Female employees of PwC were invited to attend a very special screening of Miss Representation in Marcy 2013. This award-winning documentary 'exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself'. The documentary was shown in conjunction with International Women's Day.
International Women's Day 2013
AWARE hosted a networking event in March 2013 to celebrate International Women's Day. The reception featured local female artisans displaying and selling their crafts to attendees, and part proceeds were donated to the Women's Resource Centre and the Bermuda National Gallery - where the event was held.
Women's health seminar
AWARE welcomed women's health writer and activist, Laura Eldridge in May 2012. She gave advice to the women of PwC on how to take control of their health, by giving tips on how to have best possible doctors visit, and how, as a non-medical professional, women can asses new health information. Laura is the author of In Our Control: The Complete Guide to Contraceptive Choices for Women and the co-author of The No-Nonsense Guide to Menopause.
In February 2013, AWARE begain a walking group that meets every Wednesday during lunch hour to go for a brisk walk. The group is open to all female employees who may need some motivation to be more active and get more exercise. It is part of the group's health initiative.
The Women's Resource Centre
In March 2012, AWARE hosted a networking event to celebrate International Women's Day. Over $1,000 was raised for the Women's Resource Centre, a local charity providing services related to the empowerment of women. Their programmes include education, awareness and training; counseling services; advocacy and coordination of partners to support women through resolving issues relating to themselves and their families.
Parenting small children seminar
In December 2011, AWARE sponsored a seminar on 'Parenting Small Children' for all parents within the firm who have children between the ages of 0-7. Fiona Dill, childbirth educator, doula, parenting columnist and mother of six, provided tips to help mums and dads: understand and respond helpfully to their children's behaviour; improve their listening skills; and increase quality time with their families. The presentation was followed by a lively Q&A session during which Fiona provided advice on a range of parenting issues raised.
Networking over golf
In November 2011, AWARE offered women staff within the firm the opportunity to network whilst enhancing their golf skills. Golf lessons were provided at the Golf Academy in Southampton where Associates to Managers were taught the basics of golf by professional golf instructors. This was followed up with a 'Captains Choice' tournament at Ocean View where the woman were able to test and further refine their skills. The event received very positive feedback; those that participated were inspired to play more with their fellow golfers.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
On October 27, 2011, AWARE and Allied World's Women's Group co-hosted a reception in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It was the first time the respective women's groups had organised an event together and the feedback was positive. Attendees enjoyed cupcakes and champagne and money was raised for the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre to assist their breast cancer programme.
The Honourable Paula A. Cox JP., MP. visits PwC
On Friday 12 August 2011, 22 female associates and interns participated in an informal roundtable discussion with the Premier of Bermuda - the Honourable Paula A. Cox JP.,MP. She was welcomed by PwC Bermuda's Territory Senior Partner, Darren Johnston, and gave a brief address expressing her appreciation at the opportunity to meet with the aspiring young females of PwC Bermuda. The floor was then opened up for Q & A, which addressed topics such as obtaining overseas work experience and being a successful woman in a man's world. Before departing, a representative of the firm thanked the Premier for her advice and support, and presented her with a card signed by all attendees.
Diversity & communication
Due to high demand the training sessions entitled “He Said; She Said” was held for the third time in August 2011. Attendees explored common gender differences in brain patterns, communication styles and conflict resolution. As a result of participating, attendees are now able to: understand where gender differences come from; identify common gender differences in typical communication situations; and dicuss steps for enhancing their gender intelligence. This session was open to both male and female employees at PwC in order to facilitate open conversation between colleagues and engender understanding of communication issues.
On 5 May 2011, Susan Patschak, CEO of Canopius Group, gave a presentation to the PwC Women’s leadership team entitled 'Ten Rules to Live by as a Professional Woman'. Her informative and engaging presentation gave advice on being female in a male-dominated world, how to have work-life balance, and how to be true to yourself and your gender.
Career development webcast
The PwC Women’s leadership team hosted a webcast entitled "The Evolution of Your Career: Real Life Examples from Women at Various Phases Along the Way” on Thursday 7 April 2011. The webcast focused on the distinctive experiences and paths the panelists have taken in their careers, and how to identify and execute on opportunities that will set you apart. The panelists were senior women executives from different PwC firms in North America.
Celebration of International Women’s Day
In March 2011 a luncheon was held for PwC women employees to celebrate the centenary of International Women’s Day. This marked the start of the firm’s “Purple Thursdays in March” campaign where all female employees were invited to wear purple on Thursdays to show support for women, whilst at the same time raising money for PALS (a local cancer care charity).
Connecting women in business
The PwC Women’s leadership team held an invitation-only networking event on Thursday, 10 March 2011, scheduled to mark the centenary of International Women’s Day. The event provided an opportunity for women business leaders to connect and raise funds for the Women’s Resource Centre while taking advantage of generous discounts on merchandise at Lusso.
Traffic light networking
The PwC Women’s leadership team held a speed networking event in February 2011 in order to facilitate members getting to know their colleagues better. Each speed networking session was approximately three minutes long and it was an opportunity for people to interact with those they might not normally have a chance to do so. A range of topics were suggested to motivate conversation, but participants were free to talk about anything they wanted.
Networking Strategies for Women webcast
The PwC Women’s leadership team hosted a webcast entitled “Networking Strategies for Women” on 20 January 2011. The webcast explored strategies to help women develop their professional network both inside and outside the firm. A panel of four women from PwC in the US shared their own personal stories and tactics for building effective relationships.
‘How to Communicate with Power and Influence’
In this fun and insightful session, attendees learned how to project a more credible, self-assured communication image; express opinions with tact, diplomacy and professionalism; use listening skills as an advantage; start conversations to build rapport, leave a positive impression and harness the tools of results-oriented communication.
‘How to Manage Emotions, Conflict and Confrontation’
This interactive workshop armed attendees with the skills needed to maintain emotional control at work - and to manage the negative emotions of others. The goal was to mitigate the chances of frustration, anger, anxiety, tears, or disappointment damaging professional relationships, tarnishing the reputation of attendees or, ruining job satisfaction.