Vision and values

Chief Executive Women is the pre-eminent organisation representing Australia’s most senior women leaders from the corporate, public service, academic and not-for-profit sectors.

Our vision is women leaders enabling other women leaders.
Our vision is women leaders enabling other women leaders. We strive to educate and influence all levels of Australian business and government on the importance of gender balance. Our values are collegiality, respect and vision influencing all that CEW undertakes.

We offer innovative and substantive programs to support and nurture women’s participation and future leadership. This includes:

  • CEW scholarships program, which in 2014 was valued at $250,000, and included for the first time, a $55,000 scholarship for a senior executive to attend INSEAD’s Advanced Management Program in Fontainebleau, France.
  • CEW Leaders Program for emerging female executives throughout Australia.
  • CEW’s CEO Conversations program where members work with CEOs and Boards to ensure companies can focus on attracting, retaining and promoting talented women.
  • CEW collaborates with thought leaders. A recent example is a collaboration with Male Champions of Change (Coalition of Change) to create the Leadership Shadow. This is a valuable resource for leaders of organisations of any size who want to better understand how to create an organisational culture that values gender diversity.


Founded in 1985, the vision and purpose of Chief Executive Women has evolved as its membership has grown, reflecting the ascendency of women leaders in Australia. CEW now has more than 500 members, yet remains a member-based organisation where women leaders can draw strength from fellow members.

As Barbara Cail AO, the founding President of CEW writes:

“Within the arc of CEW’s history I have witnessed and relished a rich diversity of leadership skills provided by the members. There is enormous power contained within this collective mindset. By being dedicated to making a difference, it is measurably doing so. And it is totally infectious. I remain enormously grateful for the huge level of generosity of time and talent invested by so many women.”