Women and the future of work

Women and the future of work

Nov 8
CEDA welcomes University of Sydney Business School, Co-Director of the Women, Work and Leadership Group Professor Rae Cooper, to share new evidence and insights on the social and economic changes and challenges, relating to women at work.


Professor Rae Cooper AO, Co-Director of the Women, Work and Leadership Group, University of Sydney Business School
Victoria MacKirdy, Chief Executive Officer, City of Victor Harbour, Chiefs for Gender Equity
Matthew Salisbury, Regional Director SA/NT, WSP, Chiefs for Gender Equity
Ian Stone, Group Managing Director, RAA, Chiefs for Gender Equity

Event overview

What are the megatrends impacting women in the future workforce? What are women’s experiences and expectations as they negotiate their working lives and plan for future employment?
This event will look at important trends, including the feminisation of the workplace, ageing population, cultural diversity, flexibility, technological change and emerging issues which lead to changing expectations of employers, employees and the organisation of work.

Understanding these experiences and changes are critical foundations for a more equitable and diverse workplace to help women’s participation in the economy.

Joining Professor Rae Cooper for this important discussion will be some of the Chiefs for Gender Equity. The Chiefs for Gender Equity is a group of senior business leaders representing key industry sectors in South Australia brought together with the common aim of advancing gender equity.

Meet the keynote speaker

Professor Rae Cooper AO
Co-Director of the Women, Work and Leadership Group, University of Sydney Business School

Rae Cooper is Professor of Gender, Work and Employment Relations, co-Director of the Women Work and Leadership Research Group at the University of Sydney and Associate Dean in the University of Sydney Business School. Rae undertakes research on many aspects of the world of work and has a keen interest in the career experience of working women. She has significant experience advising government across policy areas and has been the chair of the NSW Premier’s Expert Advisory Council on Women. Recently, Professor Cooper was awarded an Order of Australia 'for services to higher education, particularly in the field of employment relations and workplace policy and practice'.

Meet the panel

Victoria MacKirdy
Chief Executive Officer, City of Victor Harbour, Chiefs for Gender Equity

Victoria is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Victor Harbor. She has over 20 years’ experience in Local Government having worked with a number of Council across the State, along with the Local Government Association of SA. Victoria’s expertise and interests are in the areas of strategic planning, community engagement, economic development, governance, performance management, and organisational development. Victoria is also a Director on Country Arts South Australia, Chair of the Governance and Finance Committee for Country Arts SA and a Board Director for Regional Development Australia (Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu & Kangaroo Island).

Matthew Salisbury
Regional Director SA/NT, WSP, Chiefs for Gender Equity

Matthew Salisbury is the Regional Director for South Australia & Northern Territory at WSP. With a background in the Property sector, he has over 25 years' experience in the building industry with specific expertise in the design and development of innovative and sustainable precincts. Matthew has been a member of the Chiefs for Gender since 2016. He is passionate about developing the careers of Women in Engineering and working to establish parity and promote opportunities in leadership.

Ian Stone
Group Managing Director, RAA, Chiefs for Gender Equity

Ian Stone was appointed Managing Director of the Royal Automobile Association of South Australia Inc in August 2009 and formerly CEO from August 2007. Ian has extensive senior management experience and expertise in the motor, home and health insurance industry. He is a Director of RAA Insurance Ltd and various Australian automotive associated entities.

Karen Thomas
Managing Partner, Dentons Fisher Jeffries, Chiefs for Gender Equity

With over 30 years of experience as a practicing lawyer, Karen’s areas of legal practice are diverse. Karen's expertise includes all types of difficult and complex commercial disputes in all Australian jurisdictions. Highly regarded as a practical, resourceful and tenacious lawyer, Karen is adept at cutting through to the strategic issues that define difficult disputes. Her reputation for achieving exceptional results is built on keen legal and tactical judgment and her ability to manage the multidisciplinary team necessary to conduct complex and large scale litigation.

Meet the facilitator

Dr Niki Vincent
Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, SA Equal Opportunity Commission

Dr Niki Vincent is the South Australian Commissioner for Equal Opportunity. She was appointed to this statutory role in May 2016. Prior to this, she held the position of CEO of the Leaders Institute of SA which, amongst other programs and initiatives, delivers the renowned Governor’s Leadership Foundation (for the development of wiser, more ethical and adaptive leadership for the common good). In addition, she held appointments as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the University of South Australia's Business School and as a member of the SA Remuneration Tribunal. She is an official ambassador (and respite foster carer) for Time for Kids and serves on the Advisory Council for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) SA & NT and the national Board of Management of Play by the Rules. She is also the Chairperson of the Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities.

Supported by CEDA members

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