It’s not often I get to say ‘I really enjoyed that’ when sitting on a panel but I honestly did! As a woman in business in the Upper Hunter, I was privileged to sit with Dr. Kirsten Molloy and Joplin Higgins to discuss challenges, opportunities, and experiences of being a woman in business, in leadership and life in general.
Kirsten gave a highlight reel of her varied career which has led her to become the CEO of HVCC. I loved her comment about how when she and her brother were handed nurse and doctor kits as children, Kirsten’s mum asked why would Kirsten not become the doctor instead of the nurse’s role that she had assumed (not that there is anything wrong with a nurse’s role). Just another indicator that as parents we need to educate our children that it is there for the taking if they are willing to put in the work, and gender should not be the filter by which we make decisions. In fact, I had to slap myself on the wrist last week when I told my son to stop being a princess. Yes, even when you are aware of it, you still make mistakes!
Joplin shared her passion for helping women in Domestic Violence situations and using her role as a ‘fearless leader’ to provide legal services to those who need it. We are lucky to have such a service and businesswoman in the Upper Hunter.
A statistic that jumped out at me was the fact that women are 12 times more likely to work part time roles than men. However, the real insight here is that men often ask for part time roles but get turned down, and if they are accepted they get ridiculed. Leaders have so much to do when it comes to creating equality not just for women, but for men who want to play a greater carer role within their family.
It was also inspiring to see some young school girls sitting at the table and kudos to the Mums and Dads who brought them!
A major thank you to the Hunter Research Foundation for organising such a great event. Thank you for having me!
Inspired by solutions,