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Michelle Redfern

Melbourne, Australia, Australia
Function: Consultancy, Strategy, & Transformation
Industry: Professional Services
Category: Professional Services
Level of responsibility: CEO

About me section iconAbout me

My WHY, WHAT & HOW is to advance women in business & sport. My dream is a world where women are equal and celebrated. As the founder of two businesses that work to close the gender gap in business and sport, I enable women to be successful, however they wish to define success. I work with individual women, groups of women and advise organisations that employ women, to break down the barriers and unlock the potential and value that having more women in business and sport will create. Because I've navigated life & business, I not only have the experience, unique skills, qualifications and wisdom, I have the "street cred" to be completely relatable to women from all walks of life. I share my wisdom and advice in an unfailingly authentic way and provide the thought leadership to get women to unlock their potential. I do not "FIX" women....I fix the system! Diagnosing, designing and delivering solutions and processes to break down the barriers to women advancing is the key! By working with me, women have access to the research, the tools, the approach & the method to advance. I love F words…some of my favourite are fabulous, feisty, fantastic, female, Flawesome and feminism. Yes…I'm a card-carrying (If there were cards), flag waving (if there were flags), feminist. Because feminism is “the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.” I'm simply an ordinary woman striving to do extraordinary things by speaking, advising and running events to advance women in business and sport.

Work experience section iconWork Experience

Head of ATM's & Self Service

National Australia Bank

November 2013 - May 2015 (1 year, 6 months) | Melbourn, Australia
Head of Service

National Australia Bank

April 2013 - November 2013 (7 months) | Melbourne, Australia
General Manager Operations

Serco BPO (Australia)

August 2010 - April 2013 (2 years, 8 months) | Melbourne, Australia
Head of Strategic Relationship Management & Outsourcing

National Australia Bank

May 2015 - December 2016 (1 year, 7 months) | Melbourne, Victoria.
I have the responsibility to design, deploy and lead the Enterprise Relationship Management transformation for NAB to ensure best in class governance, risk management, value extraction and continuous improvement. I lead the team responsible for NAB's Outsourcing Methodology and Supplier Relationship Management functions for specified strategic suppliers across the NAB organisation which has accountability for significant supplier spend.
Committee Member

The Purple Bombers

May 2015 - November 2015 (6 months)
http://www.purplebombers.com Established in 2014, Purple Bombers are one of the many supporter groups that make up the diverse and rich culture of the Essendon family. The Purple Bombers aim to assist the Essendon Football Club and the AFL in being leaders of change by creating a safe environment for LGBTIQ supporters and players, by encouraging and promoting diversity, tolerance and acceptance within the wider football community. We are committed to removing homophobia from football and are striving towards our ultimate goals of establishing a pride round and assisting other AFL clubs to establish their own LGBTIQ supporter groups. Our committee meets regularly, working hard at creating and establishing a strong and diverse Coterie Group and setting the foundations of a strong, safe and accepting supporter group for all.
Member of the Board

Gippsland League

November 2014 - November 2016 (2 years)
As member of the Board, I contribute to overseeing the operations of Gippsland's major football and netball league with an emphasis on strategy, finance and business management. I am the coordination point for the leagues inaugural female AFL representative team from Gippsland.
Chair - NABility

National Australia Bank

November 2014 - December 2016 (2 years, 1 month)
Chair of NABs employee advocate group. NABility is a group of passionate & committed people who are taking practical actions to remove accessibility barriers & increase inclusion for employees, customers & the community who have an accessibility consideration.
Member of the Board

Business Without Borders Swinburne

January 2016 - November 2016 (10 months)
Business Without Borders is a social impact organization that leverages Swinburne University students skills to help solve social issues in the first and third world. With careful mentoring from industry professionals such as myself, students are able to build upon their skills and contribute to a meaningful endeavor. BWB assists charities such as World Vision along with founding social impact consultancies & charitable ventures. Business Without Borders Swinburne was founded in 2014 and is gaining momentum in order to bring about positive change.
Founder

Advancing Women in Business & Sport

January 2016 - Present (8 years, 5 months) | Australia
Michelle Redfern has combined 20 years of executive leadership experience, sporting administration, a love of sport and passion for gender equality to create a unique enterprise to advance women in business & sport. Michelle provides advisory services to individual women, groups of women, businesses and sporting organisations that are serious about advancing women. As a passionate inclusionist who has anchored her work in gender equality and inclusion, Michelle knows there are barriers to female thriving in business and in sport. One of the barriers can be having access to role models like Michelle to mentor, guide and advise about the female advancement journey. Michelle designs strategies for outperformance using a diversity and inclusion lens, because she knows that diversity of thought is the heart of any improvement plan. Whether an individual, a team or a business, Michelle challenges people to be inclusive, courageous & to believe in themselves, which is an essential ingredient that enables a performance turnaround strategy to be enduring and sustainable. Services - Mentoring - Female Leadership Programs - Advisory - Speaking & Facilitation
Founder

WWGI: a thriving ecosystem to support women from all walks of life

May 2016 - Present (8 years, 1 month) | Melbourne
WWGI is Women Who Get It, a strategic networking & connecting ecosystem I founded in 2016. I created WWGI to be safe, friendly, welcoming no BS spaces and places for females from all walks of life to learn, develop and thrive. WWGI members are all ages and at all stages of their careers, businesses & life. They are funny, friendly, fantastic women aspiring to live the life they always wanted. They want to make meaningful connections to extend their strategic networks, grow their career or business and find collaboration partners. Events and workshops are held regularly. So, why not come along to learn, develop & thrive in a safe space with a bunch of friendly, fantastic, feisty, flawesome females? To find out more about my next event, or how to become involved as a speaker, sponsor or supporter, visit the www.mywwgi.com the Facebook Group Page or contact me.
Board Member

Williamstown Football Club

April 2017 - Present (7 years, 2 months)
Williamstown Football Club was established in 1864 and is one of the oldest Australian Rules Football Clubs in the nation. Our Club has a long history of success, having won 16 Premierships in the VFA/VFL State competition.
Board Member

Good Shepherd Microfinance

June 2017 - Present (7 years)
Owner

Advancing Women in Business & Sport

January 2016 - Present (8 years, 5 months)
Michelle Redfern gets stuff done, including taking your diversity plan from conversation to action. Michelle advises boards, CEOs & Execs in sport & business about how to increase the number of female leaders, suppliers, sponsors, supporters & customers in their organisation. Services - Gender Diversity Program Design - Female Leadership Program - Events, Speaking & Facilitation
Ambassador

PEARL by Shevonne Joyce

May 2018 - Present (6 years, 1 month)
PEARL is an online, inclusive networking alliance born out of the #payforprogress campaign that connects you online with other women who actively advocate for and create fair negotiating environments for women in business. Women who are part of this network are committed to paying women fairly for their work and also valuing their own worth by not working for free with profitable organisations, share market knowledge and stand up for each other. PEARL recognises that collectively we have the power to eliminate the barriers that prevent women from growing profitable businesses and is built on a foundation of walking our talk. As part of your membership to PEARL, you will receive: 1. Access to the online PEARL Facebook group 2. Social media pack that enables you to tell your clients that your business has committed to the #payforprogress campaign and progressing gender equality 3. Access to a list of women who are committed to the #payforprogress campaign so you can ensure you are working with women and choosing suppliers who are putting their money where their mouth is, opportunity for paid collaboration, to ask advice and gain support 4. Advocacy support to help you manage requests from profitable organisations who ask you to work for free 5. Access to a range of value add tools and resources to help you learn how to decide your value for yourself and how to ask for it AND other women will have your back to do that. All of this for $97 AUD per annum + GST. Click below to join the revolution by subscribing to an annual membership. If you have any further questions, please get in touch with Shevonne Joyce via [email protected] https://shevonnejoyce.com/pearl/
Ambassador

Honour A Woman

May 2018 - Present (6 years, 1 month)
Honour a Woman is a movement of men and women working towards gender equality in the Australian honours (www.facebook.com/Honourawoman). Its co-founders are: • Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, an activist with a background in teaching, education research and policy. Tel. 0412634340, [email protected] • Carol Kiernan, an Intelligence and Communications consultant working to achieve safer and more empowered communities. Tel. 0405580376, [email protected] • Ruth McGowan OAM, a community leader and consultant on women’s equality and leadership in the local government and community sectors. Tel. 0431664693 [email protected]
Ambassador for Flexible Working Day

Flexible Working Day

April 2018 - Present (6 years, 2 months)
Flexible working requires flexible mindsets and flexible work styles. It is about people working in ways that allow them to achieve their best and for employers to reap the rewards. Making the most of employees means supporting innovative and diverse work arrangements - from the night owl starting and finishing late, job-sharing and part-time work, to name a few.
Co-Founder

CDW

July 2017 - Present (6 years, 11 months)
CDW (Culturally Diverse Workforce’s) is a joint venture co-founded by MindTribes & Advancing Women with the purpose of addressing the significant under-representation of culturally diverse women in senior leadership roles in Australia. CDW is a multi-faceted program for CALD people with two phases, backed by significant research and expertise of it facilitators, Div Pillay & Michelle Redfern. Women joining will undertake a capability program that is designed to honour their cultural heritage whilst providing them with the tools and expertise to navigate and advance in their workplace. CDW is supported by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, large organisations and business councils.
Director

Good Shepherd Microfinance

June 2017 - Present (7 years)
Three million people in Australia are excluded from mainstream financial institutions and their banking and insurance products. This places them and their families at risk of poverty and poor social, emotional and health outcomes. Good Shepherd Microfinance is a world leader in financial inclusion products, services and advisory. We offer fair and affordable financial programs to people on low incomes, and advisory services with a global reach. We work collaboratively with the corporate, government and community sectors to create people-centred programs that enable clients to realise their own economic wellbeing, as they define it themselves. This approach leaves clients feeling valued and in control of their finances and lives.
Director

Williamstown Football Club

April 2017 - Present (7 years, 2 months)
Williamstown Football Club was established in 1864 and is one of the oldest Australian Rules Football Clubs in the nation. Our Club has a long history of success, having won 16 Premierships in the VFA/VFL State competition.
Founder

WWGI: a thriving ecosystem to support women from all walks of life

May 2016 - Present (8 years, 1 month)
WWGI is Women Who Get It, a strategic networking & connecting ecosystem I founded in 2016. I created WWGI to be safe, friendly, welcoming no BS spaces and places for females from all walks of life to learn, develop and thrive. WWGI members are all ages and at all stages of their careers, businesses & life. They are funny, friendly, fantastic women aspiring to live the life they always wanted. They want to make meaningful connections to extend their strategic networks, grow their career or business and find collaboration partners. Events and workshops are held regularly. So, why not come along to learn, develop & thrive in a safe space with a bunch of friendly, fantastic, feisty, flawesome females? To find out more about my next event, or how to become involved as a speaker, sponsor or supporter, visit the www.mywwgi.com the Facebook Group Page or contact me.

Education section iconEducation

RMIT

Executive MBA

2013 - 2015
Australian Institute of Company Directors

Company Directors course

2015 - 2015
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