July 2021
Going for Gold

CEOs for Gender Equity has enjoyed another hardworking month alongside our CEOs in increasing equity in and amongst their businesses.

With less than half of 2021 remaining, Western Australia is still sprinting into 2022 with the largest gender pay gap in Australia. 

Just like our athletes competing in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, we too should be Going for Gold and seeking to improve gender balance in the workplace.

Welcome to CEOs for Gender Equity!

Welcome to our newest CEO for Gender Equity.

We look forward to working with them and their team this year. 

"Driving gender equity is a leadership role and requires self-awareness, listening and learning and ultimately courage to challenge and change present norms"

- Annette Elliot

Tronox Holdings plc

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Meet our CEOs for Gender Equity

CEO Conversation with Mark Stickells


This month Tania met with Mark Stickells, Executive Director of Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.


The conversation addressed the current environment for women in similar fields, as well as how Mark has disrupted thinking in how to attract women in IT. 

Female participation in the IT labour force is significantly lower than other occupations, with a participation rate of only 28% compared to 45% across all professional industries.


Mark spoke on how to change biased thought patterns prevalent in IT, and how he has successfully attracted, sought out and employed an increasing amount of female employees. 

Thank you for Mark for inviting us into the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre and for making a commitment to gender balance in the workplace.

Watch our other CEO Conversations

Deep Dive | Building Back Balanced | Webinar with Avivah Wittenberg-Cox


CEOs for Gender Equity were delighted to host renowned global balance thought leader Avivah Wittenberg-Cox earlier this month. 

Avivah is the CEO of 20-first, a global consulting firm working with companies interested in capturing the competitive advantage of gender, nationality, and generational balance.

Speaking on how to set your business up for success in gender balancing, Avivah shared her intellect with Tania and a variety of attendees during the hour and a half online event.

Thank you for all who attended, and especially to Avivah for artfully showing us the ways in which businesses can better their gender balance strategies.

Farewell to Amelia Chadwick

CEOs for Gender Equity bid farewell and say thanks to Amelia Chadwick this month. Amelia worked as a Business Consultant with CEOs for Gender Equity over the course of the past year, all whilst completing her studies at The University of Western Australia.

We wish Amelia luck in her new ongoing position as an Associate Consultant with Michael Page Recruitment, and thank her for all her hard work.

Congratulations to our Olympians


The Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games commenced on the 23rd of July, our Australian athletes competing alongside the world.

Emma McKeon won gold in the women's 50m freestyle, setting a new Olympic record before jumping back in the pool with Cate Campbell, Kaylee McKeown and Chelsea Hodges to break another Olympic record.

According to an article by Michael Bleby, this year also marks the largest proportion of female athletes of any Australia team to date, with 261 women (53.5%) and 227 men (46.5%).

Good luck to all who have yet to compete, and congratulations to all our athletes who have done Australia proud!

Gender Equity in the Legal Profession

Women are officially the majority in the legal profession throughout Australia.

A recent report published by Urbis found that 53% of all solicitors were female, along with every state and territory reporting more females than males. This is the first time in Western Australian history where there have been more women than men.


This marks a tremendous increase from 2011, where only 46% of solicitors were female. 

Placing the Pool

Traditional recruitment methods overlook these nontraditional pools of talent.


There is still a dearth of women at the top in WA despite the number of D&I

initiatives that many workplaces subscribe to. 

We can help place the pool by:

  • Reaching out to nontraditional pools of talent in nontraditional ways.

  • Re-writing job descriptions and advertisements for roles to ensure that the criteria and language are inclusive of women 'returning to work', CaLD and mature aged women.

  • Sitting on your recruitment panel as an observer to provide feedback  for gender inclusion.



Would you like to learn more?


Contact us today.


Did you know . . .

  • WA's current unemployment rate is 5.1%

  • 61.2% of women are actively participating in the workforce, in comparison to 71.2% of men in WA

  • 77% of CEOs are concerned that skills shortages could impair their company's growth

  • 76% of professional women on career breaks want to return to work

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