The Male Allies Program

Unlocking Women's Success: The Power of Male Allies at Work.

Male Ally {noun}: a man who supports and advocates for gender equality, often through their position of power or influence.

"All men in leadership positions should undertake this program."

Jose González Cabello, Accenture


77% of men want to be part of the solution to gender diversity in the workplace.

Lean In

68% of male employees believe that gender diversity is important in the workplace.

Boston Consulting Group

72% of women believe that men have a critical role to play in creating gender equality in the workplace.


Women who have male allies are 70% more likely to report that they can advance in their careers.

Lean In & McKinsey & Co

60% of male managers feel uncomfortable participating in common workplace activities with women, such as mentoring, socialising, or traveling together.

LeanIn.Org and SurveyMonkey

Women who have male sponsors are more likely to receive promotions and pay raises.

Harvard Business Review

Women who have male advocates are more likely to receive challenging assignments, feedback, and mentoring, all essential for career advancement.

Journal of Applied Psychology

Male allies who advocate for women’s ideas or challenge sexist behaviour are more likely to be seen as effective leaders by both men and women.

Academy of Management

87% of companies report that they are highly committed to gender diversity, but only 38% of employees believe that their companies are actually making progress.

McKinsey & Co

Men as Allies: Working Together for Gender Equality

Women continue to face significant barriers at work. Creating a more inclusive and diverse workplace requires a concerted effort from everyone. Men have a critical role to play in breaking down the barriers and promoting gender balance. And they need proven methods to help them succeed.

Gender equality
benefits everyone

Gender equality benefits everyone as diverse teams are better at problem-solving and decision-making. Companies with gender diversity are also 21% more likely to experience above-average profitability.

Men still hold most
leadership positions

Men still hold most leadership positions as women make up just 38% of managers and 22% of C-suite executives. Therefore, male allies have a significant role to play in creating a more inclusive workplace.

Male allies can use their
privilege to effect change

Male allies can use their privilege to effect change by speaking up in support of female colleagues, advocating for policies that promote gender equality and supporting women's advancement.

Male allies can challenge
gender stereotypes

Gender stereotypes are pervasive and can have a real impact on women's career opportunities. Male allies can challenge these stereotypes and help create a more level playing field for everyone.

Allies in Action: How Men Can Help Advance Gender Equality at Work


Male Allies Improve Culture

Male allies can create a culture of inclusion and respect by actively supporting gender diversity initiatives and advocating for women's advancement. By doing so, they can help create a positive work environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and included.


Male Allies
Reduce Bias

Unconscious bias is a major challenge in the workplace, and male allies can help reduce it by challenging stereotypes and advocating for fair treatment. When men speak up against sexism and bias, it can have a significant impact on reducing discrimination and improving workplace culture.


Male Allies Mentor & Sponsor Women

Women often face a "sponsorship gap" where they lack access to senior leaders who can advocate for their careers. Male allies can help bridge this gap by mentoring and sponsoring women, advocating for their advancement, and creating opportunities for them to showcase their talents.


Male Allies Improve Business Performance

Diverse teams have been shown to improve business performance, and male allies can contribute to creating more diverse teams at all levels of the organisation. By supporting gender equity and advocating for women's advancement, male allies can help create more diverse teams that perform better.


Male Allies Create More Inclusive Workplaces

Creating a more inclusive workplace is not just about gender equality, but also about creating a workplace where everyone feels welcome and valued. Male allies can help create this kind of workplace by promoting diversity and inclusivity, advocating for policies that support LGBTQ+ employees or employees from diverse cultural backgrounds, as well as gender equality.


Male Allies Increase Retention & Recruitment 

Women who have supportive male managers are more likely to stay at their jobs and aspire to be top executives. Male allies can provide the necessary support, mentorship, and sponsorship that can help retain female talent and improve gender diversity. They are also more likely to attract top talent by advocating for gender diversity, promoting diversity initiatives, and creating a welcoming and inclusive work environment.


Male Allies
Improve Gender Balance

Male allies can help create a more gender-balanced workplace by advocating for gender diversity and supporting the advancement of women. When men actively participate in diversity initiatives, the gender balance of the company's management team can improve.


Male Allies Increase Employee Engagement & Productivity

An inclusive culture can improve employee engagement and productivity. Companies that prioritize diversity and inclusion are six times more likely to be innovative and agile, according to a study by Deloitte. Male allies can contribute to creating an inclusive culture by supporting diversity initiatives and advocating for gender equity.


Male Allies
Improve Workplace Safety

Women often face harassment and discrimination in the workplace, and male allies can help make the workplace safer by speaking up against inappropriate behavior and advocating for a zero-tolerance policy. By doing so, they can help create a safe and respectful work environment for everyone.


This program has been eye-opening in ways I didn't expect.

At first I though this program would be slightly wasted on me as a younger person earlier in my career, but I have gained a far greater appreciation for what is expected of my female managers, how I can best accommodate their workloads and received a clearer view of the biases likely held by my male managers. Most importantly, this program has pushed me to genuinely consider and act on these issues in the workplace rather than letting them sit in the back of my mind.

Jeremy Chadwick, DXC


Our Unique Model of Change

Creating gender balanced businesses, together.

Over the past 3 years, the award winning Women Rising program has empowered more than 7,500 women from 660 companies in 63 countries. We are now excited to introduce the Male Allies program, designed to help men become effective allies in creating inclusive and gender-balanced workplaces.

Men play a crucial role in breaking down barriers, and this parallel program provides the necessary support and tools to empower men to use their privilege and influence to effect change, challenge bias and stereotypes, and create a workplace culture that values diversity, inclusivity and belonging. We've worked with hundreds of men with these proven tools, and we know this program, alongside the Women Rising program, will be the breakthrough you've been searching for when it comes to gender equality at work.

Women Rising


The 4-month virtual program experience. Everything is included, and all women are welcome.

The Women Rising program empowers all women with an evidence-based curriculum, virtual community and expert coaching. Women receive lifetime access to all program materials. Open to all women, all roles, levels and industries.


This 8-week Male Allies Program runs in parallel with the Women Rising Program. Open to all men seeking to be better allies.

The Male Allies program supports men who want to enhance their leadership, scale their sponsorship and be a more effective ally to women, including male leaders who have women in the Women Rising program.

Who Is the Program For?

The Male Allies program is designed for any man who is committed to improving the workplace for women and creating a more inclusive and supportive environment for all. It is ideal for managers, team leaders, and individual contributors who want to promote gender equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Understand Challenges for Women in the Workplace

Through this program, men will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the workplace landscape for women, develop their leadership skills, and become effective mentors and sponsors. They will also gain insights into the challenges and experiences of women in the workplace, and learn how to be effective allies and advocates.

Commit to Creating Positive Change For Everyone

By committing to the Male Allies program, participants are taking a meaningful step towards building a more equitable and empowering workplace culture. They will develop the skills and knowledge needed to support women and promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, ultimately creating a more supportive and empowering environment for everyone.

The Male Allies Program.

Giving men the knowledge, insights and coaching to be better supported on their male allies journey.


Program Curriculum

Male Allies Program Modules:

1. Strategies to become a more effective ally in supporting gender equity in the workplace.

2. Identifying and addressing the challenges that women face in the workplace, such as gender norms, double bind, and likability penalty.

3. Understanding the current landscape for women in the workplace.

4. Developing an awareness of and strategies to manage gender bias.

5. Learning effective techniques to mentor and sponsor women.

6. Enhancing your leadership skills through exploring topics such as leadership shadow and more.

Male Allies Coaching Playbook:

The program comes with a digital Male Allies Coaching Playbook that is the complete guide for supporting women on their professional journey. For any manager who has women going through the Women Rising program this is your essential guide to understanding their journey, the content they are learning and how to support them through your coaching and mentoring. The guide is also an invaluable resource for all male allies wanting to better understand women’s journeys and deepen their leadership capability.

  • Includes 188 pages of lesson summaries, coaching questions, FAQ’s and resources.

Bonus content:

1. Understanding the vital role that confidence plays in women's leadership and career development.

2. Understanding modern leadership trends and the emergence of feminine traits as valuable leadership qualities.

3. Interviews with male allies and experts in the field of gender equity, gaining insight and inspiration from their experiences and perspectives.

4. A bonus lesson for men on managing wellbeing, energy and resilience.

The Male Allies Program Includes:

Six online training modules

Evidence-based modules in our online learning platform, delivered over 8 weeks with lifetime access to materials.

Live group coaching sessions

4 group coaching sessions throughout the program to answer questions and provide support.

Male allies coaching playbook

A comprehensive coaching playbook with actionable tips and strategies for becoming an effective male ally.

Connected community of male allies

A private community for allies to share tips, strategies and lessons learned, and access support from Women Rising experts.

Virtual, Flexible training

Bite size lessons in video and audio formats, with written guides, coaching playsheets, and a private audio app.

Bonus lessons & additional resources

4 bonus lessons including interviews with allies and leaders, plus additional resources for deeper learning.

What Participants Are Saying

The Male Allies Program has been extremely insightful. Most of us think that we are allies, myself included. But this course really helps to identify the work and the actions that we all need to do to take us from "Aware" to "Advocate". It also makes it very clear that Allyship is not set and forget and that our work is not done when we finish the course. It really is only just beginning. If you have the opportunity to do the course then I would strongly recommend. Even better if that is alongside a Friend, a Peer, or a Report doing the Women Rising Program!

Nick Forster
Head of Security Operations, The Missing Link Security

I thoroughly enjoyed the Male Allies program; it was a real eye opener and has well and truly raised my awareness of the challenges facing women in the workplace. It has allowed me to reflect on my own assumptions and behaviours and has also given me the confidence to speak up when I witness or experience situations that are unfair or discriminatory towards women, and to encourage others to do the same. I strongly encourage all men to participate in this program, you won't regret it!

Daniel Lee
Offering Manager, Fujitsu Australia

I already believed I was playing a big part in breaking gender biases and helping break gender based barriers for growth. This program helped opened my eyes to a lot I didn't.

Kartic Kapur
Head of Technology - Operations, APA Group

The live coaching sessions are the absolute gem of the program where participants can exchange ideas with peers from other organisations and industries. This definitely broadens the participants' paradigms and perceptions.

Leonard Robinson Chin
Regional Talent and Learning Lead, DXC Technology

The male allies program was a tremendous learning journey. I quickly identified as a 'good guy' which led to self reflections of how to better call out biases and poor behaviour, and importantly how to support women in the workplace. There are valuable learnings for all to be had in participating in this course.

Andrew Holland
Senior Consultant, Group Resilience & Crisis Management, NAB

The program is well designed with videos and coaching calls and helpful for even busy executives to take some time out to understand issues surrounding female colleagues and how to provide better support and encouragement.

Santanu Bhaumik
Multi Service Solutions Leader India, DXC Technology

The Male Allies program has helped me better understand the challenges women face in the workplace and how I can become better equipped to support them. I am also more confident in leading with my own feminine leadership qualities and promoting and embracing these across my team. I feel more infinitely more equipped to support and amplify women's voices, and I would recommend the program not just to other women, but to all other male leaders looking to better understand the landscape and difficulties women face not just at work but in their day-to-day lives. Thank you Megan!

James Auger
Sales Development Team Lead, NEXTDC

It was eye opening to see that woman still face significant hurdles in their careers. While we can't 'fix' this over night I feel the course can help enough people to collectively make a difference.

Jason Free
Senior Developer, Theta

The Male Allies program was a trigger for me to think about perspectives I had never really considered before. It's the start of a new journey, but I feel I now have the practical tools that empower me as a committed advocate for women. This course equipped me with strategies to challenge stereotypes, champion equality-focused policies, and actively support women’s progress.

Matt Treadway
Senior Business Analyst, Theta

The program did a great job reinforcing many of my thoughts and actions, but also helped instill confidence to call out inappropriate behaviors. It also helped highlight many of the challenges females face in the workplace and how valuable providing support and sponsorship can be to help them.

Corey Sutton
Practice People Leader, DXC Technology

The program helped me focus on the issues women face at work and design processes and strategies to help the women in my team succeed.

Hayden Henderson
Head of Asset Integrity, AGL

I found the program insightful and eye opening. As Brennan IT's executive DEI sponsor, this strengthened my belief that there is always more to learn and we have the continued ability and responsibility to do more on this subject.

Mal Shafi
Director, Brennan IT

I would highly recommend this program as a way to build confidence to do what we know is right, but might be too cautious to tackle.

Ross Johnson
Customer Success Manager, Microsoft

I feel that I've been able to start being more conscious across the diversity and inclusiveness spectrum. Meaning regardless of woman, man, colour, language etc., I'm more aware, more deliberate and able to apply the concepts and principles learnt in this program in every interaction both professional and private.

Darion Mannie
Collaboration Consultant, Theta


Your investment in the Male Allies Program is all-inclusive with lifetime program access.




*Early bird offer ends 5 July 2024. Above payment plus GST in Australia.

Organisations can also email to register.

August Program Key Dates

Registration opens 1 April 2024
Early bird pricing ends 5 July 2024
Registration closes 2 August 2024
Program launch calls 7 August 2024
Program commencement 12 August 2024
Program closes 4 October 2024

Investing for Success.

Mike Morgan, Senior Vice President and Managing Director APAC for Insight speaks about the impact that the Women Rising programs have had on the Insight business. Mike shares how their game-changing transformation came from including team members across the whole organisation in the Women Rising development journey.

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What Participants Are Saying

An insightful and educational program which really challenges unconscious biases which males have towards both males & females in the workplace.

Alastair Smith

For organisations looking to drive better inclusion in their workplace, I would highly recommend the Women Rising and Male Allies programs. The content and support provided is excellent and more importantly the conversations that will continue beyond the program, will only drive a better work environment and outcomes for all.

Kyle Mortimer
Project Director, McConnell Dowell

The Male Allies program has helped me reset the bar for where I thought I was, in being an advocate and sponsor for gender equality. It has re-opened my eyes and invigorated my willingness to do better.

Paul Baker
General Manager Asset Services, AGL

I have always treated people the same without biases to gender or race, or so I thought. Treating people the same is different to understanding each individuals needs. This course has taught me more about how women feel in the workplace and how to better support them.

Brett Wilson
MineStar Implementation Manager, WesTrac

As a leader of a team of women, this course has helped me learn important concepts and vocabulary so that I can have meaningful conversations with my people and create a deeper understanding of the (often unseen) things that affect women at work.

Michael Pollock
Lead Business Analyst, Z ENERGY

This is a great program to start supporting woman in our workplaces. Provides some statistical evidence and some easy steps that we can implement to better support women in your team and your organisation.

Praveen Krishnamoorthy
Business Delivery Lead, AGL

It's too easy to allow privilege to blind us to the unseen trials that other's face. If it did nothing else but shine a light on these things, this course would be worth the investment. But it does more. It provides practical tangible actions to take.

Matt Bowler
SRE team lead, Z ENERGY

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Still have questions?

Book a call with our Client Director

If you have any further questions about how our programs can support your organisation’s goals, unleash the power of your female talent and unlock true male allyship, please book a call with our Client Director, Melissa Branley.