Season 2

Episode 3: Tanya Van Der Water, CEO, Buckaroo Leatherworks

The responsibility of delivering quality Australian-made products - Tanya Van Der Water talks about the advantages of failing fast, the power of a brand story and the responsibility of delivering quality Australian-made products.

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Episode 2: Kelly Taggart, CEO, Roses Only Group

Leading with Creativity and Intuition - Kelly Taggart talks about leading teams with a focus on results and outputs, the importance of a considered hiring process and onboarding experience, and how instilling an owner's mindset encourages the team to thrive.
 

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Episode 1: Cecily McGuckin, CEO & Managing Director, Queensland Steel & Sheet

Building leadership confidence - Cecily McGuckin is the only female CEO in the steel manufacturing industry. She leads with integrity, gut instinct and a no-ego rule as the foundations for a successful culture and talks about building leadership confidence through tough experiences.
 

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Season 1

Episode 9: Shadé Zahrai, Director and Chief Positive Influencer, Influenceo Global Inc

Shifting the focus on women's leadership - Shadé Zahrai shares her experience and research on imposter syndrome, women's tendency to focus on the gaps and what's possible when we play to our strengths.
 

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Episode 8: Tanya Denning-Orman, Director of Indigenous Content, Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Australia

Blending culture and leadership - Tanya Denning-Orman on the importance of bringing your whole self to work and how respect, inclusion and a focus on the legacy we’re leaving should factor into every decision we make. 
 

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Episode 7: Priscilla Rogers, Director and Co-Founder, DOFTEK

Smashing stereotypes, thriving in risk and infusing empathy into creating real-life solutions - Priscilla Rogers combines the excitement of delivering vital solutions, the challenges of navigating career junctures, and the tactics to thrive in high risk and high stakes environments.
 

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Episode 6: Sian Lewis, Group Executive Human Resources, Commonwealth Bank

Career sequencing, the power of transferable skills and making brave calls - Sian Lewis shares insights into the opportunities of career sequencing, the power of transferable skills, making brave calls and backing your decisions.
 

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Episode 5: Mary Hamilton, CEO, Hugh Hamilton Wines

Embracing transitions and tenacity in leadership - Mary Hamilton shares her unique leadership path with stories of tenacity, sideways transitions and embracing mistakes to find your place in leadership.
 

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Episode 4: Louise Adams, Chief Operating Officer – Australia and New Zealand, Aurecon

The power of visibility for leading in a new era - Louise Adams shares how authentic and collaborative leaders create a followership, and the power of visibility for leading in a new era.
 

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Episode 3: Caitlin Figueiredo, Founder and CEO, Jasiri Australia

The importance of emerging leadership - The inspirational Caitlin Figueiredo shares the key to shaping our democracy, the power of the collective and her magical moment with Meghan, yes, Duchess of Sussex, that will inspire us all.
 

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Episode 2: Julie Drago, CEO, Hero Properties

Relationship based leadership - Julie Drago builds on the value of relationships, how to be seen and heard in a male-dominated industry, and the importance of being involved at an industry level.
 

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Episode 1: Anna Marsden, Managing Director, Great Barrier Reef Foundation

Leadership for purpose - Anna Marsden dives into navigating lightning strike moments in leadership, quietening our inner critic, and embracing dual psychology to thrive in the new normal of business. 
 

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About the series

Together we can shift business leadership from aspirational to actionable. We know diversity in leadership doesn’t just make sense, it strengthens overall business performance and drives economic growth. When we activate leadership for women, we redefine our business landscape.

Join season hosts Rebekah Campbell, serial entrepreneur, author, speaker and mentor (Season 2) and Shade Zahrai, award-winning business woman and leadership expert (Season 1) as they reach beyond ‘business as usual’ to unearth the human stories and rich, relatable experiences of women leading business across the country. Access the practical tips, actionable frameworks and stories of smart risk-taking to ignite your leadership.

Whether you’re a business leader, emerging leader, or passionate about supporting leaders to redefine the business landscape, this podcast is for you.

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