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Are you ready for real breakthroughs with your diversity and inclusion strategy? I’d love to help you.

We all know that both the economic and business cases for reaching gender equality are irrefutable. From an economic perspective, the McKinsey Global Institute, reports that getting to equal workplace participation could add between twelve and twenty-eight trillion dollars, or up to twenty-six per cent to annual global GDP in 2025. As McKinsey reports, that’s the equivalent of combining the United States and China economies today. Pretty mind blowing.

And as far as business is concerned, there are a plethora of credible research reports that confirm the bottom line value of women’s participation in workplaces. In a 2013 report by Catalyst outlining significant research to support the business case for gender diversity, they found that companies with more women board directors outperformed those with the least on three financial measures: return on equity (fifty-three per cent higher), return on sales (forty-two per cent higher), and return on invested capital (sixty-six per cent higher).

And yet, even in light of staggering business and economic data, we are nowhere near the parity that many organizations and governments are seeking. Even McKinsey who have spent years leading research on ways to improve gender balance for themselves and many other companies, recently acknowledged that despite their best efforts they are still not where they want to be, with women representing only thirty-nine per cent of entry-level hires, eleven per cent of senior leadership roles and only four women on their thirty member Shareholder Council. While their numbers are up, it’s sobering to consider if a firm with all the insight, experiences, and resources that McKinsey brings to bear can’t achieve gender equality, what hope do most organizations have?

I can help.

I am sure you realize the gravity of the challenge. You may be well into years of work on your gender diversity strategy and working toward building a more inclusive culture. But perhaps you’re stuck, not seeing the movement in your numbers you had hoped for, or just don’t know where the real issues are. Or perhaps you need a fresh take on your current approaches, a strategic tweak, or even a well-timed overhaul.

Perhaps you are just starting out on this journey, looking to build a gender diversity roadmap, address pipeline issues, develop strategies for creating an inclusive culture, create a diversity steering committee, or develop your female leaders. The options are endless. Where would you start?

Or perhaps you are actually well on track, and potentially just looking for a sounding board, an advisor and an impartial view on your strategy and results to support your drive for change.

Wherever you are at, I would love to support you.

I provide an objective and experienced viewpoint to help change the conversation within your organization around gender diversity and inclusion, and support your goals to achieve a more equitable and inclusive workplace where your people can thrive and your women can rise.

If you need sound strategic support, I can work with you to review your current strategies and goals and identify the best plan forward, or help you start from scratch to build a strategy that works. I am committed to helping you get real traction.

Why work with me?

Because I am passionate about changing the conversation on women, leadership and work, and I’m absolutely committed to helping you build or revise strategies and action plans that drive results.

I have been in roles focused on strategy, diversity, organizational change and leadership development for more than a decade. I know first hand how challenging it can be to get beyond the rhetoric on gender, and actually make an impact, both for your women and on your targets. I know how difficult it can be to engage leaders and middle management in yet another ‘project’ or ‘program’ when they are busy enough just trying to get through their day job. And I know how frustrating it can be to think you are doing all of the ‘right things’ with the very best of intent, and still not be getting any real traction.

I have driven both the business strategy and the gender diversity strategy for a 5 Billion dollar business; developed the first gender parity strategy based on real data not wishful thinking; engaged CEOs, skeptical General Managers and resistant mid managers in programs and initiatives that drove real change; increased female recruitment targets to actually get to 50/50 and addressed the pipeline issues.

I was one of the core implementation leaders for the Male Champions of Change initiative in Australia, headed by the former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick. We built the initial scope and roadmap over those first few years, saw the CEO champions grow from 4 to 26, and together literally changed the conversation on women, leadership and equality at work in the country.

And I am now a researcher and strategist, executive coach and writer, with a sole focus on progressing women, leadership and equality, and creating workplaces that are not only inclusive for women, but better places to work for all. I co-created the award winning Lead Like A Woman program, that has been so successful we co-founded a new company to meet the demand, from organizations and women who want to become authentic, confident leaders in a new world of work. And my new book Lead Like A Woman outlines a brave new approach to creating real organizational change and long awaited breakthroughs on gender diversity.

This is what I do.

How we can work together

I work with clients in various capacities depending on their needs, and each engagement is uniquely crafted to suit each individual client. This can range from Advisory services by the hour for specific advice on a particular issue, or on an ongoing basis for regular advice and check-points on your strategy and plans. Or you might feel you need Strategy guidance to reality check where you’re at, overhaul your strategy, build a new women’s leadership program, get your team on board, or build an entirely new plan.

Through an initial phone conversation or meeting we can review where you are at, scope your needs and discuss an approach that would drive results.

To start a conversation, please email me at [email protected]

Professional Bio

Megan Dalla-Camina is a strategist, speaker, writer, and researcher on women, leadership and work. Before becoming a thriving entrepreneur she spent two decades as a senior executive in global organizations such as GE, PwC and IBM; first as an award winning Marketing Director, and most recently as Head of Strategy for IBM, including remits for Gender Diversity and Organizational Culture and Change. Well known for her capacity to inspire and empower, while keeping it real, Megan is passionate about changing the conversation about women, work, leadership and success, to one that drives positive change.

Megan holds a Masters degree in Business Management from MGSM and a second Masters degree in Wellness (Positive Psychology) from RMIT where she received the Vice Chancellors Award for Academic Excellence. With a PhD currently underway in gender studies, Megan blends science, spirit and experience to drive results that matter. Her work has been referred to by Forbes as “brave” and by Naomi Wolf as “refreshing”.

She has significant experience in all aspects of women’s leadership; from leading the gender strategy at IBM for almost a decade, being a founding implementation leader in the Male Champions of Change initiative lead by the Australian Human Rights Commissioner, to now being a sought after strategist, thought leader and researcher creating a new frontier for women and work.

Megan won the inaugural NAB/Women’s Agenda award for Leader in the Private Sector, and she has been nominated for Telstra Business Woman of the Year three times. Her work and writing has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, NBC, Fox Business, CBS News, Marie Claire, Elle, Wellbeing, Womens Agenda and more. She is the author of the best selling book Getting Real About Having It All (Hay House) and the forthcoming Lead Like A Woman (July 2016).