“My conversations with Aarti as a part of the Women Leaders Programme have been a valuable opportunity to reflect on the things I’m doing in clinics that I can improve on, and work through any challenges I’m going through. Often, we’ll talk through issues and as Aarti’s approach and the way she works is different to mine, she challenges my ideas and my way of thinking to try another approach, that I wouldn’t have necessarily considered”
Beyond regular meet-ups, the ‘Women Leaders at Tamaki Health’ programme also offers opportunities to attend a mentor coaching workshop, events featuring prolific female guest speakers and networking opportunities – concluding with a formal capstone celebration at the end of the programme.
It’s hoped that throughout the duration of the programme, the internal network of women at Tamaki Health will deepen, leadership pathways and clarity in career direction will form, and a better understanding of the obstacles between middle management and senior leadership will be achieved– and hopefully, with this understanding, some solutions will present to overcome this barrier.
As Janisha mentions, the impact is already being felt in the recruitment space:
“I’ve been doing receptionist interviews over the past few weeks, and this initiative has proven to be something that many women I’ve interviewed are interested in. Inequality for females in leadership positions in the healthcare industry is such a prevalent issue, and when choosing between one employer and another, this initiative shows not only that as an organisation we care, but also that we truly value our team members and the development of people within the organisation.”
We’re incredibly excited to see this initiative unfold, and to witness the growth of both our mentors and mentees as a result and further diversity and inclusion within Tamaki Health.
As Janisha summarised:
“The Women Leaders Programme is designed in a way that everyone can learn off anyone – no matter what background you’re coming from. If you’re someone who is ambitious, wants to take that next step and are motivated to make the most of the opportunity, I’d definitely recommend it.”