WLW 014: Avril Henry on The Truth About Gender Parity
If you love real, honest and though-provoking discussion about the issues that are really affecting women in the workplace today, and not just a rehash of the same, tired conversations that aren’t really moving us forward, then you are going to love this interview with Avril Henry.
Avril is a game changer who tells it like it is. She’s a dear friend and respected colleague of mine who’s been making waves in the leadership and diversity space for decades. Avril is committed to transforming leadership models, building diversity capabilities and reforming outdated workplace practices. Her work is truly groundbreaking and she’s had a huge impact on the lives of many women through a number of projects and initiatives, including the instrumental role she played in building the business case which saw paid maternity leave introduced into Australia in 1995.
Avril is also the author and co-author of several books on leadership and the different generations at work, and her book, “Leadership Revelations II How Australians lead in Crises” was voted a “Must Buy, Must Read” and “Best Brain Food book of 2012”, by the Australian Financial Review BOSS magazine.
In this incredibly real and honest conversation with Avril, we cover a number of things including:
- Avril’s career journey and the incredible people that have influenced her along the way
- The number one piece of leadership advice she learnt from her Grandmother
- The importance of finding one person that believes in you and can act as your sounding board
- The top 3 tools Avril teaches women who want to become leaders
- What Avril believes it’s truly going to take to get to gender parity
- Why it’s essential that women learn to say ‘No’
- Avril’s top 3 tips to becoming an excellent public speaker
- An inside look into Avril’s writing process
Here are 3 key takeaways from my conversation with Avril:
- The simple and powerful ways that women are still excluded in the workplace and the truth about flexibility and quotas
- Why it’s essential that we shift the ways we think about gender roles and gender norms for men and women so that we can improve not only our workplaces, but our home lives as well
- How being clear about your values will find you on the path to your purpose and give you the courage to use your voice and stand up for what you believe in.
If you’re looking for inspiration from one of today’s true thought leaders on leadership and diversity, then listen in to this interview with Avril Henry as we start to change the conversation for women, leadership and work.
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