Compass Ambassador, Kristin GoldfinchWho are you?
I am me! I cherish relationships. I embrace opportunities. I relish the deep end of the pool. I am mum to three wonderful children – my pride and joy. I am partner in crime to the love of my life. I am a devoted daughter, loving (and sometimes bossy!) sister and, loyal friend. I am a delighted aunt, excited sister-in-law (I have two brothers!) and, lucky daughter-in-law.
I am ambitious. I work hard and have high expectations. I believe people are inherently good and that they just want to be valued. I am an advocate for everyone and what THEY want to accomplish.
I used to think I wore many hats. Compass has shown me how to proudly wear the “hat of me” which is a colourful hodgepodge of the multiple areas of my life.
Which region are you representing?
Melbourne and / or online… what do you need, Ami?
Tell us a little about yourself. What is an 'interesting' fact or talent that you have?
I’m incredibly blessed to have been raised in a household where my siblings and I were encouraged to always understand why – to truly understand what I am doing. To know why I can or can’t do something. To speak up and ask the question if I’m not getting the answers I want. As such, I’ve never been backwards in coming forwards and, thankfully, I have found this has worked in my favour. This is a principle which my husband and I are using as we raise our children.
Interesting fact… in 35 years, I’ve moved a couple of times! I have lived in three countries, eight cities and 21 houses. As a child, I went to seven different schools. I know this has made me very adaptable and that I somewhat crave change as a result. Through Compass I’ve also come to understand just how much of an influence these moves have had in shaping the stories I tell myself, about myself. This has been incredibly liberating for me.
What inspired you to become a Compass Ambassador?
Compass has had a profound impact on me - I am excited to be able bring this to other women. I am seeing in myself, day by day, the enormous benefits, growth and emotional freedom that comes from knowing my purpose so much better – this has come from Compass. I have also come to see how important it is for women to understand the difference that will be made to our world by having gender equality. As a Compass Ambassador, I have another platform from which to continue to promote this change.
What do you do to support other women in your region?
I find myself supporting women to be their best every day both in my professional and personal life. Being in human resources, I love being able to not only coach women on how they can have an impact but also to work with the organisation to leverage the leadership of women.
In your opinion, what do the women in your region need right now?
Advocacy – both from each other and from the predominantly male leaders. I believe change will come from partnership rather than the genders pulling in opposite direction
Flexibility – we (society) need to find ways to create more effective ways to integrate family in to our work culture.
What would be your advice to someone who is thinking of registering for the Compass program?
It’s naff but seriously, just do it! You won’t regret the opportunity to take time out to focus on yourself, to connect with a group of phenomenal women and, to learn more about how increasing the presence of women in leadership can only benefit all of us.
What were your top three moments during the program, and what did you learn?
- My triad (the small group I met with more regularly during the program) pushed and challenged me in ways I couldn’t have imagined. We came from such different places and backgrounds that I did question whether we would be able to provide the support we wanted. The very fact we didn’t come from similar places meant we could provide the ‘push’ we each needed rather than the support we wanted. I was so proud of how we came together and our graduation really exemplified and celebrated our journey together
- One of the activities we completed with a partner required them to challenge us five times on a statement we made about a particular area of our life. Their question to me, “why?”. Given my upbringing, I thought this would be a breeze! My partner was amazing. She very gently kept pushing me and eventually, very quietly and very directly showed me where I needed to focus my energies to better understand why my motivations lie where they do. This was a pivotal point for me in the program
- As mentioned above, I moved a lot as a child. As we discussed LSI during the program, Fabian encouraged us to reflect on what happened for us (good, bad or indifferent) during the ages of 8 – 12. As I looked at those years, I realised that was the peak period of moving for me. As I reflected on this along with my LSI profile, so many pieces of my puzzle started to fall in to place and I felt that I had finally acknowledged a platform from which I could start to change the stories I tell myself, about myself
What is a quality you admire in other women?
I admire women who are comfortable in their own skin and own their space. I know and respect so many women from all walks of life – from career builders, to stay at home mums, to environmental warriors, to doting grandmothers and, every combination in between. The common factor with all these women is that they have embraced their role.
Describe your most powerful leadership moment as a woman...
When I held my first-born for the first time. For me, it was an all-consuming, life changing realisation of the responsibility I have to create a better place for my children to grow up in.
What do you want to achieve in the next 12 months?
Learn to fly a small plane…
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