Her Ambitious Career

Ep 101 - 'Mental Wellbeing for High-Flying Corporate Women', with guest Sharon Ponniah

July 18, 2023 Episode 101
Her Ambitious Career
Ep 101 - 'Mental Wellbeing for High-Flying Corporate Women', with guest Sharon Ponniah
Show Notes

Welcome to Her Ambitious Career, the personal branding and success podcast for ambitious corporate women who expect more from their careers.

My guest today is Sharon Ponniah, a public health and policy specialist and Health & Wellbeing Lead at PwC.

Working in a high-achieving culture can be exhausting and operating with a constant heightened sense of emotion isn't sustainable...

So how do you protect your well-being whilst also keeping up with the pace and delivering results for your company?

Sharon says:

"For everyone in a corporate environment psychological safety, fatigue and stress are all prevalent. A bit of cortisol is fine but you can't exist in a heightened state of emotion all the time because when you do, you can't process things properly."
  (Sharon Ponniah, Partner PwC, guest on Her Ambitious Career podcast)

In this episode... 

  • Sharon talks about how to escalate your wellbeing concerns if necessary
  • How to identify stress levels and recognise the physiological and emotional symptoms of fatigue
  • The value of 'circuit breakers', to have a break from conversations (and people!) and to encourage objectivity
  • Seeking out alternative solutions to a problem, when current options feel limited 
  • The essential ingredient of an effective culture: inclusive practices


Guest Bio:

Dr Sharon Ponniah is a public health and policy specialist and has worked in both public and private sectors managing research, evaluation and population health programs at State and National level in Australia and New Zealand. 

She has held roles with the Ministry of Health New Zealand, worked for large Crown Entities and the George Institute for Global Health before entering consulting. With a PhD in public health, she is a published academic and continues to review NHMRC grants for public health and policy. 

Sharon's career has been driven by a passion to reduce inequity, increase sustainability and impact social agendas. 

Sharon is a Partner at PwC and is part of their Future of Work team, exploring the impacts of mental health and wellbeing from hybrid working. She helped Liz Broderick and the team at Champions of Change Coalition establish the first health group to drive gender equality across the industry and continues in this role as a Special Advisor. She is also a Board Director for Lifeline Australia.

She is a mother of two, of Indian Heritage, with a strong connection to country and place in New Zealand, having grown up in Wellington.


Host Bio:

Rebecca Allen is a Career Success Coach for ambitious women looking to land dream career opportunities. She has worked over the last 14 years with clients from companies including ANZ Bank, NSW Transport, Aquila Capital, Reserve Bank of Australia, Goldman Sachs, Ministry of Defence, KPMG, J.P. Morgan and Coca-Cola Amatil and loves getting those excited phone calls from clients saying they’ve been promoted, have negotiated a seismic pay rise or have moved into a role completely aligned with their mission, values and strengths. Find Rebecca: www.illuminategrowth.com.au

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