What lies beneath business success?
South Australian entrepreneurs and startup founders heard how they can cultivate corporate culture to break down inequality and harassment, at a breakfast event held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Monday 21 May 2018.
Titled ‘What lies beneath? Beyond #metoo’, the event heard from US international entrepreneurship, startup and female leadership expert Heather J MacKenzie, SA’s Equal Opportunity Commissioner Niki Vincent and business leader Donny Walford, who, as part of a panel led by media personality Rebecca Morse, debated how the #metoo and #timesup movements have scratched the surface of inequality and unconscious bias.
The panel discussed what lies beneath a culture that has permitted a tolerance for inequality and harassment, and what is being done in corporate Australia to facilitate meaningful change.
TechInSA Chief Executive, Joe Thorp, said the event provided valuable insight into how growing businesses can create a working environment that makes people feel valued, supported and respected.
“Heather has experience in many of the issues that our startup companies have to deal with on a daily basis. Starting a business is one thing, but establishing a culture, high-performing teams and resilience to adversity is quite another,” said Mr Thorp.
During the event, Heather MacKenzie shared her own #metoo story, how it changed her life and forced her to take a step back and redefine what success in life looked like to her. Her discussion around how people in general break free from expectations, overcome adversity and redefine what success is, was relevant for all in attendance.
“I do have some dramatic stories to tell but I believe there is strength in vulnerability, and authenticity is engaging. [My aim is to] encourage you to examine your own circumstances and re-evaluate what a successful life – personally and professionally – means to you,” said connector and speaker, Heather MacKenzie.
Sharing her personal story of tribulation, transformation and triumph, Heather spoke strongly about changing the conversation around diversity and making authentic connections with people, and she highlighted the importance of connection and mindful living.
As a keynote speaker, Heather has inspired CEOs and leaders across America to examine their definition of success and create one that fulfils their purpose.
The event was presented by High-tech startup accelerator TechInSA.
Check out the pics from the event on our Facebook gallery here.
Or, if you weren’t able to make it along to the event, we’ve got the footage of the morning here (1:45hr).