Women in Leadership: Lessons from Australian Companies

Office for WomenInternational ForumsThe UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
Thursday, 15 February 2018
Publication author(s):
Office for Women

CSW62 Side Event

The Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations in partnership with BHP and Australia’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency cordially invite you to:

Women in leadership: lessons from Australian companies leading the way
Wednesday 14th March 2018
1.15pm - 2.30pm
UN Headquarters, Conference Room D


  • The Hon. Kelly O'Dwyer MP, Minister for Women, Australia


  • Ms Libby Lyons, Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency
  • Ms Christy Forrest, Principal Adviser, Business Council of Australia
  • Mr Alex Archila, President, Shale and Global Diversity and Inclusion Committee, BHP

This event will present insights from ground-breaking new research into the most effective actions for boosting women’s representation in leadership.

The research developed by the Australian government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency and peak business group, the Business Council of Australia shows that Australian companies that lead their industry in women’s leadership representation do 10 things in common, starting with making a compelling business case about why gender equality is good for the organisation.

World-leading resources company BHP, which has set an aspirational goal of gender balance across the workforce by 2025, will provide a case study on how the resources sector can employ and promote more women in rural and regional areas by addressing work practices, culture and recruitment.

The discussion will focus on practical, evidence-based strategies to overcome barriers to women’s participation in leadership and traditionally male-dominated roles.

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