37 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
Nicole Forrester - Women In Leadership Series
Not only is Fujitsu paving the way of the future through the technological services and equipment it provides, but also through its commitment to diversity and inclusion, environmental sustainability, and social impacts. These three spheres intersect in the space that Fujitsu has called the Office of Purpose, and today’s guest, Nicole Forrester, sits at its helm. Nicole’s 30-year career has consisted of many different roles in many different organisations, but the connecting thread through all of them has been her drive to bring together principles from Western science and traditional knowledge to create meaningful change across multiple domains. In today’s episode you’ll gain an understanding of why an Office of Purpose is so important in a corporate setting, hear examples of how Fujitsu is putting its principles into action, and how Nicole plans to expand on these in the future. Nicole also shares some valuable advice around decision making, finding balance, being brave, and embracing every kind of mentor who comes your way!
20 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Tanya Singh - Diversity Matters Leaders in Conversation Mini Series
Tania is a senior executive with 15 years of experience in leading Remuneration & Benefits functions, HR systems and talent management. She has a significant technical depth and breadth in reward strategy including executive compensation, incentive designs, benefits offering, recognition and global mobility. Tania is an advisor to a board and senior executives with a passion for leading HR transformation through the application of contemporary HR strategies and large-scale projects. She has a mix of consulting and corporate experience in large ASX listed organisations with significant international presence.
23 minutes | Aug 1, 2021
Jennifer Rebeiro - Women In Leadership Series
Jennifer Rebeiro is the Chief Information Officer at Greater Western Water. Jennifer has led teams across a wide range of industries and functions, challenging and transforming each one to respond to the evolving business environment and changing community expectations. Jennifer was named as one of the Top 50 CIO’s in Australia in 2020. Jennifer has managed a number of operational areas and projects ranging across a wide set of industries, from Banking and Finance, Transport, Manufacturing, Property Services, Telecommunications and Government. She has over 20 years across diverse industries where she has gained excellence in transformation, project management and change management. Jennifer has a Master of IT Management, Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Business, is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a range of ICT and project management industry accreditation's. Jennifer sits on IWN Executive Group, SWAN Global Council and Wyndham Tech School Committee. Jennifer’s core strengths are her people focus, business mindset and having the courage to bring bold ideas to life through determination, influence, cross organisational collaboration and hard work. Continually learning from her own successes and challenges and those of her team’s and with over 10 years’ experience in the public sector, Jennifer demonstrates her unwavering commitment to living the values of the public sector every day.
27 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Lee Anne Harris - Women In Leadership Series
Lee Anne commenced her career at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia where she spent 16 years and gained broad experience across a number of areas of the Bank including both technical and operational accounting areas and banking services. After leaving Sydney to move to Melbourne she worked in; Not for Profit, Oil and Gas, Philanthropy, Property and IT Business Consulting. In 2015, Lee Anne moved to the public sector and worked at the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance in the Budget and Finance Division, prior to commencing at VicTrack, where she is currently the EGM Business Services. Lee Anne has an Executive Master in Public Administration (EMPA) through the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and the University of Melbourne, CPA, Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance and B.Com. She volunteers at Brighton Secondary College as School Councillor and Treasurer.
32 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Dr Catherine Lopes - Women In Leadership Series
Dr. Catherine Lopes is a strategic team leader, an outcome and value focused data scientist, a data and business driven consultant, and a passionate educator in data and analytics. Her recent focus is on helping organizations to uplift business performance by developing data and analytics strategy, applying broad range analytics including machine learning and AI through a governed enterprise data management framework and process. Dr. Lopes worked in the data and analytics domain for more than 20 years internationally across a wide range of sectors. She has a unique suite of skills including deep technical background, focused business delivery mindset, strong story telling communication, and excellent leadership skills. Her specialties are in Machine Learning, Analytics Transformation, Data Strategy and Management, and end-to-end delivery. Catherine is an entrepreneur in AI and data analytics space and an advisor for start-ups. She is also an active mentor and advocate for supporting women in data analytics and data science, and bridging gaps between academia and industry.
31 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Helen Souness - Women In Leadership Series
Helen Souness is a senior executive with a career that spans more than 30 years of commercial experience working in digital strategy, marketing and product across market-leading companies including Lonely Planet and ground breaking marketplaces SEEK, Envato and Etsy. She is a Non-Executive Board Director at Sendle, Australia's first 100% carbon neutral shipping service and Camplify, a leading marketplace for RV hire. As CEO of RMIT Online, Helen has grown a 130+ strong team to support a thriving community of learners to successfully navigate the world of work through relevant, accessible and flexible education online. She has spearheaded a suite of Australian first courses in areas like blockchain, AI, 5G and IoT technology, in partnership with over 70 global and local industry partners, including Salesforce, AWS and REA Group. Through Helen’s leadership, RMIT Online has disrupted education models, tripled in size and helped to upskill over 26,000 online students in 2020.
38 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Claire Rogers - Return To Work Mums - A Fresh Perspective
Claire Rogers: Return to Work Mums — A Fresh Perspective Chief Executive Officer of World Vision Australia, Head of Digital Banking, Strategy and Innovation at ANZ and Director of Melbourne Business School are just some of the many impressive titles that you can see on Claire Rogers’ resume. On top of that, Claire is also a mother of two. In line with Mentor List Talent’s diverse initiatives to support women in leadership, women in technology and return-to-work mums, Sharon Daly, our own Managing Director, chatted to Claire about her experience as a mum returning to work. We talk about how societal challenges, discrimination, and even our own mindsets can become obstacles to a woman’s desire to return to work after having a child. Claire shares valuable advice from her own experiences on how to overcome ‘mummy guilt’, manage your expectations for yourself, and establish boundaries with your employer. She also discusses how to maintain balance in your life and how to ask for what you need. Finally, we talk about some of the ways Mentor List Talent can support you if you are a return-to-work mum, and some of the exclusive key offerings and opportunities we offer. Be sure to tune in!
24 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Jacob Varghese - CEO Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
Jacob Varghese is Chief Executive Officer at Maurice Blackburn. An experienced litigator, he leads Australia’s number one plaintiff law firm from its Melbourne office. Since becoming CEO in 2017 Jacob has led the development and implementation of a new strategy to strengthen the firm’s financial and business foundations. Together with an experienced and highly skilled leadership team, he has built a “one firm” organisational structure and culture around a shared ambition to widen access to justice on a scale with no precedent in Australia. Jacob started his legal career in the medical negligence team at Maurice Blackburn in 2002. Leaving the firm a few years later to work as a political adviser and parliamentary researcher, he returned in 2006 to its pioneering class actions team. Jacob established himself as one of the country’s top class actions lawyers and has run some of the firm’s biggest cases. Becoming a principal of the firm in 2011, his achievements include working on four shareholder class actions which each achieved settlements in excess of $100 million for shareholders, and leading the team that achieved Australia’s largest food safety class action settlement. Prior to taking up the CEO role, he established Maurice Blackburn’s Australian litigation funding business, which focuses on providing funding to parties involved in commercial disputes. He also led the firm’s social justice practice, where he contributed to important victories for the rights of some of the most vulnerable in our society, including acting for 109 babies of asylum seekers which resulted in the babies and their families being given visas and released from detention. Jacob chairs the Board of Per Capita, one of Australia’s leading policy think-tanks.
30 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
James Fazzino - Strategic Advisory Panel Member, Mentor List
James is a strategic leader with an impressive track record taking local Australian business through significant growth and expansion into international markets. He was the Managing Director and CEO of Incitec Pivot (IPL). Over his 14 year tenure, first as CFO and then as CEO, the company increased in size 6-fold to an enterprise value of $8bn. Other significant highlights during his time at IPL included overseeing construction of two new $1bn world scale manufacturing plants (one at Moranbah, Australia and the other at Louisiana, USA), successfully integrating the $3.6bn Dyno-Nobel acquisition (which took IPL global) and restructuring the group to become a global industrial chemical company with operations in 13 countries around the world. James is also Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at La Trobe University and in this capacity provides advice to the Vice-Chancellor and Senior Management on strategy, culture and operational excellence. James is also an Adjunct Professor at La Trobe Business School specialising in management, international business and digital. James passionately believes in diversity and is a member of the Melbourne Male Champions of Change group. With deep expertise in driving strategic growth in multiple industries, James holds the position of Non-Executive Director to Australia Pipeline Limited; an ASX 50 company that owns and operates circa $21bn of energy assets in Australia, Rabobank Australia Limited; the world’s leading specialist food and agribusiness bank, Tassal Group Limited; Australia’s leading seafood producer. James is currently the Chairman of Osteon Medical, a leading digital health business; and Manufacturing Australia, a CEO-led coalition of Australia's largest manufacturers who work with all sides of government, business and community to help the sector realise its full potential.
33 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Mike Foster - ex CEO Fujitsu
Mike Foster - ex CEO Fujitsu by The Mentor List
29 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Joe Barr - CEO John Holland Group
Joe Barr - CEO John Holland Group by The Mentor List
24 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
Shanyn Payne - Diversity Matters Leaders in Conversation Mini Series
Shanyn Payne - Diversity Matters Leaders in Conversation Mini Series by The Mentor List
22 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
Anna Leibel - Diversity Matters Leaders in Conversation Mini Series
Anna Leibel is UniSuper’s Chief Delivery and IT Officer responsible for delivering strategic projects, member administration operations, developing and implementing the IT strategy, and information security management. Since 2017 Anna has been leading the fund through transformational change to deliver better value and experience to members through digitisation of the business. As a highly accomplished senior executive and corporate adviser, Anna is renowned for her ability to blend customer-focused strategy development and transformational change across technology, business practices and growth culture. Anna’s cross-industry career spans more than two decades in transformation programs, IT advisory and technology start-ups with organisations including PwC, Telstra, seek and NAB. She is a board member with Ambulance Victoria and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Anna has participated in two senior executive programs at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): Succeeding in a Digital Economy, and Driving Strategic Innovation. Anna is co-author of The Secure Board which will be published in early 2021
16 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
Ana Marinkovic - Diversity Matters Leaders in Conversation Mini Series
Ana Marinkovic is a senior executive whose career spans more than 15 years in financial services. Her current role is Executive General Manager, Business Direct and Small Business at National Australia Bank, where her team looks after the financial needs of over five hundred thousand businesses across Australia, through a suite of products and services to support every stage of a business’ journey. Throughout Ana’s career in financial services, she has held senior roles across consumer and commercial banking, portfolio management, stratgey, digitisation and technology. These roles have seen her lead the delivery of enterprise wide transformations, complex technology programs and large-scale end to end businesses. Ana is a passionate advocate for diversity, inclusion and equality of opportunity and believes in hard work, broad engagement and integrity as foundations to authentic leadership. She is an advisory Board Member for the Brilliant Women Global organisation, advocating for diversity and inclusion in Australia and internationally.
35 minutes | Apr 22, 2020
Sarah Adam-Gedge - Diversity Matters Leaders in Conversation Mini Series
Sarah Adam-Gedge is an experienced leader in the digital and technology industry, as well as being a Non-executive Director. Sarah is currently the Managing Director of Publicis Sapient Australia. Publicis.Sapient is the digital business transformation hub of Publicis Groupe, and helps clients drive growth and efficiency and evolve the ways they work, in a world where consumer behavior and technology are catalyzing social and commercial change at an unprecedented pace. With 19,000 people and over 100 offices around the globe, our expertise spanning technology, data sciences, consulting and creative enables us to deliver on complex transformation initiatives that accelerate our clients’ businesses through creating the products and services their customers expect. Sarah is also a Non-executive Director of Austal Ltd. Austal is 'The Australian Shipbuilder', defence prime contractor and maritime technology partner of choice; designing, constructing and supporting revolutionary defence and commercial vessels for the world's leading operators. Sarah is also Chair of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, and member of the Audit and Risk Committee. Previously Sarah was a non-executive Director of Ovarian Cancer Australia, and continues to support this important charity as a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. Prior to Publicis.Sapient Sarah was Managing Director of Avanade, and has held executive roles at IBM, PwC, and Andersen across Australia/NZ, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East and Africa. She is a graduate of the AICD, Chartered Accountant, member of ACS and on the ACS Diversity Council.
37 minutes | Apr 15, 2020
Div Pillay - Diversity Matters Leaders in Conversation Mini Series
Div Pillay is the CEO & Co-Founder of MindTribes and social enterprise, Culturally Diverse Workforces (CDW). Both businesses focus on cultural inclusion delivering a business impact. MindTribes and CDW work with ANZ and global executive leaders, offshore staff, multicultural employees and customers to ensure that big brands extract the economic and business benefit of cultural diversity. They are concerned with the current & future customer and work and how this is optimised. Under Div’s leadership MindTribes has won several industry awards, the latest being recognised by Westpac as one of the 200 Businesses of Tomorrow, 2018. In addition, Div was named by the Australian Financial Review and Qantas as one of the 100 Women of Influence in the Diversity and Inclusion category, 2018. High socially minded, she is on the Board of STREAT focussing on youth homelessness and a Plan International Ambassador giving 10% of MindTribes revenue to empowering girls globally. Div is also National Chair of the America Chamber of Commerce’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
25 minutes | Apr 8, 2020
Rasha Abbas - Diversity Matters Leaders in Conversation Mini Series
Rasha Abbas is a business transformation senior executive with strong track record of delivering outcomes. Delivered enterprise wide transformations, led complex technology programs and managed large scale operations and budgets (~$1.4B strategic project portfolio over 4 years). She is recognised for delivering outstanding results, transforming business operations, translating strategy into actions, executing complex projects and building high performing agile teams. Innovative, values driven and high paced change leader. A connector that builds strong relationships based on trust. Lifelong learner that enjoys the pursuit of knowledge. Experienced across Financial Services, Technology, Contact Centre, Operations, Distribution, Frontline Leadership and Complex Regulatory Business.
26 minutes | Apr 1, 2020
Claudine Ogilvie - Diversity Matters Leaders in Conversation Mini Series
A board director and senior executive skilled in strategy, technology leadership, fast paced customer centric environments. Claudine has a demonstrated ability to build high performance teams and cultures, also leveraging her experience in the Australian Olympic Sailing Development Team. Claudine has led innovation and transformations through technology leadership roles for the Jetstar Group of Airlines, Ridley Corporation. Strategy, consulting at KPMG, and strong career foundations in Sales, Marketing and Product Management. Claudine was awarded Top CIO50 in Australia in 2016. She is a 2015 graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), and boasts a wealth of international experience through Jetstar’s Branded Airlines (Singapore, Japan, Vietnam), Ridley’s Thai operations, work with KPMG in China and other international leadership roles. She has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia (B.Bus) and a Diploma of Business Management from the Ecole Supérieur de Commerce Reims, France (Dip.Mgnt). Coach and mentor to talented young aspiring leaders from a variety of industries and a former Australian Sailing Development team member, experienced in high performance environments, leadership effectiveness.
38 minutes | Mar 25, 2020
Michelle Redfern - Diversity Matters Leaders in Conversation Mini Series
Michelle Redfern is a woman who like to #GetS*tDone for equality and inclusion. Michelle is also an AFR 💯 Women of Influence, a Melbourne B3000 Female Entrepreneur of the Year, workplace gender equality consultant, advisor, researcher into #WomenInSport, Womens Leadership expert and Non-Executive Director. She loves what she does and is committed to helping businesses around the world create better workplaces for people of all genders, from all walks of life. Michelle takes action and influence in 3 ways. 1. Advise: She advises Board and CEO's about how to take action to attract, engage and develop commercially viable, sustainable relationships with women. Whether they are athletes, employees, volunteers, corporate partners, suppliers, clients, members or supporters. 2. Facilitate: Michelle is an action oriented warrior for women’s advancement. She advises, facilitate & mentor women how to navigate a system that is not yet fixed. 3. Speak: She is not just a talking head. She takes action by designing and delivering really smashing events that engage the audience. She’d provided this service for AFL clubs, ASX listed & privately held companies, Universities & of course my own Professional Women’s Network that has more than 3600 female members and now, a co-host of A Career that Soars! an online community for ambitious women who want their best career and best life. WHAT ELSE? * Michelle is a co-founder of social enterprise, CDW (Culturally Diverse Women & Workforce) * Michelle is a founder of Womens network “Women Who Get It” * Michelle is a independent member of the Steering Committee for Wayfinder - Women in Supply Chain & Logistics initiative
31 minutes | Nov 26, 2019
Steven Worrall Managing Director - Microsoft Australia
As Managing Director, Steven Worrall is responsible for Microsoft’s overall business in Australia. He ensures the company meets the needs of its customers and the more than 11,000 partners and independent software vendors that sell or build on the Microsoft platform. Steven joined Microsoft in March 2014 as Director, Enterprise and Partner Group, responsible for driving business growth and building strong customer and partner relationships in the Australian Commercial and Public Sector markets. In this role, Steven worked with organisations to drive innovation and business improvement through the application of technology in many areas, including productivity solutions, mobility and cloud services. Previously Steven worked for IBM for 22 years and held a number of marketing, sales and general management roles in the services, software and financing segments of the organisation. Most recently, he led IBM’s software business in Asia Pacific region where he built organisational capability in diverse markets across the region and drove the business towards more cloud delivered services. Steven holds an Honours degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and lives in Sydney with his wife and three children.