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Wednesday 6th September 2023

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

CEW Summit

At our current pace, Australia will achieve leadership equality in 100 years’ time. This is the fast track to equality, turning what could be 100 years of snail-paced change into 10.


Led by the most disruptive voices, the CEW Leadership Summit will ignite a chain reaction to fast-track an equal future.

The CEW Leadership Summit will identify tangible actions that we can all take to accelerate change. We need diverse women leaders at every decision-making table; we need workplace flexibility for all to work and care; we need to ensure women are economically secure and free from violence; and we need women’s workforce participation across all sectors within all roles.

Hear from the change-makers and Australia’s most influential leaders who are activating this new momentum.Join us in Melbourne on Wednesday 6 September and help us set a new Agenda for the next 10 years.  

In person ticket sales have now closed, however live stream tickets are available until Tuesday 5 September. Please email if you have any questions. #Agenda2033

Program to include

MC: Narelda Jacobs OAM, Channel 10 Journalist and Presenter

Morning sessions

Susan-Lloyd Hurwitz, CEW President 

Sam Mostyn AO, Chair, Women’s Economic Equality Taskforce
Brid Horan, Chancellor, Dublin City University
Moderators: Sally Bruce, COO & CFO, Culture Amp
Narelda Jacobs OAM, Channel 10 Journalist and Presenter

Saadia Zahidi, Managing Director, World Economic Forum

Danielle Wood, CEO Grattan Institute
Madeleine Morris, Finance Presenter, ABC News

Morning tea

Mike Henry, CEO BHP
Leah Weckert, CEO Coles
Moderator: Samantha Mark, MD Spencer Stuart Australia

The Hon Natalie Hutchins MP

June Oscar AO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

June Oscar AO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
Kaylee Andersen, Victorian Aboriginal Engagement Lead
Shelley Reys AO, CEO, Arrilla Indigenous Consulting
Moderator: Neralda Jacobs OAM


Peter Collins, Head of Ethics and Integrity, WEHI

Didier Elzinga, CEO and Founder Culture Amp
Anna Brown OAM, CEO, Equality Australia
Catherine Clark, CEO, Paralympics Australia
Moderator: Akii Ngo, Disability, Gender Equity, Accessibility, Inclusion Consultant

Brianna Casey, CEO, Foodbank Australia
Helen Waters Silvia, CEO, Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre
Donna De Zwart, Managing Director, Fitted for Work
Moderator: Emma Fulu, Founder and Executive Director, The Equality Institute

Julie Inman Grant, eSafety Commissioner
Professor Michael Flood, Sociologist Professor, School of Justice at QUT
Katherine Boiciuc, Digital Transformation Viva Energy
Dixie Gordon-Link
Moderator: Sunita Gloster AO, Non Executive Director and Advisor

Maree Davenport, CEO Endometriosis Australia
Professor Jayashri Kulkarni AM, Professor of Psychiatry, Monash University & Director HER Centre Australia
Grace Molloy, CEO Menopause Friendly Australia
Moderator: Jo Stanley, Founder and CEO Broad Radio

Afternoon tea

Marie Festa, CEO CEW

Taryn Brumfitt, 2023 Australian of the Year

Djirri Djirri Dancers

Program subject to change 

The CEW Leadership Summit Committee 2023

Special thanks to the CEW Leadership Summit Committee for volunteering their time and invaluable expertise, knowledge and enthusiasm to make the CEW Leadership Summit 2023 possible.
Dee McGrath (Committee Chair), Ann Burns, Paula Benson, Jodie Hampshire, Carolyn Reynolds, Henriette Rothschild, Deborah Schembri and Katrina Troughton.


For enquiries about sponsorship or speaking at the Summit please contact

Gold Sponsor

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Silver Sponsor

Thought Leadership Partner

Hospitality Partner


Keynote Speaker
Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz
CEW President

Keynote Speaker
Saadia ZahidiManaging Director, World Economic Forum

Keynote Speaker
Taryn Brumfitt

Australian of the Year 2023

Keynote Speaker
June Oscar AO

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

Keynote Speaker
Peter Collins 

Head of Ethics and Integrity, WEHI

Keynote Speaker
Shemara Wikramanayake
CEO, Macquarie Group

Kaylee AndersonVictorian Aboriginal Engagement Lead

Katherine Boicuic Digital Transformation Lead, Viva Energy Australia

Anna Brown AOMCEO, Equality Australia

Sally Bruce
COO & CFO, Culture Amp

Brianna Casey
CEO of Foodbank Australia

Catherine Clark 
CEO, Paralympics Australia


Maree Davenport
CEO Endometriosis Australia

Donna De Zwart
Managing Director, Fitted for Work

Michael Flood
Sociologist Professor in the School of Justice at QUT

Emma Fulu
Founder and Executive Director of The Equality Institute

Sunita Gloster AM
Non-Executive Director | Advisor

Mike HenryCEO, BHP

Brid HoranChancellor, Dublin City University 

Jayashri Kulkarni AMProfessor of Psychiatry and Director, HER Centre Australia and Monash

Samantha MarkManaging Director, Spencer Stuart Australia 

Grace Molloy 
CEO, Menopause Friendly Australia

Sam Mostyn AO  Chair, Women’s Economic Equality Taskforce

Madeleine Morris Presenter, ABC News

Akki Ngo 
Intersectionality Consultant, Educator, Equity & Inclusion Survivor-Advocate and Activist

Jo Stanley
Founder and CEO of Broad Radio

Helen Waters Silva
CEO Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre (WAGEC)

Leah WeckertCEO, Coles

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