The Faculty’s Hugo Britt shares some inspirational words and thought-provoking ideas from the 2nd Annual Women in Procurement conference.
Back in March, I attended Quest Event’s 2nd Annual Women in Procurement conference in Melbourne, representing Procurious as the event’s media partner.
Literally within minutes of the conference being opened by NBN Co’s Chief Procurement Officer Coretta Bessi, I was scrambling to keep up my note taking as a flood of ideas, inspirational words and thought leadership came from the podium. And this pace didn’t let up over the two days of the conference.
Why run a conference exclusively for women in Procurement in Australia? Because the numbers are dire.
According to Jigsaw Talent Management’s Trends in Gender Diversity, the average split in the Australian national workforce is 54 per cent to 46 per cent in favour of men. But in the Procurement profession specifically the numbers are much worse – 63 per cent to 36 per cent in favour of men. Let’s not also forget the widening gender pay gap – currently averaging 17.1 per cent.
All of these figures point to an urgent need to drive change through a gathering of minds such as that seen at Women in Procurement.
Rather than try to summarise the content of the key speakers’ presentations, I’d like to share what I took as the most inspirational words and thought-provoking quotes from the conference.
Coretta Bessi, CPO, NBN Co.
“Ask yourself every day: ‘What am I doing today that will make me better tomorrow than I was yesterday?’”
Kelly Irwin, Head of Procurement Australia and NZ, Holcim
“Have the courage to leap out of your comfort zone.”
“A boss depends on authority, but a leader depends on goodwill.”