Women Who Lead - advocating for the vulnerable

Women Who Lead - advocating for the vulnerable

VIC
Sep 15
What drives women to step up and lead in difficult policy areas, challenging the status quo? Hear from Australian of the Year Grace Tame and Senator the Hon. Penny Wong.
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Speakers

Professor Megan Davis, Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous, UNSW, Chair of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous peoples
Grace Tame, 2021 Australian of the Year, Advocate for survivors of child sexual abuse
Senator the Hon. Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Advocate for marriage equality and LGBTQI communities
Dana Nelson, President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, BGIS

Event Overview

CEDA’s new series Women Who Lead will showcase women from an array of backgrounds to discuss three key questions:
  • What was the defining moment that made you decide to lead instead of being one of the quiet voices?
  • What and/or who helped you step into the leadership role and what are the lessons for us all?
  • What evolution would you like to see in economic or social policy in the space you work in?
Women Who Lead builds on CEDA’s successful Women in Leadership series, providing new insights to support more women to step into leadership roles.

We are honoured to kick off the series with these inspirational leaders who give the vulnerable in our communities a voice.

Can’t attend in person? Register for the livestream here.

 

Meet the speakers

Professor Megan Davis
Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous, UNSW, Chair of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous peoples

Megan is Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law at UNSW. She was recently appointed the Balnaves Chair in Constitutional Law and she is Acting Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court. She was a member of the Referendum Council and the Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples in the Constitution; was an expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2011-2016); and is the Chair of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous peoples.

Grace Tame
2021 Australian of the Year, Advocate for survivors of child sexual abuse

After being groomed and raped by her maths teacher when she was just 15 years old, Grace has spent the last 10 years turning her traumatic experience into being an advocate for survivors of child sexual abuse and a leader of positive change. Recognising the injustice of Tasmania’s gag order that prevented survivors from self-identifying publicly, Grace offered her story to the #LetHerSpeak campaign created by Nina Funnell, along with the stories of 16 other brave survivors. In 2019, she finally won a court order to speak out under her own name, making her the state’s first female child sexual abuse survivor to do so. Now, 26 and based in Hobart, Grace is dedicated to eradicating child sexual abuse in Australia and supporting the survivors of child sexual abuse.

Senator the Hon. Penny Wong
Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Advocate for marriage equality and LGBTQI communities

Penny was elected to the Senate in 2001 and took her seat in 2002. In 2004, Penny was elected to the Shadow Ministry. Following the election of the Labor Government in 2007 Penny was appointed the Minister for Climate Change and Water. After the 2010 election Penny was appointed the Minister for Finance and Deregulation. In 2013, Penny was appointed Leader of the Government in the Senate. After the change of Government, she was appointed the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. Penny is the first woman to hold both these roles. Penny is the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and was a vocal and passionate advocate for marriage equality in Australia.

Meet the facilitator

Dana Nelson
President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, BGIS

Dana joined BGIS as the President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific in August 2019. In this role she leads a team of 1,500 people who deliver solutions in facilities management, technical services, project delivery, professional services, asset management, workplace advisory and real estate services. Dana is an energetic leader with a strong agenda to retain and attract great talent. She is a passionate relationship builder, focused on long term strategic customer relationships and high performing diverse, creative workplaces. Throughout her career she has been responsible for delivering growth, and leading significant transformation programs to drive profitability. Dana has a Master of Leadership and Innovation from the Melbourne Business School and is an RMIT University Advisory Board member for the MBA program.

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