Monash Business School launches program for women of diverse cultures

Monash Business School is launching a new executive training program for women from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds (CALD).

In Australia, CALD women and First Nations women have significantly lower labor market participation rates. They face diverse and unique challenges, especially with regard to their economic participation and financial security.

These women also experience more downward professional mobility and are often underemployed or unrepresented in managerial positions.

The four-month face-to-face program will meet five times to help empower women of diverse cultures and teach them ways to defend themselves in the workplace.

The school will partner with MindTribes to organize the masterclass series, finding ways to break down barriers and tackle inequalities experienced by women in the workplace.

MindTribes is a Melbourne-based organization focused on helping businesses achieve the human and business benefits of greater inclusion and diversity.

The masterclasses, the first of their kind in Monash, will see professional women from CALD communities, First Nations women and migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women being coached on goal setting, brand development and the creation of advocacy within an organization.

Prof Jacinta Elston, pro (indigenous) vice-chancellor and director of the William Cooper Institute in Melbourne, said the program is also an opportunity for First Nations women to learn to value their unique identities and to be coached on how to leverage their identity in the workplace. alongside other valuable professional skills.

“To address inequalities in the workplace, it is imperative that First Nations women are encouraged to increase their capacity to influence senior managers to remove these barriers and prejudices.

“I am delighted to announce that the Executive Education team, in collaboration with MindTribes, will be offering a sponsorship position for an Indigenous woman leader to participate in the Culturally Diverse Women program,” said Professor Elston.

Div Pillay, CEO and Co-Founder of MindTribes, and herself a Monash Business School alumnus, believes it is important for workplaces to focus on gender inequality and understand the experience of women when their Aboriginal origin, race, ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, disability create aggravating obstacles in their career.

“This program initiates change from a people-centered approach, engaging the voice and agency of these women to reinvent their careers and harness their diversity in the workplace,” said Pillay.

“Our experience with women in our programs is that many of them ‘hide’ their diversity in order to fit in, with what is expected in their corporate culture and they are often the ‘first’ and the ‘unique’ diverse women in management teams, apart from existing women managers who are not from CALD.

“These people often balance the amount of themselves to reveal, and in the process the business often lacks innovation, different ways of working and thinking,” she continued. “What is game-changing about this program is that we are inviting high-ranking allies and advocates to the final session which acts as a lever for change in career paths. ”

The program is one of several programs offered as part of the Monash Business School Executive Training Program, which helps women develop their business strategy, innovation, leadership and influence, business acumen, productivity and their well-being.

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