Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Getting Beyond the Sales Pitch: Successfully Traversing Digital Transformation


Women in Business Discussion Group Tuesday 26 June 2018 | 5.30pm – 8pm | CPA Centre Level 3, 111 Harrington St

For our June session we are delighted to welcome Meredith Rowan, General Manager and Senior Sales Director New Business Australia and New Zealand  - Oracle Netsuite to present Getting Beyond the Sales Pitch: Successfully Traversing Digital Transformation

Over 80 Percent of digital transformation projects fail to meet client expectations.  Find out why and how to improve those statistics and achieve a better outcome. 

Meredith has worked with many of the key software products including Oracle, NetSuite, SalesForce, and  Microsoft and has significant insight into the key success factors required to meet company objectives.  Meredith will have an interactive discussion about how to approach and take control of digital transformation projects to set yourself, your team and your company up for success.    She will share her experiences, background and journey to illustrate how to collaborate, build the right teams and get the right skills on your side. 

Meredith is a seasoned sales and management executive with more than 20 years’ experience in the IT industry.  During her career, Meredith has worked in several senior executive roles across a range of markets.  Her focus is on working with customers to achieve digital transformation of their businesses processes in the cloud and create enhanced organisational outcomes. Before joining Oracle NetSuite in July 2015, Meredith led the southern region team for Salesforce.com has held sales and leadership positions at Microsoft, Oracle and Ezitracker.

Meredith holds a Masters of Enterprise from Melbourne University and an MBA from Monash University.

To attend, please RSVP to Reis at cpawibfb@gmail.com or via Facebook by 5pm Friday 22 June 2018.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How to secure an interview for your dream job - Women in Business Discussion Group Tuesday 29 May 2018 | 5.30pm – 8pm | CPA Centre Level 3, 111 Harrington St Sydney

For our May session we welcome Hayley Randall, Senior Consultant and Recruiting expert in Accounting and Finance at HAYS with the presentation “How to secure an interview for your dream job”.



During the session Hayley will give us tools for securing an interview with our dream employer. From the first step of looking for a new job – how and where; through to CV template for Accounting and Finance applicants; and insights of how the recruitment agencies work, Hayley will well equip the audience with the guidance of securing the job you are dreaming about.  She will also speak about the difference/benefits of contract vs permanent roles, and where to best upskill or seek out training in order to be competitive in today’s market.



Hayley is a professional and reputable consultant who has been working within the Sydney market for Hays since April 2015. Specialising in senior finance, she manages the full 360 degree recruitment process for her clients and places professionals in their roles in an efficient and timely manner. Hayley thoroughly understands the current market and the challenges and opportunities this presents. Due to this knowledge and her professional approach, Hayley has been able to develop and build her reputation and expertise making her a reliable and approachable professional. She expresses a genuine duty of care for her candidates and clients alike and always strives to achieve the best possible results.



We’ll have Q&A session at the end of the presentation, please feel free to bring your own queries so Hayley can address them.

To attend, please RSVP to Reis at cpawibfb@gmail.com or via Facebook by 5pm Friday 25 May 2018.

Monday, April 23, 2018

The Truth About Transformation - Women in Business Discussion Group Tuesday 1 May 2018 | 5.30pm – 8pm | CPA Centre Level 3, 111 Harrington St


For our April session, we are pleased to welcome one of Australia’s leading experts on business transformation, Virginia Walker.

Virginia will be sharing from her book “The Truth About Transformation” 10 key myths every leader must know to survive their transformation project.

20 years of practical experience at the coal face in companies like Commonwealth Bank, Hewlett Packard and IBM has taught her just about everything there is to know about one of the most intimidating things any organisation can ever decide to do – radically reform the way it does business.

Virginia has experienced the highs and the lows of corporate change and combines her wisdom and knowledge to provide practical advice to those who want to achieve success for themselves and their teams.

Virginia started her mentoring and coaching consultancy after leaving the corporate world and embarking on a personal development journey. One that involved many adventures including travelling to France in search of the holy grail and meditating with horses!

Ultimately this led her to combine her business and leadership know-how with training and experience in archetypal and executive coaching. Following her passion, Virginia now works with senior leaders to help them deliver, and learn from, organisational change and major transformation programs. Her other loves are her wonderful daughter, very special partner, golf, and she’s known to be partial to great Rieslings!

To attend, please RSVP to Reis at cpawibfb@gmail.com or via Facebook by 5pm Friday 27 April 2018.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Permission to Be You! - Women in Business Discussion Group Tuesday 27 March 2018 | 5.30pm – 8pm | CPA Centre Level 3, 111 Harrington St


For our March session, we are delighted to welcome back Robin Powis to present Permission to Be You!

Do you hold yourself back from being the person you most want to be?  Do you express your individuality in the way you dress?

When you recognise that if you became more visible and believe in yourself, you will authentically show up.  It’s reframing your mindset so you see yourself in a whole new light.

Bring an item you love but can’t do anything with or struggle to wear.  Or wear something unique - or perhaps something you have purchased and not worn as much as they thought.  Or bring along a statement accessory you would love to wear that is left lying unworn in your wardrobe.

Come dressed on the night professionally, authentically in a style that reflects your personality and allows you to be visible.

Robin Powis  AICI CIP

Robin believes women should be in positions of power and influence and is passionate to empower women to reflect their authentic self in the way they dress.   For the last 12 years she has run Defining Style, an executive image consultancy, working with leaders who seek a strong sense of style they total own. 

Robin’s background is diverse from working on a prawn trawler, running a child care centre, working in the retail sector as well as being a single mother.  As a woman, she understands the challenges you face every day to look effortlessly stylish while living a full life.

A leader in the Image Industry, Robin is one of five Image Consultants in Australia who are a Certified Image Professional with Association of Image Consultants International and is VP Marketing of AICI Sydney Chapter.

Renown for her ‘Eye for Style’ and insightful advice, Robin transform her clients to reveal their natural beauty and style. Whether you want to master Smart Casual or add an interesting twist to your outfit she knows what to do.


To attend, please RSVP to Reis at cpawibfb@gmail.com or via Facebook by 5pm Friday 23 March 2018.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Taking your career to the next level: Panel Discussion 28 February 2018


Women in Business Discussion Group Tuesday 27 February 2018 | 5.30pm – 8pm | CPA Centre Level 3, 111 Harrington St



Our first session in 2018 is inspired by member feedback. We are excited to present a panel discussion "Taking your career to the next level: Women who’ve been successful. What they’ve done, what they are doing now, and what they plan to do next."

Our panel consists of successful women, CPA members, who will share their successes, fears, happy moments, challenges, setbacks, and wins with you:


  • Melissa Ehrler – Manager, Michael Page
  • Anna Bashkirova - Senior Business Consultant at TechnologyOne.

Debra will share her story of career progression in corporate environment; Melissa will add recruiter viewpoint on the necessary skills and expertise that help to advance career to the next level; Anna, our fellow discussion group member, is a CPA who has leveraged her skills into a new area of business, will explore other career paths for CPAs.  More detail on our panellists is listed below.

We are expecting stimulating discussion that can’t be missed. Our facilitator Suzie will allocate time for your questions at the end.

To attend, please RSVP to Reis at cpawibfb@gmail.com or via Facebook by 5pm Friday 23 February 2018.

Memberships for 2018 are now due, please forward your payment as per details below:

$30 for CPAs or $50 for Non-CPA Australia members in 2018 (no pro-rata, non-refundable)

Payment in advance via EFT

Bank: NAB

Account Name: Women in Business Discussion Group

BSB: 082088

Account Number: 186893555

Reference: your full name and CPA membership number.

Please email Felicity for a receipt at cpawibfb@gmail.com

Please update your own CPD Diary if you attend this meeting as CPA Australia no longer do this.

For more details about CPD hours see our blogspot http://cpawomen.blogspot.com/p/cpd.html.

Monday, November 20, 2017

LINKEDIN – building a great profile so that you can BE FOUND FAST! - Women in Business Discussion Group Tuesday 28 November


Women in Business Discussion Group Tuesday 28 November 2017 | 5.30pm – 8pm | CPA Centre Level 3, 111 Harrington St

For our final session of 2017, we are excited to welcome Karen Tisdell to present:

LINKEDIN – building a great profile so that you can BE FOUND FAST!

  • Why keywords are important and where to put them in your profile.
  • What sections of LinkedIn should you spend a bit of time on?
  • Tips and tricks to using LinkedIn strategically to attract job opportunities, clients, business partners.

Having spent two decades obsessing over why recruiters favour some résumés over others, Karen Tisdell launched a Résumé Writing business in 2009 that combines her love of words, with helping people improve their branding. Prior to launching ‘Karen Tisdell Careers’, she worked in recruitment for 15 years - estimating that during this period she reviewed over 734,400 résumés!

Karen still finds résumés fascinating, especially given the changes occurring in recent years. No longer can you get by with simply adding your latest job to your CV. Mediocre won’t cut through an increasingly competitive employment market and career hunters now need to carefully consider if their résumé is optimised for ubiquitous word-scanning software, as well as ensure they have a digital footprint on LinkedIn.

Karen is our expert adviser on how to write a winning résumé, and how to build and use LinkedIn to be found fast. 📧 Karen@TisdellCareers.com 0404 083 678

We hope you can join us.  There will be canapés and lucky door prizes! To attend, please RSVP to Reis at cpawibfb@gmail.com or via Facebook by 5pm Friday 24 November 2017.

For more details about CPD hours see our blogspot http://cpawomen.blogspot.com/p/cpd.html.

Please update your own CPD Diary if you attend this meeting as CPA Australia no longer do this.

Memberships for 2017 are now due, please forward your payment as per details below:

$30 for CPAs or $50 for Non-CPA Australia members in 2017 (no pro-rata, non-refundable)

Payment in advance via EFT                                            

Bank: NAB

Account Name: Women in Business Discussion Group

BSB: 082088

Account Number: 186893555

Please email Felicity for a receipt at cpawibfb@gmail.com

Kind regards

Ellie Smith

Convenor

Friday, October 20, 2017

10 Commandments of Business Writing: Women in Business Discussion Group Tues 31 Oct

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Tuesday, 31 October, 2017


5.30pm – 8pm | CPA Centre Level 3, 111 Harrington St

Bloomberg’s 2016 Job Skills Report showed that, for the finance industry, recruiters rate communication skills above ALL other skills.

That included quantitative skills, leadership ability, and analytical skills. 
 
Having top technical skills doesn’t guarantee people will listen to you. In fact, people great with numbers often struggle with words.
 
Since most of a CPA’s communication is in writing, it’s critical you do it well.
 
So this month we’re excited to have corporate communications expert, Paul Jones, speak to us about The 10 Commandments of Business Writing.
 
'Is he gonna preach to us?' 
No. But he will help you see the error of your ways when it comes to writing at work.

He'll cover the 10 Big Ones critical to you getting impact on the page, including how to:


  • Be clear and concise
  • Engage disinterested people
  • Trigger readers to action
  • Get your message across to busy skim-readers
  • Avoid embarrassing mistakes. 
On the night, you'll also get a funky infographic reminding you of these blessed principles:


 
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LIMITED SEATS

If you’re keen, avoid disappointment – reserve your seat now. RSVP to Reis at cpawibfb@gmail.com or via Facebook by 5pm Friday 27 October.

 

ABOUT PAUL JONES

Paul is co-founder of corporate-training company, Magneto Communications, and enterprise writing coach, Credosity.

 

For 20 years, Paul’s principles and frameworks have helped blue-chip CXO teams through to graduates change how they write, think and lead at work. His clients include Westpac Group, KPMG, BHP and Pfizer. 

 

'My writing is fine.'

Sure it is. But just in case: