Women in Print PacPrint breakfast for all
The Women in Print Breakfast at PacPrint 2022 is just around the corner, and the tickets are available for the industry gender equality focused event, which will run 7.30am in the Thursday of the show, and which will see men in attendance for the first time.
The breakfast focus will be on the development and need of a gender equality policy for all of industry, with Kellie Northwood leading the discussion, presenting the performance of the print industry, and focusing on how to can build a united policy. A panel of industry leaders will share how attracting female talent into their businesses leads to increased profitability and greater business success.
It is the first time Women in Print have included men to their event, as the discussion is seen as one that is important for all industry leaders – male and female.
Northwood said, “It is an important step to take, with everyone from the industry in the room, we can explore the important role we each play in building a more diverse and thereby rich, industry environment. The research I will be presenting shows clearly that companies who implement gender and diversity policies into their businesses have increased profits, higher staff retention rates and stronger business cultures.
We also know we have skills shortages across our industry and this will not improve if we are ignoring fifty percent of the population.
The breakfast will include a warm breakfast, and a ‘call to arms’ with an industry policy being distributed to all PVCA/TRMC members following PacPrint, calling on all member companies to implement a step by step guide for their businesses.
The panel will include SA Patron and Women in Print deputy president, Sandy Aspinall who will share insights across the recruitment of female talent and her findings in recent months. Aspinall is the director of Creative Juices, a recruitment business across the print, design and related services sector.
Mark Moro, national sales manager, Ricoh Graphic Communications, will also provide insights across the broader lens of skills and training to incentivise and retain our emerging talent. “I have always been passionate about how we build up emerging talent as our industry faces increased challenges across attracting talent into our industry, but also ensuring they are motivated to stay and build strong careers. It is something I think we all need to address and build solutions for,” commented Moro.
Charlotte Fountain, the TRMC 2021 Emerging Talent mentorship winner, will also join the panel to share her experiences as a female apprentice, and a young emerging talent into the industry.
“The panel is a range of talent and across our industry, each bringing a different perspective which I think will add to a vibrant discussion. That said, this is an industry discussion and will be opened to the floor to all attendees. So, I hope everyone brings some thoughts on how we can best achieve a solid industry standard and policy. It’s a warm breakfast on a Melbourne Winter morning, tickets are $35 a head, so there is no excuse to not come, learn and embrace an important topic,” concluded Northwood.