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Creating Pathways for Women in Project Delivery Series

At Seven we take advantage of the significant opportunities presented by having a diverse workforce and have continued to strive to reflect and embed this in our growing business.

One key focus has been gender diversity and we now have a number of initiatives in place. Including review of salary packages to ensure equality by role and a paid internship program where we have three of the Matildas (Australia’s National Women’s Football team) now studying project management with us.

But at the end of the day, there does appear to be an under-representation of women in Program Delivery across the marketplace as a whole. This appears even more pronounced in senior Program Director roles. It’s fine to some extent to say we reflect the market, but the better question is how can we change the market?

With this in mind, Seven has developed the Pathways Series, which provides an opportunity for women to connect with peers and discuss insights into their careers, their organisations and challenges they have encountered along the way. Pathways covers a diverse range of topics such as change management, agile delivery, dealing with difficult stakeholders, power and influence and career development. The series encourages networking, the sharing of ideas and the promotion of inclusivity and equality.

If you are interested in attending the Pathways Series or for further information, please provide your details here:

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We would like to acknowledge the support of our guest speakers whom all ensured to facilitate vibrant, dynamic and engaging sessions

The impact of Coronavirus on our Working Practices.

The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted us as indivisuals, as a societs and as a workforce. When restrictions finally ease some things will go back to the way they were, but there will be lasting changes, which will alter the way we think about about and behave at work. In April we looked at how we can be most effective whilst working from home. Our next Pathways panel of felame leaders will focus on what changes to working practices have been brought by Covid-19 such as how we interact, learn, behave & even dress for work & provide insights into the pros and cons and whether these are temporary or a more permanent change.

Speakers:

Michelle Bendschenider – Executive General Manager, Privacy and Cyber Technology – Commonwealth Bank
Anni Minassian – IT Director – Corporate Systems & Program Management – Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)
Barbara Read – Program Manager – Seven Consulting
Louise Ford – PMO Practice Lead – Seven Consulting

How to Grow Your Influence

When working in any role within a project or program effective communication is a core skill; not only to achieve your goals but also to build relationships and grow your influence. In this pathway session our panel of senior executives will share their experience & insights on effective communication styles to different audiences, speak with confidence and increase your success rate of being heard and understood, particularly in a male environment.

Speakers:

Anne Garlick – Group Lead, Technology Governance and Control – Westpac
Noelene De Villiers – Head of Planning & Business Improvement – Big W
Lu Ford – PMO Practice Lead – Seven Consulting

Powerful Presentations

Presenting new ideas, proposals and plans successfully to a diverse group of people is an essential skill for any successful project manager. In this Pathways session, Rob will give you some simple, proven and engaging ideas on how to design, tailor and present you and your ideas aligned to your message and audience.

Speakers:

Rob Thomsett – Thought Leader – Seven Consulting
Louise Ford – PMO Practice Lead – Seven Consulting

Working from Home – The New Normal

How do we most effectively do our jobs from home and stand out in these trying times? Our panel of experienced executives give insights and tips into how you can best work from home, keep your boss, customers and staff happy and keep your sanity.

Speakers:

Margaret – Wild Programme Director Consumer – NAB
Fiona Porter – Head of PMO – Linfox
Louise Ford – PMO Practice Lead – Seven Consulting

Change Management

Successful transformations are entirely dependent on effective change management. With organisations needing to evolve rapidly and embrace evolving technologies such as AI and new automation methods, the impact of change on people and processes is significant. We have two of the leaders of this change management capability to present their approach, insights and take your questions.

Speakers:

Jackie Ross – Retail Change Lead – Alinta Energy
Tanya Chesher – Organisational Change Manager – CBA

Benefits Management

In this provocative and challenging session Rob Thomsett will provide insights and tools for managing benefits end to end

Speakers:

Rob Thomsett – Thought Leader – Seven Consulting

Building A Great Team

Kylie, Connie and Louise will provide insights into their careers, building great team cultures​ in their organisations and the challenges they have encountered along the way.

Speakers:

Connie McKeage – OneVue
Kylie De Courtney – NSW Telco Authority

Leaning In

Panelist will provide insight into their journey into leadership positions & offer advice & encouragement to “lean in”.

Speakers:

Jacqui Visch – AMP
Kathleen McKay – Revenue NSW

Power and Influence

Rob Thomsett will introduce you to two simple models of power and influence, the session will change you to contemplate how you can more effectively use power and influence to help achieve your goals.

Speakers:

Rob Thomsett – Thought Leader – Seven Consulting

Stakeholder Management

Speakers:

Hanlie Botha – Ausgrid
Caroline Kerridge – PMO Director – Seven Consulting

Scaling Agile

Two of Seven Consulting most senior agile leaders, will present on how to apply agile practices to large programs.

Speakers:

Rinku Razdan – Program Director – Seven Consulting
Ankur Agrawal – Program Director – Seven Consulting

Building a Career Plan Panel Discussion

Speakers:

Hugh Harley-  Strategic Advisor – Seven Consulting
Jenni Smith

Lunchtime Learning – Project Management session with the Matildas

At Seven, we have been focused on looking at ways to address the balance of representation for women in IT.  We have set up a number of pathways sessions for any women who want to start or develop their career in project delivery.  As part of our Matildas Sponsorship, Seven Consulting is supporting a number of the Matildas squad with a paid internship in Seven Consulting.  Learn from the Matildas what it Is like to start a new career in project management over an informal lunch discussion.

Speakers:

Elise Kellond- Knight  – Matildas
Tameka Butt – Matildas

Seven Secrets of Project Management

Declan will explore some of the less common techniques that have helped Seven Consulting attain over 99% customer satisfaction while delivering over $3bn of programs annually

Speakers:

Declan Boylan – Founder – Seven Consulting

Discrimination in the Workplace and How to Deal With It

Speakers:

Alicia Aitken – Head of Investment Management and Delivery – ANZ
Tanya Graham – Enterprise Program Director – Alinta Energy
Margaret Gilbert – Program Director – Seven Consulting
Barb Read – PMO Manager – Seven Consulting

How to Have a Career and a Family Panel Discussion

How did other women navigate through the work environment minefield to become more senior representative? ​What choices did they make / not make?​ What would they do differently if they had the chance to do it over again?

Speakers:

Debbie Taylor – Executive General Manager for Technology Design & Delivery – NBN
Lee Ward – Senior Executive / VP for – Unisys, EDS, IBM
Jody Weir – Head of Agility – The Iconic
Rinku Razdan – Program Manager – Seven Consulting

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