Thank you, au revoir 2017, and a new beginning for Xplore
We want to begin our final newsletter for 2017 by acknowledging the part you have played in what has in many ways been a watershed year for Xplore. Whether you have participated in one of our programs, been a panelist or guest at one of our events, partnered with us on projects, or followed us on social, thank you so much for your interest and support of our work throughout 2017.
We are ending our year with a new beginning for Xplore. In 2017 we celebrated our first 15 years, and we will enter 2018 with a new look and a new focus on including men more deeply in our programs, and in our advocacy for equality and inclusion in the workplace.
This shift is reflected in our new logo. The X, representing the X Chromosome, has been a big part of our story so far, but we all know that inclusion and diversity is the business of both women and men. This is why our X now includes a Y, happily working together at the beginning of our new logo.
A few words about our choice of purple. Purple represents ‘dignity’ in the women’s suffrage movement, and we were excited to learn that ultra violet was recently announced by Pantone LLC as the Colour of the Year for 2018, ‘a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade [that] communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future’.
Some of our highlights from 2017 include:
- Launched a book on inclusive leadership featuring stories from 20 Australian leaders on what it takes to create and support a diverse and inclusive workplace. Launch events were held in four capital cities and featured panel discussions with the leaders interviewed for the book. We filmed the Sydney launch event so the wider community could benefit from the valuable insights shared by some of these leaders. The complete playlist is here.
- Partnered with AICD’s 30% Club to host an event at PwC with high profile panelists Dr Michael Kimmel (Centre for Men and Masculinities, Stony Brook University, NYC), Sam Weiss, and Peter O’Brien, on the topic of ‘Men as Allies’ in gender equality. This event was attended by more than 120 people and a video highlights package was produced.
- Launched an updated edition of our popular book on sponsorship – with a new title, Got Your Back – profiling stories from sponsors and sponsees on what sponsorship means to them, and how it can support career progression.
- Hosted events in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and, for the first time, Canberra. Topics included inclusive leadership and the power of sponsorship.
- Conducted over 70 leadership and career development programs and workshops in organisations across the country.
- Hosted a 7-day Cultural Field Trip to Cambodia in support of the great work of Good Return, seeing first hand the benefits of the micro-financing loans that enable Cambodians to access the necessities of life – water filters for clean water, toilets to improve sanitation and bikes to allow transport to schools and work. Details of our 2018 Field Trip will be out soon!
- Celebrated the outcome of the marriage equality survey and marked Xplore’s 15th anniversary by hosting a panel event in Sydney with Benjamin Law (screenwriter, journalist), Lisa Annese (CEO, Diversity Council Australia), Ursula McGeown (CEO, Dress for Success Sydney) and Diana Ryall AM on Equality Now: The lowdown on the upside of equality. If you were there, you might find yourself in the event photo album.
To each and every one of you, thank you again for your interest in and support of our work in driving equality and inclusion in the workplace. Below we have shared some of our reading and viewing suggestions for the Summer holidays, and a list of some of the things we’re looking forward to in 2018. We’d love you to join us for these, and we look forward to updating you early in the New Year on some exciting initiatives we have in store for you in 2018.
Warmest wishes to you and your loved ones for the holiday season.
Amanda Webb and Diana Ryall AM
Events we’re looking forward to in 2018 (why not join us?)
Summer reading and viewing list (compiled by Amanda)
- We love Women’s Agenda and will continue to get our regular fix over the holidays.
- Vicki shared this with us, and oh, how we laughed!: Five Feminist Podcasts To Help You Deal With This Hot Mess Of A World.
- I’m sure I spent the first 6 months of 2017 asking myself “What happened?” in the 2016 USA election. Reading Hillary Clinton’s book, appropriately named exactly that – ‘What Happened’ (Note: that’s a statement, not a question) released in September, provided me with her answers, insights and perspective, along with a greater understanding of the American political landscape. Worth the read and GoodReads rates it a 4.0 too.
- I look forward to my weekly email from Upworthy sharing the best stories of humanity, kindness and hope. If you are not a subscriber, do yourself a favour these holidays and sign up. Everyone can benefit from an extra dose of this kinda news, right?
- Thanks to Disney, we now have a family Christmas tradition of seeing the latest Star Wars movie together. In a few days I will be experiencing my first viewing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. P.S. I absolutely love that the three most important figures in The Resistance movement are all women! Sounds like a perfect parallel to how 2017 is wrapping up!