Women and the future of work

Women and the future of work

Jul 3
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
Professor Dale Fisher, Chief Executive Officer, Silver Chain Group
Michelle Loader, Director, Fisher Leadership
Amy Matthews, Head of Organisational Development, First State Super

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?
Together with a panel of business leaders we look at important trends, including the feminisation of the workplace, population ageing, 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 more equitable workplaces and improving women’s participation in the economy. Join CEDA for insights that will help progress your organisation’s transformation agenda.

Event presentations 

Professor Rae Cooper AO, University of Sydney Business School MP3 | PDF

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

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

Professor Dale Fisher
Chief Executive Officer, Silver Chain Group

Dale Fisher is Chief Executive Officer of Silver Chain Group, a not-for-profit organisation with a vision to provide the world’s best health and aged care in the home so Australians can confidently live their lives as they choose. Already serving more than 100,000 Australians annually, Silver Chain has aspirations to significantly grow its national footprint.
Before joining Silver Chain in December 2018, Dale was Chief Executive of the prestigious Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre for five years and CEO of Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital for nine years. She qualified as a Registered Nurse before completing a Bachelor of Business and subsequently, her MBA.  Dale was appointed as Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine at Monash University in 2016 and honorary Professor in Public Health at Swinburne University in 2018. Recognition for Dale’s significant community contribution includes as a Fellow of Monash University ( 2018); the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence list (2013); the Victorian Honour Roll for Women (2011); and Telstra Business Woman of the Year finalist (Victoria, 2002 and 2007).

Michelle Loader
Director, Fisher Leadership

Michelle Loader is the Director of Fisher Leadership. Michelle's commitment to authenticity has allowed her to successfully lead teams of thousands through significant change programs. Broad Senior Executive and CEO experience in service-based businesses across many sectors in Australia, New Zealand and Asia, supports Michelle’s academic experience, graduating from the Harvard Business School Global CEO Advanced Management Program. Michelle is a proud former Telstra Business Woman and founding director on the Australian board for The International Women's Forum.

Meet the chair

Amy Matthews
Head of Organisational Development, First State Super

Amy with her team supports First State Super to create a dynamic and inclusive workplace where our culture and values attract and retain talented people to achieve our purpose. This includes all areas of strategic human resource management such as leadership, learning & development, talent acquisition & succession and diversity and inclusion
Before joining First State Super in 2016, Amy was Head of Organisational Learning and Development at Rabobank, and has also worked for the Commonwealth Bank, CommInsure and Colonial First State.

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