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CEW’s ability to achieve its mission – women leaders enabling women leaders – is made possible by the continued influence, impact, and commitment of members. Search for one of our talented, influential and determined members here.

We aim for a breadth of experience and geographical representation in each year’s membership intake.

Founded in 1985, Chief Executive Women now represents over 1,100 of Australia’s most senior and distinguished women leaders, whose shared vision is Women Leaders Enabling Women Leaders.

CEW welcomes the most senior women in Australia as members regardless of where they live, their mode of employment (executive or non-executive) and the type of organisation they lead (not for profit, public or private sector). Membership is offered to women who meet stringent criteria and nominations for membership can only be made and seconded by current CEW members.

Members retain membership even if at a point in the future a member no longer meets the role requirements of the CEW membership criteria (provided that members continue to pay annual membership dues and comply with the Constitution of Chief Executive Women).


CEW is focused on including the most influential women leaders in Australia whilst building a membership that reflects the cultural and social diversity of women leaders in positions of influence. In recognition of this commitment members can now be nominated across 14 categories including a significant influence category for new member nominations.