Cheryl Bart AO has climbed to great heights, both metaphorically in the business world and literally as a record-breaking adventurer and mountain climber. The lawyer and company director, who is the daughter of European refugees who fled to Australia following World War II, knows that hard work and putting mind over matter pay off. The CEO Magazine spoke to Cheryl about her involvement with the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, her advice on getting more women on boards, and what climbing Mount Everest teaches you about business.

The CEO Magazine: As part of the AICC’s Leadership in Focus Series, can you tell us a little bit about your relationship with AICC and how you started out with the Chamber?
Cheryl: The AICC is arguably the leading chamber of commerce in Australia, connecting business and trade between Australia and Israel. Through its events and member networks, it also provides excellent business-to-business links within Australia. I have had a long involvement with the AICC, from being a keynote speaker at events, to a panellist at others, and attendee at events over the years.

I am involved in a few bilateral businesses between Australia and Israel. I am a non-executive director and on the audit committee of a digital hi-tech board, Audio Pixels Holdings Limited, which is based in Israel and listed on the ASX. Audio Pixels Limited, founded in July 2006, has developed a revolutionary technological platform for reproducing sound, thus enabling the production of an entirely new generation of speakers that will exceed the performance specifications and design demands of the world’s top consumer electronics manufacturers.