Women in Business Leadership – Gail Kelly to Retire

It would be interesting to know what Westpac Group’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director has planned for the next step in her career now that she’s handing over the reins of the banking group. For 11 years, Gail Kelly she has consistently been a trailblazer. First, for being the first woman to have led […]

Australia, Let’s Say NO to Violence against Women and Children

Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick is a woman making a difference in the fight to put an end to violence against women and children. On November 25, Commissioner Broderick marked the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women with a formal statement calling for much stronger leadership in Australia to […]

Supporting Women: Sisterhood in the Workplace

With discrimination against women in the workplace still very real and prevalent, it is natural that women should stick up for other women and encourage them. But even having more women in charge of hiring and in positions of leadership, the reality is that a woman is often another woman’s worst critic. Whether fighting over […]

Seen and Heard Film Festival

Seen and Heard Film Festival – Celebrating Women in Film Seen and Heard is the first film festival of its kind here in Melbourne and is dedicated to celebrating the rich and diverse works from female filmmakers who are working in an industry that often under-represents their art. Although the majority of filmgoers in both […]

Emma Watson’s UN speech to men and women

I thoroughly enjoyed actress Emma Watson’s speech on gender equality which launched the United Nations’ HeForShe campaign to end gender inequality. What a bold move to ask a young role model to stand up and speak directly at all men, young and old. Watson was a great choice, since her younger fans can be encouraged to join […]

Why is Self-Promotion Such a Challenge for Women?

One of the biggest challenges I see women dealing with in business is the struggle of self promotion – to promote one’s own interests and profile to advance in rank or position. The mere thought of self promotion evokes images of arrogance, smarminess and insincerity. Women generally shy away from self-promotion for a number of […]

Women Innovators – How Need Is Driving App Development

As phones become ‘smarter’, there is an increasing market for specialised apps. With 1.2 million apps listed in Apple’s iTunes app store, and 1.3 million in Android’s Google Play store, the market is certainly very crowded. But here are some Australian women made their apps regardless – listed them, and won accolades along the way. […]

Career Advice from Trench Digging

At the weekend I was out in the garden digging a trench. Not a trench that you could “get all your mates over and play in” as my son excitedly asked, just a shallow long trench to lay timber sleepers and divide off an area of garden. While digging my trench I couldn’t help but […]

From Struggling to Striving – How a few small changes can make such a big difference.

As a coach for professional women a topic that crops up almost daily among my clients is work-life balance. Helping people to progress their careers, while maintaining balance with their personal life, is one of my strongest, most favoured topics. As a business owner and full time working mum it’s also something that I often […]

Top Women – Led Businesses: Succeeding in a Man’s World

Every year, Women Presidents’ Organisation releases a list of the fastest-growing companies led by women. The 7th annual WPO 50 Fastest was announced on April 24, 2014. Unlike in previous years, this year’s list was not limited to US companies – in fact, two businesses in the top ten are from outside USA. Women Presidents’ […]