November 2019

We Are The Change
CEO Elizabeth Gaines - A Global Standout
Congratulations to Elizabeth Gaines who was announced the runner-up on Fortune's Business Person of the Year list.

Since becoming CEO of the Perth-based Fortescue Metals Group in February 2018, reports show Fortescue's revenue has jumped by an astonishing 45 percent with profits increasing by 263 percent.
Fortescue is currently made up of women representing 26 percent of executives as well as making up half of the board, with Gaines stating that women "are key to helping us reach our stretch targets". To read the full article click here. 

We are privileged to welcome Elizabeth as a CEO for Gender Equity.
#16daysofactivism - 
Stopping violence against women
The 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that starts on 25 November and runs until 10 December. 

Our #16daysofactivism campaign focuses on the importance of preventative measures being actively taken against family and domestic violence, with a particular focus on the role of the workforce. 
Over 60 percent of women experience sexual harassment in the workplace.

Currently more than 70 percent of our CEOs have a domestic violence policy, compared to 46.9 percent nationally. 

Click here to learn more about the global campaign. 
CEO Roundtable - Nic Fairbank

Nic Fairbank, CEO of Programmed Skilled Workforce, recently hosted a CEO Rountable to engage more WA CEOs in a conversation about the uncomfortable truth on family and domestic abuse (FDV) in WA.

That is, for every survivor, there is a perpetrator.

The CEO Roundtable was joined by a special guest, Relle, who bravely shared her own personal story of domestic violence, flagging the key warning signs to identify victims and perpetrators at work.

Tania commented that; "if a bunch of CEOs can't fix this, who can...?". 
Whilst recognising the enormity of FDV, in focussing on leading workplace change, we believe there is an appetite to shift our focus from intervention to prevention; from survivor to the perpetrator; and from support to accountability. 

Previous and inaugural CGE chairman, Chris Sutherland, commented that "FDV is not an HR problem, it is a problem for the CEO".

Thank you Relle for sharing your story with us, and for helping drive change within the workplace. 

Click here to read further.
CEO Commitment Statement -
Jenness Gardner 
Many thanks to Jenness Gardner for sharing her view on the value of gender equity and diversity, and how CEOs play a significant role in the matter: “As CEOs, we set the tone for what’s acceptable in the workplace. I am conscious of this everyday, in everything that I do. A motif of my leadership style is respect and encouragement for all staff, but especially for women who may not have pictured themselves in a leadership role”.
CEO Conversation -
Peter Bennett 
This month we sat down with Peter Bennett, CEO and managing director at Clough, to discuss gender equity. Click here to watch the full video.
Amplifying CEO Commitments - Survey
At CEOs for Gender Equity we want to amplify what's turning the dial in your organisation. We are keen to highlight your key learnings with other CEOs who have yet to embrace gender equity as a driver of a high performance. In amplifying our CEOs' commitment to gender equity, please complete our five minute survey to help us understand how your CGE membership is influencing your workplace. 

Help us to get better at what we do. Click here to complete this quick survey
WA CEOs calling for more GPG audits

WAtoday published an article discussing CGE's call for more women in higher leadership, with Western Australia currently having the deepest and most persistent gender pay gap in Australia.
Click here to learn more. 
"Just ask the innovators"

This month RedFM sat down with us at the Resources Technology Showcase to discuss how the resource sector has evolved. Click here to read our Twitter post.

The "Holiday Conundrum" 

Undoubtably the Christmas/school holiday period is a time for celebration but for many WA families it is a time where financial worries are at their peak. As the summer holidays fast approach, many families are experiencing the disparity between WA school children’s entitlement to approximately 12 week a year and the 4 weeks of paid leave on offer to the average full-time working parent. Click here to read the full article. 

Support an amazing cause this Chistmas
Mettle is an ethical gift delivery social enterprise that employs women who are experiencing homelessness due to domestic and family violence. 
Their main purpose is to equip domestic abuse survivors with the skills, confidence, and financial security required to secure and maintain employment and in turn, safe and stable housing.
Join the #mettlewomen community today and purchase a gift box for your loved ones this Christmas.

Upcoming Events


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.

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 at
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