In a male dominated industry we are extremely proud of our Women in Hire & Access Program. The Women in Hire & Access (WIH&A) Mentoring Program is the first of its kind in our industry. Launched at our national convention in 2018, the program is designed to give women opportunities to develop their leadership skills, build confidence and pursue a successful career within our industry.

The guiding principles of the Women in Hire & Access Mentoring Program are to align, connect and grow.
Align. This program is aligned to our industry, our opportunities and our challenges.
Connect. A major part of the program is to connect with others and form meaningful industry relationships and
Grow. The program is designed to remove roadblocks and assist participants to grow both personally and professionally through this process.

Session 8: Dealing with the Tough Stuff
Wednesday, November 11

11.30-12.30 AEST – Group 1 Register
1.00-2.00 AEST – Group 2 Register
2.30-3.30 AEST – Group 3 Register

Session 9: Negotiating as a Woman 
Tuesday, November 24

11.30-12.30 AEST – Group 1 Register
1.00-2.00 AEST – Group 2 Register
2.30-3.30 AEST – Group 3 Register

Program Launch and Session 1: Understanding Self and Others
This workshop is designed to use the DiSC profile to explore personality preferences of participants, and the impact that these may have on the mentoring relationships as well as relationships in the workplace.

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Session 2: Zoom Etiquitte
With the sudden shift to online meetings and working remotely, many of us are learning to host Zoom video conferences on the fly. We will provide some tips to ensure a positive experience for all participants.

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Session 3: Values
The Values session is designed to help participants clarify and prioritise their real values. In doing so, more effective work performance can be achieved and mentoring relationships enhanced.

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Session 4: Effective Goal Setting
The purpose of effective goal setting is to achieve what you want in life and your career in a successful, focused and decisive manner by taking the right actions in a lesser time frame.

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Panel Discussion 1: Time Management
The topic of this discussion is ‘Busy to Productive, Prioritising in a Reactive Industry’. We will discuss the challenges and different styles when it comes to planning.

Group 1: Chris Sergeant – Onsite Rental Group, Maureen Mousdell – Access Rental Group, Roger Smith – Flexihire

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Group 2: Greg Parfitt – Orange Hire, Tony Lockwood – AWD Group/Dieci, Lindsey Taranto – Altec

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Group 3: Elise Willemsen – Toro, Braden Murrin – CEA, Rick Mustillo – Manitou

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Session 5: Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence is the ability to understand and manage your own emotions and those of the people around you. For leaders, having emotional intelligence is essential for success.

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Session 6: Resilience
Resilience Training strengthens an employee’s capacity to cope with stress and adversity, or their ability to ‘bounce back’. We will look at strategies to help build resilience, manage your own mental health and support others.

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Session 7: Mid-Program Reviews
The mid program review is an interactive discussion in an informal setting, designed to discuss Mentee and Mentor experience to date including progress and any issues arising, guided by the Program Facilitator.

Session 8: Dealing with the Tough Stuff
This session will assist mentees with having the tough conversations relating to their career.

Session 9: Negotiating as a Woman
The Negotiating as a Woman in the Industry component of this workshop is designed to enhance skills and to support women to negotiate for conditions of career success.

Session 10: Christmas Celebration

Session 11: Understanding Finance in the Hire Industry
This workshop is designed for those outside of the Finance function with budget influence or responsibility. It will provide a practical guide to analysing financial data, to better understand business performance.

Session 12: Career Management
This session will focus on recognising and overcoming obstacles, interview techniques and potential behaviour barriers presented to women over the course of their career journey. It will focus on career conversations, feedback and difficult conversations between males and females.

Panel Discussion 2
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Session 13: Linkedin/Personal Brand
The focus of the LinkedIn / Personal Brand workshop is on how to best manage your personal brand in your workplace and the online world. We will also look at LinkedIn profiles and how to make the most of this social media platform.

Session 14: Managing Performance
This workshop is designed to assist participants to identify good performance of individuals and teams to address non-performance related issues.

Networking for Success
This is a great event – please check with your manager about attending!
Networking is an essential tool for business development and career advancement. This session will focus on building, develop­ing and maintaining professional, profitable business relationships through networking.

Women in Hire & Access Afternoon Tea
Held at HIRE21 on the Gold Coast. Further details TBA.

Additional Content


I’ve lived as a man & a woman – here’s what I learned – Paula Stone Williams

The Office Season 9, Episode 7 – Teaching Dwight active listening

Make Stress Your Friend – Kelly McGonigal

10 ways to have a better conversation – Celeste Headlee

3 secrets of resilient people – Lucy Hone

Suggested Books

Crucial Conversations – Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

Psycho Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The Fix by Michelle P King

Emotional Intelligence, why it can happen more than IQ by Daniel Goleman

Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job by Sally Helgesen

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Dealing with the Tough Stuff by Darren Hill

Bacon Wars by Rachael Robertson

Articles and Links