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As Australia plays host to the Global Summit of Women in Sydney for the first time, it’s time to turn the lens to how the nation is doing on the global stage.
In a year the World Economic Forum has described women’s participation as an urgent issue and fundamental to economic prosperity, how do the numbers stack up?
In this special National Press Club of Australia – Sydney Address, our panel of international leaders will debate what works, why does it matter and examine leading practices locally and globally.
Under the Summit theme of “women creating economies of shared value” our panel participants examine the different leadership models that really shift the dial.
How do we move diversity and inclusion from a ‘nice to have’ to an essential component of good business practice?
Ann Sherry AO
Ann is one of Australia’s leading business executives with a career that spans Government, Banking and Cruise Tourism.
She is currently the Chairman of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation & Plc. After joining as Chief Executive Officer in 2007, she has transformed the industry and growth has been in double digits each year since.
Ann is the Chair of UNICEF Australia, a Council Member of Philanthropy Australia and currently holds non-executive roles with National Australia Bank, Sydney Airport, Palladium Group, Rugby Australia, Cape York Partnerships, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Infrastructure Victoria.
Beginning working life as a radiographer, Ann became First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra before moving to the banking sector initially in HR roles, then in CEO roles with Westpac NZ and the Bank of Melbourne.
The Australian Government awarded Ann the Centenary Medal in 2001 and in 2004 she was awarded an Order of Australia. In 2015, Ann was named as the overall winner of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Award.
Ann devotes considerable energy to her passion for women’s rights, currently convening the MCC STEM group, opportunity for Indigenous communities, philanthropy and to the arts.
In May 2005, Ursula Schwarzenbart became Daimler’s first Head of Global Diversity Management. The global automotive giant, which has nearly 300,000 employees globally is driving diversity and inclusion in a traditional male dominated sector as a strategic business imperative. Her mission is that companies which are good for women are good for all employees.
Prior to her current role she held various operational roles in HR in a variety of Daimler entities. Her career at Daimler-Benz started with a degree in social and behavioural sciences in 1988. Ms Schwarzenbart also serves as a member of the supervisory board at the University of Konstanz and in a NGO.
Dr Rosanna Duncan
Dr Rosanna Duncan is the Chief Diversity Officer at Global Palladium Group. Rosanna joined in 2016 to lead the development and implementation of its Diversity and Inclusion strategy. She draws on more than 20 years experience in the field, including her most recent role with UK-based High Speed Rail (HS2) Ltd. Underpinning experience are a PhD qualification and chartered membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), as well as a significant body of research and internationally published work on a range of diversity related topics.
Hosted by President of the National Press Club & Presenter of the ABC Radio Current Affairs program AM, Sabra Lane.