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A Seismic Shift Towards Inclusivity

By March 13, 2023April 13th, 2023No Comments

“This photograph is more than just a snapshot – it’s a powerful representation of the transformation taking place in the facilities management industry,” FMANZ Chief Executive Jo Duggan said in a post celebrating International Women’s Day last week.

“For the first time during our Ngā Tohu a FMANZ Awards evening in September 2022, women dominated the stage, highlighting the industry’s evolution towards inclusivity, innovation, and talent,”  “What I love about the FM Industry is the feeling everyone wants to see it thrive, everyone wants to see talented people leading the charge, whoever they are.  While the industry like most others in the building industry, may have been historically dominated by a specific gender and age group, we are seeing a seismic shift towards inclusivity, and women are leading the way.

“Most importantly, the success of women in the FM industry is due to the unwavering support of equally talented and generous men who recognise the importance of inclusivity. Facilities Management is an industry where women can thrive. It is an honour to work with and meet such talented women who have made remarkable achievements in our industry.

“Women also dominate the volunteer workforce that drive us forward as an organisation, both on our boards and committees, so a huge thank you to you all. I look forward to continuing to champion and support inclusivity and encourage the growth of talented individuals and elevate the visibility of our amazing women.”

Jo is pictured at last year’s awards dinner with Courtney Swann, Emerging Facilities Management Professional of the Year, and Kristine Bakker FFMANZ, Manager of Strategic Relationships & Marketing with Argus.