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05 May 2023

Fostering gender equity through inspiring connections

We recently launched the People Collective to foster gender equity and support our people to continually develop and fulfill their potential.

People Collective Madeline Cross Alexis Lindsay

Madeline Cross, Leasing Executive and Alexis Lindsay, Director Corporate Affairs

The People Collective is an active community that supports our team members build their internal professional networks and personal confidence through inspiring connections.

Katie Paull, Leader of our Gender Equity working group, said: “The People Collective developed from our goal of promoting an equitable and inclusive culture where people of all genders feel safe, valued, supported and encouraged to be their best.

“We know having a broad professional network supports career development. We also know that people can feel awkward approaching someone they don’t know to network, because it’s a time investment they’re unsure the other person is able or willing to make.

“The People Collective encourages and facilitates our people to network with confidence.”
Every month, People Collective members are matched and introduced via email. From there, people connect directly, confident they are both keen to invest time exploring and building a relationship.

“The matching process is random,” Katie continues. “So with 3,000 people working across 70 professions, at all levels of management in Australia and New Zealand, team members are likely to be connected with someone who has a completely different skill and knowledge set. It’s a genuine opportunity to broaden their professional network.

“We want to be the place for talent to thrive and the People Collective is one way we are breaking down barriers to our people’s development.”

Madeline Cross, Leasing Executive, said: “My first ‘People Collective’ catch up was with Alexis Lindsay, our Director Corporate Affairs.

“We discussed topics ranging from publication recommendations for broad economic news to personal experiences of balancing work and parenting. I took the opportunity to seek Alexis’ thoughts about Chief Executive Women scholarships and she not only provided me with some great food for thought but also agreed to review my application if I pursue this avenue.

“While I know Alexis is approachable, requesting this informal time with her would have felt unauthentic and lacking in purpose. The People Collective is creating invaluable opportunities across our business for individuals and will result in a wonderful uplift in connectivity across the organisation.”

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and communities of the lands on which our business operates.

We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to their Elders past and present.

We recognise the unique role of Māori as Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

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