The Chief Executive Women Annual Dinner is one of the most prestigious events in Australia’s corporate calendar. It is attended by CEW members, sponsors and partners, CEOs and their management teams from across the country. The Annual Dinner is CEW’s most important fundraising event and these funds are used to support CEW Scholarship Program and CEW’s work to enable more women leaders in Australia. Tuesday, 10 May 2022 saw our community come together for this special event.

CEW member and national keynote speaker Robyn Denholm delivered an inspiring speech, sparking conversations about the courage to take risks. Our President Sam Mostyn AO encouraged everyone in the room to help shape the change we need. Enjoy the photos and highlights video below.

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Event Highlights:

Highlights of the CEW Annual Dinner 2022. More photos can be viewed through this link.

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Guest Speakers:

CEW Member Robyn Denholm
Robyn Denholm, Chair of the Board, Tesla Inc.

Tesla’s Board of Directors appointed Robyn Denholm to serve as the independent Chair of the Board, in November 2018, having considered her strong leadership, independent presence, financial and business expertise.

Sam Mostyn AO, CEW President

Sam Mostyn AO is a businesswoman and sustainability adviser, with a long history of executive and governance roles across business, sport, climate change, the arts, policy, and not-for-profit sectors. She

CEW Member Robyn Denholm
Robyn Denholm, Chair of the Board, Tesla Inc.

Tesla’s Board of Directors appointed Robyn Denholm to serve as the independent Chair of the Board, in November 2018, having considered her strong leadership, independent presence, financial and business expertise.

Sam Mostyn AO, CEW President

Sam Mostyn AO is a businesswoman and sustainability adviser, with a long history of executive and governance roles across business, sport, climate change, the arts, policy, and not-for-profit sectors. She

Entertainment:

The Australian Girls Choir

The Australian Girls Choir has developed a reputation for inspirational performances to audiences around the world, through national and international tours, television appearances, and thousands of public events. Founded in 1984, the AGC now has 6,000 girls in training in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Some of their performance highlights include singing for Nelson Mandela, Queen Elizabeth II and President Barack Obama, and alongside Hugh Jackman in his Australian Arena Tour.

A true recognition of the choir’s success is their selection by Qantas to represent the ‘Spirit of Australia’ since 1998 in the hugely successful ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ advertising campaigns, which have captured the hearts of the nation.

Australian Contemporary Opera Co

Australian Contemporary Opera Co exists to create, connect and inspire people with opera-music-theatre that contributes to a thriving society.

Australian Contemporary Opera Co. is an innovative company purposefully delivering world-class performances of opera – music – theatre. Led by Artistic Director Linda Thompson, the 12-year track record includes award winning productions, festivals and prestigious collaborations involving local, national and international arts companies, including La MaMa Experimental Theater NY and Glyndebourne Festival UK. Acclaimed for imaginative, youthful and inspiring performances, ACOCo tells stories that explore experiences, people and our place in the world, with a firm commitment to equality, diversity, sustainability and excellence. www.acoco.org.au

Scholarships:

Our scholars are offered unique educational opportunities to enable them to drive their career pathway. Course learnings and outcomes are closely aligned to the delivery of the scholars’ career objectives, removing barriers and enabling them to be the leaders they want to be. Learn more about the 2022 CEW Scholarship Program.

Michelle Baltazar

Editor-in-chief, Money and Executive Director – Media, Rainmaker Group

Award: Technology and Innovation Acceleration Program – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2021 CEW/Maureen Kerridge AM Scholarship

Rowan Brookes

Academic Program Director (STEM), Melbourne School for Professional and Continuing Education

Award: Vincent Fairfax Fellowship for Ethical Leadership – Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership

2021 STEM CEW Scholarship

Hayley Foster

CEO, Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia

Award: CEW Leaders Program

2021 Schmidmaier/Mayne Not-for profit Scholarship

Louise Gray

Chief Operating Officer, CARE Australia

Award: CEW Leaders Program

2021 Schmidmaier/Mayne Not-for profit Scholarship

Gaelle Gouillou

Chief Executive Officer, The Spiers Centre

Award: CEW Leaders Program

2021 Schmidmaier/Mayne Not-for profit Scholarship

Katrina Johnson

Managing Director, Cartymara Consulting

Award: Public Narrative: Leadership, Storytelling & Action Harvard Kennedy School

2021 CEW & Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation Scholarship

Asha Kayla

Program Manager, Circular Economy & Sustainability, Woolworths

Award: Purpose & Profit Creating Shared Value – Harvard Business School

2021 ANZ & CEW Sustainability Scholarship

Michelle Lynch

Chief Operating Officer, Ramsay Pharmacy Group

Award: Executive Development Program, Wharton School, USA

2021 CEW Executive Manager Scholarship

Deanella Mack

Indigenous Cultural Capability Leader, EY

Award: Public Narrative: Leadership, Storytelling & Action Harvard Kennedy School

2021 CEW & Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation Scholarship

Sarah McSwiney

Senior Manager of Strategy and Operations, Office of the Chief Engineer, Boeing Defence Australia

Award: Strategy and Innovation Executive Certificate – MIT Sloan School of Management

2021 STEM CEW Scholarship

Esmee Ng

Chief Executive Officer, Health Empower Australia

Award: Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing – The Langley Group Institute

2021 Small Business CEW Scholarship

Marianna O’Gorman

Director, Stanwell Corporation

Award: Trustee Directors Course, AIST and AICD Company Directors Course

2021 ANZ & CEW Sustainability Scholarship

Penny Palmer

Legal Governance Risk & Compliance Director, The Fred Hollows Foundation

Award: CEW Leaders Program

2021 Schmidmaier/Mayne Not-for profit Scholarship

Caroline Patrick

Director of Brand and Member, Super SA

Award: Executive Development Program, Wharton School, USA

2021 CEW Executive Manager Scholarship

Kate Percy

Director of Knowledge & Outcomes | Berry Street Victoria

Award: CEW Leaders Program

2021 Schmidmaier/Mayne Not-for profit Scholarship

Alison Price

Founder and Managing Director | SoilCyclers

Award: Executive Development Program, Wharton School, USA

2021 CEW Executive Manager Scholarship

Nadine Rabah

Media Manager, Australian Football League

Award: Authentic Leader Development Program, Harvard Business School

2021 CEW/Maureen Kerridge AM Scholarship

Sonya Rand

Head of Sustainability & Community, Bunnings

Award: Executive Development Program at Wharton Business School

2021 ANZ & CEW Sustainability Scholarship

Melissa Reader

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer The Violet Initiative

Award: INSEAD AVIRA Program

2021 CEW Entrepreneur Scholarship

Jerril Rechter AM

Member of Champions of Change Coalition Director Western Bulldogs Community Foundation

Award: Harvard Authentic Leader Development Program

2021 CEW Not-for-profit scholarship

Commodore Fiona Sneath, RAN

Deputy Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force

Award: Vincent Fairfax Fellowship – Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership

2021 CEW Public Sector Scholarship

Dr Hema Wadhwa

Remote Monitoring and Digital Engineering Solutions Manager ANZ, Worley

Award: INSEAD Leading for Results Program

2021 STEM CEW Scholarship

Carolyn Baker

General Counsel & Company Secretary ConnectEast

Stanford Interpersonal Dynamics Scholarship

Belinda Duarte

CEO, Culture is Life

Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership

Rachael Kay

Executive Director Capital Projects and Planning at Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN)

MIT Leading Change in Complex Organisations

MIT Sloan Scholarship

Von Slater

Executive Head of Development | Lifestyle Communities

Stanford Interpersonal Dynamics Scholarship

Liz Westcott

Chief Operating Officer, EnergyAustralia

MIT Leading Change in Complex Organisations

MIT Sloan Scholarship

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PREMISES PARTNER

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP PARTNER

OFFICIAL AIRLINE SPONSOR

PREMISES PARTNER

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP PARTNER

A special thank you to our state sponsors:

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

VICTORIA

Sam Mostyn AO, CEW President

 

Sam Mostyn AO is a businesswoman and sustainability adviser, with a long history of executive and governance roles across business, sport, climate change, the arts, policy, and not-for-profit sectors.

She serves on the boards of Mirvac, Transurban, Sydney Swans, GO Foundation, Centre for Policy Development, The Climate Council.

Sam Chairs the boards of the Citi Australia, Foundation for Young Australians, Australians Investing in Women, Ausfilm, ANROWS (the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety) and Alberts. Sam is also President of Chief Executive Women.

She serves on the Australian faculty of the Cambridge University Business & Sustainability Leadership Program.

Sam served as a Commissioner with the Australian Football League and was a member of the Crawford Sports Funding Review expert panel which examined sports funding in Australia. She was as an inaugural board member of Climateworks Australia and a founding supporter and Chair of the women’s climate action group 1 Million Women.

Sam has served on the Global Business & Sustainable Development Commission, and on the boards of Reconciliation Australia, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Sydney Theatre Company, Virgin Australia Australian Volunteers International, and has chaired Carriageworks and The Australian Museum. Sam is a past President of the Australian Council for International Development and inaugural commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission and was Deputy Chair of the Diversity Council of Australia.

Sam was named Winner – Individual, in the IGCC 2019 Climate Awards and was presented the distinguished 2020 United Nations Day Honour Award for her significant contribution in advancing the work of the United Nations; in recognition of her outstanding efforts in the advancement of sustainable development as defined by the UN and her leadership in the areas of diversity and inclusion in Australia.

Sam was awarded an AO in the 2021 Australia Day Honours for distinguished service to business and sustainability, and to the community, through seminal contributions to a range of organisations, and to women.

Her executive and non-executive roles have encompassed business strategy, human resources, culture change, corporate and government affairs, risk management, community engagement, climate change, gender equality, and sustainability, and was a senior Policy advisor for Senator Bob Collins (Transport and Communications) and The Hon Michael Lee MP (Communications & the Arts), and senior communications Policy advisor for the former PM, The Hon Paul Keating.

Sam has a BA/LLB from the Australian National University, and in 2018, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the ANU, in recognition of her work as a pioneer of gender inclusion and equity, and leadership in sustainability and climate change.