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Women in Business: The Saga Continues

Pamela Young - Monday, June 07, 2010
I recently attended a Women on Boards conference in Sydney and I was disappointed to find women still talking about the same restriction, challenges and hurdles they had to battle to enjoy a full, long and rewarding career in business.

I left Day One of the Women on Boards conference troubled by the lack of progress and how the statistics were tracking backwards.   The next morning, as I drove to Day Two of the conference, I started to have feelings of guilt about not helping to make a difference.

There I was, a women with international experience in strategic change and whose work regularly involves looking at the impact of country culture on a company's culture and performance...but I had done little to help address the issue of women's participation in business.  I reflected on what was required to address the situation and my capability to help...and I decided then and there that I would participate. 

Since then I have designed a social change program for young leaders to help improve women's particpation in business; I have written several papers on the subject; and agreed to speak on the subject at a forthcoming conference for HR executives.    I have also committed to raising awareness among the leaders of corporate Australia about the opportunities that exist to turn the statistics around and will work to influence as broadly as I can.

I'm engaged in this now.  Not too late, but about time.

Pamela Young
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