Royal Agricultural Society Mentor Program

Saturday 24th March 2018

On Saturday 24 March 2018 Julia Bailey, HR lead ANZ/Asia Vegetables was a keynote speaker at the New South Wale’s Royal Agricultural Society Mentor Program event, held in Sydney. The event first started in 1962 and supports emerging women leaders who are increasing society’s awareness of issues faced by women in NSW rural communities.

Monsanto's commitment to gender equality and our robust compensation philosophy has helped to establish best practice in the sector. In our Australian business, we have 50% Women in leadership, 50% Women in our business and no gender pay gap. This is far above the national average.

Julia spoke about Monsanto's commitment to gender equality in the workplace, mitigating unconscious bias and the lessons she has learned about supporting gender equality and personal development. 

Julia's top tips were:

  1. Change starts at the top
  2. Be aware of Biases and Use Facts
  3. Women we not need to play it small

Given the current spotlight on highlighting the need for gender equality in the Australian agricultural industry this was the perfect opportunity to inspire others to initiate change in their workplaces. 

Julia said "unless we work together by insisting that workplaces refresh their approach to employment standards, we run the risk of reducing our chance for social change to hashtag trends. So, use this platform, use your voice, you are the wave of change that is coming, don’t underestimate the power you have it you stand together."

Julia chats with one of the program participants

To find out more about the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW visit the website.