“In our fast changing and globally connected world, workplaces simply can’t afford not to reap the benefits of diversity. And the skills demanded in this age of AI and instant communication just happen to be skills women have in spades … emotional intelligence, flexibility and resilience.”
~Professor Jane den Hollander AO, Vice Chancellor, Deakin University, Wayfinder national patron
Wayfinder: Supply Chain Careers for Women
Wayfinder: Supply Chain Careers for Women is a three-year initiative aiming to increase the number of women in supply chain education, training, jobs and careers. Developed by the Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics at Deakin University in conjunction with Wayfinder industry sponsors, Wayfinder is a game changing initiative designed to create a new talent pipeline for Australia’s supply chain and logistics sector. The program focuses on talent in an industry that faces a challenge in regenerating its workforce with the right skills to remain globally competitive.
In an industry that is a traditionally male domain, Wayfinder is trying to change the status quo. We believe that achieving a better gender balance in supply chains will result in business that is more successful. Our approach is built on two core pillars:
- Increasing visibility, tackling the industry image problem head-on, and breaking down industry stereotypes
- Rethinking talent acquisition, retention and promotion in supply chain and logistics.
Wayfinder launched in Geelong on International Women’s Day (March 8) 2018 followed by a series of luncheon events held nationally in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth and Adelaide. The luncheons provided an opportunity to connect industry representatives with hundreds of community members from schools, universities, community organisations and government showcasing a range of diverse women from the sector.
In 2019, Wayfinder has developed a Supply Chain Fundamentals Course aimed at those not yet employed in supply chain and logistics. This will provide women with the knowledge and confidence to consider and apply for new careers in supply chain and logistics. The course is designed to equip participants with a solid understanding of key concepts and developments in supply chain management and why they matter for businesses and society. The course will also demonstrate the exciting career opportunities and advancement pathways available in supply chain and logistics.