October 2019

The broken rung
CEO Conversation with
Professor Steve Chapman
Professor Steve Chapman, Vice Chancellor at Edith Cowan University
Andy Crane reflects on being a 
CEO for Gender Equity
Thanks to Andrew Crane for sharing his reflections as a previous CEO for CEOs for Gender Equity: "CEOs for Gender Equity provided me an opportunity to exchange both ideas and actions with peers who were equally committed but at different stages of implementation. It was incredibly useful to find out what practical steps others had implemented and both what worked and what had not." Read the full statement here.
WACOSS Deep Dive:
Women in leadership 

Each time the ABS reports on the gender pay gap, twice per year, WA wins the 'wooden spoon' for the highest gender pay gap in Australia.

Recently the Western Australian Council for Social Service hosted a deep dive, that we convened, inviting their members to discuss the persistent gender pay gap in WA.

This deep dive explored the link between the number of women in leadership that is, in higher paying management roles, and the gender pay gap.

It may surprise a few that the gender pay gap in the mining sector is less than the community services and health sector in Australia. 

Yes we know that male dominated sectors like mining still have some way to go. Whilst the mining sector employs fewer women, women are represented similarly, as a percentage of the workforce, in leadership roles as managers. This means that on average women earn 89.4 cents for every dollar that a man earns in mining in Australia.

Read more here.

Breaking the Mould - 
International Day of Rural Women 
October 15th was International Rural Women's Day, celebrating women in rural communities, who for years were not legally recognised as farmers until 1994.
The RRR Network of WA celebrated the day with a lunch, key note presentations and a panel discussion  facilitated by Tania Cecconi.
"To make any significant impact we need to work together. And to work together we need a common cause." - Tania Cecconi said as MC at the event.
How many more days does a WA woman need to work to make as much as a man? 
CGE Executive Officer, Tania Cecconi recently spoke with Chris Ilsley on 6PR to share why WA women need to work an extra 100 days to earn the same as their male peers in WA in the last financial year. For the full interview,  listen here
The broken rung: where women fall behind at work.
"Though women and men enter the workforce in roughly equal numbers, men outnumber women nearly 2 to 1 when they reach that first step up". The fifth annual Women in the Workplace Study, conducted by Lean In and McKinsey, has revealed that the first bump women face is much earlier than expected. Read the Wall Street Journal article here for strategies on fixing the "broken rung". 
“I’d love to hire more women, but when I post a job, they don’t apply. They’re not interested.” This month, Stanford VMware Women's Leadership Lab undertook research to tackle comments like this one and prove that leaders need to start asking themselves "why is my organisation not attractive to women?"  Their report shows that just a few small changes in the way a business or job listing is presented can attract top quality female (and male) candidates. Read the full article here.
Accelerating gender equity in your workplace
Typically most workplaces have mature policies and processes for gender equity. Nevertheless, many 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 Tania Cecconi here.

Upcoming Events


CEO Roundtable | #16DaysofActivism

20 November 2019 | 0730-0900 | Programmed

By invitation only, hosted by Nick Fairbank Programmed CEO


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.

Executive Assistants to the CEO| Christmas Luncheon

11 December 2019 | 1145 - 1330 | Deloitte
Invitation link sent to all members' executive assistants

A first-time event thanking our executive assistants. An opportunity to share the story of CEOs for Gender Equity and acknowledge the enormous impact our executive assistants make.

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 at
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