Women In Leadership Series Part 4 - Career Pathways

Women In Leadership Series Part 4 - Career Pathways

Oct 12

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Bonnie Boezeman AO, Managing Director, Business Benefits International Pty Ltd
Sharon Cook, Managing Partner, Henry Davis York
Nareen Young, Chief Executive Officer, Diversity Council
Emma Isaacs, Chief Executive Officer, Business Chicks


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 Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney, 11 Jamison Street, Sydney, NSW

 Women in leadership
 Lunch (11.30am - 2.00pm)



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Recent studies indicate that men are better than women in developing networks and advancing their careers at the early stages. Statistics reveal that 2 years following graduation, women find themselves underpaid compared to their male counterparts. The gender gap widens not only in pay equality at these early career stages but also in missed promotional opportunities which can stunt pathways to executive and senior management.

In an age where there is equal access to education and fair work arrangements, how do Generation X, Y or Z women plan a path to advance their careers and how can organisations and individuals drive diversity management?

In Career Pathways: The road to everywhere, CEDA asks four leading business women to share their experience gained from diverse sectors, plus the practical advice to executives and future executives on how to develop a career plan, seek mentors, forge forward and develop a personal leadership style.


Bonnie Boezeman AO
Managing Director
Business Benefits International Pty Ltd

Managing Director, Business Benefits International.
Chairman PayPal Australia; Landcom, NSW government.
She has held over 12 public/private company, Federal and state board positions since 1994.

In May 1996, Bonnie retired from Time Warner Inc., after 23 years of International management. She held top executive positions in Paris, London and Amsterdam before being transferred to Sydney in 1983 in the position of Managing Director and Chairman of Time Life Australia Pty. Ltd.

In 1987 Bonnie graduated from the Executive Programme at Harvard Business School. She was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 and the same year was made an Officer in the Order of Australia "for services to the community as a significant contributor to and fundraiser for a broad range of medical, sporting and cultural organisations, and to the business sector as a corporate leader and executive."

Bonnie is on 6 pro bono boards and committees presently, notably the NSW Olympics, Aurora Community Television and ARS Musica.

In 2009, she received a Knighthood from Pope Benedict XVI and is now titled "Dame in the Order of St Gregory the Great", for contributions to the Archdiocese of Sydney and World Youth Day.

Bonnie has been a distinguished and much appreciated judge of the AFR BOSS Young Executive of the Year Awards since 2004.

Sharon Cook
Managing Partner
Henry Davis York

Sharon became managing partner of Henry Davis York on 1 July 2008. Henry Davis York is a leading law firm which practises nationally from its base in Sydney. The firm specialises in financial services and the NSW public sector.

Sharon is responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and overall management of the firm's business and leads a team of practice group leaders and a legal practice management team.

Under Sharon's leadership, Henry Davis York has experienced three years of successive revenue growth and has consolidated its position as one of the country's leading law firms. In FY11 the firm achieved record revenue of $101 million and was awarded Sydney Law Firm of the Year in 2010 and 2011 by Australasian Legal Business Magazine.

Before her election as managing partner, Sharon was an insurance specialist accomplished in professional indemnity insurance law, directors' and officers' liabilities, corporate governance and building and construction litigation. She has been listed as one of Australia's "Best Lawyers" in the Australian Financial Review; as one of the "World's leading insurance and reinsurance lawyers" in the Legal Media Group Guide; and appears in the Who's Who of Australian Women.

Sharon has been a champion for women in the workforce and for family-friendly, flexible work practices. She was the first female to be specifically appointed as a part-time partner by a major Australian law firm and is a mentor to aspiring female lawyers.  Sharon also spearheads Henry Davis York's ContemporaryWomen program which supports community and charitable projects, networking for professional women and education and knowledge programs.

Under Sharon's leadership, Henry Davis York was one of 98 organisations Australia-wide to be awarded an Employer of Choice for Women citation by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency in 2011. Henry Davis York has a high percentage of women in senior positions with 28% of its partnership, 75% of its special counsel and 64% of its senior associates being female along with four of its five directors.

Sharon actively contributes to the wider community as Chair of the Board of SCEGGS Darlinghurst, a trustee of CEDA and a member of the Women's Lawyers Association of NSW.

Emma Isaacs  
Chief Executive Officer
Business Chicks

At 32, Emma Isaacs has achieved more than most three times her age - she has bought four businesses and sold one, all of them successful and highly profitable.

Superwoman? Maybe. A serial entrepreneur? Absolutely. She is obsessed with taking something good and turning it into something spectacular. An example of this is the recruitment company she acquired when she was just 18. This business was named 'Australia's Favourite Recruiter' in the SEEK Awards for three consecutive years and also won the Westpac 2005 Small Business of the Year award.

After eight years, Emma felt the entrepreneurial surge to try something new. She attended her first Business Chicks event and the rest, as they say, is history. Emma purchased the business in 2006 and has expanded it from 250 members to over 25,000 members.

Business Chicks is a national community enriching the lives of women in business. Business Chicks produces over 60 events annually with speakers including Sir Richard Branson and Olivia Newton-John; has an online community; and produces a quarterly glossy magazine, Latte, of which Emma is Publisher. A committed philanthropist, she's raised over $850,000 for various charities through Business Chicks.

Nareen Young  
Chief Executive Officer
Diversity Council

Nareen Young was appointed CEO for Diversity Council Australia (DCA) in June 2007 after working for DCA for two years as Senior Consultant. The CEO appointment is the most recent highlight in her notable career as a senior strategic diversity practitioner and acknowledges her role as one of Australia's thought leaders on diversity.

In early 2009 Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard appointed Nareen, representing DCA, to Chair the Judging and Accreditation Panel for the revamped National Work and Family Awards.

Nareen was the Director of the NSW Working Women's Centre, funded by Federal and NSW Governments, from 1998 to 2005. In 2003 she was nominated for a Human Rights Award and Medal for her leadership at the NSW Working Women's Centre in developing and implementing innovative and sustained activities so that the Centre was an accessible service and could play a significant role in employment matters in NSW.

Prior to her appointment at the NSW Working Women's Centre, Nareen was a trade union official and during this time served in female affirmative action positions, in both cases elected by her peers, on the executive of Unions NSW and the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Nareen has presented and published widely and considers the many career opportunities she has been presented through working in diversity to be a great privilege.

In August 2009 she was appointed to the inaugural Community Advisory Group for the AFL. The group will assist in building awareness for the 18th team in Greater Western Sydney and help develop and deliver a business case that validates the capacity for Western Sydney to sustain an AFL team.





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