Greatness Podcast

Gretchen Gagel

The podcast where the world's leading thinkers share their ideas about how to create greatness. Great leaders, great teams and great organizations. Why be good when you can be great! read less
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Greatness Podcast (Ep 117) | Steve Davies and Cara Robb Discuss the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association Womens Leadership Development Program
Jan 26 2024
Greatness Podcast (Ep 117) | Steve Davies and Cara Robb Discuss the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association Womens Leadership Development Program
Have you ever experienced a man apologizing for an all-male panel at a conference? Five years ago while attending my first Australian Pipelines and Gas (APGA) Conference in Darwin I saw APGA CEO Steve Davies do just that. Steve was so proud of the fact that he had convinced many of the industry's top leaders to come to Darwin for a senior leader panel, and then it sank in - no woman. And Steve said that on stage - I'm embarrassed that there isn't a woman on this panel and we, as an industry, can do better.Steve's courageous statement created the spark for my work with APGA to develop the Women's Leadership Development Program modeled after a similar program at the American Gas Association. Our first cohort sold out in 24hrs, and as Steve says, ". . . women in the industry were crying out for something that was targeted at them and their experience in the industry." Our purpose - to retain women in the pipeline industry and provide them with the skills they need to continue to advance their careers.Seven cohorts and 175 women later the outcomes of the program make my heart sing. One participant told me that after 10 years of a stalled career she's had two promotions in two years, and 90% of the participants report an increase in confidence. Steve also comments in the podcast that the program has inspired member companies to pay more attention to and place greater value on inclusion.
Greatness Podcast (Ep 112) | Jeffery Tobias Halter Discusses How We Create Inclusive Organizations
Nov 17 2023
Greatness Podcast (Ep 112) | Jeffery Tobias Halter Discusses How We Create Inclusive Organizations
Do you know what the number one micro-aggression against women is in the workplace? Being talked over. Believe me, I have experienced and witnessed it all too often.So what can we all do about this? How do we actively advocate for underrepresented people at work and make them feel included? Many of us understand that inclusion is important, but how do we use our privilege, be that the colour of our skin or our leadership position, to advocate for the under-represented?My friend Jeffery Tobias Halter joined the Greatness podcast to discuss "active male engagement in advancing women" and advocacy for all underrepresented groups. As Jeffery states, men are 75% of leadership in most companies and are 75% of the solution in advancing women and underrepresented groups. Jeffery started his organization 15 years ago because he realized men may want to help but don't know what to do on a daily basis. One of Jeffery's suggestions - go out and ask someone who is different from you about their lived experience at work. Have a "listening conversation". It may feel uncomfortable, but these conversations are critical to creating understanding and empathy.Another suggestion - download this podcast and listen to it in a team meeting; then have the conversation.Jeffery has many free tools on his website - https://ywomen.biz/free-tools/ - and I would encourage each of you to check these out!