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Women on Boards I Making it Real

Release Date: 08/14/2020

Cultural Diversity and Inclusion - Panel discussion with Shirley Chowdhary, Claire Beattie and Claire Braund show art Cultural Diversity and Inclusion - Panel discussion with Shirley Chowdhary, Claire Beattie and Claire Braund

Women on Boards I Making it Real

Women on Boards marks UN World Day for Cultural Diversity with a panel discussion about cultural diversity and inclusion in board and leadership roles, with guests Shirley Chowdhary, AAP Board Member; and Women on Boards' Cultural Diversity Committee member and proud Yorta Yorta woman, Claire Beattie. Tune in to listen to this insightful and real conversation, as the panel discusses: The backgrounds and lived experiences of our guest Why cultural diversity in board and leadership roles matters What is cultural inclusion and psychological and cultural safety - How we can support culture &...

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Women of a Certain Age - Claire Braund in Conversation with Anita Kumar show art Women of a Certain Age - Claire Braund in Conversation with Anita Kumar

Women on Boards I Making it Real

Turning diversity into a superpower Born in Tamil-speaking southern India, Anita Kumar was the first girl in her family to leave home at 17 to go to university. Today Anita lives in Sydney and is an experienced CEO, social entrepreneur and passionate advocate for the rights of children and families, especially those dealing with complex life issues or living in vulnerable circumstances. But her decision in 1990 to study engineering eight hours from home was less about following in the footsteps of her father - an early adopter of technology who worked at the University of Madras- and more...

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Women of a Certain Age - with Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea AM MAICD show art Women of a Certain Age - with Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea AM MAICD

Women on Boards I Making it Real

Growing up in Tropical North Queensland, clarinet-playing, science-loving Marguerite Evans-Galea felt like a “square peg in a round hole”. But thanks to her supportive family and a lifelong mentor - who also happened to be a university professor - Marguerite was inspired to pursue a career in STEM. As she tells Claire in this podcast: “He really did inspire me to thrive. He said, ‘think outside the box, go have a future, believe in yourself’. Those words stuck like glue and were a real inspiration.” Today Dr Evans-Galea is a leading research scientist, neurogenetic disease...

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Women on a Certain Age - with Sara Pantaleo show art Women on a Certain Age - with Sara Pantaleo

Women on Boards I Making it Real

Building a franchising empire, family business and cultural diversity Sara Pantaleo is a businesswoman who has always loved working and mentoring people. Migrating to Melbourne from Italy with her family as a teenager, Sara went on to work with mainframe systems in IT operations at NAB. In 1996 she joined La Porchetta as Distribution and Administration Manager – taking a major shift from the corporate environment into family business. Appointed as CEO in 2005 and to the board in 2010, after her brother was tragically killed in a road accident, Sara was instrumental in driving La...

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Women of A Certain Age - with Sarah Fairhurst show art Women of A Certain Age - with Sarah Fairhurst

Women on Boards I Making it Real

Growing up in 1980s Britain, it's no surprise Sarah Fairhurst’s biggest role model was Margaret Thatcher. “I was at school when she was in power and she made me realise women could do anything,” says Sarah, a WOB member with significant expertise in the energy sector, including advising governments and industry on commercialization and issues relating to the power and energy sector. Like Britain’s first female Prime Minister, Sarah grew up in a modest, hardworking family in a small English town before heading down the Oxbridge route and graduating from Cambridge with an MA in Natural...

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Diversity is half the circle. Culture, equity and inclusion are the other half show art Diversity is half the circle. Culture, equity and inclusion are the other half

Women on Boards I Making it Real

As a special episode we have reproduced a webinar that Women on Boards co-hosted with the Governance Institute of Australia titled Diversity is half the circle. Culture, equity and inclusion are the other half. Moderated by Catherine Fox, Journalist and Author  Panel Members: Megan Motto FGIA, Chief Executive, Governance Institute of Australia Dr Marlene Kanga AM, Non-executive director, Sydney Water Corporation Claire Braund, Executive Director, Women on Boards Introduced by: Catherine Maxwell FGIA FCG, General Manager, Policy & Advocacy, Governance Institute of Australia

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

Women on Boards I Making it Real

When Cheryl Dixon is asked what Board she is on, her answer is met with raised eyebrows. With almost three decades with NAB, Cheryl’s first Board role with the Queensland Rifle Association came as a surprise to her and those around her. But six years ago she became the Board’s first woman and independent NED in the organisations’ 160-year history.

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Fiona David: Why we need a humane response to migration show art Fiona David: Why we need a humane response to migration

Women on Boards I Making it Real

Fiona David has worked at the intersection of crime, law reform and human rights and in 2018 was appointed inaugural Research Chair of Minderoo Foundation. Fiona's career has seen her travel to some of the most dangerous corners of the globe while listening to the personal stories of human trafficking. As she says: “I am an adventurer deep in my heart. I feel compelled to do what I can to help others and to try and understand why people would put themselves in these incredibly risky situations.

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Building a Portfolio Career, Mustering Cattle and Surviving the witness box in the Banking Royal Commission show art Building a Portfolio Career, Mustering Cattle and Surviving the witness box in the Banking Royal Commission

Women on Boards I Making it Real

In this episode Claire talks to highly accomplished board director Victoria Weekes about her board journey to an enviable portfolio career. She talks openly to Claire about her period of renewal, surviving the witness box in the Banking Role Commission, the importance of establishing and consistently following your values, humility and how we really haven’t come as far as we think with the gender pay gap.

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Turf love: How horse lover and Australian Turf Club Chair Trish Egan harnessed her passion show art Turf love: How horse lover and Australian Turf Club Chair Trish Egan harnessed her passion

Women on Boards I Making it Real

Trish Egan is a born and bred Sydney girl, but she has had a lifelong love of horses from a young age. Looking back, 12-year-old Trish - who secretly penned a letter to the Chairman of the Australian Jockey Club asking how to become a strapper - would never have thought she’d be taking the reins as Australian Turf Club Chair decades later. Despite being told “stables were not the place for young ladies” Trish never gave up on her racehorse dream.

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Georgie Somerset has built an impressive board portfolio, currently sitting on the board of the ABC, AgForce Queensland, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Red Earth Community Foundation.

In this conversation, Georgie takes us back to her boarding school days, which she says laid a solid foundation of resilience and taught her how to problem solve – starting with catching a bus from Brisbane to Melbourne for 16 hours to get to school.

Georgie’s board career started at the Queensland Regional & Remote Women's Network in 2009, where she was founding vice president, took a break, then returned as president for seven years. 

Throughout this time, she continued to build her experience by grasping as many volunteering opportunities as she could. Georgie says she cooked lots of cakes and flipped many burgers. She says it was this foundation that taught her how to work with other volunteers and the value of true collaboration.

Georgie talks about her board progression, lessons learned and what inspires her, saying “my community foundation really feeds my soul” and “if you have the right framework and the right foundations, you can actually trust the process and the people to take you there".

Listen to the full fascinating interview.

Georgie Somerset's current board roles
President, AgForce Queensland
Director Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC)
Director Royal Flying Doctor Service (Qld)
Chair Red Earth Community Foundation
Director Children’s Health Queensland

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