CHANGING THE COURSE OF BUSINESS, TO CHANGE THE COURSE OF PEOPLE'S LIVES.
When we think of societal change, we can often overlook the most powerful tool available to us; our individual choices. Every decision we make, every dollar we spend, is a vote for the kind of world we want to live in.
This International Women's Day, we speak to five inspiring women and supporters of Two Good Co who champion the power and the responsibility we all carry to change our world for the better; women who have helped change the course of business, to change the course of people's lives for good.
NATALIE DEVLIN Chief Experience Officer Charter Hall
"Two Good and Charter Hall are kindred spirits; we both have a direction of travel, but we're not fixed. The joy of our partnership has been that Two Good will be trying to solve something or we will, and we will say “how can we do this together and amplify the outcome?” The relationship is active and solution oriented.
I love the whole idea of amplifying impact. Our business is predicated on a model of mutual success; if we win, you win more. If we grow, we've got more to invest. For Two Good, it’s the same; the more support you have, the more vulnerable people can gain employment opportunities, and more people get fed.
Two Good isn’t really about handouts; it’s about recognizing skills and opportunities and the ability to earn income, to empower people to actively participate in society. It's such a sustainable way of changing people's lives…and I hope that our partnership with Two Good inspires our people to think about how they can have impact. To challenge them to think with more than one lens in mind, like cost or quick delivery......to understand that you can amplify your impact with the decisions you make."
"For me, feminism is a movement to change the world, not to change women. A movement that is changing the world to get us to gender equity. A world where every woman owns the right to her body and her choices.
I try to live my values to the highest standards I can. To call out injustice or bias. To use my situational power to drive system change and awareness. To put dollars and energy into ensuring those values are in action.
There was a lot of support from others that led me to this role. Tracey Fellows, in particular, was amazing for me and I am incredibly grateful to have had people believe in me when I haven’t believed enough in myself. Two Good Co does that for so many people who’ve dealt with far greater challenges than I have.
“PAYING IT FORWARD IS LIKE FOOD FOR THE SOUL.”
What greater gift is there than helping people get back on their feet, so they can take themselves forward? I love the stories that our people tell about their time with the Two Good team.
We’re very grateful for the opportunity to come together and do good. Salesforce is fuelled by values and our support of Two Good Co provides a platform for us to bring our value of equality to life; to empower our people to give back.“
“Being trans is just one part of who I am - it’s not the whole totality of myself. But I really am a big advocate on educating people on what being trans entails, especially in the climate that we find ourselves in at the moment; there's so much opportunity for us now that we didn’t have 10 years ago. Businesses like Two Good and the Paul Ramsay Foundation are really leading the way for girls like me to be included in these conversations, as women.
It’s a big part of why I feel confident enough these days to speak up - Two Good have nurtured me to a point where I feel so safe telling my story and adding trans representation to International Women’s Day. I want the other girls out there who are like me, or have been in similar situations, to know that there are spaces where they are going to be loved; where they're going to be cared for.
“I didn't just get a job; I got a brand-new career, and a complete change in the direction of my life. ”
I now open myself up to the possibility that I can do whatever I want to do…you know, maybe I'm not just going to be a waitress in a museum cafe, maybe I can be the curator of the museum. I see all of this now because they showed me that I can, you know?
There’s no other organization out there that gives so much of themselves to the people they're trying to help…they changed my life.”
"There is so much that women can contribute in the workplace, in leading, in the community - they just need opportunity. I want to make sure that I do my bit to support that. It's the privilege I have, being in this position, to take on that responsibility - and I very gladly take that on - for our team, for my family, for my friends.
International Women's Day is an important day because it causes us to pause and really think, what more have we got to do? What can we individually contribute to making change? Being a mother of two teenage daughters, I am worried that they're going to get to my age and a lot won't have changed…and I just don't want to accept that.
So, I think days like International Women’s Day are important for that reflection and assessment…but it shouldn't be one day a year.
“We have to do more than what we're doing right now, if we want to make the change that's needed. ”
That's the reality. If we only did a run or a workout one day a year, we're not going to get any fitter. We all have a responsibility to help other people achieve their potential, and have a responsibility to create change - every single day."
CORRINA DAVISON Managing Director American Express A/NZ
"Feminism, to me, means to advocate for and be an ally for women in achieving equal access and opportunity. It’s well documented that communities and workplaces that foster equality and inclusion see favourable societal and business outcomes. And although we’ve seen important gains, gender inequality still exists and women remain underrepresented in leadership roles.
In my professional life, I am fortunate to be in a leadership position to champion and foster a culture of equality and inclusion. From the Board down, we have a shared responsibility to create a safe and respectful workplace, where our colleagues feel represented and a sense of belonging.
When someone believes in you and walks by your side, you can do the unexpected; you can take on challenges and succeed.
“OTHERS HAVE ADVOCATED ON MY BEHALF; I MUST PAY THAT FORWARD.”
We partner with Two Good because we are inspired by Two Good’s vision; that every person feels worthy of love and respect. You only need to hear one story from a Work Work program graduate to understand the value and sustained impact of the work Two Good Co does.
Our colleagues who engage with Two Good are inspired and motivated to engage with their communities and to ‘do good’. It is a privilege to partner with Rob and his team, who set the standard for purpose-driven, values-based leadership."