Diana Ryall AM

Diana Ryall was Managing Director at Apple Computer Australia from 1997 to 2001. While holding this position, the company was recognised by Hewitt Associates as ‘Employer of the Year’. Diana stepped down from that position at the end of 2001 to expand her involvement in areas in which she is passionate: inspiring leadership, supportive workplace cultures and the success of women.

Since leaving Apple, Diana founded the company EXplore for Success which offers services to organisations to support talented men and women to achieve personal success. The Xplore offerings include career development programs, executive coaching, interactive workshops, in-house mentoring programs and focus groups. The Xplore programs have challenged over 3500 women and men since 2002 in organisations such as ABN Amro, American Express, CBA, Deloitte, and Dept. of Commerce, Centrelink, Luxottica, KPMG and NAB. Diana also offers presentations and consulting services in positive leadership, managing diversity, building resilience, building inclusive organisational culture and senior executive coaching. From 2005 to 2008, Diana led the Chief Executive Women’s (CEW) Talent Development Program. This program, running in Sydney and Melbourne, offers senior women in corporate organisations the opportunity to work together over a year to increase their own diversity awareness and to take key learnings back to their organisation. The program has involved organisations such as ANZ, ASX, Australian Army, BHP Billiton, Bluescope Steel, Campbell Arnott’s, Deloitte, Freehills, GE, Goldman Sachs JBWere, IAG, IBM, Lion Nathan, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Macquarie Bank, Telstra UBS, WorkSafe Victoria/TAC and Woolworths. From 2006 to 2008, Diana was the Vice President of the CEW, which published the CEO Kit – for attracting and retaining female talent. Diana was proud to be one of the authors of this document, which provides pragmatic ways to measure gender diversity initiatives and challenges organisations to better measure their current culture. For 5 years from 2003, she was part of the judging panel of the Australian Best Employers program run by Hewitt Associates, sat on the panel for Deloitte’s Businesswomen of the year awards and was on the Diversity Council for Commonwealth Bank of Australia for 2007 and 2008. Diana speaks at many events in the corporate space and also strongly supports the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Dress for Success Sydney. On January 26, 2010 she was awarded the AM. In March 2010 she joined the board of Vita Group Pty Ltd specialising in computer and telecommunication sales. Her passion is inclusive organisational culture, something still in short supply in Australia, and focuses her energies on making a difference in the area. She believes that an inclusive culture would make gender diversity an issue of the past.