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Women in Leadership Summit 2019 takes action against gender inequality

Carrie Bickmore, Alannah Hill and Ann Sherry are just a few of the inspiring women headlining the fourth annual Women in Leadership Summit in Sydney.

Alannah Hill, Ann Sherry and Carrie Bickmore

Featuring inspiring keynotes, career-focused case studies, cutting panel discussions and interactive workshops, the Women in Leadership Summit (WILS) is back for its fourth year.

On 24–27 September 2019, women from all industries will converge in Sydney to network and gain valuable insights that will help shape their leadership path.

Speakers include The Project Host Carrie Bickmore, famed Australian designer Alannah Hill, The Iconic CEO Erica Berchtold and Australian business powerhouse Ann Sherry.

More companies than ever before are making commitments to gender equality, but this commitment doesn’t always translate into action.

Therefore, this year’s theme is Take Action – encouraging women to lead the way and create their own opportunities while the rest of the world catches up.

According to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Australia’s full-time gender pay gap sits at 14 per cent, with women earning on average A$241.50 per week less than men.

“Australia’s full-time gender pay gap sits at 14 per cent”

The country still has a severe lack of women in senior roles, especially in the C-suite, and continues to see discrimination in both wages and in the workplace.

The Women in Leadership Summit aims to help individual women cut through these statistics and cultivate meaningful change for the next generation of female leaders.

Delegates will hear from 33 speakers – including six ‘male champions of change’ – from organisations including Uber, Foxtel, World Vision, Optus, Adobe and SEEK.

Topics include the role of mentorship and sponsorship, the importance of authenticity and integrity, how to drive equality with technology, and how women can carve out a career in the male-dominated STEM sector.

By facilitating the sharing of ideas and strategies, the summit gives women important takeaways to implement within their own organisations.

The Women in Leadership Summit 2019 will take place on 24–27 September at the Seymour Centre, Chippendale NSW. Click here to secure your tickets.

Here are five takeaways from WILS 2018:

  1. Educate young boys and men on the importance of gender equality in the workplace.
  2. Gender diversity is not about pitting men against women, but instead working together to find balance.
  3. To land an executive role, women need to voice their goals to managers and not be afraid of self-promotion.
  4. More women in leadership positions doesn’t mean women have to start acting like men, instead they should embrace self-empowerment.
  5. Learn from mistakes by embracing failures and sharing them with others – they’re a catalyst for learning.

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