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2018 A Year in Review

2018 was a great year ...

Not only did CGE become CGE Inc, we also built a new website, we moved to South32 and for those who met Sarah Eatough, CGE welcomed its first baby Oliver!

In reflecting on 2018, we hosted another 80 or so CEOs at our CEO Roundtables, closing with more than 80 commitments to gender equity in WA. We hosted two CEO Summits where we #pushedforprogress and reflected on our leadership shadows. We convened deep dives with our action group examining diversity and inclusion in an agile world as well as challenging the workplace myths that hold women back in the workplace. We convened several panels including our own Lessons Learned, Lessons Shared at the RAC, the Australian Gender Economics forum with the BCEC and the Women in Leadership Summit at the Westin to an audience of over 150 women. We presented at the WALGA Women in Local Government, UWA's Women in Oil and Gas, IPAA Women in Public Sector Leadership, Unconvention Leadership Panel and opened Gilbert & Tobin's Women's Circle with th inimitable Moya Dodd.

None of this is achievable without the generous support of our CEOs who not only host many of our events, but inspire and influence other CEOs to get #genderontheagenda in this fabulous state of ours.

New CGE Inc. Chairman
Graham Kerr

"Success relies on having a team made up of the best people with broad perspectives and experiences. The benefits that result from a diverse workforce, and gender equity in particular, are largely about the diversity of thought and experience that these differences bring. Creating a workforce that is as vibrant and diverse as the demographics of the countries and communities where we operate and live, contributes to a high performing and inclusive culture. It is my role as a leader to drive the changes that need to be made, to set the tone and tolerance from the top, to ensure workplaces see the benefit of approaching work from different perspectives, allowing flexibility of work practices, to encourage mentoring and to remunerate equally. I will champion a culture of inclusion to ensure we create diverse teams to bring different perspectives and we focus on accessing the complete talent pool in the communities where we operate. I have put in place measurable objectives to ensure more balanced gender representations at all levels of our organisation and I will actively track our progress."

New Committee Members

Graham Kerr, South32 CEO, as Chair welcomes:

Christina Matthews, WACA CEO

Guy Chalkley, Western Power CEO

Chris Sutherland, Programmed CEO

Shari Cosgriff, Bankwest COO

Alan Duncan, BCEC CEO

Tania Cecconi, as executive officer

Leading Ladies hosted by Christina Matthews, WACA CEO, October 2018

Australian Gender Equality Council
Self-Confidence Report

An inaugural research report challenges "once and for all the ubiquitous myth that adolescent boys are more confident than adolescent girls. The research also clearly demonstrates that boys and girls confidence levels are influenced similarly, to the same extent, by the same activities such as travel, sport, part-time jobs and leadership roles" says Dr Fitzsimmons the author of "Filling the Pool".

Read full report here
Parenthood under the spotlight at the Chevron CGE roundtable

Diversity Council of Australia 

Workplace Sexual Harassment Inquiry

The DCA is looking for submissions to make to the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian workplaces being conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Their submission will be focused on what leading organisations are doing to prevent and respond to workplace-related sexual and sex-based harassment, and the resources that Australian organisations need to make workplaces safer for everyone.

To take the survey or for more information visit their website. Submissions close 31/1/19

Prominent CEOs share their learnings at CEO summit at Bankwest

Chief Executive Women 2019 Scholarships

The right skills at the right time can make all the difference. A CEW scholarship might be just what you need to take your next step.

CEW's scholarship program helps develop women leaders by supporting them at critical stages in their careers. Together with their partners they are offering senior executive women the opportunity to attend leadership courses at top international business schools.

Do you have what it takes to become a CEW scholar? For more information about the scholarships on offer, visit the CEW Website

Tania Cecconi, CGE EO chairing day one of Women in Leadership conference at the Westin Hotel, Dec 4, 2018. L to R: Sandra de Kock, Narelda Jacobs, Tania Cecconi, Rabia Siddique

Upcoming Events

CEO Roundtable, February 5, Australian Super
By invitation only, hosted by Ian Silk, CEO, Australian Super

Deep Dive, February 13, Engineers Australia
Fixing organisations, not women - with a key focus on women entering and excelling in a male dominated environment
Open to employees of member organisations
Register here

CEO Roundtable, February 21, Commonwealth Bank
By invitation only, hosted by Gary McGrath, GM of Corporate Financial Services, Commonwealth Bank

Lessons Learned, Lesson Shared, March 6 - Save the date

CEO Summit, March 7

Members only

Master Builders Association-Bankwest Women in Building and Construction End of Year Lunch 30 Nov 
CEO Summit at Western Power

Merry Christmas! Wishing you and your families a wonderful break and a prosperous 2019.

Do you know a CEO that should join CEOs for Gender Equity?

Our goal is to recruit 125 CEOs by 2021 to help us achieve our vision.

We want to boost women’s workforce participation, lift productivity and increase economic growth by sustainably improving gender equity in jobs and pay across Western Australian enterprises.

You can help by introducing a CEO to CEOs for Gender Equity.

If you know a CEO who would like to attend a CEO Roundtable, please contact executive officer of CGE Tania Cecconi, email
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