Jen develops and facilitates Leadership Development, Gender Capacity Building, and Mentoring and Sponsorship programs and workshops. These programs constitute an important component of a broader organisational change approach.
Partners for Change
Women and men working together to build a more gender equitable workplace
Dr Jennifer de Vries and Tim Muirhead (of the CSD Network) form a male /female facilitator team working with mixed gender groups to create more gender equitable workplaces. If your organisation is ready to bring men more centrally into the gender change effort, then this program provides an opportunity to have courageous conversations about gender.
A partnership model moves us beyond asking men to make the organisation a better place for women, towards men and women working together to make our workplaces a better, more humane place for all.
Bringing men and women into this conversation together opens up different and new approaches to creating change. The Partners for Change program explicitly acknowledges that gender inequity can adversely affect men and women, and greater equity can and should serve us all. Men and women as the dominant/non-dominant group face distinctly different challenges in the workplace and in working for change. Working as a female/male facilitator team opens up the territory allowing deeper exploration of the ways in which both women and men contribute to gender inequality and can be part of the solution.
This program is well suited to staff at all levels, but is particularly suited to middle managers. It is clear that having the best policies does not bring about change unless individual change in attitudes and behaviours also occurs. Middle manager play a critical role in supporting the change effort.
I think your Partners for Change work is very innovative and what lots of companies need now.
Professor Amanda Sinclair, Melbourne Business School
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