A call to arms: How to become an amazing woman leader


  It’s mind blowing to think that here we sit, half way through 2018, and women are still facing gender equality issues. Still working in environments where the blokes do better because, well, they’re blokes. It’s shit. As a coach I continually hear from women who don’t even know where to begin busting through gender equality barriers. Well I can tell you that idle chat around the coffee machine isn’t going to cut it. And neither is a self-help book, no matter how well it’s written. Women have what it takes to become extraordinary leaders. That’s a given. What they… Continue Reading

I’m human – not superhuman and not subhuman


  There are no airs and graces about Kristen Holzapfel. The author of Selfless: a social worker’s own story of trauma and recovery, and owner of Canberra’s Friendly Petsitter, is known for her openness and honesty about the messiness of life. In her role as a frontline social worker, Kristen experienced an extreme trauma reaction. She shared her story to bring perspective to a situation many people who work in ‘helping professions’ grapple to reconcile – that being superhuman is a sign of success. ‘By accepting that I’m human – not superhuman and not subhuman – made me realise I… Continue Reading

The Network of Possibility


  The Network of Possibility is hosting a cocktail reception on Wednesday 9 August. The event will raise funds for its charities of choice: Toora Women Inc., Karinya House, and YWCA Canberra. Two guest speakers will share their views at the Network on Wednesday: Former Secretary Mark Sullivan will lead a discussion on the role of leadership in creating ‘non-blokey’ workplaces. Mr Sullivan will unpack the issue of gender inequity with case studies and his personal insight. Leading gamification expert Kerstin Oberprieler will lead a discussion on imposter phenomenon. Ms Oberprieler will share personal insight on how to let your… Continue Reading

The Modern Girl’s Career Guide to Feedback


  We need to talk about feedback. There is a chronic shortage of it. We all know this because we’re not giving enough feedback and when we do, we do it in a clumsy awkward manner that has unintended consequences. We have become afraid of giving feedback and this is how we justify our reluctance:   Excuse # 1 – people do not want feedback Excuse # 2 – people get offended when I give them feedback Excuse # 3 – people will probably make bullying and harassment claims when I give them feedback Excuse # 4 – I don’t… Continue Reading

I See Your Body Shaming and Raise You My No-Holds-Barred Body Acceptance!


  Why does body positivity matter?   We all care about our appearance and in our society, which is obsessed with bodily perfection, there are consequences for girls and women whose bodies do not ― or cannot ― meet social expectations or norms. These consequences are incredibly difficult to escape no matter how hard you try. Fat discrimination at work is real; from assumptions (that fat women are lazy, unhealthy and undisciplined, aren’t as smart, strong or able to do certain things) to fat women earning less than ‘normal’ weight women and men who are overweight or obese. Many women… Continue Reading

The Modern Girl’s Career Guide to Fear


  ‘Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.’ Marie Curie   We all have blind spots. One of the biggest is how fear impacts us and drives a wedge between our intentions and our impact. I don’t believe any of us intend to be judgemental, disconnected, insensitive, or achieve less than our full potential. But we can be and we are despite our best intentions, despite our best intentions. When we are fearful, we lack the capacity to turn off our judgement, allow ourselves to connect and be sensitive to other people’s perspectives. I… Continue Reading