CEDA's Top 10 Speeches: Women in Leadership 2010-2015


In 2015, CEDA celebrates five years of Women in Leadership discussions and research with the release of CEDA’s Top 10 Speeches: Women in Leadership 2010–2015.

CEDA’s Top 10 Speeches: Women in Leadership 2010–2015, is a collection of the most influential and interesting Women in Leadership speeches on the CEDA stage over the last five years which was launched on 27 March, 2015.

The speeches selected for the publication provide a snapshot of the topics and discussions from the CEDA event series and aim to highlight both success stories and also issues that remain significant barriers to women assuming leadership positions.

The publication also includes the top 10 issues identified from both discussions at CEDA events and research, which remain significant barriers to gender equality in the workplace.


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Top 10 Speeches 

Women in Leadership: Progress and challenges

The Hon. Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, former Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

The role of female leadership in the 21st century

The Hon. Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Closing the gap

Senator the Hon. Penny Wong, Senator for South Australia and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate

Are we there yet

Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

Women in Leadership: A human rights perspective

A human rights perspective – Professor Gillian Triggs, President, Australian Human Rights Commission

Women in Leadership: Understanding the gender gap

Helen Conway, Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency

Transforming the Australian Army: A case for gender equity

Lieutenant General David Morrison AO, Chief of the Australian Army

Future gender equity

Richard Goyder AO, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Wesfarmers

Diversity in action

Raymond Spencer, Chair, Economic Development Board

Diversity driving productivity, profit and performance

The Hon. Anna Bligh, Chief Executive, YWCA NSW

The publication also includes a special feature by Chief Executive Women President, Transfield Services Chairman and Wesfarmers non-executive director Diane Smith-Gander who answers the question, “What are the 10 most significant barriers to women’s equality in the workforce?”


Release events for CEDA's Top 10 Speeches: Women in Leadership 2010 - 2015

New South Wales

Women in Leadership - Leadership, public life and policy
Friday, 27 March 2015

Women in Leadership
27 March 2015

Women in Leadership: courage and change
29 July 2015

South Australia
Women and leadership series: Rabia Siddique
5 May 2015

Women in leadership: forward thinking
Friday, 17 April 2015