Women in Leadership

Events - 29 Nov 2012

The Women in Leadership seminar series continues to inspire diversity and change in women in leadership roles. With much of the audience dominated by women, the high calibre speakers provided an insight into their own career journeys whilst Ernst & Young provided new research into women in leadership positions around the world.

Key advice from presenters included:

  • Toxic environments have a negative effect on you
  • Have faith in your ability- leadership is something we are all born with
  • Don't take a job just for the money or promotion - accept it for its challenges
  • Have 'you' time & maintain the balance of family, career and community.
  • Continue learning and don't compromise your own values
  • Involve women in decision making to reduce the risk of uniform decision making 
  • Be feminine but not all the time - it is ok to behave masculine but in a professional manner.

An interactive panel session facilitated by Catherine Choate and Sue McCarrey provided participants the opportunity to ask questions directly to the presenters about their own challenges in working up the career ladder.

"Be happy and enjoy what you are doing. Feel enjoyment and pride out of your achievements," Mrs Allen said.

Catherine also concluded "Women can have it all, just not all at the same time."

Topics Included

  • Defining leadership  
  • Gender diversity in leadership
  • Personal ambition & defining success
  • Achieving the work/life balance
  • Research into women in the workplace

Master of Ceremonies

Sue McCarrey MIPAA
Deputy Director General
Policy, Planning and Investment
Department of Transport


Hear From:

Myth of a Superwoman: Defining Personal Success

Jenny Allen
Chief Executive Officer
Youth Focus

A Public Sector Leadership Journey

Ricky Burges
Chief Executive Officer
WA Local Government Association

A Transnational Career in Academic Leadership

Professor Diane Stone
Winthrop Professor of Politics and International Relations
University of Western Australia


Pathways to Success

Catherine Choate
Partner, People and Organisational Practise
Ernst & Young