Women continue to be disadvantaged in male-dominated organisations.
Gunilla Burrowes and Mark Toner are passionate advocates for gender equity in business and advise organisations on how to operate more effectively through greater gender diversity. We do this by:
We offer a unique approach to organisation development, aimed at the equitable career development of female staff. Our approach is generated by our complementary backgrounds and experience (see details).
We meet with senior management and Boards to discuss gender issues relevant to employment of male and female staff. We present the latest research results on gender diversity and recommend strategies and actions to increase gender equity in an organisation. We specialise in gender topics relevant to women working in male-dominated organisations.
Some areas for discussion include:
We make presentations to management, staff and female staff networks on the benefits of gender equity and diversity and the many related issues. We run workshops for staff to address these issues and to develop new insights and skills.
In our presentations, we describe the magnitude of the gender problem in Australian organisations, we cover leadership issues for men and women, we present insights into gender issues and we recommend models which are useful for understanding and analysing the progression of women’s careers. We discuss gender topics relevant to women working in male-dominated organisations and present unique information on the “organisational game” all employees are playing (whether they are aware of it or not) merely by being employed.
In particular, we cover topic areas such as:
In our workshops, we cover the above issues in more detail and discuss additional subjects such as:
The output of these workshops is a tool for both immediate and future use by participants for enhancing the development of their careers.Recent Interview
|Why Not Address Conscious Bias?, Letter to the Australian Financial Review, 27 March 2013 p. 35||[ PDF 870kb ]|
|Audio Recording: Mark interviewed at a meeting of the National Association of Women in Operations (NAWO), November 2012||[ MP3 3.7Mb ]|
|Women Need to Understand the Corporate Game, Focus Magazine, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering 171 April 2012 pp. 13,15||[ PDF 360kb ]|
|Enhancing Women’s Career Prospects, Australasian Science, April 2012 p. 41||[ PDF 530kb ]|
|The Business Case For Workforce Diversity, Engineers Australia Magazine, July 2009 p. 61||[ PDF 660kb ]|
|Attracting More Women Into The Profession, Engineers Australia Magazine, February 2007 pp. 26-27||[ DOCX 350kb ]|
|The Women in Engineering Movement in Australia, Engineers Australia website, 2007||[ PDF 290kb ]|
|A New Argument for More Women in Engineering, Engineers Australia Magazine, October 2006 pp. 62-64||[ PDF 110kb ]|
|Balanced Decision Making: A New Argument for More Women in Engineering, Engineers Australia Centre for Engineering Leadership Conference, Melbourne 2006||[ PDF 90kb ]|
|Choosing Engineering, and Its Influence On Classroom Dynamics, 3th ASEE Colloquium on Engineering Education, Beijing, China 2004||[ PDF 130kb ]|
|Gender Experiences in an Engineering Classroom, 15th Annual Conference, Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Toowoomba, Australia 2004||[ PDF 140kb ]|
|Student Perceptions of Gendered Language in an Engineering Classroom, 14th Annual Conference, Australasian Association for Engineering Education, Melbourne 2003||[ PDF 140kb ]|
|Gender Dynamics in an Engineering Classroom: Engineering Students’ Perspective, MPhil thesis, University of Newcastle 2001||[ PDF 890kb ]|
Gunilla Burrowes has had a diverse career, working in a range of industry and academic positions. She is a past Division President and National Vice-President of Engineers Australia (EA), has sat on numerous committees and boards, and is Chair of Australian Science Innovations and Deputy Chair of Engineers Media. She established and ran the Hunter Branch of Females in Information Technology & Telecommunications, managed a Women in Engineering program at the University of Newcastle and was an instigator of Engineers Australia's very successful themed year — 2007 The Year of Women in Engineering. Her research and prominent role in diversity in engineering and gender-inclusive engineering education has given her an international reputation in this field.
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Dr Mark Toner is a former CEO of Kvaerner (now Jacobs) E&C Australia, a successful but extremely male-run organisation. With a background in engineering, science and IT, he is a company director and management consultant, and a Fellow of various engineering institutions and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In recent years he developed a new argument for more women in engineering based on personality types in the engineering profession and with Gunilla has made numerous presentations around the country on the problems encountered by women in engineering and in business. Mark is an accredited Myers Briggs trainer.
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