Maddocks believes that gender equality makes good business sense. Maddocks is committed to promoting a workplace of diversity and inclusion by ensuring that equal pay opportunities are available to all staff irrespective of gender.The firm has been a Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Employer of Choice for 15 consecutive years, and takes great pride in the development of its people at all levels of the firm.
Our Maddocks Women’s Committee was established in 1997 and is made up of men and women from each of our offices in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney who come together to educate, inspire and support each other. Part of the philosophy of the Maddocks Women network is to encourage and promote opportunities for all women within the firm to build fulfilling and long careers. With the help of the Maddocks Women’s Committee, we continue to develop professional development programs and initiatives that support our truly inclusive and diverse workforce.
To achieve this, each year, the Maddocks Women’s Committee hosts a range of internal events, and also sponsors our women to attend a number of external events, with the aim of building their professional development and networks.
In 2018/19, our Maddocks Women’s Committee has held a range of events for our people, clients and community including:
– an exclusive screening of the documentary film ‘RBG’ attended by over 120 Maddocks employees, family and friends from each of our three offices;
– hosting SmartWomen Connect’s annual Pink Ribbon Breakfast to raise money for women and families effected by breast cancer;
– hosting annual International Women’s Day Events. In 2019, Maddocks hosted an event for our ‘Everyday Heroines – Women who have gained strength through adversity’ with guest speakers including Justine Perkins of ‘Touched by Olivia’, Wendy Favorito of ‘Arthritis Australia’; Cindy Chen of ‘Amok Sisters’ and Lisa Edinburg of ‘Global Sisters’;
– attending Women Lawyers Association of NSW events on mentoring, emotional intelligence, resilience, networking and managing your reputation;
– hosting SmartWomen Connect networking events covering topics such as how to pursue new business, empowering yourself and your careers and how to gain strength through adversity.
Maddocks also supports a number of charities through our corporate social responsibility programs, including our ‘Dress for Success’ and ‘It’s in the Bag’ campaigns to raise money for women in need.
Listen to partner Alicia Albury and lawyer Elizabeth Blanch discuss the impact of Maddocks Women, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017.