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Networking for Women in Canberra: Diversifying the Gender Gap in the Leadership Pool


CANBERRA, Australia December, 2012 –According to a Harvard Business Review (HBR) blog, a new McKinsey study reports that 50% to 65% of women at the vice-president level and higher are in ‘staff roles’, compared with only 41% to 48% of men, who are more likely to be in the line for the top job*.
Although the HBR blog states that mentoring and leadership programs as well networking for women “rarely work and breed cynicism”, Louise Carter, CEO and Founder of Performance Partnership firmly believes that networking among professional women is important to their career advancement – as she is testament to herself.
In support of her belief, Louise points out that the HBR blog mentions some companies are identifying solutions to fill the gender gap in their leadership pool by giving women the opportunity to join women’s networking groups as well as leadership and mentoring programs.
However, Louise admits that she is frustrated by the gender gap. With a belief that both the organisations and the women have responsibilities to fill the gender gap in senior management, Louise Carter empowers women in business to achieve their career goals through Canberra networking for women events and offering executive coaching in Canberra.
To support women in their career development, Louise’s company Performance Partnership hosts ‘Women with Purpose Networking Dinners’. The dinners facilitate the opportunity for professional women to meet like-minded peers in an environment conducive to sharing ideas and knowledge. This event helps women to tap into the experience of smart and savvy professional women in Canberra.
Louise notes that ’Women with Purpose’ is “much, much more” than simply making connections. Performance Partnership also facilitates an informal Professional Development discussion on topics of relevance to successful women in business during these dinners.
“What a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded women, enjoy a wonderful meal and have a laugh. Oh, and not to forget, some business-networking was done too,” says Trina Wood, Senior Financial Planner at Green Associates who attended one of the Women with Purpose dinners and cannot wait to recommend the dinner to her female friends.
Performance Partnership specialises in supporting women design, develop and nurture the career and life they want. They partner with clients to enhance the professional performance of women in the workplace. Performance Partnership focuses on executive coaching and professional development workshops in Canberra.
To find out more about Performance Partnerships’ networking for women and executive coaching for women, visit


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