Women in Leadership: Ita Buttrose AC OBE

Women in Leadership: Ita Buttrose AC OBE

Nov 4
CEDA welcomes ABC Chair, Ita Buttrose AC OBE for an important keynote address on trust in Australia’s institutions, how media influences public policy and its role in shaping a more equitable society.


Ita Buttrose AC OBE, Chair, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Professor Carolyn Evans, Vice Chancellor and President, Griffith University

Event overview

Ita Buttrose is the second woman to ever chair Australia’s largest cultural institution, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

The ABC has long been one of our most trusted public institutions and is increasingly relied upon to ask the difficult questions and present unbiased information for all Australians. In recent years, it has experienced leadership and governance issues and operates in a highly politicised environment at a time of significant technological and societal change.

At this event, CEDA asks timely questions about the role of the national public broadcaster – what should the ABC do, for who, and how?

Gather your colleagues and guests for this Women in Leadership series event in Queensland, which in 2019 presents leaders working to ensure Australia’s institutions are strong, collaborative and reflect us all.

Event presentations

Ita Buttrose AC OBE, ABC MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the speaker

Ita Buttrose AC OBE
Chair, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Ita left high school at 15 to work as a copygirl.  She went on to become the first woman to edit a major Australian newspaper; the first female director of News Ltd Australia; a successful entrepreneur; experienced board executive; prominent philanthropist; and Australian of the Year in 2013. Ita has been recognised with an AO for her services to the community in public health education when she spearheaded Australia's HIV/AIDS Education Program, with an OBE for her service to journalism and a Centenary Medal for business leadership.  In 2019 Ita became a Companion of the Order of Australia for her service to the community through leadership in the media, the arts, the health sector and as a role model.

Meet the moderator

Professor Carolyn Evans
Vice Chancellor and President, Griffith University

Throughout her career, Carolyn has promoted the importance of universities combining excellence in teaching and research with a commitment to social justice and inclusion. She leads one of Australia’s fastest-growing tertiary institutions and is an internationally recognised expert on religious freedom and the relationship between law and religion. She has degrees in Arts and Law and a doctorate from Oxford University where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar and held a stipendiary lectureship for two years. In 2010, Carolyn was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to allow her to travel as a Visiting Fellow to American and Emory Universities. Prior to joining Griffith, Carolyn was a Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dean of Law, and Professor of public law at the University of Melbourne.

Supported by CEDA member

Major series sponsor

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