CBA invests in CEW Leaders Program to advance women’s leadership

“I believe in the statement that Leadership is really all about learning, and learning is really all about leadership. The Program has provided such great insights to me on how I personally conduct myself and where the opportunities for improvement are. I can see a lot of strategies can be easily applied including the often-tricky skills needed to persuade and influence people.”

– Akanksha Wangoo, Executive Manager – Chief Data and Analytics Office, CBA.

Chief Executive Women (CEW) has partnered with the Commonwealth Bank (CBA) as part of an opportunity championed by CEO Matt Comyn to accelerate women leaders across the organisation.

“Personally, for me the highlight was the relationships we forged with colleagues from different industries… I would definitely recommend putting your vulnerable self in the program, only then will you be able to reflect and learn.” Akanksha said.

Through this partnership, 25 CBA employees joined the CEW Leaders Program and learned from the experience of Australia’s most accomplished women leaders.

Developed to inspire and equip women to fulfill their leadership potential, the CEW Leaders Program helps organisations build truly diverse and inclusive workplaces.

CBA employees attended the seven-day program, facilitated by CEW members. Speakers shared their wisdom and insight in an intimate, collegiate and reflective environment.

Participants joined a range of sessions facilitated by CEW members, including career reflections with Kim McKay AO, CEO Australia Museum and Denise McComish, Non-Executive Director, among others.

CBA Executive Manager – Chief Data and Analytics Office, Akanksha Wangoo said the program provided exposure to inspiring leaders, alongside well-structured sessions that that brought to life key elements of leadership capabilities.

While Akanksha’s role is to empower CBA employees to manage data risk, equal value was found by CBA Area Manager Michelle Dixon, who said the Program has supported her learning and delivery at work, especially when it comes to goal setting.

“I’m now looking at problems like a puzzle – how I put the pieces together and then review the material on a monthly basis to see what I can continue to learn.

“Personally for me a highlight was meeting other inspiring women from other organisations. We shared, learned, listened and grew in a safe and caring environment,” Michelle said.

CBA wants its people to feel respected, safe and included at work and recognises that all genders are impacted by gender inequality. Its Gender Equality Action Plan focuses on challenging gender stereotypes, strengthening positive and equal relationships, championing equal participation at work and gender equality in leadership.

The CEW Leaders Program supports CEW’s mission – women leaders enabling women leaders – and plays a critical role in ensuring that women are represented at decision making tables around the country.

CEW would like to thank CBA for its investment in women’s leadership and looks forward to continuing the partnership.

Want to learn more about the CEW Leaders Program experience? Download the CEW Leaders Program brochure or contact Sarah Rowley for more information.