About Us

Our Proposition

Our unique proposition sets us apart from many organisations that advocate for women and gender equity. Our membership is not a program nor training for women, nor men. We definitely don't aim to 'fix' women. CEOs for Gender Equity is a CEO-led membership organisation that is action-oriented, evidence-based and re-frames gender equity as a talent and business opportunity. Ultimately we engage CEOs to get #genderontheagenda; by making commitments to gender equity to achieve gender balanced workplaces.

 

Eighteen of Western Australia's most influential business leaders launched CEOs for Gender Equity at Government House in 2014. The Equal Opportunity Commission prompted the formation of the inaugural group of CEOs in 2012 and since 2016, with the appointment of its inaugural executive officer, has seen it grow to represent more than 50 CEOs from the corporate, not-for-profit and government sectors.

Our Vision

Our vision is to boost women's workforce participation, lift productivity and increase economic growth by sustainably improving gender equity in jobs and pay.

We acknowledge that change starts at the top; we engage CEOs to ...

  • Appoint more women to senior roles

  • Conduct yearly gender pay gap audits and report results to the EXCO and the board

  • Remind ourselves that not all women need to behave like men to get promoted

  • Equip their leaders to dismantle systemic & discriminatory barriers 

  • Accept that more women have increasingly high levels of education, are joining the workforce in huge numbers & are wielding enormous spending power 

  • Find ways to maximise these giant societal shifts as market and talent opportunities

We accept that women are OK (in fact, pretty awesome); we don't focus on #fixingwomen to ...

  • Break the glass ceiling

  • Ask for a pay rise to fix the gender pay gap

  • "Play the game", "man up" or "lean in" and "think like a man"

  • Overcome organisational barriers to success if the barriers are systemic

  • Blame themselves, other women or men, because workplace gender equity & gender balance for better business  isn't a women's issue 

  • Wait for society to change before we ever achieve workplace equality  

Meet Tania

As a senior executive and leader, Tania has worked across the public and not for profit sectors, specialising in post compulsory education, training and employment. She is motivated by improving the workforce participation of vulnerable groups in society, particularly women’s participation. As CGE's first executive officer, Tania has successfully shifted the conversation in WA from fixing women to fixing organisations. She has brought a game-changing proposition and strategy that ensures all CEO members assume responsibility and accountability for creating an inclusive and gender diverse culture. Along the way, Tania has had her own unconscious biases challenged whilst continuing to add to her toolbox of powerful CEO-led initiatives (that have little to do with policy and process). She has also been heartened by reaffirming moments with national leaders and advocates such as Liz Broderick AO and David Morrison AO. She uses 'tipping point' theory and 'nudge' behavioural economics to drive high impact, low cost and high value initiatives for CEOs that rely on CEOs sharing their stories and experiences on their own gender equity journey.

Tania Cecconi
Executive officer, CEOs for Gender Equity

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