Chasing Parity is a podcast by SheSyndicate, a nonprofit dedicated to closing the global economic gender gap. On this show, we excavate at the coal face of gender disparity through interviews with social entrepreneurs, gender lens funders, academics, and women at the top of their industry, turning their unique perspectives and personal stories into actionable insights that provide waypoints for others passionate about making change. In each episode, we dive into a different facet of the 267-year gap, explore unique impact approaches and unpack some of the stories that hold women and diverse leaders back. Chasing Parity is an honest, intellectual, fun podcast for women and men striving to make the world more equitable for everyone.
Self Exploration, Learning Through Life's Lessons and Building a Company With Purpose with Nelli Kim
Our guest for this episode is Nelli Kim, the Founder and CEO of RĒDEN, a high-fashion shoe company with a purpose.
Nelli Kim has been in the fashion industry for 20 years but was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, and went through a seven-month journey of surgery and chemo - As a result of her treatments, Nelli developed chemo-related neuropathy, which is nerve damage that causes tingling, numbness or pain in the hands and feet.
In 2019, she left her role at Caleres and spent two years researching and developing Rēden, a direct-to-consumer footwear brand built with orthopedic functionality and a fashion aesthetic. Join us as we discuss her journey as well as gain some valuable insights into self-exploration and find out more about her how she is helping create impact.
Leaping Before You’re Ready, Changing Unconscious Bias & Having Courageous Conversations with Meggie Palmer
Our guest for this episode is Meggie Palmer, the Founder and CEO of PepTalkHer, a global organisation which works in-house with companies to recruit, retain & promote diverse talent. They run corporate programming for brands including Salesforce, JP Morgan & LinkedIn, and also created an app to help women track their wins at work and benchmark their salaries.
During this interview, we dive into all aspects about Meggie’s personal experiences that led to her passionate pursuit in helping women to close gender pay gaps - including how she founded PepTalkHer, and all the things she is currently working on to help other women communicate their way to success, and her tips for leaping before you're ready and changing our unconscious bias in the workplace.
Meggie travels globally speaking & helping companies with retaining female leaders & diversity. She spent 15 years as a journalist & foreign correspondent in Europe, the USA & Australia. She's worked for BBC World, CNBC, SBS Dateline, Channel 7, Channel 10, SKY, Vogue, Marie Claire & News Corporation. She is also passionate about helping small businesses connect with and harness the media.
Closing the Gender Finance Gap in Southeast Asia, Building Partnerships with Intention & Following Your Intuition with Shuyin Tang
Our guest for this episode is Shuyin Tang, a Partner at Patamar Capital, a leading impact investing firm in Southeast Asia. Shuyin is responsible for Patamar's investing activities in the Mekong region and has led investments into education, financial technology, employee benefits and healthcare companies.
Shuyin also spearheaded Patamar’s gender lens investing efforts, including managing one of the first gender lens investing funds in Southeast Asia, the Investing in Women Fund. She is also the co-founder and CEO of the Beacon Fund, a boundary-breaking fund for female entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia's emerging markets. In this episode, Shuyin and I talked about the impact of the work she is doing, the innovation of female entrepreneurs, inspiring case studies of their clients, the biggest thing she learned as a person, and more.
Shuyin was named one of Australia's "100 Women of Influence" by the Australian Financial Review in 2015 and an Asia 21 Young Leader by the Asia Society in 2016. She currently serves on the Southeast Asia Advisory Council of Women’s World Banking, a global NGO promoting women’s financial inclusion. She graduated summa cum laude from the Australian National University where she was also awarded the University Medal.
Listen to Shuyin’s advocacy and stay tuned until the end as she shares her personal advice on how to make a change and impact with the work you do.
Intro to Mezzanine Finance
Super Pops, Turning Negatives into Positives & Challenging Social Norms with Katrina Edillor
Our guest for this week’s episode, Katrina Edillor, the Head of AX Ventures at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners & Board Observer at The Benevolent Society. In her current position, Katrina leads CCEP Ventures in Australia, the Pacific, and Indonesia and manages its investment portfolio.
Adding to her skills and portfolio, Katrina drives commercial partnerships that scale start-ups and help CCEP sell more beverages and she also represents CCEP Australia in the Board of Western Australia Return Recycle Renew.
But in this episode, Katrina shared the struggles and obstacles that she experienced with her family and how her experiences transformed her into the woman that she is today, driven, purposeful, and determined. She also opened up about the important values that she and her husband share to make her role as a parent and a career woman work.
A strong force in the industry and with a heartfelt story to tell about family, overcoming obstacles, turning trials into a positive experience, and giving back to the community, listen to Katrina’s inspirational story about her life journey.
Becoming Superpops Pod
Building Innovation, Confidence, Getting Your Ideas Heard & Having a Go with Susan Oliver
Listen to this episode as the Chair at Alice Anderson Fund, Susan Oliver, shares her experience and expertise in rebuilding stakeholder trust and finding potential in legacy assets, all whilst mapping a path for a company to succeed into an unknown future.
Susan has been involved in the governance of global companies since 1996 including IFM Investors, Transurban Group, and the restructure of Centro Group, but before that, she also had a long career in technology and futures consulting, culminating with leading the Commission for the Future for the Australian Government.
This conversation with Susan is very eye-opening especially for promising women-led startups in the pipeline. She also has other interests in a range of not-for-profit causes. Currently, she sits on the board of the Melbourne Theatre Company, The Wheeler Centre and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. She helped found The Big Issue in Australia and co-founded Scale Investors to fund female-led startups.
Susan is also an active angel investor through Scale and dedicated to supporting innovation and participation by women as both entrepreneurs and investors, all in all, she has contributed significantly to the innovation, IT, and arts policy agendas in Australia.
She was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 for service to Australian society in business and an AM in 2019 for significant service to business and to women.
Alice Anderson Fund (Launch Vic)
Links from the Show
Australian Institute for Company Directors
Golden Seeds Ventures
On Negotiating, Amplifying Your Voice and Leveling Up Your Career with Claire Wasserman
In this episode, our guest is Claire Wasserman, an educator, author, and founder of Ladies Get Paid, a global community that champions the professional and financial advancement of women.
Claire is also the host of John Hancock’s podcast, Friends Who Talk About Money. She has traveled the country teaching thousands of women how to negotiate millions of dollars in raises, start businesses, and advocate for themselves in the workplace.
Listen as she talks about how she got started with her mission and shares her tips for beating back imposter syndrome, finding a career champion, and negotiating successfully. Claire was named one of Marquis Who's Who 75 Most Influential Financial Leaders of 2021, as well as Entrepreneur Magazine's 100 Most Powerful Women. This episode will provide great value for anyone interested in amplifying their voice and acknowledging their worth in the corporate arena.
Claire's book: https://ladiesgetpaid.com/book/#order-online
Decision-making matrix: https://fs.blog/2018/04/reversible-irreversible-decisions/
Ladies Get Paid