Brave Feminine Leadership
Jules Brooke - She really is the Boss, just don’t call her bossy!

Jules Brooke - She really is the Boss, just don’t call her bossy!

October 7, 2022

Look really hard, I am still convinced you won’t find someone as genuinely supportive of women everywhere as Jules. She is a connector. A supporter. She gets on with it and makes things happen. Her mission is to make women more visible.
Jules Brookes is the founder of Handle Your Own PR and the founder of the She’s The Boss community that has grown widely since the pandemic. Jules has interviewed over 200 successful female entrepreneurs via her podcast She’s The Boss Chats. Join Jules and I as we discuss the three things that surprise her about her conversations with successful females, how “Con The Fruiterer” coming to the wrong conclusion about her provided a big career break and how women over 50 feature in less than 4% of media worldwide.

Kris Grant - Type A, the letter A, A+ conversation

Kris Grant - Type A, the letter A, A+ conversation

September 30, 2022

For the past nine years, Kris Grant has been leading ASPL Group as CEO, overseeing its management consulting, training and recruitment divisions to deliver major transformational projects, strategic leadership training, and personnel resourcing to improve business functions and increase productivity across Australia’s public and private sectors. A champion of emerging leaders and an ambassador for workplace Equality, Kris reached C-level by age 32 as a mother of two young children. She honed her management skills while leading over 50,000 staff throughout Asia Pacific at a global talent management firm where she held the position of CFO and COO. Kris pushed hard in her career to influence change with middle aged white men… Then she moved on.
Join Kris and I as we discuss the reason she ended up sick all the time, why she is kinder to herself these days, tackling mean girl behaviour and why she treats herself like an elite athlete these days. We also discuss how everyone wants to be successful but most people don’t know how to do it.

Bob Rae, CEO Clear Captions - Push to the edge of what you’re capable of

Bob Rae, CEO Clear Captions - Push to the edge of what you’re capable of

September 23, 2022

Together Bob Rae and I discuss the lessons he absorbed from his mother as the corporate executive - painting an exciting vision far from his coal mining hometown. The hard work and customer ethics from his entrepreneurial father and the benefit of his psychology degree in understanding and leading people. Bob moved often to chase growth and stretch himself to the edge of his capabilities, his advice in this regard is a must listen. We also discuss the power of having and being a good sponsor. Listen to why he has executives who have followed him from company to company. With over 30 years of success in technology, telecommunications and services business, Bob Rae is the CEO and President of ClearCaptions, a US based phone captioning company that today is a nationwide company in the US serving hundreds of thousands of hard-of-hearing consumers. Bob and I were lucky to meet on life’s journey, when he was a highly valued client of mine years ago. I thank him for adding his voice to this conversation.

Michelle Winzer - My perfectionism made others feel they weren’t good enough

Michelle Winzer - My perfectionism made others feel they weren’t good enough

September 16, 2022

Self-awareness and asking for feedback is critical for any leader. So is listening and changing. Join Michelle Winzer and I as we discuss how she let go of perfectionism, viewed her “selfish” decision to undertake an MBA as the best investment she ever made and her way of tackling the inner critic who sits on her shoulder. Michelle is a truly brave feminine leader. Open, down to earth, vulnerable, and always learning, Michelle has operated at the highest levels of corporate life as CEO of Bank of Melbourne. After 30 years in banking, Michelle joined RACQ as Group Executive Banking in December 2020. I hope you enjoy this refreshing conversation with Michelle as we continue to share what it is really like to lead organisations and to navigate our careers as strong, confident female leaders

Peggy O’Neal - Does it make my heart leap?

Peggy O’Neal - Does it make my heart leap?

September 9, 2022

The advice of a good friend is something we all need to hear sometimes. Luckily for Richmond Football Club, Peggy O'Neal listened and stepped fully into the role of President.
Join Peggy and I as we discuss the critical role sport plays in lifting respect for women, gut feel, being perceived as “too soft”, deep community engagement and stepping away from an established & successful career when the learning stops. Peggy is such a thoughtful and generous person who is now reinventing herself for the next decade and is stepping into another new arena - education as the Chancellor for RMIT University. Make time for this conversation. There honestly is something in here that will resonate with everyone.

Christina Ryan - Girls, don’t be too polite

Christina Ryan - Girls, don’t be too polite

September 2, 2022

Join Christina Ryan and I as we pull the threads of her extraordinary career and discuss how the focus on gender is impacting women with disability, how our natural leadership qualities get damaged, burn-out and how to drive change based on the 3 incredible things she learned from her mentors. Christina has been an active leader in the Australian disability community for over 20 years, working at an international, national and local level to change the diversity agenda. Christina is the CEO and Founder of Disability Leadership Institute, established in 2016 as a professional hub to build and support our disability leaders and recognised as a finalist in the 2018 Telstra Business Awards in the emerging and energised category.

Jo Horgan, MECCA - The key to an exciting life

Jo Horgan, MECCA - The key to an exciting life

August 26, 2022

Join Jo and I as we discuss what she believes is the greatest unlocker to an exciting life and happiness, why starting out with no network is ok, the leadership book she reads every year and why an incredible female leader was the drawcard for her to choose L’Oreal to start her career. Jo Horgan, MECCA Brands Founder and Co-CEO opened her first Mecca Cosmetica store in the Melbourne suburb of South Yarra in 1997. 25 years later, MECCA Brands has more than 4,000 team members and over 100 stores in Australia and New Zealand. It is a brand close to the heart of so many of us. She has built a business that is over 90% female, is inspired by leaders who have made it by sheer grit and determination. Today, she is authentic and unapologetic and believes in backing emerging leaders to take a risk on themselves. Our conversation is full of so many tips for building and retaining confidence and how to harness our inner voice, our worst enemy if we don’t check it.

Peter Harmer - Fairness and curiosity

Peter Harmer - Fairness and curiosity

August 19, 2022

Supporting gender diversity is the fair thing to do. Join Peter and I as we discuss his leadership lessons, his reflections on the mistakes he made, his decision to share financial success across the whole organisation. He has dealt with some serious business issues in his time in the Insurance industry which isolated him from his senior leadership team. It was in these moments that he realised how truly resilient individuals can be when they need to step up. Peter Harmer was formerly Chief Executive Officer of Insurance Australia Group (IAG), CGU Insurance, Aon Limited UK, Aon Risk Services Australia Pacific and Aon Re Australia and has successfully led business growth agendas, major acquisitions and industry roll-ups. Today he is a non-executive director for Commonwealth Bank of Australia, nib holdings limited, nib health funds, AUB Group Limited, Lawcover Limited and an Advisory Board member for Bain & Company. It was such a joy to interview Peter. Our beliefs on engaging people and building cultures align very strongly. Join us.

Diane Smith Gander - A work in progress

Diane Smith Gander - A work in progress

August 12, 2022

Diane Smith Gander has had a varied 40 year business career in banking and consulting and is a non-executive director. She is currently Chair of ZipCo and DDH1, Chair elect of HBF Health and is a non-executive director of AGL Energy. Diane is a keen advocate for gender equity and is a past president of Chief Executive Women. In her own words she shares her leadership style had “hairs on it” and how critical it was that she decided to change. Together we discuss the brilliant advice she got from a mentor she should have stayed connected with, the key to understanding what tops your resilience bucket up and why building diverse networks is so important.
This is a pull no punches conversation. Join Diane and I as we discuss the sneaking suspicion that shifting from a P&L role too early may have led to her missing senior line roles later in her career.

Laura Liswood - What would it be like to have a Female President in the US?

Laura Liswood - What would it be like to have a Female President in the US?

August 5, 2022

One curious question led to a worldwide journey to meet every living female president and prime minister. It then led to the creation in 1996 of the Council of Women World Leaders. Laura is the Secretary General of the Council and a Former Managing Director & Senior Advisor, Goldman Sachs & Co. She is Laura is the author of four books: The Loudest Duck - Moving Beyond Diversity, The Elephant and the Mouse, Women World Leaders and Serving Them Right. The messages in Laura’s latest book, The Elephant and the Mouse, on the subtle gates that make progress harder for non-dominant groups should be required reading. As should be listening to our conversation - it is still resonating with me long after we spoke.

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