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As the Director of Transformation and Change at Renewal SA, Amanda Rice orchestrates the STEP program, guiding the agency into the future through technology and enhanced capabilities.

As the Director of Transformation and Change at Renewal SA, Amanda Rice orchestrates the STEP program, guiding the agency into the future through technology and enhanced capabilities. But beyond her professional prowess, Amanda champions the cause of women's rights and diversity in every facet of her work and life.

"[International Women’s Day] means reflecting on the women before us that enabled us to have a voice," Amanda said. Her words carry the weight of recognition for the struggles and sacrifices of those who paved the way for the rights and opportunities women enjoy today.

Amanda's vision transcends mere reflection; it encompasses a proactive approach towards the future. "It's about reminding myself that some women don't have the luxury of what I think are basic rights," she said. "And it's also about bringing to the future generations and respecting and embracing diversity in the workplace and in the public sphere."

Diversity, according to Amanda, is not merely a buzzword but a cornerstone of progress. "I think diversity of women helps bring a different perspective to business," she said.

Her belief in the power of diverse voices to shape discussions and drive better outcomes is evident in her leadership style, where she fosters an environment of inclusion and collaboration.

"It brings a diverse range of beliefs and thoughts into the organisation, which enables informed discussions and better outcomes for the public that we serve," she elaborates.

But for Amanda, advocacy is not confined to words alone and states “if you believe it, demonstrate it through action”. "Provide opportunities for others, create pathways for others, and also share information and be collaborative," she said.

Her commitment to action is rooted in a deep-seated belief in education and understanding. "I think education and understanding, listening to people’s views and fully understand why they think certain ways," she reflects. "But also breaking down the barriers for people that are struggling to fit into society.”

Amanda’s dedication to empowering others, fostering diversity, and driving progress serves as a testament to the strong spirit of women everywhere.

International Women's Day celebration featuring Amanda Rice.

Director of Transformation and Change at Renewal SA, Amanda Rice.

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