Celebrating Metronome’s female leaders
Sunday 8th March is International Women’s Day and, at Metronome, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight the amazing women within our company and the clients we work with.
On a global scale, the unfortunate fact of the matter is, despite a significant change and attitudinal shift, women are still not paid equally compared to their male counterparts and are not present in equal numbers in business.
International Women’s Day marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity — an initiative that is part of Metronome’s core beliefs.
We are firm believers that women are the future and this is backed up by a host of business research. Fortune 500 companies with the highest representation of women on boards financially outperform companies with the lowest representation of women on boards. Gender-diverse teams also have higher sales and profits compared to male-dominated teams, with a recent Gallup study finding that gender-diverse business units have higher average revenue than less diverse business units.
This is why we set up our business structure as such — supporting the growth of women within the team and positioning them in key senior and leadership roles.
According to a study conducted for PwC in 2017, only 5 per cent of jobs in the technology industry are held by women. Thuy Lu breaks down these societal stereotypes and is an incredibly talented senior developer at the forefront of Metronome’s tech products and website design.
In leadership, a 2019 study by Catalyst reported that women represented just over a third (36.3 per cent) of all managers in Australia. Although there is much room for improvement, Metronome is proud to add to this ever-growing statistic.
At the top of our tree, our GM and Head of Client Services Madeline Keleher leads the way with our Practice Manager, Magda Kulbicka, to ensure Metronome is operating at full capacity.
Overseeing our technology department is Charlotte Cox, who has worked her way up to the role of Product Lead. It’s safe to say she’s excelled in this new position, having successfully delivered several new products and website updates for key clients, like The Today Business, Sundays Beach Club and The Ungasan Clifftop Resort.
Ana Adams brings her wonderful expertise to oversee Metronome’s HR requirements. As the workforce continues to become more flexible in terms of the hours we work, one of the initiatives Ana has introduced to Metronome is Flexitime — whereby employees can start and finish within a more flexible time frame while still working their contractually agreed hours.
It’s an interesting and important point that, despite HR being perceived as a woman-dominated industry, according to Catalyst, globally, there are still more male human resource directors, with women making up 43 per cent of these positions.
As we head into a new decade, Metronome aims to continue promoting women from within the business, while also closely aligning ourselves with clients who hold our key values close to their hearts.
For example, we’re currently working with renowned photographer Nicole McCluskey who is curating and planning ‘Woman Exhibition’ — a collection of 120 portraits of influential women that will be presented at internationally renowned galleries across the world.
We also continue to work closely with Miriam Fanning, owner and founder of interior design firm Mim Design Studio, and Rebecca Giorgilli, who created Thalia Skin — a range of truly organic and natural skincare products.
Within Australia, it is projected it will take another 19 years for women to reach parity in key management personnel roles if the current rate of progression remains constant.
At Metronome we want to do everything in our power to ensure this parity is reached sooner by breaking down stereotypical boundaries and continuing to champion the women at the heart of our business.