December 2019

Are we there yet?
2019 - A year of highs and lows
Thanks to our CEOs for Gender Equity who share their business case for gender equity in our CEO Conversations; whilst recognising how they influence their workplaces also impacts society.

Alan Joyce Qantas CEO says it best; “there is no point,” he said, “in blaming government or society for the slow pace of change, when the private sector can do a lot to influence change.”

As a membership, CEOs for Gender Equity outperforms State and National gender equity (WGEA) measures - clearly our CEOs are getting it right, conceding that we still have a long way to go.

The overall numbers in WA however are clearly telling us that there is a persistent commitment to gender inequity in Western Australia - we still have the highest gender pay gap and the most amount of men in senior roles. 

The best of intentions have not delivered the results we are chasing, turning the dial has never been so elusive. 

This year we had 60 CEOs and leaders attend our two CEO Summits, over 100 commitments made by CEOs and leaders to improving gender equity in their workplace at ten CEO Roundtables. A highlight was Minister McGurk hosting a CEO Roundtable at Hale House in keeping with our shared commitment to ending FDV,

We convened six deep dives one of which was hosted by McKinsey Perth with over 80 practitioners who work for our CEOs where we learnt that the appetite for action is stronger than ever, the time for ongoing diagnosis and analysis is over!

We also convened our first EA Luncheon, a long overdue thank you to the hardest working women I know.

We invited over a 300 women and men to take a stand on how as the private and public sectors are leading or lagging on gender equity; and on the F-word as an opportunity to reconcile our personal beliefs with the work we do.

We hosted several crucial conversations with men and women in workplaces challenging our deep seated beliefs and bias. We also called out #pinkwashing and misplaced feminism

Entering a new decade demands we set the scene for our daughters because why should the next generation have to fix this?

We will make a significant contribution to the economy and WA if we work hard to close the gender pay gap and increase women's participation.

Bring on 2020. 

In 2020 we will be asking our CEOs to continue leading not following, to building the best workplaces they can, recognising the bias and the backlash for what it is, allowing the rest of WA CEOs to catch up to them. 

Whilst we will continue signing up new CEOs to the cause, we will also be:
Do you think the 'dial is turning' in WA on gender equity?
EA Luncheon

The wonderful CEOs for Gender Equity EAs joined us this month for a luncheon to discuss conscious consumption and how we can improve our support and services to CEOs. Thanks to Deloitte for hosting this inaugural event that promises to be a mainstay of our calendar, and thank you to Mettle Inc. for our amazing gifts. 
Preventing FDV
Desert Blue Connect invited Tania to close their #16daysofactivism campaign in Geraldton. Tania shared some of the actions that our CEOs have taken in addressing family and domestic violence. Click here to read the full article. 
Crucial Conversations
Clough already leads in the construction sector on its commitment to gender equity. Recently we were engaged to deliver  a series of workshops that captured the unspoken stories, questions, opportunities and challenges women and men face at Clough.

These stories were shared with their skilled pool managers and the executive leadership team at Clough, that provided insights for leaders and how they could best lead on their commitment to gender equity, beyond policy and process.
Merry Christmas from the Board and team at CEOs for Gender Equity.

Thanks to the CEOs, their support teams, our partners, advisers and our interns who ensure we stay focused on action, impact and results.

Special thanks to the advocates within WA who are working tirelessly to collectively advance gender equity within WA. 

We look forward to your continued support and 'turning the dial' in WA.

Merry Christmas and wishing all a fabulous 2020.

Upcoming Events


Bias, Banter and Backlash | Deep Dive |
26 February 2020 I 0930-1100 | Location TBC

Interactive and fun deep dive that challenges our bias, explores the banter and helps us understand the backlash to help us overcome gender equity fatigue...

Please click here to register your interest today.

Save the Date | CEO Summits

4 March & 2 September 2020 | 0730-0930

CEOs for Gender Equity members I CEOs only


CEO Summits are confidential and candid conversations designed to inspire commitments that will make a difference.


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 Tania Cecconi
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