Our Members

OUR MEMBERS
WOF is a movement focused on collaboration and kindness in the workplace, galvanising a community of women to work together as a new generation of talent across multiple sectors and industries. Learn more about the inspiring and high-achieving women who are part of our community.
Barb Dossetter
Managing Director – Advisory Services at CXO Connect Pty
What is the best part of your job?
There is so much that I love. I lead an Advisory Practice based in Singapore and London. That means I work with really smart and stimulating people – colleagues and clients. Our role is to advise, and help senior people in organisations to continue to improve and to deliver their objectives. When people reach close to the top of an organisation, they are supposed to know it all. There are very few opportunities for these time-poor people to bounce ideas off like-minded people, learn new skills or improve their existing ones in a safe environment. In particular it’s how technology is used in organisations to enhance the customers, employees and the organisation itself that excites me, especially now that most organisations are doing a digital transformation of some type. The leadership teams are being challenged like never before.
If you could give one piece of advice to yourself at the start of your career what would it be?
Recognise your own value, not in a arrogant way but in a realistic way. Promote your own value. We now have a masterclass called Brand IT/Brand Me which teaches nerds and geeks how to do that. I was early as a woman in IT and there weren’t many female role models. I did many things for the first time in the industry and had I been as smart as I am now, I would have marketed at least one of the firsts that I did. I did not promote myself, and often did not recognise how ground breaking some of those things were. Be courageous, take a risk.
What is one act of kindness that you will remember forever?
It was someone who became my role model. She employed me in a completely new role in IT in a new part of the industry which was a risk on her part. Her name was Judy Lightfoot, and she encouraged and pushed me to reconsider my future and move from having a job to having a career. She was a feminist and activist and gave me the courage to strive and keep going even when things get tough.
What is your favourite quote?
Do you want to win a war, or do you want to change a behaviour? – This is mine that I often quote to clients during a coaching session.
If you could invite two people to dinner (dead or alive!) who would they be and why?
Peter Drucker who was the first management consultant and wrote many books about it. He had such a realistic view of people and I would like to hear his stories of client engagements.
Mary Jackson at NASA. In NASA's early days, African-American women computers played a vital role in advancing its missions. In 1962, they helped send the first American astronaut into orbit, John Glenn. This would be from two areas, being one of the first programmers and also the challenge of being an African American where most people could not even spell diversity. I would like to hear Mary’s lessons learned and advice for our women of the future.
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