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The Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer and co-founder of MindTribes, an Aus­tralian award win­ning com­pany will be chief guest at this year’s Women In Busi­ness Awards. She is Div Pil­lay, also the co-founder of Cul­tur­ally Di­verse Women, an or­gan­i­sa­tion work­ing to­ward the ad­vance­ment of cul­tur­ally and di­verse women in Aus­tralia since 2017. WIB Pres­i­dent, Dr Nur Bano Ali said they were look­ing for­ward to hear­ing a mes­sage of en­cour­age­ment and in­spi­ra­tion to all women in Fiji from a per­son of her cal­i­bre. MindTribes, launched in 2013 pro­vides the next gen­er­a­tion of cul­tur­ally in­clu­sion ser­vices, and works with multi­na­tion­als by en­sur­ing that dif­fer­ences do not be­come a bar­rier to in­clu­sion and high per­for­mance. Their clients in­clude Amer­i­can Ex­press, Lion, Amaysim, Aur­i­zon, HSBC and GLS, among oth­ers. Pil­lay helped lead MindTribes to a growth stage with in­vest­ment into new tech­nolo­gies and a con­tract staffing model. She holds a Mas­ters De­gree in Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment from Monash Univer­sity in Aus­tralia, BA (Hons) in Or­gan­i­sa­tional Psy­chol­ogy (Univer­sity of the South Africa) and a BA in So­cial Science (Univer­sity of Na­tal). She also holds cer­tifi­cates in Ex­ec­u­tive and Lead­er­ship Coach and Train­ing and As­sess­ment. From 2017 till present, Pil­lay has been heav­ily in­volved with Plan In­ter­na­tional Am­bas­sador, which has been sup­port­ing the ‘Be­cause I Am A Girl’ cam­paign and ad­vo­cat­ing for ac­cess to education and hu­man rights of girls in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. From 2014 to 2017, she was the chair­per­son of Women in Busi­ness and Aus­tralia In­dia Busi­ness Council where she was in­volved in grow­ing mem­ber­ship num­bers and or­gan­is­ing high pro­filed events us­ing a lim­ited bud­get. She also worked as Se­nior Or­gan­i­sa­tion De­vel­op­ment Leader and Out­sourced Op­er­a­tions for many years. Mean­while, Women in Busi­ness Awards ap­pli­ca­tions closed on April 4 and about 150 ap­pli­ca­tions were re­ceived. There are four cat­e­gories: Busi­ness­woman of the year, Ex­ec­u­tive of the Year, Man­ager of the Year and Aspir­ing En­tre­pre­neur of the Year. “The cal­i­bre of this year’s ap­pli­ca­tions are so high and be­cause of that I wouldn’t want to be a judge.” Dr Ali said. “We have sorted out the ap­pli­ca­tions and now they are in the judges hands for their as­sess­ment. We won’t know the win­ners names un­til the night of the awards and we love that level of ex­cite­ment.” Dr Ali thanked all women who ex­pressed in­ter­est in the awards – those who put their hands up for other women and those who put their hands up them­selves to be counted. This year’s awards is themed “Time’s Up!” - a call to stomp out sexism from all facets of life in an ef­fort to cat­a­pult women into lead­er­ship po­si­tions and es­pe­cially to ex­cel in the world of com­merce.

WIB Awards 2018 guest speaker, Div Pil­lay, the CEO and co-founder of MindTribes.

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