Inclusion will be the key to future business success

Businesses that support gender parity will be the ones that thrive in the future according to Andrea Myles, CEO of the China Australia Millennial Project.

Myles will be speaking at the City of Sydney’s free October City Thought Leaders seminar on women-led businesses later this month. She has been voted one of Australia’s most influential women and insists business designed for inclusion are geared for success.

“The data shows that having gender parity strengthens businesses and improves profits, but I believe it needs to be framed as part of the values of a company,” Myles said.

Myles suggested any new business should consider gender parity a mandatory.

“Startups should have iron-clad targets that women will make up 50 per cent of everything they do, and every person in the team and company should be driving towards that goal unless you design for inclusion, there will be exclusion,” Myles said.

Andrea Myles will share her thoughts on gender diveristy and inclusion

Myles will be sharing her insights alongside other successful women thought leaders at the seminar ‘City Thought Leaders Women-led businesses: What does it take to navigate a pathway to success?’

The free seminar will provide advice on innovation, diversity and inclusion and navigating a pathway to success.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said some of Sydney’s most exciting business success stories are run by women and said the city was committed to leading by example.

“Our own 2016–17 gender pay equity review shows we have more women employees in higher paying jobs across our organisation. When you compare male and female employees at the same salary level, the City has a gender pay gap of 2.8 per cent compared to a national gap of 15.3 per cent.

“We know companies that value diversity will attract and retain a high performing workforce. This event will be an ideal opportunity for established businesses and startups throughout Sydney to learn from the most innovative minds in business who are shaping an agile and equal business landscape for the future.”

Women-led businesses: What does it take to navigate a pathway to success? will take place at Customs House on October 25 at 630pm. Free but bookings essential. Reserve your place here

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Cec is the managing editor of KBB. She is a multimedia professional with over fifteen years experience as an editor on titles as diverse as SX, CULT, Better Pictures, Total Rock, MTV, fasterlouder, mynikonlife and Fantastic Living. She has spent the past four years working as a news journalist covering all the issues that matter in the political, health and LGBTIQ arena. She is the Head of Content at Pinstripe Media and a recent convert to the world of small business.


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