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Our mission is to equip women with the knowledge and skills they need to *earn* leadership roles, especially at the top of organizations. Put another way, we help organizations ensure their team members are focused and delivering on the outcomes that matter most to the business. We do this through cultivating Business, Strategic, and Financial Acumen.

It is these areas of leadership where research shows women are consistently under-mentored and under-guided. And it is business, strategic, and financial acumen that is weighted twice as heavily as other aspects of leadership (versus charisma, communications, team-building, etc.) in a person's candidacy for leading businesses at the highest ranks.

Are you ready to invest in your career or your company's female talent pipeline? The Lead to Soar team is here to help.

Lead to Soar Michelle Redfern & Mel Butcher

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Our mission is to equip women with the knowledge and skills they need to *earn* leadership roles, especially at the top of organizations. Put another way, we help organizations ensure their team members are focused and delivering on the outcomes that matter most to the business. We do this through cultivating Business, Strategic, and Financial Acumen.

It is these areas of leadership where research shows women are consistently under-mentored and under-guided. And it is business, strategic, and financial acumen that is weighted twice as heavily as other aspects of leadership (versus charisma, communications, team-building, etc.) in a person's candidacy for leading businesses at the highest ranks.

Are you ready to invest in your career or your company's female talent pipeline? The Lead to Soar team is here to help.

    How to Survive a Toxic or Hostile Workplace with Organisational Psychologist Noa Rein

    How to Survive a Toxic or Hostile Workplace with Organisational Psychologist Noa Rein

    Lead to Soar! is a production of A Career that Soars
    Hear Organisationsal Psychologist Noa Rein in conversation with Mel and Michelle about how to recognise toxic or hostile workplaces, behaviours and how to navigate them, as well as the questions from members about managing The Brilliant Jerk as well! Noa will help us tp find the language to articulate the problem to leaders (using the language of power)

    This is a recording of a live, interactive Q&A session with the members of A Career that Soars.
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    Bio for Michelle Redfern
    Michelle is the founder of Advancing Women, an enterprise providing research and advisory services on workplace gender equality, inclusion and diversity. She is co-host of A Career that Soars! the founder of women’s network Women Who Get It  co-founder of CDW (Culturally Diverse Women) and host of the Lead to Soar podcast.
    Michelle is an experienced Non-Executive Director with Board and advisory roles in the finance, sport, for purpose and supply chain sectors. She is a proud Ambassador for Flexible Working Day and Girls Uniform Agenda. She has held executive leadership roles at ASX & FTSE listed companies NAB, Telstra and Serco during her 30-year corporate career.
    Michelle is a Graduate of the AICD, holds an Executive MBA (Distinction) and holds various accreditations in organisational diversity and coaching. She is an in-demand speaker and is a regular contributor to the discussion and advocate for gender equality and inclusion in sport and business workplaces.
     
    Bio for Mel Butcher
    Mel Butcher is a consulting engineer focused on growing business through serving enterprise industrial clients in the environmental, water, and sustainability spaces.  In her free time, she is a host inside A Career That Soars! and on the Lead to Soar! podcast where she supports women in achieving their highest career ambitions. Mel is a goal advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in the engineering and industrial world. She also gives time to supporting young engineers early in their career. Reach out here.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ambition is Not A Dirty Word!

    Ambition is Not A Dirty Word!

    Lead to Soar! is a production of A Career that Soars
    Let's examine the word ambition, or ambitious, or… 'ambitious woman'. When applied to women, the adjective "ambitious" is usually used pejoratively, as discussed in Meghan, Duchess of Sussex's recent podcast with Serena Williams.  Many women Mel and Michelle know do not identify as being ambitious, but they are ambitious for the world, their organizations, and their families. We think it's time to pull this word apart to see what it really means for women. 
     
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    Resources
    Sign up for A Career that Soars! *Premium https://www.theadvancingwomenformula.com/life-audit https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/ambition-why-is-it-still-a-dirty-word-for-women-1.3665720 https://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinecastrillon/2019/07/28/why-ambition-isnt-a-dirty-word-for-women/?sh=1eb4eafc6e07 ~
    Bio for Michelle Redfern
    Michelle is the founder of Advancing Women, an enterprise providing research and advisory services on workplace gender equality, inclusion and diversity. She is co-host of A Career that Soars! the founder of women’s network Women Who Get It  co-founder of CDW (Culturally Diverse Women) and host of the Lead to Soar podcast.
    Michelle is an experienced Non-Executive Director with Board and advisory roles in the finance, sport, for purpose and supply chain sectors. She is a proud Ambassador for Flexible Working Day and Girls Uniform Agenda. She has held executive leadership roles at ASX & FTSE listed companies NAB, Telstra and Serco during her 30-year corporate career.
    Michelle is a Graduate of the AICD, holds an Executive MBA (Distinction) and holds various accreditations in organisational diversity and coaching. She is an in-demand speaker and is a regular contributor to the discussion and advocate for gender equality and inclusion in sport and business workplaces.
     
    Bio for Mel Butcher
    Mel Butcher is a consulting engineer focused on growing business through serving enterprise industrial clients in the environmental, water, and sustainability spaces.  In her free time, she is a host inside A Career That Soars! and on the Lead to Soar! podcast where she supports women in achieving their highest career ambitions. Mel is a goal advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in the engineering and industrial world. She also gives time to supporting young engineers early in their career. Reach out here.

    • 39 min
    Blowing Shit Up with Cindy Gallop

    Blowing Shit Up with Cindy Gallop

    Lead to Soar! is a production of A Career that Soars
    Cindy Gallop likes to blow shit up. She says she is the Michael Bay of business. She is a serial entrepreneur and is also a fearless advocate for women, especially when it comes to equal pay.  In this lively conversation, we cover critical topics for businesswomen … Personal Brand - if you don't promote yourself, then who else will?  Plus,  "Don't empower me, pay me!"  is how to ask for and get the salary you deserve. And how to navigate The Patriarchy in the Workplace.              
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    Sign up for A Career that Soars! *Premium https://cindygallop.com 7 Pieces of Advice Women Should Ignore:  https://hbr.org/2021/04/7-pieces-of-bad-career-advice-women-should-ignore How to Build Your Personal Brand
    https://youtu.be/ETMBi79fJmw How to Get Paid What You’re Worth
    https://www.forbesindia.com/article/storyboard18/storyboard18-dont-empower-me-pay-me/74301/1 ~
    Bio for Cindy
    Cindy is a brand and business innovator, consultant, coach and keynote speaker, available to work with anybody who wants to change the game in their particular sector. Come to me for radical, innovative, groundbreaking, transformative - I don't do status quo. That's why I sum up my approach as, "I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business." I can help you own the future as the leader you want to be, the business you want to be, and the gender-equal, diverse, inclusive workplace you want to be. 
    Bio for Michelle Redfern
    Michelle is the founder of Advancing Women, an enterprise providing research and advisory services on workplace gender equality, inclusion and diversity. She is co-host of A Career that Soars! the founder of women’s network Women Who Get It  co-founder of CDW (Culturally Diverse Women) and host of the Lead to Soar podcast.
    Michelle is an experienced Non-Executive Director with Board and advisory roles in the finance, sport, for purpose and supply chain sectors. She is a proud Ambassador for Flexible Working Day and Girls Uniform Agenda. She has held executive leadership roles at ASX & FTSE listed companies NAB, Telstra and Serco during her 30-year corporate career.
    Michelle is a Graduate of the AICD, holds an Executive MBA (Distinction) and holds various accreditations in organisational diversity and coaching. She is an in-demand speaker and is a regular contributor to the discussion and advocate for gender equality and inclusion in sport and business workplaces.
     
    Bio for Mel Butcher
    Mel Butcher is a consulting engineer focused on growing business through serving enterprise industrial clients in the environmental, water, and sustainability spaces.  In her free time, she is a host inside A Career That Soars! and on the Lead to Soar! podcast where she supports women in achieving their highest career ambitions. Mel is a goal advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in the engineering and industrial world. She also gives time to supporting young engineers early in their career. Reach out here.

    • 53 min
    #GSD: 5 Ways to Be a Better Ally to the Rainbow Community

    #GSD: 5 Ways to Be a Better Ally to the Rainbow Community

    Lead to Soar! is a production of A Career that Soars
    If you are wondering how to be a better ally to members of the #LGBTIQA+ community, especially those people who identify as trans, gender diverse, or non-binary, then this episode is a good start.
    Michelle Redfern shares how the Rainbow Community, as many of us call it needs more of you to step up and call it out.
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    Sign up for A Career that Soars! *Premium LGBTIQA+ glossary of common terms  https://aifs.gov.au/resources/resource-sheets/lgbtiqa-glossary-common-terms GLAAD: GLAAD works through entertainment, news, and digital media to share stories from the LGBTQ community that accelerate acceptance. - https://www.glaad.org/about Wear It Purple Day: Wear It Purple strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people - https://www.wearitpurple.org/our-story PFLAG: Founded in 1973, PFLAG is the first and largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and their families. PFLAG’s network of hundreds of chapters and more than 325,000 members and supporters works to create a caring, just, and affirming world for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them. https://pflag.org/about  ~
    Bio for Michelle Redfern
    Michelle is the founder of Advancing Women, an enterprise providing research and advisory services on workplace gender equality, inclusion and diversity. She is co-host of A Career that Soars! the founder of women’s network Women Who Get It  co-founder of CDW (Culturally Diverse Women) and host of the Lead to Soar podcast.
    Michelle is an experienced Non-Executive Director with Board and advisory roles in the finance, sport, for purpose and supply chain sectors. She is a proud Ambassador for Flexible Working Day and Girls Uniform Agenda. She has held executive leadership roles at ASX & FTSE listed companies NAB, Telstra and Serco during her 30-year corporate career.
    Michelle is a Graduate of the AICD, holds an Executive MBA (Distinction) and holds various accreditations in organisational diversity and coaching. She is an in-demand speaker and is a regular contributor to the discussion and advocate for gender equality and inclusion in sport and business workplaces.
     
    Bio for Mel Butcher
    Mel Butcher is a consulting engineer focused on growing business through serving enterprise industrial clients in the environmental, water, and sustainability spaces.  In her free time, she is a host inside A Career That Soars! and on the Lead to Soar! podcast where she supports women in achieving their highest career ambitions. Mel is a goal advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in the engineering and industrial world. She also gives time to supporting young engineers early in their career. Reach out here.

    • 8 min
    L2S: Doers Versus Delegators: Why Women Must master the Art of Delegation

    L2S: Doers Versus Delegators: Why Women Must master the Art of Delegation

    Lead to Soar! is a production of A Career that Soars
    In this episode, we tap into the collective wisdom of the hosts of A Career that Soars to discuss the art of delegation. We discuss how learning to delegate effectively is a career enabler and, conversely, if you are not perceived as an effective delegator, how it will be a career derailer.   
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    Bio for Michelle Redfern
    Michelle is the founder of Advancing Women, an enterprise providing research and advisory services on workplace gender equality, inclusion and diversity. She is co-host of A Career that Soars! the founder of women’s network Women Who Get It  co-founder of CDW (Culturally Diverse Women) and host of the Lead to Soar podcast.
    Michelle is an experienced Non-Executive Director with Board and advisory roles in the finance, sport, for purpose and supply chain sectors. She is a proud Ambassador for Flexible Working Day and Girls Uniform Agenda. She has held executive leadership roles at ASX & FTSE listed companies NAB, Telstra and Serco during her 30-year corporate career.
    Michelle is a Graduate of the AICD, holds an Executive MBA (Distinction) and holds various accreditations in organisational diversity and coaching. She is an in-demand speaker and is a regular contributor to the discussion and advocate for gender equality and inclusion in sports and business workplaces.
    Bio For Susan Colantuono
    Susan Colantuono has made it her life’s mission to support the career success of women.  She is the Founder of and now retired CEO of Leading Women, an international management consulting company focused on bringing gender balance to leadership teams. She is globally known for her TED Talk on The Career Advice You Probably Didn't Get (now with over 4 million views).
    ​Recognizing that many women around the globe do not have access to the leadership and career development resources they need in order to advance, Susan envisioned that a global network of aspiring women could fill such a gap. She embarked on the journey to form A Career that Soars!, and joined forces with Michelle Redfern to bring it to life.
    Susan is also the author of two internationally acclaimed books: No Ceiling, No Walls: what women haven’t been told about leadership and Make the Most of Mentoring which takes a close look at the conventional wisdom keeping women from rising from middle management.
     
    Bio for Mel Butcher
    Mel Butcher is a consulting engineer focused on growing business through serving enterprise industrial clients in the environmental, water, and sustainability spaces.  In her free time, she is a host inside A Career That Soars! and on the Lead to Soar! podcast where she supports women in achieving their highest career ambitions. Mel is a goal advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in the engineering and industrial world. She also gives time to supporting young engineers early in their career. Reach out here.

    • 52 min
    Helga Svendsen: So you want to be on a board?

    Helga Svendsen: So you want to be on a board?

    Lead to Soar! is a production of A Career that Soars
    Helga Svendsen is a self-confessed 'governance nerd' who is a facilitator, coach and mentor specializing in strategy and planning, governance and stakeholder engagement. She hosts the Take on Board podcast, a weekly pod, where she talks all things governance, as well as the take on board community which is a thriving community of women who connect through an active Facebook group events. Helga also runs programs to enable to get onto their first board and to a program to help women who are establishing their board career. In this episode, Michelle asks Helga what women should pay attention to, and when, if they aspire for a board career. 
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    Sign up for A Career that Soars! *Premium Take on Board podcast https://helgasvendsen.com.au/take-on-board-podcast/ Take on Board Community - https://helgasvendsen.com.au/community/ About Helga - https://helgasvendsen.com.au/about/ ~
    Bio for Michelle Redfern
    Michelle is the founder of Advancing Women, an enterprise providing research and advisory services on workplace gender equality, inclusion and diversity. She is co-host of A Career that Soars! the founder of women’s network Women Who Get It  co-founder of CDW (Culturally Diverse Women) and host of the Lead to Soar podcast.
    Michelle is an experienced Non-Executive Director with Board and advisory roles in the finance, sport, for purpose and supply chain sectors. She is a proud Ambassador for Flexible Working Day and Girls Uniform Agenda. She has held executive leadership roles at ASX & FTSE listed companies NAB, Telstra and Serco during her 30-year corporate career.
    Michelle is a Graduate of the AICD, holds an Executive MBA (Distinction) and holds various accreditations in organisational diversity and coaching. She is an in-demand speaker and is a regular contributor to the discussion and advocate for gender equality and inclusion in sport and business workplaces.
     
    Bio for Mel Butcher
    Mel Butcher is a consulting engineer focused on growing business through serving enterprise industrial clients in the environmental, water, and sustainability spaces.  In her free time, she is a host inside A Career That Soars! and on the Lead to Soar! podcast where she supports women in achieving their highest career ambitions. Mel is a goal advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in the engineering and industrial world. She also gives time to supporting young engineers early in their career. Reach out here.

    • 46 min

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