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Wednesday 6 September 2023
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Ticket sales have now closed.

Thank you for attending the CEW Leadership Summit! The event was a resounding success, and we’re truly thrilled with the enlightened discussions and insights shared by our exceptional speakers.  

Throughout the Summit, we delved into thought provoking conversations about our collective commitments, which will serve as the cornerstone for achieving gender parity at the highest levels of leadership by 2033. 

We invite you to share your commitments and continue this conversation in your workplaces, your communities and on LinkedIn. This will help inspire your network to act and urge them to consider their own pledges. Don’t forget to tag us @ChiefExecutiveWomen and use #Agenda2033 to keep the dialogue going.

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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 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. 

Event Program

Narelda Jacobs OAM, Channel 10 Journalist and Presenter

Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Ringo Terrick

Susan-Lloyd Hurwitz, CEW President 

Sam Mostyn AO, Chair, Women’s Economic Equality Taskforce
Brid Horan, Chancellor, Dublin City University
Moderator: Sally Bruce, COO & CFO, Culture Amp

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

Morning tea

Shemara Wikramanayake, CEO Macquarie Group
Shuba Krishnan, Head of Communications, Australia India Institute

Saadia Zahidi, CEO World Economic Forum
Mike Henry, CEO BHP
Leah Weckert, CEO Coles
Moderator: Samantha Mark, MD Spencer Stuart Australia

The Hon. Natalie Hutchins MP, Minister OFW Victoria

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

Kaylee Anderson, Director, The Indigenuity Lab


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, Intersectionality Consultant, Educator, Equity and Inclusion Survivor-Advocate and Activist

Brianna Casey, CEO, Foodbank Australia
Helen Waters Silvia, CEO, Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre
Melanie Browne, COO, 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 Link-Gordon, Program Coordinator, Aboriginal Women Advisory Network
Moderator: Sunita Gloster AM, 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

Taryn Brumfitt, 2023 Australian of the Year

Marie Festa, CEO CEW

Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Ringo Terrick 

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.


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Morning speakers

Narelda Jacobs OAM 
Journalist, Presenter and Commentator 

Livestream MC and Speaker
Shuba KrishnanHead of Communications, Australia India Institute

Keynote Speaker
Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz
CEW President

Sam Mostyn AO  
Chair, Women’s Economic Equality Taskforce

Brid Horan
Chancellor, Dublin City University 

Sally Bruce
COO & CFO, Culture Amp

Keynote Speaker
Saadia ZahidiManaging Director, World Economic Forum

Danielle Wood
CEO, Grattan Institute 

Madeleine Morris 
Presenter, ABC News

Keynote Speaker
Shemara Wikramanayake
CEO, Macquarie Group

Mike Henry

Leah Weckert
CEO, Coles

Samantha Mark
Managing Director, Spencer Stuart Australia 

The Hon Natalie Hutchins MP

Minister for Education and Minister for Women, VIC

Keynote Speaker
June Oscar AO
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

Kaylee Anderson
Director, The Indigenuity Lab

Afternoon speakers

Keynote Speaker
Peter Collins 

Head of Ethics and Integrity, WEHI

Didier Elzinga

CEO & Founder, Culture Amp

Anna Brown AOM
CEO, Equality Australia

Catherine Clark 

CEO, Paralympics Australia

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

Brianna Casey

CEO of Foodbank Australia

Helen Waters Silvia

CEO Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre (WAGEC)

Melanie Browne
COO, Fitted for Work

Emma Fulu

Founder and Executive Director of The Equality Institute

Katherine Boicuic 
Digital Transformation Lead, Viva Energy Australia

Professor Michael Flood

Sociologist Professor in the School of Justice at QUT

Dixie Link-Gordon
Mudgin-gal Aboriginal Corporation, Executive officer

Julie Inman Grant 
Esafety Commissioner

Sunita Gloster A
Non-Executive Director & Advisor

Maree Davenport
CEO, Endometriosis Australia

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni AM
Professor of Psychiatry and Director, HER Centre Australia and Monash

Grace Molloy 
CEO, Menopause Friendly Australia

Jo Stanley

Founder and CEO of Broad Radio

Keynote Speaker
Taryn Brumfitt

Australian of the Year 2023

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