New research shows that organisations that are more innovative, productive and perform better financially, are those that are more diverse. Around the world, organisations are applying technology and smarter ways of working to ensure that they are maximising their available resources. Smart leaders from governments in Scandinavia to internet giants like Google and well known Australian companies including Telstra, Commonwealth Bank, Aurizon, Qantas and Atlassian are tackling this for its major productivity benefits.
Guests joined international cluster expert Rodin Genoff, and Narelle Hooper, former editor of the Australian Financial Review’s BOSS magazine, as they explored the latest research on how gender and diversity drives innovation, and as they provided practical steps that individuals and agencies can take to accelerate innovation.
Guests also had the opportunity to hear the Premier and the Minister for the Public Sector explain why we need to strengthen our focus on building a more representative and diverse workforce, and why we need to reignite our efforts on achieving South Australia’s Strategic Plan Target 52, which aims for equal representation in executive positions in the public sector. Despite some progress, women still remain underrepresented in leadership roles. We know that the numbers of women in leadership need to be improved to make our State a leader in this space.
With your input, we will reshape the future of gender equity in South Australia and make our public sector fit for the 21st Century.