International Women’s Day 2012

International Women's Day (IWD) 2012 takes place 8 March and is a global day celebrating the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future.

This year, to coincide with International Women’s Day, the Inspiring Women’s team arranged inspirational women to share their stories and insights.     

Key initiative

A key component of the Inspiring Women’s initiative (Deloitte’s gender diversity strategy) is the Deloitte Business Woman of the Year (DBWY) program. Each year to coincide with IWD, we launch the DBWY program nationally. 

Introduced in 2004 to recognise and retain our most talented women, the Deloitte Business Woman of the Year commemorates in its ninth year in 2012, as we renew our commitment to identifying, developing and retaining the firm’s most talented women.

Guest speaker events

Exclusive event with Jessica Watson
Fresh from her success of leading the youngest ever crew to win second place in the class 38 One Design Division in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, the Inspiring Women’s team was delighted to secure around the world solo yachtswomen, teenager Jessica Watson as a guest speaker for one of the Sydney events. 

This event was organised exclusively for Deloitte Directors and their clients, and was an opportunity to hear what Jessica learnt from working with Deloitte Consultant and fellow captain Chris Lewin to develop her management skills in Leadership, People and Time Management, as she transitioned from the life of a solo sailor of 16, to captaining a crew in the toughest ocean race of them all.

Kristina Keneally and KC Ranjani – Empowering women, locally and globally
Deloitte Private and the Deloitte Inspiring Women’s Committee were pleased to have secured an exciting opportunity to hear from two very inspirational women - Kristina Keneally (Member of the New South Wales Parliament) and KC Ranjani (Managing Director of Opportunity International Australia’s subsidiary in India, Dia Vikas Capital). 

The event provided the opportunity to hear how women alongside their families and communities, are being empowered through microfinance loans and opportunities in business and government.

The guest speakers also shared their own personal experiences about how opportunities in business and government have helped empower them and how they are now using their influence to empower poor women globally to realise their potential and break free from the cycle of poverty.

Kim Saville, Deputy Director of the School of St Jude - “Ordinary Women doing extraordinary things”
The event in Sydney provided the opportunity to hear from Kim Saville and her inspiring story behind the School of St Jude’s – a school helping the ongoing fight in overcoming poverty in Tanzania through education.

Kim shared her story how she came to find herself in Africa, how she helped establish the School of St Jude and also discussed the challenges she has faced and rewards in her daily routine at St Jude’s.