January 2020

CEOs leading change
A warm welcome to Chris Salisbury of Rio Tinto
2020 is off to a great start with Rio Tinto's chief executive Chris Salisbury joining CEOs for Gender Equity. We're grateful to Chris for helping us achieve our vision of 'turning the dial' in WA. Please read on here
"And to me, and to us at Rio, this is about more than accessing a broader talent pool. It’s about doing what’s right, and running a business that reflects the communities we serve. Again, we, like many in this industry and others, have a long way to go, but we are determined to get there, as quickly as possible ..." Chris Salisbury, chief executive, iron ore
'Billie Eilish becomes first solo female artist to win Triple J Hottest 100'

18-year-old pop singer Billie Eilish has become the first woman in Triple J's 30-year history to take out the #1 spot in the radio station's annual countdown. Further, of the top 10 songs, five were made by solo women. Read the full article here.
How society is changing and how workplaces are catching up
It is easy to be overwhelmed by the seemingly glacial pace of change in WA when we look at the statistics on gender equity.

Of course, our society plays a role. Each time we hear that "society needs to change first" I can't help but think of the important role that leaders and workplaces play in leading the change. At CEOs for Gender Equity I am grateful that our CEOs and leaders know that change starts with us, and it starts at the top with CEOs and leaders.

Just to remind us how far society and workplaces have come, at the beginning of 2020, we thought we'd celebrate some key milestones over the last 20 years for women in the workforce:
2000: The Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999 came into effect
2008: Dame Quentin Bryce is assigned as the first  female Governor-General of Australia
2011: Gender restrictions on ADF combat roles removed
2015: The Victorian government commits to 50% women on public boards and in the judiciary 
2016: Linda Burney is the first Indigenous woman to be elected to the House of Representatives
2017: The Women's Australian Football League is launched 
A globally changing society
As we look towards a new year and fresh beginnings, it is also valuable to reflect on the year just past. Recently, The West Australian published a promising list of 'firsts' or achievements by women in 2019. Click here to view the full article, or click the individual headlines for their own articles. Let's aim for an even longer list for 2020, and continue working towards gender equity! 
"Finland’s new government is young and led by women —
here’s what they do to promote diversity

'Sanna Marin is Finland’s new prime minister-at 34 years-old, she is the youngest prime minister in the world.'

The new female prime minister’s coalition government was formed with all five party leaders being women - the majority being under 40-years of age as well.

Finland has reason to celebrate an overall impressive pipeline of female politicians with the potential to continue to advance to top political (and business) leadership.

Read the full article here
2019 recapped at CGE
Last year was a wonderfully productive year for CGE and its dedicated CEO members. We held six deep dives, two successful CEO summits with 60 leaders in attendance, and 10 CEO roundtables where over 100 commitments were made to improve gender equity in the workplace. One especially notable roundtable was hosted by Minister McGurk at Hale House, in a shared commitment to end female domestic violence (FDV). CGE will be expanding on the hard work and commitments made by its CEO members in 2019, and bring them into 2020 to make this year our most impactful yet. 
A throwback from our 2019 CEO Summit, held in March 
Do you have a moment to spare to complete our survey? CGE is always looking for ways to improve, and we're dedicated to taking on your feedback to drive greater impact and results for workplaces in WA. If you'd like to complete our survey, please follow the link here.
Upcoming events

Deep Dive I Tower Consulting
Bias, banter and the backlash; overcoming gender fatigue at work

26th of February | 0930 - 1100 I Register here.
CEOs for Gender Equity hosts 'deep dives' every six weeks that are conversations designed to accelerate gender equity from within the workplace, open to all who are not CEOs. Deep dive events are open to members' employees for free.

CEO Summit 2020 I Equal Opportunity Commission
4th of March | 0730 - 9000 | Open to CGE CEOs
Confidential and candid conversations designed to inspire commitments that will make a difference. Convened by CGE for CEOs for Gender Equity members. Last year's summits were hosted by South32 and Crown Perth.

CEO Roundtable | Deloitte
26th of March | 0730 - 0930 | By invitation only
Unique, intimate and in-depth conversations hosted and convened by a CGE CEO to inspire and influence commitment with other 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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