“We know every woman is a role model, we just never hear their stories.”
Dr Kirstin Ferguson is an Australian company director who started her career as a military officer, then went on to become the CEO of a successful global consulting business. Kirstin has a PhD in leadership & governance, has been named one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence, is a Sir Winston Fellow, and was recognised by Women in Leadership Australia with an award for excellence in women’s leadership. She co-wrote Women Kind with Catherine Fox, about the viral #CelebratingWomen grassroots campaign she launched in 2017.
What We Cover:
- The lesson in trusting your gut and just going for it
- How a shandy and a holiday sparked an entire movement
- The four questions of #CelebratingWomen, a movement that inspired 757 from 37 countries to share their stories
- How would you describe what it is you do, without using a position title
- What did hope to do when you were at school
- How would you describe you life to date in three words
- Who do you hope to inspire and why
- The time Kirstin took a personality test at work and all the traits were typically ‘male’ traits, her emotional response to that, and reframing the word ‘bossy’
- The four stages of gender awareness coined by Holly Kramer:
- Obliviousness to gender issues
- Denial, and the belief that any issues are the individual woman’s issue, rather than systemic
- Awakening to the real, undeniable barriers
- Advocacy, and attempting to change the system
- That you don’t have to be in a position of power to advocate for change
- The power of collective action, and the book’s theme of women supporting women
- Forgetting about the ladder – it’s designed for only one woman – and instead replacing it with a fishing net so we can all rise together
- The power of the networks of women supporting women that we have in our lives, and the amplification effect of helping make all women’s voices heard
- The invitation to make a conscious effort to share your achievements, and to acknowledge, share and like other women who are making changes
- The measurable impact on women attending a conference – doubled the likelihood of receiving a promotion, and 78% felt more optimistic
- Letting go of working-mother guilt
And most of all… You are not alone.
We mention some resources throughout the conversation, here is where you can find links to them all!
- Kirstin’s website: https://www.kirstinferguson.com/
- Her book Women Kind
- #CelebratingWomen on Twitter
- Bill Shorten’s #MyMum speech
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