"Somewhere within our public discussions within Australia, a repositioning and revaluing of technical skills, which you are not going to learn off YouTube, which you do need to be at a TAFE, how do we elevate that?"In this week's episode of the Change Happens podcast, Jenelle McMaster is joined by Chair of Australian Sports Commission and Principal at Buildcorp Josephine Sukkar, who shares insights from her extraordinarily diverse career and her experience around the true value of partnership and teamwork.Host: Jenelle McMaster is Managing Partner, Oceania Markets at EY. Guest: Josephine Sukkar - Chair of Australian Sports Commission and Principal at BuildcorpListen here on Apple Podcasts on Spotify or wherever you get your favourite podcasts.
It All Starts with the Family | Josephine Sukkar AM
In Episode 55, “It All Starts with the Family”, Blenheim Partners’ Gregory Robinson speaks to Josephine Sukkar AM, Principal and Co-Owner of Buildcorp, which she established with her husband 30 years ago. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Co. Ltd, Growthpoint Properties Australia Ltd, the Property Council of Australia, The Australian Museum, Opera Australia and the Sydney University Football Club Foundation. She is also the Chair of the Buildcorp Foundation and President of Australian Women’s Rugby.In a candid conversation, Josephine shares with us the lessons learned, the importance of staying true to one’s values and the amazing teamwork behind the success of Buildcorp. She talks about her passions, from Australian Rugby and supporting the women’s game, to her advocacy for mental health and sheds a light on the issue plaguing our society, heightened by the pandemic. Finally, Josephine challenges us to think differently and take this time as an opportunity to reflect on this collective experience and to ask ourselves how we will move forward and what do we want for our country and our future.
We talk with Josephine Sukkar, Principal of Buildcorp about Rugby Australia’s incredible opportunity to redefine our approach to the sport and meet the challenges of modern rugby. Tied to this is the need to build greater inclusivity into the game, especially increasing women’s participation. A member of the Order of Australia, Buildcorp principle, and president of Australian Women’s Rugby, Josephine is an important rugby sponsor who has been integral in advocating for women’s rugby. We start our conversation by chatting about what sparked her passion for rugby and her company’s involvement in the sport. Josephine talks about witnessing the change in visibility for women’s games and the power that sevens rugby and the Super W competition has had in popularising women’s rugby. After opening up about why she pulled her sponsorship from the National Rugby Championship in 2017, we dive into her experience of sitting on the 2015 Rugby Australia nomination board. As Josephine explains, poor participation from key stakeholders led to false perceptions about the transparency of Rugby Australia’s nomination process. This leads to a discussion about the negative effects of having a divided rugby community. Josephine then reflects on the state of Australian rugby and how our federation system needs to adapt to ensure better sponsorship and to field more competitive teams — on both a national and international level. Near the end of the episode, we touch on the importance of Australia’s 2027 World Cup bid in providing vision for Rugby Australia. Tune in to hear more of Josephine’s insider-perspectives on Australian rugby. Key Points From This Episode:Hear about how Josephine developed her passion for rugby.Josephine’s journey sponsoring rugby starting in 1992, and why she likes giving to club rugby.The heightened importance of team or player behaviour in affecting sponsorship.Being on the front-lines of making women’s rugby more visible. The importance of women’s sevens rugby in the Olympics for popularising the sport.Using sponsorship to nurture aspects of the game that are underdeveloped. Why Buildcorp pulled their sponsorship from the NRC in 2017.Josephine shares her perspective on the Rugby Australia nomination process.False perceptions around the transparency of the Rugby Australia nomination process.Highlighting the need for workable solutions and not behaviour that destroys the game.Thoughts on Rugby Australia’s evolution, governing body, and structure.Why now is the time to have hard conversations and reimagine union rugby. How ‘corporate courage’ and supporting leadership will allow rugby to survive. Rebuilding trust in Rugby Australia through their new chair and CEO.Why the 2027 World Cup bid is providing vision for Australian rugby. The work of the Buildcorp Foundation in giving back to the community. Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Sydney University Football Club FoundationAustralian Rugby Foundation Buildcorp FoundationRugby AustraliaThe WallaroosUniversity of SydneyRockdale Rugby UnionSuper WAON Uni 7sNational Rugby Championship
Josephine trained as a scientist and now runs one of Australia’s most successful building companies. She talks to Sandra about making her mark in a male-dominated industry, and how she’s encouraging the next generation to do the same.https://www.buildcorp.com.auThere is some discussion of suicide in this episode. If this raises any concerns or issues please call Lifeline Australia on 131114 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In Part 2, Buildcorp's Tony & Josephine Sukkar reckon full transparency with their 350 employees builds trust, as well as buildings!
Build It. They'll Come.
How entrepreneurial Tony & Josephine Sukkar’s hands-on approach to everything -- from interviewing every cadet to negotiating massive building contracts – built their empire. But it also boosted their ability to agitate for gender equality and changen not only on building sites but in one of our oldest sports, Rugby Union! Hear how Josephine was instrumental in pushing rugby to establish the Women’s competition, Super W!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Buildcorp founders Tony & Josephine Sukkar forged an empire out of adversity: a former employer's corporate collapse helped build their resilience & teamwork, foundation stone of their future success.
Build It. They'll Come.
Fleeing civil war in Lebanon as a teen, while protecting his younger siblings, made Tony Sukkar AM resilient and ready for any crisis, later forging a construction empire out of his former employer’s corporate collapse.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this episode you will learn about;The importance of prioritizingGenerosity in businessExpanding your bandwidthSporting mindset for successImportant of a creative mindsetWhat it takes to go all in without experienceAnd more!Resources;https://www.buildcorp.com.auhttps://www.amazon.com/Mans-Search-Meaning-Viktor-Frankl/dp/080701429XShow NotesIf you enjoyed this episode, and you've learnt something or it inspired you in some way, I'd love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of you listening on your device, and post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag me, @elinormoshe_ or Elinor Moshe on LinkedIn.Don't forget you can also join the free facebook community to discuss your journey in the building industry; https://www.facebook.com/groups/constructingyou/Guest BioJosephine Sukkar AM is Principal and Co-Owner of Buildcorp, and Chairs Buildcorp’s charitable entity the Buildcorp Foundation. Josephine serves on a number of private, public, government and not-for-profit boards, including Growthpoint Properties Australia, Parramatta Park Trust, Australian Museum Trust, Opera Australia, Centenary Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne University Infrastructure Advisory Board and the Australian Rugby Foundation. Along with her role as President of Australian Women’s Rugby, Josephine serves on the Nominations Committee of Rugby Australia and through Buildcorp, has been a major sponsor of rugby in Australia for nearly 30 years.Josephine’s past directorships include The Trust Company and the YWCA NSW, where she served as Co-President. An active member of Chief Executive Women, Josephine also holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma in Education.
In this week’s Success Story with Catherine Robson, Josephine Sukkar shares why she keeps family values at the heart of a multi-million-dollar business and how women are making up ground in rugby union.
Josephine Sukkar (principal and co-founder of Buildcorp) is the fairy godmother of rugby in Australia. A huge supporter of the women’s team, Sukkar took time out of her extremely busy day to talk to Shannon and Fiona about how she got started and succeeded in a very male-dominated industry and how she’s doing her part to help other women do the same, especially on the rugby field. An extremely active sponsor within the code, she watches plenty of rugby, every weekend and her passion for it is palpable. An incredibly interesting and engaging woman who fears she may also get in a bit of trouble with Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and the Australian Women’s Rugby board for a couple of the stories she lets slip!