Dianne flies the flag 


Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) Dianne Underwood recently attended the 18th Women, Management and Employment Relations Conference held in Sydney.

CDU’s People Management Division sponsored Dianne, campus administrator for Alice Springs, to attend the conference held from 27-28 July.

Dianne commented on the conference and its intrinsic value to her role as Alice Springs Campus administrator.

“It was certainly a valuable couple of days and the relevance not only to my role, but to the University and to our place within the Territory and the Alice Springs community was very clear to see,” she said.

“The speakers addressed a range of issues from negotiation, to women breaking through, to ageism, to how to create a flexible workforce to maintaining credibility and looking at our own leadership capabilities and styles.

“Ann Sherry, group executive officer for Westpac New Zealand, was a standout speaker whose key message was to take ‘professional’ risks.  However this remains something that men are more likely to do than women.”

In 1989 the Labour-Management Studies Foundation established the first Women, Management and Employment Relations Conference. 2006 saw the eighteenth annual conference.

Papers on the conference will available in early August at the following web address:  www.lmsf.mq.edu.au/wmer/session/paper.htm