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Coca-Cola Amatil supports women in drinks mentoring program

From the March 2017 issue.

Coca-Cola Amatil is among a number of leading beverage companies supporting a new diversity initiative aimed at fast-tracking the industry’s female talent.

It’s Women in Drinks Council unveiled the new mentoring program in partnership with Serendis Leadership Consulting.

The program aims to bring together senior industry leaders of both genders, each of whom will be paired with a specifically matched female mentee from a different organisation.

“When it comes to diversity, as an industry we know we’re well off the pace. We’re significantly behind other industry averages when it comes to the gender diversity at all levels of management,” says Shane Richardson, Managing Director of Amatil’s Alcohol and Coffee business and a Drinks Association Director. 

“This program is designed to help support women in our industry who aspire to leadership roles, while educating senior leaders and influencers in the drinks industry on the benefits, enablers and barriers to women in their organisations and in our industry as a whole.”

As well as helping aspiring females gain new perspectives to advance their career and develop powerful professional connections and sponsors, the program will helps mentors, all of whom are decision makers in senior positions, enhance their awareness and inclusive leadership capabilities through reflections and participation in forums with their peers across the industry.

Following a rigorous matching process, mentees and mentors are expected to meet six to eight times on a one-to-one basis to engage in interactive workshops and facilitated group discussions.

“There are so many benefits for organisations who get the gender balance right. Diverse teams perspective-take more, communicate better with fewer assumptions and more explanations, and are more able to innovate. Putting in place programs that give our females the support and guidance they need is just one way we are working to achieving this,” says Kerrie Dewey, Head of HR for Amatil’s Alcohol & Coffee business.

As part of its initial one-year commitment, Amatil, owner of Grinders Coffee, will provide three mentors and three mentees for each of the two six-month programs taking place in 2017. 

Participating in the initial program will be mentors Alex Nario, CFO of Amatil’s Alcohol and Coffee Business, as well as Sally Byrne and Tobias Hoogewerff, Marketing and Sales Directors respectively.

Amatil’s mentees will be Assistant Commercial Manager Danielle Theodosi, National Business Manager Sarah Hughes and Public Affairs and Communications Manager Nicki Drinkwater.

Applications are currently open for the second program, with an announcement expected later in the year.

Coca-Cola Amatil is one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of ready-to-drink non-alcohol beverages, alcohol beverages, coffee and ready-to-eat food snacks in the Asia Pacific region.

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Image: Shane Richardson with participants of the Women in Drinks mentoring program copy

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