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Sageco - a RiseSmart company - Female Executive of the Year


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Company: Sageco - a RiseSmart company
Company Description: Sageco - a RiseSmart company is wholly owned by Randstad. Sageco provides expert transition services to support people through organisational and demographic change. Sageco’s personalised services and revolutionary technology dramatically accelerate the process of career and mature age transition and delivery of successful outcomes.
Nomination Category: Individual Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Female Executive of the Year in Asia, Australia or New Zealand

Nomination Title: Alison Monroe - leading by managing her own transition

Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated executive since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words): Text Redacted For Publication

Alison Monroe has demonstrated resilience, passion and indefatigable leadership in the past 12 months.

From July 2016 through to January 2017, Alison lead the acquisition of Sageco (a privately company she co-founded) by Randstad Holdings to become part of the fastest growing outplacement brand in the world, RiseSmart. Sageco has grown year-on-year since 2004 under her leadership and will be rebranded as RiseSmart in 2018. In 2017, Sageco as a RiseSmart company has experienced 30% growth in the Australian business and expanded to the New Zealand market. Alison is charged with rolling out RiseSmart (a Randstad company) in Australia and New Zealand and has

shown true grit and passion in leading the merger and integration of Sageco as a RiseSmart company, fully owned by Randstad.

Alison was invited by the AARP (a membership organisation with $18bn revenue and 38 million members) to attend the global OECD forum in Paris 6-7 June 2017 and participate in an ageing workforce think tank with 20 global thought leaders from government and private sector. Because of her participation, she has been invited to speak at several international forums in 2018.

Alison is passionate about excellence in transition – particularly in a period of accelerated change and digitisation. Since July 2016, she has lead Sageco in supporting over 3 700 people in career and retirement transition programs to date as they go through workforce and demographic change. Sageco recently attained an NPS of 57% which is very high in the outplacement industry.

Alison has contributed significantly to the public discussion of inclusion and diversity in Australia – a subject very close to her heart.

In July 2016, she finished a five year term as president of the 100+ corporate members New South Wales Equal Opportunity Practitioners Association (NEEOPA) and is now a member of the newly formed Advisory Board.

Alison was appointed as a Workplace Gender Equality Association (WGEA) Pay Equity Ambassador and has had several speaking engagements with organisations such as Allianz and AMCHAM.

She is a frequent speaker and chair of diversity related conferences – including Akolade and Advantedge that were both held in October 2016. She was recently invited by AON Hewitt to speak at their client conference on mature age transition.

Alison broadens the gender conversation by encouraging organisations to support older women as a specialist focus. Gender equality is most often the number one priority in an organisation’s diversity strategy – however much of the focus is on early to mid-career, overlooking the wealth of skills and experience that exists in the late career cohort. She is currently working with Women’s Agenda (an online women’s business publication) to provide subject matter expertise on a seminar series scheduled for November.

Alison practises what she preaches. She lives in northern NSW and works remotely from home and on a fly-in-fly-out schedule to manage Sageco’s national workforce.

Provide a brief biography of the nominated executive (up to 125 words):

Alison is a passionate, insightful thought leader and in demand speaker on all aspects of transition and inclusion, with deep expertise in career transition, ageing workforce strategy and gender equality. With a hospitality and TQM background, Alison started working in the career transition (outplacement) industry in the mid-nineties - a highlight being the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games career transition program. In 2004, Alison co-founded Sageco, then a niche consultancy in ageing workforce transition. Having led Sageco for 12 years, achieving year-on-year growth and expanding the Sageco services to include career and executive transition, Alison was instrumental in Sageco being acquired by Randstad Australia in early 2017. She is now the National Director (Australia & NZ) for Sageco – a RiseSmart company, wholly owned by Randstad.

Alison has lead by example in managing the transition from small privately owned company to part of a large global company. She is much admired and loved by all who work with her and is often cited as the reason people want to work with Sageco.