Women, work, wisdom and wi-fi

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On Tuesday morning of this week, students were fortunate to hear from Abbotsleigh Old Girl Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, who was the guest speaker at the Term 2 Senior College and Senior College Archdale Breakfast. We were joined by students from Roseville College, Willoughby Girls High School, Hornsby Girls High School and Mercy College at Chatswood.

This term's theme was Women, Work, Wisdom and Wi-Fi, and Susan's message to the students focused on the importance of gender diversity in the workplace. Susan is the CEO of real estate group Mirvac. It is one of only two ASX 200 companies to have a 50/50 gender split on the board, and close to 40% senior female executives.

Susan encouraged students to find their own leadership style and skills instead of mimicking others, particularly emphasising the importance of finding female role models and mentors. She also discussed the importance of technology in the future and how we can use it to our advantage in the workplace. Technology is the perfect platform for understanding the needs and wants of the population. Mirvac utilises technology by flying drones over construction sites to monitor progress. This saves workers up to three hours each day – time that can be put towards other tasks and developments.

The breakfast sparked the audience to reflect on the importance of technology, and the importance of the human mind. As Susan put it, “Machines can produce artificial information, however they cannot produce artificial wisdom, empathy nor many other 'soft skills' that will continue to be sought by employers in the future.” Susan's talk referenced courage, strength and insight, and inspired all who attended.

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