Jennifer White, HR Director - Australia & NZ at AVNET
Jen White is a passionate HR business leader with experience in the Professional Services, Finance, FMCG, Not for Profit and most recently, IT distribution having recently commenced at Avnet Technology Solutions as their ANZ HR Director.
From an early age Jen was surrounded by constructive female role models. Her Mum worked full time in a successful career and throughout Jen’s own journey she’s had the opportunity to work with some amazing female leaders. She’s personally seen, and now passionately advocates for, the voice of women at the decision making table.
It was only when Jen became a working mum that she really realized some of the key challenges around gender diversity. Her transition to parenthood came concurrent with stepping into a leadership role and at the time Jen became more focused on making sure her organisation provided support, removed barriers and worked though the challenges faced by working mums.
These days she has realized that being a female is her competitive advantage and feels she is able to immediately negate some of the less constructive, competitive paradigms her male counterparts find themselves in. She’s also come to value the power of role models, knowing that the working mum that she grew up with has traditionally been the exception not the rule. “I’ve come to realise that if girls don’t grow up seeing women in leadership roles, how can they expect to be in them”.
Throughout her career, Jen has been critical in creating and implementing strategies that have transformed organizational effectiveness. She has an outstanding record in leading teams through change, leveraging commercial insights and providing pragmatic solutions to improve business outcomes.