International Women's Day Breakfast 2016

Thursday, 10 March 2016 from 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Palladium at Crown, Southbank, Australia




Journalist and former federal Member of Parliament

Maxine McKew is an author and Honorary Fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Her most recent book is Class Act, a study of the key challenges in Australian schooling. This publication followed the success of her memoir, Tales From the Political Trenches, an account of her brief but tumultuous time in the Federal Parliament. 

Maxine’s background traverses both journalism and politics. For many years she was a familiar face to ABC TV viewers and was anchor of prestigious programmes such as the 7.30 Report and Lateline. Her work has been recognised by her peers with both Walkely and Logie awards.

When she left journalism and made the switch to politics, she wrote herself into the Australian history books by defeating Prime Minister John Howard in the Sydney seat of Bennelong. In government she was both Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education and Child Care and, later, for Regional Development and Local Government.

Maxine is a director of Per Capita and the John Cain Foundation. In 2015 she was also appointed to serve on the board of the State Library of Victoria.

"Male CEOs would do well to recall Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's explanation when he announced his first Cabinet containing an equal no of men and women — ‘because it's 2015’. If it's good enough for Canadian government, then it's high time Australian corporates got the message".


Writer, Producer, Performer

Tom Gleisner is a writer, producer, and performer. He is also a founding member of Working Dog, one of Australia’s most dynamic and successful creative partnerships. Along with his collaborators Rob Sitch, Jane Kennedy, and Santo Cilauro, Tom has been responsible for top rating television series such as Utopia, Have You Been Paying Attention?, The Hollowmen, Thank God You’re Here, All Aussie Adventures, The Panel, and Frontline, as well as the feature films The Dish, The Castle, and Any Questions For Ben?

Tom has written numerous best-selling books, including The Warwick Todd Diaries, Audrey Gordon’s Tuscan Summer, and the fake travel guides Molvania, Phaic Tan, and San Sombrero. In 2014, he co-wrote the stage play The Speechmaker for the Melbourne Theatre Company.

Tom is a patron and founder of Learning For Life Autism Centre, a not-for-profit organisation that provides support to families and children living with autism.


Broadcaster and writer

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer, and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, The Fifth Estate, now in its 5th year.

Sally has a PhD in Anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community. After her PhD, Sally lecture red politics at La Trobe University, and wrote the best-selling book, Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia, now in its second edition.

A former editor of The Monthly magazine, Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio, and has also appeared on ABC TV’s Q&A and The Drum, SBS documentaries, and Channel 9’s Today Show.


Lawyer and past president of the Law Institute of Victoria

Mark Woods is an Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law and Family Law, and a general litigator who has practised in regional Australia for over 30 years.
Mark is a past president of the Law Institute of Victoria, and a past board member of the Victorian Law Foundation and the Leo Cussen Centre for Law.

Among his current positions, Mark chairs the Law Institute of Victoria and the Law Council of Australia’s Access to Justice Committees. Mark is also founding chair of the LawAid Trust - which funds disbursements and the out-of-pocket costs of lawyers acting pro bono - chairman of the Australian Legal Assistance Forum, vice chair of the Access to Justice Committee of the International Bar Association, and board member of the National Pro Bono Resource Centre and the Council of Legal Education.

A frequent presenter at international conferences on family and criminal law and access to justice issues, Mark was, for a number of years, also a member of the ‘brains trust’ on ABC TV’s The Einstein Factor.

"The law deals with the rights and obligations of all people and institutions - so a legal profession which ignores the need for gender diversity in its ranks risks alienation and irrelevance."

Organisation: Mitsubishi Australia

Position: Executive Director

Marie is an Executive Director and Company Secretary for Mitsubishi Australia. Since 2004 she has been responsible for the group’s corporate operations nationally.

Marie commenced her career in chartered accounting, moving into industry with Ford Asia Pacific where she worked across Ford’s offices in Asia and Australia.
In 1984 Marie took leave from Ford to start her family.

During this time Marie had two children, Sarah and Nathan. She worked part-time in Chartered Accounting while her children were young. When her children started school, Marie recommenced full-time work, in the role of Financial Controller, and later CFO/General Manager, of Moët & Chandon’s Domaine Chandon in the Yarra Valley.

After later spending six years as CFO at Hansen Technologies, during which time it successfully launched an IPO, Marie commenced as General Manager Corporate Affairs with Mitsubishi Australia in 2004, and in 2008 was appointed to the Board of Directors, and as a non-Executive Director of Mitsubishi New Zealand.

Marie has a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University, was awarded Fellowship status from the Society of CPA’s in 1994, and in 2008 completed a Diploma of Directorship with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Organisation: Australia Post

Position: Managing Director and Group CEO

Ahmed Fahour has broad experience as a management consultant and corporate leader, both in Australia and internationally.

Ahmed was appointed Managing Director and CEO of Australia Post in February 2010, following a successful stint as CEO at National Australia Bank (Australia). He also worked as Citigroup’s Head of Corporate Development and CEO of Citigroup Alternative Investments, in New York, and served as a member of the company’s Global Management Committee.

At Australia Post, Ahmed has been leading a major transformation program that is focussed on seizing the opportunities in trusted digital services and parcels and eCommerce.

Ahmed is currently also Chairman of Pro-Pac Packaging Ltd and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at La Trobe University.

"Australia Post is about as diverse as you get, as diverse as our society, so we are actually a mirror reflection of our country … Our business reflects our society, and that’s a good thing, you want your business to reflect the community in which you operate in."


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