Rachel Bondi
Rachel Bondi Chief Partner Officer, Partner Solutions Group, Microsoft Australia
Jun 01,2021

Build your business and bring out your best self – join Women Rising today

Australia’s response to the pandemic means we’re in pole position to lead the global economic recovery – but Microsoft wants everyone to benefit from that opportunity.

Across Australia women faced 53 per cent of COVID related job losses, with that figure rising to 61 per cent[1] in Victoria. Now as we work towards recovery, we want to encourage more diversity and inclusion by helping women in our industry develop the skills and leadership capabilities that will ensure their success, and in turn spur the success of the Microsoft partners they work for.

Earlier this year Microsoft Australia partnered with Women Rising, a career and leadership coaching program designed to support women at all stages in their career. Our goal was to help women working at Microsoft and across our partner network maximise their full potential.

The first cohort of participants have enjoyed a fantastic experience which has lifted their skills, their confidence levels and capability, as well as their overall wellbeing.

Women Rising has catapulted these women’s capabilities to the next level, and they are now taking that into the workplace, leading and inspiring their teams to do great work and to grow.

Now it’s your turn to sign up for this literally life changing program. The next program kicks off in July and we’ve even created an application letter you can take to your boss to help you get started.

The six-month online program starts in July. You can participate regardless of where you live and work and we are making this exclusively available to Microsoft partners for $999 plus GST per person.

Some of our partners have seen the potential and pledged their support, including Telstra and Accenture.

Julian Herzel, Managing Director and Microsoft Platform Group Lead at Accenture Australia & New Zealand said “In light of our longstanding relationship with Microsoft Australia, we are extremely proud to be part of the second cohort of participants in the Microsoft Partners Women Rising program.  As an organisation that thrives on our diverse workforce, we fully support and encourage women at Accenture Australia to take part in this unique program that recognises and nurtures female talent, and helps them become the leaders that our tech industry not just wants, but needs.”

Kevin Teoh, Head of Business Customer Sales at Telstra said “We are excited to support this innovative and holistic program through having a number of talented Telstra women participate in 2021 and look forward to growing and contributing to the program in years to come”

The program leverages positive psychology, neuroscience and behavioural studies, fusing science with the latest in gender research, leadership development, wellbeing as well as deep insights about what it takes for women to really flourish and succeed.

You’ll have access to eight learning modules and 27 video and audio masterclasses. You’ll be part of a Microsoft and Microsoft partner learning group that will extend and deepen your network for years to come.

You’ll also benefit from expert coaching and exclusive access to a specially formed Women Rising Linked In group.

My colleague Michelle Markham, a digital sales manager at Microsoft Australia completed the Women Rising program. I found her reflections powerful; “I cannot recommend it highly enough. It has changed my mindset, the way I look at leadership and most importantly it has made me realise what I am truly capable of as a female leader. We know from other women at Microsoft who have completed the course that it significantly increased their career clarity and confidence, enabled them to become more authentic leaders, and improved their influence and impact by developing greater levels of grit, wellbeing and resilience.”

Now it’s your turn to shine. Sign up now for the July intake at https://program.womenrisingco.com/msft-partner/

[1] http://www.equityeconomics.com.au/#/genderbasedimpactsofcovid0-19