Media releases 2014

Conduct that counts: Why CEOs can’t afford to pay lip service to gender equality
Sydney, 5 December 2014: The single most important factor that enables women to succeed in organisations is a personal commitment by CEOs to gender diversity and demonstrated inclusive behaviour.



CEW members elect Diane Smith-Gander as President
Chief Executive Women today announced Diane Smith-Gander will succeed Christine Christian as President of Australia’s leading organisation for women, effective 1 January 2015.


How the Treasury went from a ‘chess club’ to a female-friendly workplace

The Treasury realised it had a gender issue in 2011 when a report analysing data on the recruitment and progression of women in the department presented Dr Martin Parkinson with some stark facts on why women were failing to move up into leadership roles.

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CEW applauds the leadership of Helen Conway as WGEA Director
The members of Chief Executive Women have praised the important work done by Helen Conway, who has announced her resignation as Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) in March 2015.


Statement by Christine Christian, President of Chief Executive Women, in response to the announcement today of CEW member Gail Kelly’s retirement as chief of Westpac.

“Chief Executive Women’s mission as an organisation is to enable women leaders. We are proud of the achievements of all members, but Gail Kelly stands as a beacon of what women are capable of achieving as leaders.”



Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders win Chief Executive Women scholarships

Chief Executive Women today announced two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have been awarded executive education scholarships to attend one of the world’s top business schools, INSEAD.



Three WA miners win Chief Executive Women scholarships

Chief Executive Women today announced three West Australians have been awarded executive education scholarships for women leaders. The scholarships are the final part of CEW’s 2014 scholarships program of 16 awards worth more than $250,000.



QGC Executive Wins $38,000 Chief Executive Women Scholarship

Chief Executive Women (CEW) today announced nine executive education scholarships for women leaders. The scholarships complete CEW’s 2014 scholarships program of 16 awards worth more than $250,000.



Time to change Australia’s perception of female leadership

It is critical to Australia’s economic and social growth that both men and women do more to develop future female leaders, said Alison Watkins, Group Managing Director, Coca-Cola Amatil and one of only four female CEOs in the top 50 ASX companies.
Published: 10 September 2014



Rio Tinto miner wins new $55,000 Chief Executive Women scholarship

Chief Executive Women today announced seven executive education scholarships for women leaders. The awards are part of CEW’s 2014 scholarships program of 16 awards worth more than $250,000. Sinead Kaufman, 40, is the winner of the top award, worth $55,000, to attend a month-long Advanced Executive Program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Published: 27 March 2014



CEW and Male Champions of Change

CEW & Male Champions of Change: Getting more women in senior leadership roles starts with every manager understanding how they cast their Leadership Shadow
Two groups of leaders committed to increasing gender balance in Australia have today launched a free and simple management model called ‘The Leadership Shadow’. It will help leaders everywhere to listen, learn and lead by understanding the impact of their personal actions – their Leadership Shadow.
Published: 24 March 2014