An open letter from Greg Hywood I CEO & Managing Director, Fairfax Media
Fairfax Media and The Australian Financial Review are proud supporters of the Women of Influence Awards – an annual program we started in 2012 to champion Australia’s most influential, visionary and inspirational women.
In 2016, we again partner with Westpac to honour 100 of our country’s Women of Influence by celebrating and recognising their successes.
By the end of this year, the Women of Influence program will have 500 alumni, each of whom has a powerful story of how they have made, and are making, a difference. Fairfax relishes being able to amplify their triumphs and achievements. These individuals will inspire and empower people and organisations to make a real difference and change for the better.
Last year’s overall winner, Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia, Ann Sherry, is a standout example of an extraordinary force for progressing gender equality and diversity in business and our community. She is a key influencer among a new generation of leaders.
At Fairfax we are focused on pursuing gender diversity, equality and inclusiveness for all employees. We have made progress – but we have much more to do.
As a nation, clearly more needs to be done in all aspects of gender equality, and broader diversity – age, geography, ethnicity and matters indigenous. There’s no ducking it. We all need to drive fundamental cultural change. Every day, every opportunity.
An open letter from Brian Hartzer | CEO, Westpac Group
Westpac is a proud supporting partner of the 100 Women of Influence Awards, which highlights the diverse and lasting impact Australia’s leading women play in creating a bold and inclusive future for Australia.
As a community, it’s important we recognise and celebrate these influential leaders and role models who are shaping our future. Women like Ann Sherry, the 2015 Overall Woman of Influence, whose legacy comes from the belief that influence ultimately has to be long term; otherwise it is just a transaction. She understands that for influence to be sustainable it must be bigger and better than individuals, it must become part of the DNA of an organisation.
It is thanks to the pioneering women, like those who make up The Australian Financial Review and Westpac Women of Influence Alumni, that we are moving towards a future where gender isn’t a barrier.
We know that to increase the number of female leaders in financial services, we need to bring more women into the industry, which is why Westpac has introduced our Equilibrium program to bring skilled women into the sector.
I am privileged to be surrounded by many inspirational women every day; I am excited to hear the stories and meet the women from this year’s awards whose triumphs and accomplishments will inspire a generation.
Westpac has a proud history of helping Australia to prosper and grow. As we head into our 200th year we remain committed to bridging the gender divide by ensuring we have equal representation of men and women in our senior leadership roles.
I encourage every individual and business to nominate a woman who has been instrumental in affecting change in our lives for one of the 100 Women of Influence Awards.
Young Leader category partner
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Diversity category partner
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Global category partner
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