Speakers

Co-Founders of the Women and Management (WAM) Club, Professorial Fellow Amanda Sinclair and Catherine Walter AM played an instrumental role in the 25th anniversary event.  The evening culminated in a panel discussion, led by Amanda Sinclair, which explored how women lead change and innovation, as change agents, initiators of new ventures and entrepreneurs while also celebrating examples of women leaders.

Rachel Bondi

Director of Marketing and Operations, Microsoft Australia

Former teacher Rachel, who is back in Australia after many years working for Microsoft in the United States, said the technology sector was known for being one that could be better for representation of women and she was excited to be a female leader in the industry.
 
‘There is a great power in women in leadership,” Lisa said.
 
For this reason, Lisa said there needed to be the celebration and support to bolster women, including opportunities to network in more settings like the Women and Management dinner.
 
“Networking is hard. How do you demystify how to network?,” Rachel said.


Lisa Borden

Managing Partner of Australia and New Zealand at ISG (Information Services Group)

Lisa Borden (MBA 1998) started her successful analysis and benchmarking firm CCI Consulting with fellow MBS alumna Andrea Murray in 2001. The pair sold the company to ISG (Information Services Group) and Lisa said it was after that she had a watershed moment where she recognised in herself that she really was a leader.
 
Lisa said she was sitting in a boardroom at an important meeting at the headquarters of her new company in Paris and she was introduced as the "Smiley young lady here from Australia "
 
Lisa said she was “horrified” and thought to herself “you are a successful professional woman…you can do this!” and reclaimed her identity as a leader in that meeting.


Christine Kilpatrick

CEO of Melbourne Health

Christine, who is a neurologist and before taking the helm at Melbourne Health was the CEO of the Royal Children’s Hospital, said she’d observed over her career that women were often reticent about their own skills, including herself.
 
“I hadn’t tended to see myself as a leader,” Christine said.
 
That changed for Christine when she was appointed by her peers to a position of leadership when she was working as a neurologist and also when she was appointed chair of her children’s school council.
 
Christine urged women to support each other and invest in themselves.

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