We‘re very proud to be hosting our third International Women’s Day morning tea, it gives us a chance to bring everyone together to celebrate and share our progress over the last year, in what have been unusual and challenging times.

Last year we committed to improve on our male/ female ratio, and it’s exciting to share that amidst a pandemic we have been able to show an increase to this ratio to 35%. We have also been able to improve our Melbourne ratio to 25% after 12 only months of operation.

In addition to this, we are also very pleased to announce that two female employees became shareholders of the business, diversifying our ownership group as well as our employee group.

Today we are reflecting on our previous commitments, discussing and identify what goals we will be setting and monitoring for the next year so we can continue to build upon our inclusive workplace.

Last year we committed to include diverse project teams, directors mentoring female members of staff and improving the cultural intelligence within the business.

Although hosting some team and cultural events proved more than a little challenging over the last year, we are still committed to improve our cultural intelligence and will host culture themed meetings and events this year. We also provide ongoing mentoring commitment and participation in providing pro-bono project management support to the renovation of a new property for Stepping Stones House which will provide transitional accommodation for 3 indigenous identifying young persons.

Our Directors have mentored female members of staff, which have had enormous positive impacts on the team and business. Mentoring has improved the development of female staff, resulting in promotions and it has also been a rewarding experience for our Directors.

Sarah Evans, our Office Manager and Jennifer Lavery, a Senior Project Manager, found the mentoring incredibly positive “it’s fantastic working for an organisation that values diversity and genuinely believes that the promotion of women not only benefits our organisation, it also benefits our clients”.

The mentoring has been very successful and we will  continue mentoring female staff as part of their professional development as an ongoing core part of our business

We will continue improving on our current commitments and, in support of this year’s International Women’s Day theme #ChooseToChallenge, we commit to challenging inequality and discrimination in the workplace and Challenge others within our industry to join us.

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