Karen Hayes,CEO Guide Dogs on Australia's most trusted Charity

March 20, 2018
Hosted by Alma Besserdin

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Episode Description

In this episode Alma Besserdin talks to Karen Hayes, CEO of the Victorian Division of Guide Dogs Australia, which is currently Australia’s “Most Trusted Charity” for the 5th year in a row, as voted by the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Poll. Karen will talk about what does it take to create an environment of trust and supportive leadership. As a strong advocate for women across many industries and communities globally, Karen will also share what women can do to pursue their careers in leadership roles.

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Skilled migrants face many global challenges with qualifications not recognized and jobs below their capabilities. Studies show that women mostly have difficulties in finding their career path in a new country due to lack confidence and fewer opportunities. Employers insist on “local experience” regardless of their transferable skills and experience. What is local experience in a global environment? Often migrants must change their names even to get interviews. Many countries don’t have an infrastructure to help skilled migrants to integrate, adjust to the new environment, or find appropriate employment. Our show will look at these issues and explore what countries and industries can do to create a culture of inclusive leadership, diversity and equality at the workplace, what the benefits are and what changes are required for the workplace of the future.

Alma Besserdin

Alma Besserdin is the Founder of Wimmigrants of Australia. As a professional woman immigrant, she had to deal with challenges of immigration herself which inspired her to establish Wimmigrants. Her vision is to help other professional women immigrants (Wimmigrants) achieve their career aspirations and become leaders in their workplace and community.

Alma’s background and corporate experience as a senior executive, gives her unique skills and knowledge to assist organizations to create a culture of diversity, innovation and engagement.

Alma has held senior executive roles in leadership development, HR management, change management, culture change and business transformation within medium to large private and government organizations. Her extensive experience covers industry sectors including financial services, telecommunications, retail, utilities; manufacturing, government, regulatory and NFP.

Alma holds a Bachelor of Law and Post Graduate in Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations. She is a State Councilor and Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a former Board Director at the Crohn’s and Colitis Australia (CCA) and a Neuro Linguistic Practitioner (NLP), Coach and a Mentor. Alma was a Telstra Women’s Business Award Nominee in 2016 and was awarded a Government Scholarship for the Board Leadership and Mentoring Program for Culturally Diverse Women.

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