YSPN Brisbane: Breaking Barriers, Glass Ceiling and Stereotypes

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On 26 June 2019, YSPN Brisbane held its marquee event for 2019, YSPN Talks: Breaking Barriers, Glass Ceilings and Stereotypes. This sold-out event brought together over 50 attendees and featured an incredibly inspiring all-women panel comprising Pam Bains, CFO & Group Executive, Strategy of Aurizon; Ratha Nabanidham, Partner at Ashurst; and Jatinder Kaur, Director at JK Diversity Consultants.

Attendees had the opportunity to hear from each speaker about their unique career journey, the opportunities and challenges they faced and how they got to where they are today.

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On 26 June 2019, YSPN Brisbane held its marquee event for 2019, YSPN Talks: Breaking Barriers, Glass Ceilings and Stereotypes. This sold-out event brought together over 50 attendees and featured an incredibly inspiring all-women panel comprising Pam Bains, CFO & Group Executive, Strategy of Aurizon; Ratha Nabanidham, Partner at Ashurst; and Jatinder Kaur, Director at JK Diversity Consultants.

Attendees had the opportunity to hear from each speaker about their unique career journey, the opportunities and challenges they faced and how they got to where they are today.

This was followed by a moderated panel session whereby the speakers deep-dived into the dialogue of 'Breaking Barriers, Glass Ceilings and Stereotypes'.  Amongst other things, the panel discussion touched on how to break barriers in order to move into senior management roles, the importance of adapting to change and up skilling, the role of personal branding and industry knowledge in career development and the challenges of maintaining a work-life balance.

The event offered insightful and practical advice for both women and men on how to overcome such challengers, step up and script their own career narratives.

 Attendee testimonials from the evening included:

    1. I thoroughly enjoyed the professionalism of the team hosting from YSPN and the speakers were so engaging and provided practical tips and guidance.
    2. To hear from each speaker on their career journey and how they got to where they are now was extremely aspiring.  The highlight for me was the panel session – it explored relevant challenges that young professionals face today and the speakers provided practical and 'real' advice on how to navigate those challenges.
    3. The event was extremely eye opening and inspiring. I felt empowered listening to the journeys of three women in very different careers, break barriers and overcome stereotypes that still challenge Sikh women today. Having a panel allowed us to get the answers to questions we’ve all asked ourselves when faced with adversity due to our gender and race. I really enjoyed the networking before and after the panel as it allowed me to meet so many likeminded people that have had similar experiences to me and share the same desire to succeed in our careers. I’m really excited to see what you guys have install next!
    4. Each speaker offered such insightful advice on breaking barriers and stereotypes. Fantastic effort by the entire team of YSPN for bringing these relevant and important topics to the spotlight.
    5. It was an incredible night of stellar speakers and as a female, I left feeling so empowered. Best of all, I got to take away key tips to help me with my career path and for that I’m grateful.
    6. Amazing event. Such diverse and fine knowledge at one platform – outstanding! Cannot wait for the next one!
    7. Thought the event was incredibly inspiring and served as a great foundation for learning how to break the glass ceiling and encouraging men to be allies too!
    8. This event has made me conscious of the challenges women face in managing cultural, family and career aspirations.  The event was an educational one for everyone, including educating us on the responsibility of men in being able to support women in being able to juggle all of these factors.

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