By Barbara Harvey
Congratulations to our own Pearl Tan (senior consultant for the Symes Group), for being selected as one of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac Woman of Influence in 2016. Pearl was nominated for her incredible work in bringing about greater diversity in the Australian entertainment industry. One hundred women were selected in 10 categories including board and management, social enterprise and not-for-profit, business enterprise, public policy, innovation, young leader, global, local/regional, diversity, and a new category arts, sports and culture.
Pearl is a passionate advocate for diversity in the arts through her work as a practitioner in the screen industry as a director, actor, producer and through roles such as co-chair of the Equity Diversity Committee (Actors Union) and as the diversity patron for Women in Film and Television (WIFT).
"I wanted a more positive and open dialogue so that true progress could be made as opposed to lip service, out of fear. So, I decided that I had to step up rather than sit back passively disgruntled."
Congratulations Pearl, we are so proud of you and the work you are doing in this space.