Lessons from the Leader “ship”

Why is it that women find it so hard to break through the glass ceilings in STEMM careers? Could it be the harassment, sexual abuse, the culture that places competition above collaboration, the lack of diversity or being ignored?

The Leadership is an independent documentary that follows female scientists on their leadership ‘Homeward Bound’ journey to Antarctica. The film’s preview and Q&A session in Perth, drew a full house – and included members from the Zonta Club of Perth. The audience was inspired by the personal journeys of the scientists and their leadership team in the film and left the event thinking about how the lessons learned from the ship can translate into our own lives.

The movie is being launched nationally in October and is well worth a look. Check out Homeward Bound for more information.

Celebrating Judy Gorton!

Judy Gorton is the highest ranked Zontian in our club’s 48 year history. She has been the leader of our Club, our Area and District 23. In the last two years she has served as a Director on the Zonta International Board overseeing the administration and service activities of Zonta at the global level.

At the September meeting, Club President, Mary Gurgone (pictured left) presented Judy with an orchid in appreciation of her international service to Zonta.

Judy described the highs of attending board meetings face-to-face at our Chicago headquarters and the privilege of representing the Zonta International President at district conferences in Sweden, New York state and Hawaii. She was inspired by the commitment of the founding Zontians as well as current members around the world.

The most challenging aspect of her role was having to operate at her best in the early hours of the morning as most of the Board meetings were held online in Chicago time!

Members are very proud of Judy who has been a great ambassador not only for our club but also for Zontians throughout Australia.

However, there is no time to rest on her laurels as Judy is currently the District 23 Centurion – a position that enables her to share her leadership experience. She is also a founder member of the District 23 Zonta Says Now to Climate Action think tank, forging a way to help women in the future.

Thank you Judy for all you have done – and continue to do – for Zonta.