The Monash Business School is starting a new training program for women with a cultural and linguistic background (CALD).
In Australia, CALD women and First Nations women have a significantly lower participation rate. They face various unique challenges, particularly those related to their economic participation and financial security.
These women also experience higher career mobility downwards and are often underemployed or not represented in management positions.
The four-month, personal program will come together five times to empower culturally diverse women and teach them ways to stand up for themselves in the workplace.
The school will work with MindTribes to host the series of Masterclasses that will explore ways to break down barriers and address inequalities among women in the workplace.
MindTribes is a Melbourne-based organization focused on helping businesses secure the human and commercial benefits of greater inclusion and diversity.
The masterclasses, the first of their kind at Monash, will coach professional women from CALD communities, First Nations women and migrant women, refugees and asylum seekers on goal setting, branding and advocacy within an organization.
Professor Jacinta Elston, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous) and director of the William Cooper Institute in Melbourne, said the program is also an opportunity for First Nations women to appreciate their unique identities and to be trained in how to apply their identity to theirs Ability to use workplace alongside other valuable professional skills.
“To tackle inequality in the workplace, it is imperative that First Nations women are supported in empowering their ability to influence executives in order to remove these barriers and prejudices.”
“I am pleased to announce that the Executive Education team, together with MindTribes, will sponsor an indigenous female leader to participate in the Culturally Diverse Women program,” said Professor Elston.
Div Pillay, CEO and Co-Founder of MindTribes and a self-graduate of Monash Business School, believes it is important that workplaces focus on gender inequality and understand the experiences of women when they are Aboriginal, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation and Disabilities are creating aggravating barriers in their careers.
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“This program ushers in the shift from a people-centered approach by engaging the voice and agency of these women to reshape their careers and harness their diversity in their jobs,” said Pillay.
“Our experience with women in our programs is that many of them ‘hide’ their diversity in order to adapt to the expectations of their workplace culture and they are often the ‘first’ and ‘only’ diverse women on leadership teams, outside of existing female ones Executives who do not come from CALD. “
“These people often weigh how much of themselves to reveal, and in doing so, the company often misses out on innovations, different ways of working and different ways of thinking,” she continued. “The game changer of this program is that we invite high-level allies and advocates to the final session, which acts as a lever for changing career paths.”
The program is one of many offered through Monash Business School’s Executive Education Program, which supports women in business strategy, innovation, leadership and influence, business acumen, productivity and wellbeing.