King & Wood Mallesons is delighted to extend its Platinum Sponsorship association with Chief Executive Women (CEW) for a further three year period, until 2017. We view this as part of our commitment to support excellence and equal opportunity for all of Australian female professionals to thrive and excel in their roles, irrespective of their gender.
With over 180 years of delivering solutions for our clients in Australia, King & Wood Mallesons has a long standing legacy of nurturing and guiding generations of talented female partners and lawyers who go onto many great things. Within our alumni we have high ranking members of the Australian judiciary and legal system, CEOs, non-Executive Directors, and many other significant leadership positions. This is one of the points of difference in our brand that we are extremely proud of.

We are committed to working with CEW, and the Chief Executive women in Australia, to make its vision of “women leaders enabling women leaders” a reality. Having built a career at this firm spanning more than 20 years, progressing from a lawyer through to becoming the Australian Managing Partner, this is something very close to me personally. As a leading legal brand, we continue to reach into the organisation and encourage female talent to step up, lean in, and get involved with the business, both in practice and in leadership. Our executive team are working to ensure that the women in this firm get the support, encouragement, and experience they need to quality for senior leadership roles, and to make their success visible to all others.

Creating real value with this partnership, however, extends beyond the annual dinner (although this event remains a significant connection point for female business leaders in Australia). CEW brings together female leaders who are a driving force in business and in the Australian economy that rivals our international peers. Our links with CEW provides access to a network of business professionals who provide a unique opportunity to listen and learn, and translating this learning into positive change.

We hope to engage and empower more talented women in the firm, so that they are encouraged and promoted to take up leadership roles and activate their ambition. This is what will assist us, and other businesses alike, in attracting, retaining and promoting the best female talent.

Sue Kench
Managing Partner, Australia