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The hurdles that remain - an International Women's Day panel discussion hosted by the Business School

04 Mar 2014

How far have women come in their quest for leadership equality and what are the hurdles that remain - a panel of three thought leaders will attempt to answer those questions as the University of Sydney Business School marks International Women's Day.

International Women's Day, which provides an opportunity for communities to recognise the achievements of women, their contribution to our communities and progress for women around the world, will this year have "Inspiring Change" as its central theme.

The Business School panel will include UN Women's Julie McKay, Qantas's Sue Bussell and Associate Professor Rae Cooper. They will explore the challenges and opportunities for women in leadership today.

Julie McKay is a graduate of the Business School's Global Executive MBA, and has served as the Executive Director at the Australian National Committee for UN Women since 2007. Actively working to support strong partnerships between the community, the private sector and government, Julie is particularly concerned about women's leadership, pay equity, political participation and violence against women.

Sue Bussell has been with Qantas since 1994. During that time Sue has held senior management roles in Corporate and Line Human Resources, and has been in the position of Executive Manager, Industrial Relations at Qantas for the past nine years.

Associate Professor Rae Cooper will facilitate the discussion. Rae has published over forty articles and chapters on industrial relations and gender and work in leading journals and in major collections. Through her research and leadership Rae is actively engaged with government, business and NGOs, and has been appointed to a number of significant board and committees.

The three panellists are not only strong advocates of gender equality and women in leadership, but bring together extensive leadership experience from their own professional histories across a variety of sectors.

"The panel discussion is an annual event for the Business School, which draws together staff, students, alumni and industry and corporate partners in celebration of International Women's Day," said Associate Professor Rae Cooper. "International Women's Day is a significant event which stimulates discussion and once again brings to the forefront the importance of advocating gender equality and women in leadership."

"The Business School is proud to support International Women's Day," she concluded. Find out more about the day at UN Women Australia.

Event Details
When: Thursday 6 March, 5.00pm - 7.00pm
Where: The Darlington Centre, The University of Sydney
174 City Road, Darlington 2006
Cost: Free
Register online