September 2019

 Using a Gender Lens
CEO Summit hosted by CEO Louise Giolitto
Pat Donovan Water Corporation CEO with Paula Rogers CEDA State Director.

CEOs for Gender Equity convened its 7th CEO Summit in partnership with WACOSS on September 4, 2019 at the beautiful Bistro Guillaume, Crown Perth. It was the first summit open to non-member CEOs and leaders from the private, public and NFP sectors, acknowledging that each sector has a role in leading the way to transform WA. 

Fifty CEOs and leaders stood together and found that:  

  • Most of us and people we know are impacted by the boys’ club and unconscious bias;
  • Most organisations are struggling with addressing the gender pay gap, the leaky pipeline and women in leadership; and 
  • Most of us care about and want to commit to transforming the issues around women in leadership and violence against women.
The Summit focussed on shifting the conversation from fixing problems to assessing the (potential) impact of strategies, from intervention to prevention and from programs to inclusive practice. 
CEOs were asked to commit to gender mainstreaming, that is, using a gender lens to assess the impact of their organisational systems, policies, processes on women and men; positive, negative or neutral, before implementation.

Thank you to WACOSS for hosting the Summit, Barry Felstead CEO Crown and Bistro Guillaume for their fantastic hospitality.
Welcome Tim Andrews UBS State Manager

“In my mind, driving gender equity is not just the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do. As a proud West Australian, my desire is that everyone in the community has the possibility to reach their full potential, regardless of gender.”


Read Tim's Commitment Statement Here
She's Price(d)less a national report recently released by KPMG Australia, cited CEOs for Gender Equity (CGE) and Male Champions of Change, as two organisations focussed on workplace initiatives. CEOs for Gender Equity was recognised for reforming workplaces by challenging existing structures and ways of thinking that may drive inequality.

The report identified that 38% of the gender pay gap in Australia is attributable to gender discrimination.

Ms Monopoly: A gimmick or bridging the gender pay gap? 

"While Hasbro has good female representation at board level, it had just one woman on its eight-person executive management team. They would have a sizeable pay gap. The real pay gap isn't that women are being paid less but they're not accessing senior roles. Good on them for raising this but if they're serious they need to do the work internally." - Tania Cecconi, Executive Officer CGE 

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Pulling a crowd vs walking the talk. 
Read the article here
We were recently asked to provide comment about Optus Stadium booking media personality Sam Newman for a Grand Final event.
Accelerating gender equity
Typically most organisations have mature policies and processes for gender equity. Nevertheless, many organisations still face challenges in implementing the cultural changes required to achieve real gender equity.

CEOs for Gender Equity is launching a series of workshops to accelerate gender equity in workplaces targeting middle managers.
In accelerating gender equity, we provide a leadership blueprint for managers based on the insights gained from the women in your organisation.

If you would like to engage us to host a workshop for your organisation, please contact

Upcoming Events

Deep Dive | Women in Leadership

23 October 2019| 0930-1100 | WACOSS


Join us for a deep dive into Women in Leadership for HR/OD/D&I practitioners. An interactive and engaging workshop that includes hearing from NFP leaders who will share what they have learnt about recruiting more women in senior leadership and the impact of undertaking a gender pay gap audit for the first time.


Register Here


CEO Roundtable I #16DaysofActivism

20 November 2019 | 0730-0900 | Programmed

By invitation only, hosted by Nick Fairbank Programmed CEO


This unique, intimate and in-depth conversation will focus on the prevention of family and domestic violence and how we inspire and influence commitment with CEOs who are not members of CEOs for Gender Equity.


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 CGE Executive Officer Tania Cecconi at
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