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Embracing diversity to be a truly inclusive organisation- #BreakTheBias

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Embracing diversity to be a truly inclusive organisation- #BreakTheBias

​For DFP Chief Executive Officer, Kate Coath, challenges have been synonymous throughout her career. Kate joined the recruitment industry in 1993 and has held a variety of roles in leadership and general management. As the General Manager of Network Recruitment Services, she played a key role in managing the integration of the two businesses when it was sold to DFP in 2005. “My leadership journey – a 20+ year adventure – has been characterised by seeing the possibilities, and especially the upside, in every situation. Being honest about who we are and the strengths we bring, enables us to overcome challenges, solve big problems and identify new ways of working, building a deep sense of trust.”

DFP CEO Kate Coath

In her new role as Chief Executive Officer, Kate is committed to creating and implementing initiatives that challenge bias and create a great place to work. She leads a diverse and cohesive team that approaches recruitment with a sense of optimism and works with clients that deliver enduring results. “I am inspired by the remarkable and enduring relationships that have been created, recognising there is room for everyone. Through this sense of belonging, our connectedness creates momentum, enables us to thrive and have fun.”

While International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to reflect and celebrate women’s achievements, for Kate, reinforcing commitment and influencing behaviour are part of every single day. Leading a team of managers where 84% are women, a national staff base with female representation over 60%, and as the first organisation in Australia to become a Disability Confident Recruiter, DFP embraces diversity in a quest to be a truly inclusive organisation. “We are at our best when we are challenged, embrace the hard stuff and grow stronger. Optimism and curiosity can go a long way in challenging situations. Plan and act with purpose, communicate with care, and always remember courage is contagious!”