18 December 2017

Australia, Melbourne

Helping organisations accelerate change in leadership, diversity and inclusion


Mercer, a global leader in talent consulting, announced today it is strengthening its growing Learning and Inclusion practice through a strategic alliance with Dr Jess Murphy, a prominent thought leader, academic and creator of the transformational sponsorship program - Pathway to Your Potential.

Garry Adams, Leader of Mercer’s Career business in the Pacific, said he is thrilled to be partnering with Dr Murphy on this highly regarded and proven program.

“Dr Murphy is widely recognised for creating transformational learning experiences that enable senior executives and high potential talent to create a new way of leading and operating.

“Attracting and retaining diverse talent and building a culture where difference is valued and included are key issues facing businesses today,” said Mr Adams. “This partnership will deliver real value to our clients, empowering them to take practical actions towards this endgame.”

With more than 20 years’ experience across financial services, professional services, property and retail sectors, Dr Murphy has a track record in finding innovative ways to disrupt the status quo by exposing and dismantling the sometimes invisible barriers that exist in the workplace.

Empowering and inspiring senior leaders and executives to use their reputational capital to seek out opportunities for high potential talent, particularly those ‘different’ to them, and building the confidence of key talent segments to create and seize career opportunities are critical components of the program. At a practical level, her work ensures leaders know how best to ‘involve difference’ to leverage the clear business benefits diversity brings.

Dr Murphy said the partnership with Mercer enables the program to grow at scale, amplifying its impact. “Mercer’s innovative approach to workforce analytics, inclusion and leadership made them an ideal firm to partner with to achieve our ambition of having a measurable and widespread impact on how organisations tackle their diversity and cultural challenges.

Dr Murphy went on to say that the majority of leaders she has worked with want to tackle this issue and transform their organisations however they often feel stuck at the starting gate because they don’t know the rules of engagement.

“Pathway to Your Potential supports both leaders and key talent to understand how they need to change their behaviours to make a difference while cultivating the personal commitment required to make progress,” she said.

Mercer is also delighted to announce that effective from January 2018, Mercer will combine its Learning and Diversity & Inclusion practices into a new practice named Learning & Inclusion.

Mr Adams said the combination of these two practices will enable the Career business to better leverage skill sets and to offer a more compelling and comprehensive suite of learning and inclusion solutions to our clients.

“Mercer’s Learning & Inclusion practice will help clients build the adaptive, change-ready workforce and inclusive leaders needed to navigate the changing world of work and thrive in a disrupted future,” he said.

As an organisation with a 50/50 gender mix on the Board and the Pacific Leadership Team, Mercer is leading from within by dismantling the stereotypical board member and reinforcing the benefits of a more diverse organisation.



About Mercer
Mercer delivers advice and technology-driven solutions that help organisations meet the health, wealth and career needs of a changing workforce. Across the Pacific, organisations look to Mercer for global insights, thought leadership and product innovation to help transform and grow their businesses.

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