaining or development of women

as an initiative to aid gender equality. The second-highest ranked measure was flexible

working conditions and locations (60 per cent) while 40 per cent of respondents nominated

practices that encourage women to apply for new roles.


The survey conducted during the past fortnight and consisting of 68 successful business

women from across Australia, was released as five women from NSW prepare to attend the

Telstra Australian Business Women’s Awards in Melbourne this week following their earlier

success in the NSW Awards. 


The responses were split almost equally on the question of whether business should comply

with government-enforceable quotas, if established, on the number of senior and middle

management positions occupied by women, subject to competency standards.


Thirty-nine per cent supported the proposition but 42 per cent said business should not

have to comply with quotas. While 34 per cent of those surveyed believed it should be

mandatory for businesses to set publicly-reported, measurable targets for the number of

women at senior and middle management, 54 per cent did not agree. 


When asked to nominate the biggest obstacles to women progressing to senior roles:


68 per cent chose the difficulties of juggling work and life responsibilities;


57 per cent said women’s confidence held them back; and


35 per cent nominated a lack of awareness about the value that gender equality can

deliver to business performance.


Lack of affordable, reliable childcare was nominated by 71 per cent of those surveyed as

one of the biggest obstacles to women returning to work after having children. Sixty-three

per cent chose a lack of flexible working arrangements while 38 per cent said the paucity of

female role models managing senior business roles was another of the key barriers. 


Forty-five per cent of those surveyed said they had experienced barriers in their career

advancement that they attributed to gender bias. 


Telstra Chief Marketing Officer and Telstra Business Women’s Awards Ambassador Kate

McKenzie said the 2010 Awards finalists and winners surveyed were successful business

women whose views provided a valuable insight into issues currently facing women in the

workplace. 

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“These outstanding women are business owners or managers in a diverse range of

industries, government and not-for-profit organisations whose achievements inspire others.”


The national finals of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, now in their 16th year, will be

held in Melbourne on 11 November, where the 2010 Telstra Australian Business Woman of

the Year will be announced.


State and territory winners and national winners of the TBWAs will share more than

$200,000 in overall cash and prizes and join an alumni of outstanding past winners. 


National finalists for the 2010 Telstra Business Women’s Awards


COMMONWEALTH BANK BUSINESS OWNER AWARD


NOKIA BUSINESS INNOVATION AWARD

 

Yvette Adams, The Creative Collective

QLD


Brenda Ainsworth, ACT Health

ACT

Corinne Bot, Polyglot Group Pty Ltd

NSW


Jessica Blackwell, Equestricare

WA

Jan Ford, Jan Ford Real Estate

WA


Marnie Douglas, Ergoworks Physiotherapy

and Consulting

NSW

Heather Malone, Penny’s Fancy Dress

NT


Dr Kirsten Heimann, School of Marine and

Tropical Biology, James Cook University 

QLD

Melissa Mellen, Murray F. Young & Associates

(MFR)

SA


Robyn Lewis, VisitVineyards.com

TAS

Sharon Pearson, The Coaching Institute

VIC


Kris Lloyd, Woodside Cheese Wrights

SA

Kristi Seymour, 41 Degrees Real Estate

TAS


Louise McCormick, Department of

Construction and Infrastructure

NT

Kate Sykes, CareerMums Pty Ltd

ACT


Alexandra Wardle, Minki Moop Pty Ltd

(Qubies)

VIC

HUDSON PRIVATE AND CORPORATE SECTOR AWARD


MARIE CLAIRE YOUNG BUSINESS WOMENS AWARD

Karin Adcock, Pandora Jewelry

NSW


Lee Broomhall, Workpower Incorporated

WA

Jane Bennett, Ashgrove Cheese

TAS


Lauren Brown, Pulse Marketing Group

NSW

Jill Coombe, Bridge Clinic

SA


Janet Buhagiar, St Vincent de Paul Society

NT

Denise Goldsworthy, Rio Tinto

WA


Melanie Gordon, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi

Alliance

QLD

Megan Houghton, City Smart

QLD


Peta Mantzarapis, Maloney Field Services

SA

Janet Matton, IBM Australia Ltd

VIC


Kate Morris, Adore Beauty

VIC

Carol Sawyer, Canberra Southern Cross Club Ltd

ACT


Teena O'Keefe, Dance Fit

TAS




Carly-Jane Tozer, CJ’s Style

ACT

WHITE PAGES COMMUNITY AND GOVERNMENT AWARD


TELSTRA AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS WOMAN 

Janet Buhagiar, St Vincent de Paul Society

NT


Karin Adcock, Pandora Jewelry

NSW

Catherine Carter, Property Council of Australia 

ACT


Jane Bennett, Ashgrove Cheese

TAS

Margaret Flynn, CentaCare, Wilcannia-Forbes

NSW


Denise Goldsworthy, Rio Tinto

WA

Jo Harrison-Ward, Fire and Emergency Services

Authority (FESA)

WA


Megan Houghton, City Smart

QLD

Nicole Highet, beyondblue

VIC


Heather Malone, Penny’s Fancy Dress

NT

Debra Howe, Toowoomba Regional Council

QLD


Janet Matton, IBM Australia Ltd

VIC

Tanya Monro, Institute for Photonics & Advanced

Sensing

SA


Melissa Mellen, Murray F. Young & Associates

(MFR)

SA

Amanda Quealy, The Hobart Clinic

TAS


Kate Sykes, CareerMums Pty Ltd

ACT


For further information on the Telstra Business Women’s Awards: www.telstrabusinesswomensawards.com 

Media contacts:

Telstra – Kathryn McFarlane: 0419 850 201 

Lighthouse Communications Group – Natasha Ciesielski: 0428 480 710 / 02 9262 3868


Reference: 398/2010






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