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30 October 2020 | Diversity and Inclusion

Lean In at The Warehouse Group

Lean In lives by the mission of helping women achieve their ambitions and working to create an equal world; a world where people of every gender can pursue their dreams without bias or other barriers holding them back.

TWG is in full support of this mission and last year partnered with Lean In New Zealand to help counteract gender bias, better navigate gender dynamics and work towards gender equality.

In a year hampered by lockdowns due to COVID-19, multiple Lean In circles provided TWG women and men with professional and leadership development and peer-to-peer mentoring to break down systemic barriers to gender equality.

TWG’s Executive sponsor for the programme is Chief Sales Officer Tim Edwards. He says the circles, which were run and facilitated by TWG team members themselves, enabled members to equip themselves with new tools to thrive in their careers.

“Lean in @TWG encourages women to create environments where they can proactively challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.

“It isn’t only women who can be involved. We understand being inclusive to all people and gender identities will help enable gender equality.”

The woman who introduced the programme to The Warehouse Group, Tanya Colvin, said she’s thrilled so many were able to graduate.

“With COVID and the lockdowns of 2020, committing to attend Lean In circles became that much harder but it was fantastic to see the attendance and energy invested in this programme.

“I have been told circle members not only learnt about the key theme of their circle, but they were able to benefit from the nature of the Group to help them support each other when they were working differently due to COVID-19”, said Tanya.

The Warehouse Group will hold further circles in 2021 and is encouraging people from right across its organisations to join in.

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