‘PROGRESS or paralysis’ was the central theme of an industry lunch which debated how women could better progress in the sphere of logistics.
Held in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn and organised by the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia, the Great Debate Luncheon included a guest presentation followed by a question and answer session involving a panel of industry figures.
SCLAA chairman Amanda O’Brien opened proceedings talking of “a call to action” and that the under-representation of women in logistics was not just an issue for women but for business.
Guest speaker Jodie Broadbent then talked of her time in the industry and being open to new ideas and being bold.
“Don’t be afraid to say something,” Ms Broadbent told the gathering.
The panel of guest speakers was made up of Jim Mole from Ameropa, Kelly Moy from Hudson Australia, Neerja Narayan from Seqirus Australia, Lydia Kendry from Leadership Management Australia, former director of Globe Motors Peter Trahanas and former logistician Denise Daday.
Erica Gilcrist was MC a talked of ‘the great safari debate’ – being prepared to confront the ‘elephant in the room’.
Live debate followed, as panellists and delegates from the floor discussed such matters as networking, putting oneself forward in applications, the challenges surrounding maternity and paternity leave and the so-called “boys’ club”.
There was also a chance to network during the event, while an auction near the end helped raise money for drought stricken farmers.
A comprehensive summary of proceedings at the SCLAA Great Debate Luncheon will be provided in a later print edition of Daily Cargo News.