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On target: From banks to guns, Cheryl Dixon takes aim at Boards.

Women on Boards - Leaders and Directors in Conversation

Release Date: 01/17/2022

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Women on Boards - Leaders and Directors in Conversation

‘If the door is closed, climb through the window’. That’s the message from board recruitment specialist and director, Bernadette Uzelac, who has been made a member of the Order of Australia (AM), for significant service to the community of the Barwon Southwest region in Victoria. Growing up in Geelong, Bernadette was married with a baby and selling Mary Kay products by the time she was 18. Three years later she had completed a commerce degree and welcomed her second child. By the 1980s, driven by a hunger to put her own stamp on something, Bernadette started her own recruitment business...

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Warning: This podcast discusses suicide A curious child who grew up with an older brother, Julie Adams OAM started challenging gender stereotypes at an early age. “I felt empowered to speak up if I thought I was being treated differently because I was a girl,” said Julie. It was this curiosity, she says, that led to her success as an entrepreneur as the co-founder of Chemo@home -  which offers cancer patients the convenience and flexibility of receiving treatment in the comfort of their own home - and in 2024 being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to...

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Women on Boards - Leaders and Directors in Conversation

Make every day count. That’s the advice from architect and urbanist , who was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2024 Australia Day Honours for distinguished service to architecture and urban design, to building regulation reform, to tertiary education, and to professional organisations.   A graduate of both the University of Sydney and Columbia University in New York, Helen is a woman who has certainly made every day count. A recipient of many prestigious travel scholarships and Fellowships including Fulbright, Bogliasco and the Harvard Lincoln/Loeb...

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In this Women on Boards Honours series, WOB Executive Director talks to the 12 WOB members who were recognised in the 2024 Australia Day Honours. In this episode Claire speaks to Warrnambool cattle and sheep producer and founding member and chair of , , who was awarded an OAM for service to primary industry, and to the community. As she tells Claire “I wouldn't probably be sitting here having received this award if it hadn't been for Women on Boards!.” Georgina started her career as a nurse then moved to Victoria’s Western District in the mid-90s to help on the family farm with husband....

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Associate Professor Ngaire Elwood AM is driven by a strong sense of purpose that grew out of a life-changing experience that inspired her, as an inquisitive science-loving teenager, to dedicate her life to improving therapies for kids with cancer.  As a teenager, she was treated for osteosarcoma, a common form of bone cancer that had a survival rate of about five per cent prior to the advent of chemotherapy. After her bone cancer diagnosis, her treatment involved an above-knee amputation, followed by 18 months of high-dose chemotherapy. Even with this ‘aggressive therapy’ the survival...

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In this first episode of the new Women on Boards Honours Podcast Series - featuring the 12 WOB members recognised in the 2024 Australia Day Honours - WOB co-founder and Executive Director, , chats with . Lesley was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to tertiary education, and to the law. This is only the second year that the majority of honours were awarded to women since the national system formally began on 14 February 1975 – nearly 50 years ago. Lesley had a long and distinguished legal career, starting in Sydney at Allens before she headed overseas...

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When independent Non-Executive Director Cheryl Dixon is asked what Board she is on, her answer is often met with raised eyebrows.

With just under three decades of sales leadership and operational experience with NAB, and now a senior executive heading up PEXA - an Australian online property exchange network which supports the property industry as it transitions towards digital conveyancing - Cheryl’s first Board role with the Queensland Rifle Association came as a surprise to her as well as those around her.

While she admits to being a massive sports fan  - “I could sit and watch sport seven days a week,” - she was never into firearms and doesn’t shoot.

But as she tells Claire in this podcast, two years ago she jumped at the chance to join the Board - becoming the Board’s first independent NED in the organisations’ 160-year history.

“The club has a mountain of history and it’s been quite a journey,” says Cheryl, of her role in helping modernise the organisation.

In this podcast Cheryl - who started at NAB straight after high school - talks about how on-the-job knowledge and experience gained in her professional career has translated into the boardroom, particularly around the issues of governance, structure, organisational reputation and member participation.

“You can be 12 or 112 in target shooting, and people also have very different views on guns.”

She also talks to Claire about her Board future, how her professional career complements her Board work, and what she’s learned from Women on Boards about joining sports boards.

As she says: “I’ve never said no to any opportunity that comes around.. It’s about getting on the front foot and controlling your own destiny.”

LinkedIn: Cheyl Dixon | Claire Braund (host)

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