Women Who Lead: climate warriors

Women Who Lead: climate warriors

Nov 29
Join a stellar panel of courageous women to find out: why they chose to fight for our planet, their leadership, and their vision for our climate future.
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Lynette Mayne AM, Co-Chair, Climate Leaders Coalition, Executive Chair, The B Team Australasia
Amanda McKenzie, Chief Executive Officer, Climate Council
Ella Simons, Australian Delegate, COP26 Youth Forum
Sara McKerihan, Vice Chair, Markets and Securities Services, Australia and New Zealand, Citi

Event Overview

All around the world women are fighting for climate change to be taken seriously by governments and industry. In Australia, we have seen people from all walks of life join the conversation and have seen our children take to the streets in huge numbers over recent years to have their voices heard in the debate.

But what does it take to step out of the crowd and take the lead in this highly publicised and extremely emotive issue?

In this livestream conversation CEDA will bring together a range of female voices in the climate change debate, some known and some that should be known, to explore:
  • The defining moment that made them decide to lead instead of being one of the quiet voices.
  • What and/or who helped them step into the leadership role and what are the lessons for us all?
  • What evolution would you like to see in global climate policy in the next decade that would make them feel their commitment has been worthwhile?
Livestream start times:
SA: 4.00pm
QLD: 3.30pm
NT: 3.00pm
WA: 1.30pm

Please note all livestream events will be recorded and registered participants will receive exclusive access to the recording following the event, ahead of the general public. Substitutions for the livestream can be made at any time. Please forward details to the event coordinator.


Meet the speakers

Lynette Mayne AM
Co-Chair, Climate Leaders Coalition, Executive Chair, The B Team Australasia

Lynette was owner and Executive Chair of Work Wear World, a leading supplier of work and safety apparel to some of Australia's largest corporations. She sold it to focus on other opportunities including the leadership program at Chief Executive Women and Richard Branson's B Team initiative. Lynette is a member of Women Chiefs of Enterprise International and has a Prime Minister's Centenary Award for leadership in business. Lynette is driving The B Team's Climate Leaders Coalition, CEOs of 22 of Australia's biggest companies who have joined forces to collaborate on ways to reduce emissions.

Amanda McKenzie
Chief Executive Officer, Climate Council

Amanda is one of the best-known public commentators on the climate crisis in Australia. Previously, Amanda co-founded the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and has served on renewable energy expert panels for the Queensland and Northern Territory Governments. She was the founding Chair of the Centre for Australian Progress and is a former Board Director at Plan International Australia and the Whitlam Institute. Amanda has won numerous awards including being recognised as one of Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence and a finalist in Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year Awards.

Ella Simons
Australian Delegate, COP26 Youth Forum

Ella is a 15-year-old student, passionate community member and youth climate activist. She has been organising with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and School Strike 4 Climate Australia since 2018 and is passionate about leading change and fighting for justice. Her passion for activism stems from her Jewish background and acknowledges that there is no justice without First Nations and Indigenous Justice and that it is important that Indigenous people lead the climate movement. Ella hopes to see a future were other 15-year-olds don't have to miss school to fight for their future but one where we have leaders that protect it for us, a future full of renewables and sustainable practice.

Meet the facilitator

Sara McKerihan
Vice Chair, Markets and Securities Services, Australia and New Zealand, Citi

Sara was recently appointed Vice Chair of Markets and Securities Services for Australia and New Zealand, relocating from New York to Sydney. She will focus on growing the Bank’s strategic relationships with key Australian/New Zealand market clients. Sara was previously in the Global Client and Relationship Management Group, based in New York. Sara also serves on the boards of 100 Women in Finance, the American Australian Association and the American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia.

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