She Leads 2015: 5 quick questions with Yamini Naidu

17 April 2015

Head Shot Yamini Naidu 2014In the lead up to this year’s She Leads Conference, taking place on Tuesday 19 May at Hotel Realm, we’ll be giving you the chance to get to know our speakers. Today, meet Yamini Naidu. Yamini is a global thought leader in business storytelling and the co author of the recently published ‘Hooked: How Leaders Connect, engage & inspire with storytelling’. Her clients are from the top 100 ASX listed companies and include the Telstra, ANZ, Woolworths, Origin Energy, Ericsson and NAB.

Describe yourself in 30 words or less.

I am an economist turned storyteller because I saw the light. I help leaders move from spreadsheets to stories and help them find the sweet spot between data and stories.

Tell us about a moment in your life that defined your leadership style.

When I was 10, my teacher asked us to write up a sentence that made sense, but the sentence could only be made up of ten words, and each word could only have 2 letters.   We tried and we tried and came up with nothing.  My teacher then wrote on the board “If it is to be, it is up to me”.  That day my teacher influenced a classroom full of children to think and behave differently, not just in that moment but for the rest of their lives.  It was my first lesson in influence and leadership and I was hooked!

What opportunity for yourself are you most excited about in 2015?

Speaking at YWCA Canberra’s She Leads Conference of course!

Recommend a book to other women that you’ve found influential on your leadership/career journey. Made to Stick by Dan & Chip Heath

What do you consider to be the biggest issue facing gender equality?

The gender equality agenda must recognise differences between women.

An effective gender equality agenda must recognise and illuminate the particular disadvantage faced by different groups of women, just as it must address the shared experiences of women as a whole. The gender pay gap and domestic violence against women also continue to remain key issues and require urgent redress.

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