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What is Women Lead Australia

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Women Lead Australia, a joint initiative powered by HCL Technologies Ltd. in association with Women & Leadership Australia, is an exclusive one of a kind platform connecting Australia’s most dynamic and executive leaders with the brightest emerging women in corporate leadership.
The Women Lead Australia program is an inauguration of our global initiative to unite successful and influential executive leaders with high potential female frontrunners of tomorrow, assisting them to assume higher levels of leadership at the workplace. The elite cohort of participants will represent an unprecedented gathering of high profile business leaders and potential women frontrunners committed to bringing about an impact on gender diversity and inclusiveness in corporate leadership.
Over the specified timeframe we aim to provide executive coaching on mentorship to a set of handpicked industry executives selectively paired one to one with the underlying ambition of encouraging the emergence of the next generation of women leaders. Mentors and mentees will further advance to become an esteemed international alumni group that celebrates and supports nurturing women in leadership roles around the world.
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Do Women Lead Australia

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Australia has won the title of world's happiest industrialized nation for three years running. It’s also been ranked No. 2 in most desirable countries to be born, and was the second country to in the world giving its women the right to vote.
But where is Corporate Australia when it comes to Women in Leadership?
For companies in the ASX 500, we see only 12 women taking the CEO spot. Just 2.4 %. Similarly, only 13 ASX 500 companies have women chairpersons. Infact, 20% of ASX 200 do not even have a woman on their board.
For a nation with a 45% women workforce and higher number of female graduates as against males, women must work an extra 64 days to equal men's pay. Given the high proportion of educated women, placed with junior and middle management ranks, the pace of progression is far too slow. Surely, Australia can do better.
When compared with New Zealand, US, Canada and South Africa, Australia has the lowest percentage of women on boards. When compared with UK, US, Canada and South Africa Australia the lowest percentage of Executive Key Management Staff Personnel. This lag behind comparable nations is concerning. The percentage of women CEOs in Australia fares worst at just 3% against nations like Canada, Israel, South Africa and US. The international context of women in leadership is another compelling reason for reform in Australia.
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What if Women Lead Australia

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Statistics suggest that women are more likely to have a relevant post graduate qualification as against their male counterparts. According to Goldman Sachs, narrowing the gap between male and female employment rates would have huge implications for the Australian economy boosting GDP by 11%.
The Australian Human Rights Commission estimated that a higher proportion of women in leadership positions will lift economic activity by up to 20%. Economic incentives would assist in addressing the problem of pension sustainability, thereby reducing the dependency ratio, lifting household savings rates and increasing tax received by the government.
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Testimonials

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Danielle Ryan - Head of Operations & Process Excellence, Bank of Queensland
  • Thank you very much for last night, it was a great evening and was most enjoyable. I would like to share this with our Corporate Affairs team so they can write an internal story regarding the program.

    - Mentee, Women Lead Australia Batch of 2015

  • I have really enjoyed and gained greatly from the sessions with Stuart. Very worthwhile.

    - Mentee, Women Lead Australia Batch of 2015

  • Thank you again for the opportunity to attend the Women Lead Australia graduation dinner on Friday - it was an excellent event, and a privilege to attend. Some of the other attendees on my table also commented on how it was better in its focus and outcomes than other similar initiatives for women in business

    - Proud supporter, Women Lead Australia

  • Just wanted to thank you for an excellent function on Friday. Whilst I was pretty tired from a big week of travel and coming straight from Perth, I found it completely engaging and am looking forward to the program. What impressed me most however was the passion of the HCL team. Every one there from HCL seem completely connected with the vision of the organization. I loved the short video about Relationships beyond the contract – and have thought a lot about that in my own personal and business life since I saw it. Congratulations again on a great initiative and well done to HCL for being such a passionate and positive organization

    - Mentor, Women Lead Australia Batch of 2015

  • I love your (Mentor – Nikala Busse) insights on these things. I have also engaged the Learning and Development manager on looking at the remuneration and career path. She is very excited as she manages the intake part of the program so she has a vested interest in how the organization maintains the graduates once they are out of her care. I am looking forward to the results.

    - Mentee, Women Lead Australia Batch of 2015

  • Thanks so much for including me on Friday night, I found the session very uplifting. And am so grateful to HCL and Women & Leadership Australia for having made this happen and having included Angeline.

    - Proud supporter , Women Lead Australia

  • Delighted and honoured to graduate from Women Lead Australia program. Speaking with esteemed company including Tracey Spicer, Michael Horton & my mentor Guido Kuehnelt on “Women in leadership – what will it take to bring Australia on target”. This was an amazing pilot program recognizing women in leadership in Australia. Let’s get serious on enabling more women in leadership roles in Australia.

    - Mentee, Women Lead Australia Batch of 2015

  • I have been meaning to email you since my return to Darwin to say thank you for such an impressive afternoon/evening. The event was really well organized and the approach to the content exemplary. What really made Friday though was the people; from yourselves to the mentors, other mentees, HCL Technology executives and guests such as Catherine Fox. Their stories on their career to date and their enthusiasm for the future and the commitment to make a difference is extremely energizing and inspiring. I feel privileged to be part of this group and think the experience will be life changing

    - Mentee, Women Lead Australia Batch of 2015

  • A wonderful start to the movement and the Master class workshop deserves a special mention. Excited for the upcoming sessions and interacting with my Mentee

    - Mentor, Women Lead Australia Batch of 2015

  • We have come very close to the end of the milestone, I have to say I've been incredibly blessed to be connected with Linda and all of the sessions have been invaluable! We have certainly build such a great relationship and naturally we would stay in touch! Thank you Linda for your guidance, advice and friendship and I'm looking forward to what ahead... chapter 2 ;)

    - Mentee, Women Lead Australia Batch of 2015