Nominations are open for The Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards 2021. If you know a woman who deserves the limelight, (including you!) don’t forget to apply.
We’re thrilled to introduce a stellar and diverse lineup of judges for our Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards once again, chaired by the wonderful Shirley Chowdhary.
Moving ahead on the evening of the 29th of April at Swissotel Sydney, the awards will once again celebrate emerging female leaders across sectors with a special focus on inspiring women who have led us through crisis.
A HUGE thank you to our judges who have embraced the Leadership Awards program, and invested significant time into championing women who deserve to be recognised.
Find out a little bit more about each of our judges below, including where you can find them on socials. And don’t forget to nominate! Applications close on the 31st of March.
Dr Neela Janakiramanan
Dr Neela Janakiramanan is a reconstructive plastic surgeon with specific experience and expertise in hand and wrist surgery. She is passionate about gender and health equity, and is a regular contributor at Women’s Agenda and an author.
You can follow Neela on Twitter.
Shivani Gopal is the founder and CEO of The Remarkable Woman, and the co-founder of Upstreet. She is a finance expert, serial entrepreneur and hugely passionate about supporting other women to achieve their dreams. Shivani has won the Top 50 Small Business Leaders award, and is recognised as a business thought leader.
Pip Marlow is Chief Executive Officer, Salesforce Australia and New Zealand. Pip is also a non-executive director of the Rugby Australia, sits on the Vice-Chancellor’s Advisory Board at UTS and is a member of Chief Executive Women (CEW).
Dai Le is a local Councillor on Fairfield City Council, community leader, board director and founder of DAWN, a platform that advocates for increase in diversity in leadership representation across our mainstream institutions.
Marina is Chair of Ovarian Cancer Australia and the Suncorp Super Netball Commission. She sits across multiple boards including The Walkley Foundation, Energy Australia and Booktopia. She’s an author and advocate for women.
Mikaela Jade is a tech entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Indigital, Australia’s first Indigenous Edu-tech company. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Virtual and Augmented Reality.
Sarah Watts is a Non-Executive Director and Audit & Risk committee chair with more than a decade of experience in a diverse range of sectors such as technology, logistics, arts and disability.
Brooke Massender is lawyer and Partner and Global Head of Pro Bono for Herbert Smith Freehills. She is a thought leader in the strategic delivery of pro bono legal services and cross sector collaboration for social impact.
Tanya Hosch is the Executive General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy at the Australian Football League and 2021 South Australian – Australian of the year. She has a long and distinguished history in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy, advocacy, governance and fundraising.
Diana Ryall AM
Diana is a leading voice in Australia for gender equality. In 2001, she became managing director of Apple Australia – the first woman in Australia to lead an IT company. She’s the founder of consultancy company Xplore for Success, and a keynote speaker.
Narelle Hooper is an adviser, author, director and editor-in-chief of Company Director magazine. She has more than two decades experience in business journalism and was the founding co-chair of the Australian Financial Review Women of Influence Awards.
Yasmin Allen is the chair of Advance, a non-executive director of ASX Limited and serves on many boards including the ASX’s Audit committee, Cochlear Limited and Santos Limited.
Jonty Low is the Chair of the Australian Associated Press and is the first woman to hold the position. She is a businesswoman and company director, who spent a decade running the Committee for Sydney.
You can follow Jonty on Twitter.
Roger Christie is the Founder and Managing Director of Propel Group (Australia), helping leaders and organisations get more from social media. He has worked alongside clients including the ATO, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, IAG and the Queensland Government. He is a TEDx speaker.
Kamal Sarma is Founder and CEO of strategic leadership development firm Rezilium. He has a unique background, training as a monk in India, as well as a corporate career. He holds senior executive positions in several organisations and is the chair of the RUOK thinktank.
Simon Goff is the Global Managing Director at Purpose, a creative campaigns agency that works with leading foundations, businesses, and non-profits to design and implement initiatives addressing social and environmental issues.
Kieren Jack is the Mergers and Acquisitions Manager at KPMG Australia and is a former AFL player and co-captain of the Sydney Swans.
Jack Goodman is an entrepreneur and the Founder and Executive Chair of Studiosity, an indispensable learning tools providing real-time learning support for student across universities, vocational providers, schools and other learning institutions.
James Neale is the National CEO of creative brand activation agency Traffik Group and a board director of Clemenger Group. He has over 20 years experience in the brand experience marketing arena.
You can follow James on LinkedIn.
Wendy Simpson OAM
Wendy Simpson is a business leader, entrepreneur, company director and advocate for women. She has held leadership roles across sectors, including freight, telecommunications, engineering and property development.
Steve Baty is the Founder and Principal of Meld Studios, an award-winning Australian design studio. He has over 18 years commercial experience working with major brands including Westpac, Qantas and Telstra. He sits on the Good Design Council of Australia and founder of UX Book Club.
Lisa George is the Global Head of the Macquarie Group Foundation, and experienced company director. She is a global expertise in social impact and philanthropy.
Leandro Perez is the Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer of Salesforce Asia Pacific, leading marketing for the company across the Asia-Pacific region. He has previously worked for TIBCO, HP, and Autonomy.
The chair of our judging panel is Shirley Chowdhary, an internationally experienced Executive and Board contributor and passionate advocate for Indigenous empowerment. Shirley recently concluded a four year term as the Chief Executive Officer of the GO Foundation, and currently serves as a strategic consultant for the University of Sydney’s Indigenous strategy One Sydney Many People 2021-2024. In 2019, she was selected as an AFR 100 Women of Influence.