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Celebrating 20 years of women in leadership

“While it is important to celebrate the changes, we need to look at what has not changed in women’s lives,” urged the Hon. Maxine McKew MP.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education and Child Care gave a stirring key note address at the 20th Women, Management and Employment Relations Conference held last week.

“For whatever reasons, part-time and flexible work arrangements are not always taken seriously by employers, colleagues and the community,” believes the Hon. McKew.

“It’s unfathomable to me in this day and age when technology is so advanced and such an integral part of our lives that employers aren’t embracing the flexibility it offers.”

The Hon. McKew led an impressive group of some of the country's most successful women leaders in business, academia, politics and defense.

Presented by Macquarie’s Labour-Management Studies Foundation and the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, the Conference is in its 20th year and is the leading women's conference in Australia.

Other speakers at this year's conference who explored the key issues affecting women in the workplace included:

• The Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP (Minister of the Status of Women and Minister for Housing);


The Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education and Child Care, the Hon Maxine McKew with Macquarie Globe Editor Jennifer Shedden


    
Air Commodore Margaret Staib (second left) of the Royal Australian Airforce gave her unique perspective on the challenges and lessons of leadership

• Sharan Burrow (President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions);

• Elizabeth Broderick (Sex Discrimination Commissioner and Commissioner for Age Discrimination, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission);

• And author and journalist Dr Anne Summers.

The Conference was also the launch-pad for the new Air Defence Force recruitment program targeting women.

Air Commodore Margaret Staib of the Royal Australian Airforce gave her unique perspective on the challenges and lessons of leadership.

Co-convenor of the conference and one of its original founders, Professor Valerie Pratt from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, noted the conference has always been successful in keeping up with current issues relating to women in the workplace.

"It's really a benchmark for where we're at on current issues for women," says Professor Pratt.

To view conference papers from the 20th Women, Management and Employment Relations Conference, visit the website.

 

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