The Food & Drink Business Podcast Ep11: The gender supply chain

 The gender supply chain: the quest for equal representation of women and men at every level in food and beverage operations. Food & Drink Business editor Kim Berry discusses greater gender equity in operational roles with Kellogg's Australia manufacturing director Maggie Pillay and National Association of Women in Operations (NAWO) CEO Louise Weine. 

We start the discussion with Louise telling us about NAWO, the key industry areas that make up operations and the ratio of women in each industry area, followed by Maggie reviewing her career in food safety and manufacturing.

The topics covered include the importance of mentoring and companies that offer opportunities for women, the cultural shift required to help both women and men support both a career and a family along with how COVID has helped demonstrate that there are multiple ways to a successful outcome for women in senior management roles.

Louise notes that “you can't be what you can’t see” and that role models in business at senior levels are required to help women realise that they too could achieve such positions. Support systems, communities and networks are important, as is professional development. She explains NAWO’s network, mentoring and educational programs and the importance of corporate culture.


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Host: Kim Berry
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