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MISS009: How to Find a Better Workplace with Gemma Lloyd



Gemma Lloyd is a social entrepreneur having co-founded Diverse City Careers (DCC), served on two not-for-profit boards within IT and established another not-for-profit organisation for Diversity and Inclusion professionals.

In 2016, Gemma won the WIT Entrepreneur of the Year Award, a #Techdiversity Award in the Leaders in Advertising category and was a finalist in the 2015 ARN Women in ICT Awards in the Innovation category. Through years of working in an industry under-represented by women, Gemma co-founded DCC with the goal of making a difference. It is now seen as one of Australia’s leading authorities and ambassadors of gender equality.

DCC works with leading organisations focused on diversity including Atlassian, BHP Billiton, NAB, Caltex, Unitywater and Accenture.

In this episode of Miss Independent I talked with Gemma about:

  • What motivated her to set up DCC, and what it means to her to drive social change and advance gender equality in the workplace. You will hear exactly how Gemma is making this change happen whilst also being of important service to working women.

  • How YOU can make the most of the DDC job board platform. We cover the entire user experience for job seekers, including setting up job alerts, support tools, networking events, and how to find a company that will meet your needs. The best employers section of the website lists approved companies and their employee policies – including all the information that’s tricky for you to ask for yourself.

  • What exactly are the most highly sought after workplace needs of working women as revealed from DCC research? It varies for all, but the stand out themes are around pay equity, flexible working hours, and professional development.

  • The detailed and serious accreditation process required for employers to post jobs on the DCC job board, and how DCC works with organisations to position and promote them as leaders in gender equal workplace policy.

  • The impactful not for profit campaigns being led by DCC. Including ‘Super Hero Daughter Day’ – designed to get primary school age girls actively learning to code with their parent’s involvement and the goal to breakdown stereotype mindsets. Also ‘Flexible Working Week’ – for organisations to put themselves on a flexible worker ambassador list and declare a safe week on the calendar for people to openly have the work flexibility conversation with their manager.

  • Her early career that set the scene for her to embrace the IT world and launch into her own business. How the business has evolved since it’s inception and how she transitioned from full time employment to full time business owner. Gemma highlights the importance of being agile and feeling supported to manage through the day-to-day challenges and pressures, and to embrace unforeseen growth opportunities.

  • We finish with a great summary from Gemma of the most important things to focus on when you’re searching for a new job. Do your research. Don’t just take a job to get out of somewhere you’re not enjoying. Make sure you’re negotiating and that you are receiving equal pay. Have a positive personal brand. Update your LinkedIn profile. Make use of networking opportunities – especially seek out relevant women’s industry association groups.

References and contact details for Gemma:

Website www.dccjobs.com
Instagram www.instagram.com/dcc_jobs
Facebook Company Page www.facebook.com/diversecitycareers
Facebook Group www.facebook.com/groups/dccwomensnetwork
LinkedIn Diverse City Careers

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Natalie Hughes founded Miss Independent in 2017, to educate and mentor women and help them make their best career and business decisions. Natalie is an experienced business woman and non-executive company director focused on organisational design, strategy, growth and innovation. Her goal is to help you think differently, work differently and feel in control of your own destiny.

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