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Achieving gender equity at KPMG

Achieving gender equity at KPMG

A leadership development and sponsorship program is changing the gender balance in senior levels at KPMG. The KPMG Bird-Walton program is designed to empower high potential women with the confidence to take action when career opportunities arise and increase their organisational impact. It includes how senior males leaders use their own power and reputational capital to effectively advocate for women. The program is delivering ongoing measureable transformational leadership and change at KPMG.

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Gary Wingrove

Confidence and Sponsorship

The program is named after Nancy Bird-Walton, (16 October 1915 – 13 January 2009). Nancy was a pioneering aviator, and the founder and patron of the Australian Women Pilots' Association, which was the starting block for a proud generation of female pilots who now fly alongside men in Australia's skies.

The KPMG Bird-Walton leadership development and sponsorship program is designed to empower high potential women with the confidence to take action when career opportunities arise and increase their organisational impact. The program includes how senior males leaders use their own power and reputational capital to effectively advocate for women.

The program's design recognises that one of the greatest impediments to the advancement of women is their lack of access to senior sponsors.

Over a 6-month period, the program challenges male Partners to step outside their comfort zones and experience the workplace through the eyes of the women they sponsor. Similarly, the women are exposed to the dynamics of senior leadership and inspired with practical tools, knowledge and nuanced capabilities critical to becoming an effective and impactful leader.

The program is delivering ongoing, measureable, transformational leadership and change at KPMG.

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