Women and Leadership series: diversity in the workplace

Women and Leadership series: diversity in the workplace

May 29
CEDA together with Finlaysons, UniSA and Nab are delighted to welcome you to the launch of CEDA's 2014 Women and Leadership Series, with a critical discussion on the importance of deiversity with the workplace.


Nareen Young, Former CEO, Diversity Council of Australia
Raymond Spencer, Chair, Economic Development Board of South Australia
Professor Marie Wilson, Pro Vice Chancellor (Business & Law), University of South Australia

Event overview

Join CEDA, Nareen Young, former CEO, Diversity Council, Raymond Spencer, Chair, Economic Development Board, Chair, SAHMRI and Professor Marie Wilson, Pro Vice Chancellor (Business & Law), University of South Australia

At CEDA's event speakers will talk about their leadership story and the critical need for a diverse workforce and what it can mean for your organisations bottom line, productivity, morale and sustainability.

As highlighted in CEDA's 2013 research report, Women in Leadership, Australia is a diverse nation with an equally diverse talent pool. It has an abundance of the skills required to engage with the opportunities that globalisation and the Asian century afford.

At a time when productivity challenges and a shortage of skilled executive talent constitute a risk to future competiveness, Australian business can ill afford to ignore the breadth of its talent pool. In respect of its female labour force, Australia ranks poorly in its capacity to translate investment in education into economic participation and political empowerment.

Meet the speakers

Nareen Young
Former CEO, Diversity Council of Australia

Nareen Young is the former CEO Diversity Council Australia. Prior to this appointment she was director of the NSW Working Women's Centre from 1998-2005.

Raymond Spencer
Chair, Economic Development Board of South Australia

Raymond was appointed as Chairman of the Economic Development Board on 1 January 2011. Raymond is Chairman of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Chairman of Capgemini's Financial Services Global Business Unit (FS GBU) and Chairman of Signostics Limited, a director of Rubicon Technology, Inc. (RBCN) a NASDAQ listed manufacturer of advanced electronic materials and a partner and member of the investment committee in three US based venture funds. Raymond brings more than thirty-five years of leadership in international business, management planning, technology, finance, organizational culture and mergers and acquisitions.

Professor Marie Wilson
Pro Vice Chancellor (Business & Law), University of South Australia

Marie has over twenty years of University leadership experience, including senior roles at Griffith University and The University of Auckland. She is the former managing director of a multinational medical relief agency, and has been a senior manager in strategy and HRM for seven public companies, She also has extensive experience in start-up and high technology ventures. Professor Wilson holds a JD in contract and employment law, and a PhD in management of higher education, as well as other postgraduate degrees in science and rehabilitation. Her speciality areas in research, teaching and practice are the management of performance, with a focus on professionals and knowledge work. 

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