Inclusionist Quest Program
Are you tired of feeling frustrated about how long it’s taking to achieve gender balance?
You KNOW women have the talent to lead.
You want to see women take their place as equal partners in executive leadership, it’s time they did.
Not in 100 years, not in another decade; you want to see significant progress NOW!
As our world changes irrevocably and we face great uncertainty, you know that women MUST be equal partners in designing our future world.
You want to see women recognised for their insights, their talents and their leadership, to gain their rightful place on executive leadership teams.
But….it’s not happening fast enough.
The pace is slow, it’s lonely and often dispiriting. Sometimes it feels too hard to keep fighting for equality.
It’s emotionally draining to be the one always raising the issue, repeating the same justifications, facing pushback, making some progress, then getting more resistance. You savour the wins, yet they’re still too far apart.
I get it.
You want your efforts to be rewarded. You want to feel that you have more influence; that your actions get a bigger payback.
You can imagine a time when you look back and feel like it was all worth it.
How good it would be – having a reputation for successfully influencing the achievement of gender balance? You can imagine your future self truly loving your work and the people you work with in a wonderful inclusive culture. It will be worth it!
However, you are currently struggling with being taken seriously, having influence.
You continue to beat the drum. Is anyone listening? You know it interferes with relationships with some of your colleagues. They see you as always raising the gender card. You feel pigeon-holed.
You want to be able to both call out gender issues, and be taken seriously for the work you do.
You can’t give up the fight – who else is going to do this? It’s too important to let go.
But you’re just not getting the cut through to match your effort.
Maybe you have tried to advise your boss, help them see things differently, and had little success. In fact you feel that this may have damaged your reputation; your boss seems to be a little wary of you now.
You’ve also tried to get help from HR, but this has resulted in wasted time. You think – “sure, HR can help me!” – but they actually have different agendas, someone else always comes first, and in the end, they are not really experts at this anyway.
You’ve tried to talk with male colleagues, interest them, cajole them, embarrass them, you feel like you’ve tried it all, yet with little success; your relationships may even be a little more strained now and they are less likely to listen to you.
You’ve seen people take the easy route when it comes to gender balance and inclusive leadership.
They think they can write a policy, or maybe they have plenty of women in the talent pool and think they can leave it to fate…
Or they just ignore the issue because they don’t get any support from management.
However, that’s not you!
You’ve seen people create a flexible work policy, or join a membership group (and then do nothing); or do some quick unconscious bias training and think that fixes everything!
But you know these kinds of “magic pill” solutions will never work.
This is why you’re here.
You don’t want to feel alone, you want to feel influential, feel supported to achieve your goals with less time and effort, and to make a bigger impact.
At times you hit a few mental blocks that slow you down. You say things to yourself like:
I don't have enough influence to get people on my side
I don't have the budget in my control so I can't do anything significant
If I stick my neck out - again, I'll just get let down - again
There's so much noise about this now, how will I be heard, it feels way too crowded
I'm so busy with other things it's easier to just let it slide
When you’re confronted with these negative thoughts, you usually seek advice on the side from other groups or try to find a supporter, and wait till things calm down.
And what is really frustrating about this is that you’ve put all this hard work and effort in, at personal cost to you, and it ends up impacting your reputation.
It isn’t fair!
Yet, if you pull back, you are seen by other supporters as selling out. No win!
You are a person who doesn’t seek the limelight and you don’t need to know more ‘technical stuff’ about diversity, you’re looking for something different to help you build momentum for change.
You need to be more influential. You want people to listen to you and then do the right thing. You need them to share the load.
You’d love that sense of struggle to be over.
This is why Inclusionist Quest was created!
With Inclusionist Quest, you will:
Get unstuck. I'll show you how to look at doing things more creatively - like identifying tactics to get around roadblocks, get people feeling positive, find ways that suit them to be involved
Get support from like-minded peers and that means that you don't have to carry the whole burden yourself
Use your personal conviction to inspire and motivate others: I'll show you how
Feel re-energised and excited about diversity, I'll help you feel less burdened by the cause
Feel like there's more hope and be able to maintain your commitment over the long term
Inclusionist Quest is a 6-month program designed to make it easier for diversity and inclusion advocates to be more influential and create more impact.
It will help you to be more strategic about the change you want to create. You will be guided by your conviction that a better, more inclusive world is not just something wonderful to aspire to, it’s possible. And sooner rather than later.
What you will achieve
You will be able to stop struggling to be influential, to be taken seriously, and working so hard against resistance.
You will feel satisfied that the rewards finally match your efforts.
You will have the tools and the tactics to increase your influence and your success, and you will feel supported, recognised and authoritative.
Be part of an energetic community, get support from peers, and feel less burdened by the work of change.
I’ll help you keep a learning mindset, to stay positive and optimistic. And that fuels your motivation
Refine your personal conviction in the value of inclusion and use it to inspire others
Get unstuck, and unstick resistance from others by identifying tactics for getting around roadblocks, getting people on side, feeling positive and finding ways to increase support.
You'll get exclusive content, and I will bring you fresh ideas and practices to experiment with
With the support of the community, you don't need to feel you're going it alone, that you're exposed as the lone voice. You don't need to second guess yourself, we've got your back. Step into your power as an influencer with greater confidence.
During the 6 months, we will have:
Six x 2-hour monthly group webinars
Two individual coaching sessions
Unlimited support and resources
A purpose-driven community
You will also receive a signed copy of Dr Karen Morley’s best-selling (and well-researched!) book “Beat Gender Bias” for free
In this book, Karen explains how biases, particularly the insidious unconscious ones, trip us up. It outlines how to minimise their impact and shares stories from leaders committed to making their organisations fairer. Karen’s Bias Busters are actions you can take to outsmart bias, help advance the progress of women, and create more inclusive cultures. Our goal is to make it easier to notice, talk about, and overcome bias.
‘Creating a truly inclusive workplace, where your team genuinely want to put down roots and grow, starts with a mindset and culture of safety, connection and feeling welcome. A constant threat to this flourishing is bias, and as leaders it’s often the unconscious thoughts that play out in the lived reality.
Beat Gender Bias is a fantastic framework for raising awareness and identifying behaviours in ourselves and our teammates, and for challenging this head on in a way that brings teams on the right journey to a place of work that bears out the true nature of diversity and inclusion.’
Michael Schneider, Managing Director, Bunnings
The program comprises 6 x two-hour interactive webinars, held monthly.
That’s when the community formally weaves its magic.
Two webinars are held focusing on each of the three themes: Conviction, Creativity and Courage.
There are two x 30 minute 1:1 coaching sessions, one after Webinar 1 and prior to Webinar 6 to help you refine your influence.
You are guided by purpose. Leverage your conviction to grow your influence.
Conviction in the Value of Inclusion. By sharing and refining your conviction in the value of inclusion you will multiply the value of what you do. We share successes, and benefit from the wisdom of others. All in service to create greater inclusion.
Grow Together. A growth mindset is such a valuable asset. Particularly when focusing on attitudes and values about people. I’ll help you keep a learning mindset, to stay positive and optimistic. And that fuels motivation.
Get creative about partnering to achieve meaningful shared outcomes.
Create Better Ways to Achieve Inclusion. There is no shortage of ideas and tactics for increasing diversity and inclusion. Some work better than others. Some suit some contexts, not others. Because there’s also no shortage of challenges and barriers. We can use the existing evidence creatively, to make it easier for others to become Inclusionists.
Lead Together. By being a part of this community, you meet more people who share the same commitments. You’ll unlock valuable collaborations. You’ll get exclusive content, and I will bring you new, fresh ideas and practices to experiment with.
Lead the way. Increase your tactics for stepping mindfully into the tougher conversations; stay poised to move past barriers. And keep working on what’s going well.
Take Courage to Lead the Conversation. With the support of the community, you don’t need to feel you’re going it alone, that you’re exposed as the lone voice. You don’t need to second guess yourself, we’ve your back. Step into your power as an influencer with greater confidence.
Sustain Together. It’s hard work. As part of the community with our shared purpose, we can encourage, cheer and recognise the ideas, support and successes we have. And that makes it worthwhile! Be energised by the power of the community to lift and propel you forward.
Six webinars are held on a mixed weekly and fortnightly basis over a 7 week period. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 12 participants. Check in for the next program dates.
I am an Inclusionist!
My vision is to amplify leadership impact. Everyone’s. That’s why inclusive leadership strategies and practices are core to all my work. I’m an authority on the benefits of gender balanced leadership and how to help women to succeed at work. And on how to be an inclusive leader.
It’s my own history of experiencing difference and exclusion that drives my motivation to beat bias. I’m working hard to help leaders understand the value of inclusive leadership to organisational as well as social outcomes.
I’ve helped organisations like Bunnings, CSL, Department of Education, Department of Justice, Downer, Fulton Hogan Australia, HASSELL, Melbourne Water, QBE, Officeworks, and the University of Melbourne on their diversity and inclusion programs. I work with passionate advocates of inclusion to help them increase their influence and make a bigger impact, sooner.
Helping you play a better, more satisfying part in a more inclusive world.
Some of Karen’s clients and what they have to say
“Karen’s background as a psychologist and her enormous experience of business life enables her to be an insightful coach to senior executives. Her ability to move between the micro and the macro is outstanding.”
“My career would not be where it is today without the candid, thought-provoking and ‘call-to-action’ coaching from Karen.
She taught me how to navigate my journey – through the highs and lows
– with an honesty that enabled me to challenge conventions and take ownership of my destiny.”
“10/10: Leadership coaching helped me increase my effectiveness as a leader. There was the right balance between challenge and support in achieving my goals. Karen helped me significantly build my emotional intelligence. She was a breakthrough for me in building my confidence and identifying key leadership development areas.”