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A week with incredible women

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A week with incredible women

I am writing about my week that was, while sitting on a flight to Melbourne to see my youngest son who is studying at Melbourne University. The flight has given me the time to reflect on the speeches I have given, the women I have met in the process and the vast amount of emerging female talent coming through the ranks.

In the past week I have addressed a group of executive women in the public sector, celebrated 10 years of women in rugby league, joined an enthusiastic group of Harper’s Bazaar readers for a Bazaar At Work breakfast event to learn from successful female entrepreneurs in the health and beauty industries, saluted one of my mentors – the remarkable and inspiring Wendy McCarthy who paved the way for female leadership in Australia – at an intimate lunch in her honour, listened to Telstra director Margie Seale discuss digital disruption as it applies to boards, with a room full of non-executive directors, and was one of 10 female leaders in media who spent an entire morning speed mentoring 150 of the next generation’s best. Exhausting but rewarding.

The speed-mentoring mentees had pre-submitted questions. Given the time constraint of 15 minutes per group of 15, we could only answer half a dozen questions at a time. So my plan is to answer one of those questions each week via this forum. The questions covered the topics of life balance, career, mentoring, leadership. All important and each requiring an answer.

If you have any questions that you would like answered along the way, submit them here and I promise to get to yours too.

Above: Health and beauty entrepreneurs at the Bazaar at Work event.
Above: Health and beauty entrepreneurs at the Bazaar at Work event.

 

Above: The great Katie Page, founder of the Women in League round, at the 10th anniversary dinner with NRL Commissioner Cathy Harris and Channel Nine's Yvonne Sampson.
Above: The great Katie Page, founder of the Women in League round, at the 10th anniversary dinner with NRL Commissioner Cathy Harris and Channel Nine’s Yvonne Sampson.

 

Above: Celebrating the incredible Wendy McCarthy at the Saluting Sydney Women lunch in her honour.
Above: Celebrating the incredible Wendy McCarthy at the Saluting Sydney Women lunch in her honour.

 

Above: 10 speed mentors at the B&T Women in Media forum.
Above: 10 speed mentors at the B&T Women in Media forum.

 

Above: Marina Go with fellow speed mentor Karen Stocks, Managing Director of Twitter.
Above: Marina Go with fellow speed mentor Karen Stocks, Managing Director of Twitter.

Marina Go

Marina Go is Chair of the Wests Tigers NRL Club, a non-executive director of Autosports Group and author of the business book for women, Break Through: 20 Success Strategies for Female Leaders. She was previously GM of Hearst Australia at Bauer Media. Boss magazine named her as one of 20 True Leaders of 2016. Marina has over 25 years of leadership experience in the media industry including senior leadership roles at Fairfax, Pacific, Emap, Bauer and Private Media, where she was CEO and founder of the career women’s website Women’s Agenda. She is a director of digital startup Daily Siren, and also a member of the Advisory Boards of the Walkley Foundation, The Australian Republican Movement and Women’s Agenda.

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