As part of a worldwide AGCO initiative, AGWN (AGCO Global Women’s Network) was officially launched in Australia last month.
AGWN is a women’s network established for the staff of AGCO, designed to support the women within the organisation, in achieving their professional goals through development and career advancement.
Up to 20 staff members from the Sunshine office were introduced to the initiative by Warwick McCormick (Vice President & Managing Director, ANZ & FE), Luke Harrop (HR Manager, ANZ & Far East) and Linn Warzelhan (Director HR, APAC) in a two hour information seminar, which highlighted the program and provided updates on worldwide AGWN programs. A thorough interactive exercise was also run by Linn, who is also part of the AGWN Steering Committee, in regards to the women working at AGCO, providing staff with the opportunity to suggest activities that may support women in their career growth at the company.
Further to this event, a number of AGCO staff attended the first “Outstanding Women’s Series Breakfast” in March, presented by the Australian Institute of Management. More of these breakfasts will be attended to by AGCO staff throughout 2012, providing insight into some of the most successful career women in the country.
A local committee will now be established to drive the initiatives that were discussed at the launch.
“This is a great opportunity for AGCO staff to give their suggestions on how to improve the professional roles of women within the company,” says Luke. “By having a large number of both women and men attendees at the launch, across all departments of the company, it provided a positive environment for staff to make their suggestions.”