Women in Leadership: courage and change

Women in Leadership: courage and change

Nov 19
CEDA's Women in Leadership series delivers leading thinking and thinkers, new insights and a forum for debate on an issue critical to Australia's economic development.


Karina Carvalho, Presenter, ABC News
Holly Kramer, Non Executive Director, Nine Entertainment
Lara Poloni, Chief Executive, Australia and New Zealand, AECOM

Event overview

At the final event in the 2015 series speakers convene to share their experiences as women in senior executive roles and to discuss their interpretations of the series themes: courage and change. 

  • As leaders, what have been their critical lessons? 
  • Of the obstacles they faced, which required courage?
  • And what experiences have changed them profoundly? 

To share their achievements and their insights to achieving gender equity CEDA presents leaders of courage and of change.

Gather your colleagues and join CEDA’s senior audience of leaders from across sectors for the final event in Queensland's 2015 Women in Leadership series.

Meet the speakers

Karina Carvalho
Presenter, ABC News

Karina started her ABC career in Perth where she read the 7pm News for more than three years before co-presenting the national program News Breakfast from Melbourne. She moved to Brisbane in early 2013 to present the 7pm News for Queensland. Karina has also worked for the BBC in London.

Holly Kramer
Non Executive Director, Nine Entertainment

Holly Kramer is a business leader with a strong sense of social justice.  She serves on a variety of boards, advocates for child safety and works to raise the profile of homelessness.  In her executive career, Holly has managed large workforces at home and abroad across a variety of sectors.  She was most recently the CEO Best & Less and continues to be a strong voice within the national gender diversity debate.

Lara Poloni
Chief Executive, Australia and New Zealand, AECOM

Lara Poloni leads 2700 designers, engineers, planners, scientists, economists and project managers across 25 city, regional and project offices in Australia and New Zealand. A member of AECOM’s global executive committee, Lara first studied geography and later urban planning and policy.

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