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Conference Update – January 2014

Early Bird Registrations open NOW!

With only five months to the conference start, we are now taking Early Bird Registrations, already receiving registrations from the United States, Poland, Krakow, Manilla, France and Africa!  Be sure to keep visiting the conference website where you can read about our new sponsors and supporters and find out about our fantastic speakers.  You will notice that the conference program is beginning to take shape with much of it yet to be loaded onto the website.  We have some fantastic topics now across all streams in both the Plenary and Academic sessions and we are currently working on finalizing facilitators for the Working Session – probably the most important session of the Conference.  Facilitators from this session will be responsible for tackling solutions to the Global Message Relay and preparing a report at the end of the conference outlining progress so that it may be handed to the next global conference for further discussion.

Conference Theme

If we had a theme for this conference it would be ‘collaboration‘ and ‘progression‘ – focusing on progressing the dialogue of the benefits of Diversity Economics and Gender Economics through international collaboration.  By keeping the message and dialogue progressing around the world, we will turn discussion into actions, leveraging each conference outcome to progress practical solutions that companies can easily implement to realize diversity as ‘the new business transformation’.   Through this progressive collaboration we will individually start to realize our own personal potential because we are supported in our goals by the work of others – something that benefits society and the economy as a whole.  It is my belief that this will bring about real change that will be of benefit to both men and women, and change long embedded structural and institution barriers to equality, bringing with it an incredible economic potential for transformation through the recognition and acceptance of difference.

Register NOW!

The success of this conference depends on you!  We need you to register now! using Eventbrite, or register via the conference website.  Companies wishing to register multiple delegates should use the Conference Website registration form to be sent an invoice.

The Centre for Gender Economics

The Centre for Gender Economics™ (or C4GE™) promotes Gender Economics as an emerging field of study that builds on the theories of diversity and promotes the value of gender balance, particularly in the area of innovation and creativity.  The Centre for Gender Economics™ has the following aims;1)    To be the premier research and consulting organisation in the field of Gender Economics and Diversity Economics™

2)    To be the repository for research and information on Gender Economics, and

3)    To turn this data into practical actions and programs for business, communities and policy makers in a form that is user friendly and easily applied by business to enhance performance and innovation.

A research and consulting organisation, C4GE™ provides practical consulting advice to business, government and community groups to develop and implement real solutions for change.  The Centre is building a research database from practitioner sources, consulting case studies, and research data from the Diversity Program Review Framework™, academic research on Gender Economics, and the conference proceedings.  The Centre will seek funding to build practical programs for change including;  Implementing Diversity Economics™, Complex Leadership tactics, New skills for new leaders (focusing on young men and women), Unpicking the Process for greater performance, Unmasking the road to Innovation, Female Investment strategies, and the Quadruple Bottom Line.

For more information on these programs, funding assistance, sponsorship or the conference, please contact Susanne Moore at Susanne@gendereconomics.com or call +61 0439 420 897.

The Global Message Relay

The Centre for Gender Economics™ is working with conference organisers of similar conferences around the world, with a common ‘Global Message Relay’, sharing a common theme and working towards addressing common issues at each conference, then passing that information across to the next conference to pick up where they left off.  This will create a database of valuable information that we can all benefit from and ultimately one that creates new discourses for change and practical solutions for business.

“Productive discourse requires certain fundamental understanding that can shape and inform the conversation.  Solving the problem of gender inequity requires that we understand how economic and organisational ‘barriers’ arose.  These barriers were created over time — they rose up over generations — and, now, it is time to take a fresh look and ask ourselves if these barriers are holding all of us back.  Greater gender parity enables economic and organizational innovation, improved corporate financial performance and stronger, more sustainable communities.

Gender Economics combines practical and positive business experience with academic research.  This approach reveals the root cause creating and sustaining barriers to women’s economic empowerment.  With this knowledge, practical and implementable tools can be developed and deployed so organizations, men and women can share in the economic development of our shared society only for themselves but for their families and communities.”

Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

We are building a community of people who are passionate about Gender Economics and passionate about ‘doing’ not just talking about issues.  I have been amazed at the response to the conference and the world wide interest that the conference topics have generated and we now have a healthy social media presence that just grows day by day.  You can join us on Facebook, or the Gender Economics LinkedIn Group, or follow the action on Twitter @gendereconomics.

The Global Gender Economics Conference format will see the Plenary and other sessions present case studies and experiential discussions that all fit the definitions of Gender Economics and conference topics of Policy, Investment, Sustainability and Health.

The power of these sessions is that they will be linked – all with the same conference themes and topics, creating not only an information download and discussion points, but more importantly the basis for forward discussion via the progression of international collaboration on Gender Economics.

Plenary Session Speaker – Ross Honeywill

Director – Centre for Gender Equity

Best-selling author and social scientist, Ross Honeywill is an internationally recognised authority on the impact of gender inequity in a transforming world. Having recently completed a doctoral thesis on ‘patriarchy and its unearned privilege’ at the University of Tasmania, Ross has published papers in international journals and contributed a chapter to a new book on gender. His own seminal book on masculinities theory and practice is slated for publication in 2015.

Through his leadership role as a director of KPMG (Asia/Pacific) and subsequent international work with the NEO Consulting Group and now the Centre for Gender Equity, Ross has advised global and national brands including Qantas, Telstra, David Jones, Westpac,  National Australia Bank, Fairfax, Yahoo!, Fosters, Macquarie Bank, Energex, among others.  In partnership with Roy Morgan Research, Ross reveals startling new insights into the social and gender challenges in both the marketplace and the workplace. He specialises in delivering new ways of changing the attitudes and behavior of men – and yes, women as well – but predominantly men.

According to legendary media commentator Robert Gottliebsen, ‘No one knows more about the social revolution than Ross Honeywill.’

Ross will be presenting on the TOPIC, “The Australian Workplace is Re-Masculinising”

Topics from the Plenary Session

This important session features topics from our Keynote Speakers, Diversity and Gender Practitioners, Social and Humanitarian Activists and Corporate Case Studies presented by those working in the field.  Some examples of Plenary Session topics are below;
KEYNOTE SPEAKER, GAIL ROMERO
CEO Collective Changes, Author, Media Expert, Executive Producer Rainmakers TV, Senior Advisor for MacKenzie-Romero Consulting

  • Stream Investment
  • TOPIC Enabling Economic Empowerment – embracing the process to grow women’s economic impact by developing women as thought leaders and activists.  The research and the interest has reached to government leaders – they know that by growing women’s engagement you also grow GDP.  One recent report suggests up to 17% within five years – that is tremendous growth in the international sector – growth the predicates social, political and economic stability.  Gail will talk about the economic impact of women as we move into the 21st century and how building a strong message builds cohesion, gathering momentum with governments and corporation engagement to further economic prosperity.  She will discuss how men and women fit into the new paradigms that must be built and asks how do we capture the passion of women without denigrating men.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER, JUSTINA MUTALE
Justina Mutale is Founder/CEO of POSITIVE RUNWAY: Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread, a worldwide HIV/AIDS response campaign.

  • Stream Policy and Investment
  • TOPIC Women as Emerging Markets, with a special focus on the African Woman – The presentation aims to draw attention to the potential that women have to influence and drive the global economy, if given the chance – more so the African women, as Africa becomes the new continent of opportunity and an emerging investment frontier.  The presentation will refer to the argument that trade policies and economic performance affect men and women differently, and that location in the world and command over resources within the economy is an important factor. It will also highlight the impact of gender inequalities on the global economy and how gender analysis is essential to the formulation of trade policies that enhance rather than hinder gender equality and human development.

SPEAKER LIBBY DAVIS
CEO of the White Ribbon Foundation

  • Stream Health
  • TOPIC The dividend delivered by and investment in the prevention of violence against womenUnderstanding the White Ribbon Campaign and its relationship to driving positive social change and workplace productivity.

ALL MALE PANEL DISCUSSIONHosted Steve Shipley
TOPIC – Men with a mission, Gender Diversity, the way to increasing organisational performance

  • This all male panel will discuss the benefits, the issues and complexities of doing business in a complex global environment and why they are embracing gender balance as a way to achieve the ‘new business transformation’ that must happen in an increasingly complex and diverse global marketplace where women are demanding a seat at the decision making table.  This panel will discuss why what they think needs to change in traditional business environments and offer ideas for achieving these changes.

Topics from the Academic Stream

We already have 10 Academic Submissions which are currently under review by the Research Committee.  Submissions of Abstracts can be submitted up until February 28, 2014.  Papers already accepted include;

ACADEMIC PAPER BY MEGAN ALESSANDRINI, Australian School of Social Sciences University of Tasmania

  • TOPIC “Systemic gender barriers in building and construction industry: co-preneurs as managers”

ACADEMIC PAPER BY ANNA ZACHOROWSKA, Jagiellonian University, Poland

  • TOPIC “Approaching innovative gender: women and men in the economy, science and society”

The Working Stream

This session is currently being finalized so keep watching the website for details.  You can expect to see us cover issues like the lack women and girls in Information Technology, Female Investment strategies (the practical ‘how to start’), Skills for negotiating a wage increase, Practical Diversity Economics and much more.

Our SPONSORS

Major Sponsor – Venue University of NSW

Bronze Sponsor – Global Merces Group

Supporter – Collective Changes

Supporter – Women in Global Business (WIGB)

Supporter – Women on Boards (WOB) Australia

Supporter – BDC Market Intelligence

Call for Papers and Speaker Submissions

The call for academic papers is open and we encourage you to check out the conference program and submit your abstract in line with the requirements of the conference via the website.  None academic speakers and those interested in facilitating a working session can download a proposal template on the website http://centreforgendereconomics.org/callforspeakers/ and submit in the same manner as the academic papers using EasyChair by following the instructions.

We value your support

Thank you for your support, we continue to look for sponsors and speakers so why not take this opportunity to be part of ‘something big’ by participating as a sponsor?

My best Regards,

Susanne Moore
Founder, Centre for Gender Economics, Diversity and Gender Consultant, Board Advisor, Speaker

Mobile: +61 439 420 897
Email:   mailto:susanne@gendereconomics.com
Twitter: @susannemoore
LinkedIn: http://au.linkedin.com/in/susannemoore

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