Compass Ambassador, Audrey AllanWho are you?
My name is Audrey, I am French, moved to Sydney 2 years ago and fell in love with the city. Since then, I have decided that it was home. I have been working for SAP for the past 4 years and absolutely love it.
Which region are you representing?
I am representing the Sydney region.
Tell us a little about yourself. What is an 'interesting' fact or talent that you have?
I feel like an explorer. I have lived in 6 countries for the past 8 years and absolutely love it! I am passionate about people and their culture. I love listening to people’s stories, being inspired by them and then tell them myself and inspire other people.
I love outdoors sports; on the weekend you will probably find me on the beach playing beach volley ball!
What inspired you to become a Compass Ambassador?
I actually made the decision when I was trekking in Nepal a couple of weeks ago. I have been reading quite a bit of self development books and they all say the same: spend your time doing what you love doing, and less time doing what you don’t. Compass was a life changing experience for me, I deeply feel connected to the cause and feel the urge to contribute to it.
What do you do to support other women in your region?
Not enough and I want to do more. So far, all I have been doing is sharing my experience, my readings to female friends to help them make the right decision for themselves. But I want to be able to touch more people. Compass seems the best way to do it.
In your opinion, what do the women in your region need right now?
They need to feel part of a support community to realise that they are not alone, and then realise which actions do they want to take to make a difference.
What groups are you involved with?
The SAP Business Women Network.
What would be your advice to someone who is thinking of registering for the Compass program?
I would tell them that it is a program that everybody should do, because it is an amazing opportunity to spend time doing what is really important for you as a woman leader: discover what type of leader you are, what type of leader you want to become, and which values you stand by and why. When do you really have time to think about that?
What were your top three moments during the program, and what did you learn?
What is a quality you admire in other women?
- Discovering my LSI and my coaching with Tim: it helped me discover were my competitiveness was coming from and how to become a goal achiever leader
- Realising that we all experience the same issues and asking ourselves the same questions: Are we too emotional? Should I change who I am to fit my business culture?
- Understand what type of leader I am: what is my purpose, what are my values, what are my strengths and things I need to do more of
I admire their capacity to understand other people’s feeling
Describe your most powerful leadership moment as a woman...
That’s a hard one. The only one I can think of is when a project I was piloting with a small team became an SAP global initiative.
What do you want to achieve in the next 12 months?
I want SAP to take diversity in leadership positions seriously and lead a program that will change the way the company hire and see their talents internally.
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