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Friska Wirya

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Friska Wirya
Friska helps large organisations, and the individuals within them more readily accept and thrive through change. She accelerates adoption and build proficiency at scale, having worked for some of the biggest names in mining, engineering and higher ed.
“Today, we need more meaningful work to be fulfilled and galvanise teams around purpose and a common vision” — Friska Wirya

1. Tell us a little about yourself?
I help large organisations, and the individuals within them more readily accept and thrive through change. I accelerate adoption and build proficiency at scale, having worked for some of the biggest names in mining, engineering and higher ed. A change and transformation expert for nearly a decade, I’ve led change programs influencing up to 23,000 people across the seven continents – technology implementations, operating model redesigns, M&As and restructures, to name a few. Through my experiences driving change worldwide, I’ve had to hone my ability to get people of all backgrounds to do things differently from how they’ve previously been done. My expertise has been sought after at Microsoft Indonesia, Salesforce Australia, General Assembly, Women in Leadership Asia, Future of Mining Sydney, Female Influencers in Tech, Bendigo Innovation and Invention Festival, Women in Construction & Engineering, Women in Leadership Summit Melbourne, Contino’s The Leadership Panel, Wonder Women Tech, Women in Mining & Energy Indonesia, Minerals Week Canberra and Mining Leaders Forum Perth.

2. Who are the women who have inspired you the most in your life?
The ones who have been broken and rebuilt themselves to be stronger, better and faster than before. Oprah Winfrey and Malala Yousafzai come to mind.

3. Why do you think it’s important to increase the number of women in business, particularly in leadership roles?
We can’t solve the problems of tomorrow with the thinking of today. Women bring a diversity of perspectives, skills and experiences to the board room table. This blend of views will enable creative solutions to the most stubborn challenges and add a degree of warmth, humility, and empathy to difficult decisions.

4. How would you describe your current thinking about diversity and inclusion?
It’s disappointing that the first thing that comes to mind when D&I is discussed is gender. We have a long way to go: sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious views and disabilities need to go to the fore and be represented in our workplaces. Coming from a minority background, I’m passionate about advancing women and particularly those from non-English speaking backgrounds.

5. Would you like to tell us a bit more about your thoughts/ comments?
The manufacturing era was characterised by workers who needed to be good with their hands and have physical stamina. Then the knowledge worker came to the fore, and it was all about one’s intelligence. Today, we need more meaningful work to be fulfilled and galvanise teams around purpose and a common vision. Today demands us to lead with heart – with humility – which women have usually had in spades.

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