Future Women Leadership Series

Future Women Leadership Series

Leadership takes courage and resilience. Host and founder of Future Women, Helen McCabe shares insights from some of the most influential women on the sometimes complex challenges faced by women on the path to senior leadership. Leadership

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Season 2


Recognising and responding to bad leaders

We've all had a leader that taught us more about what not to do than how to be an effective leader. This panel discussion from the Future Women Leadership Summit 2022 features an expert group of women who share stories of poor leadership they've experienced in their careers, and how they dealt with it to improve their own leadership moving forward. The panelists are CEO and founder of Self Energy Kate Mason, Psychologist Aylin Dulagil, and GP and Digital Health Consultant Dr Amandeep Hansra, with moderation by Future Women’s Ruby Leahy Gatfield. The Future Women Leadership Series is hosted by Helen McCabe.

Recognising and responding to bad leaders

We've all had a leader that taught us more about what not to do than how to be an effective leader. This panel discussion from the Future Women Leadership Summit 2022 features an expert group of women who share stories of poor leadership they've experienced in their careers, and how they dealt with it to improve their own leadership moving forward. The panelists are CEO and founder of Self Energy Kate Mason, Psychologist Aylin Dulagil, and GP and Digital Health Consultant Dr Amandeep Hansra, with moderation by Future Women’s Ruby Leahy Gatfield. The Future Women Leadership Series is hosted by Helen McCabe.

27:10

EP22 - S2

10 Aug 22

Susanne Legena on how to avoid being overwhelmed by the scale of a problem

Sometimes a problem seems too big to solve. Susanne Legena knows this better than most, as CEO of charity Plan International Australia she's working to bring girls around the globe equality, which can sometimes feel insurmountable. Host Helen McCabe digs into Susanne's work ethos as they chat about building momentum as a leader, the importance of trust in your team, and what being a home bee-keeper has taught Susanne about leadership.

Susanne Legena on how to avoid being overwhelmed by the scale of a problem

Sometimes a problem seems too big to solve. Susanne Legena knows this better than most, as CEO of charity Plan International Australia she's working to bring girls around the globe equality, which can sometimes feel insurmountable. Host Helen McCabe digs into Susanne's work ethos as they chat about building momentum as a leader, the importance of trust in your team, and what being a home bee-keeper has taught Susanne about leadership.

34:03

EP21 - S2

3 Aug 22

Angela Fox on leading in a virtual world

Does it make a difference if you lead your team remotely or in person? And how do you ensure a flexible work environment works equally for everyone? Perfectly suited to answer is Angela Fox, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Dell Technologies. Host Helen McCabe chats with Angela about her experiences in the height of the tech industry, and how the pandemic has changed the way we work, lead, and communicate. This episode was made in partnership with Dell Technologies PodFerence; a podcast conference created to share advice and inspiration to support small businesses

Angela Fox on leading in a virtual world

Does it make a difference if you lead your team remotely or in person? And how do you ensure a flexible work environment works equally for everyone? Perfectly suited to answer is Angela Fox, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Dell Technologies. Host Helen McCabe chats with Angela about her experiences in the height of the tech industry, and how the pandemic has changed the way we work, lead, and communicate. This episode was made in partnership with Dell Technologies PodFerence; a podcast conference created to share advice and inspiration to support small businesses

34:20

EP20 - S2

26 Jul 22

Amanda McIntyre on leading in public vs private sectors

From 15 years in the public service to being a partner at one of the big four accounting firms PwC, Amanda McIntyre has a lot to share about leadership, management, and motivation. Host Helen McCabe asks Amanda if the reality of senior leadership in the private sector is all corner offices and first class flights? Or if we've moved away from that expectation, and what advice she has for leaders wanting to follow in her footsteps.

Amanda McIntyre on leading in public vs private sectors

From 15 years in the public service to being a partner at one of the big four accounting firms PwC, Amanda McIntyre has a lot to share about leadership, management, and motivation. Host Helen McCabe asks Amanda if the reality of senior leadership in the private sector is all corner offices and first class flights? Or if we've moved away from that expectation, and what advice she has for leaders wanting to follow in her footsteps.

34:17

EP19 - S2

13 Jul 22

Kate Ellis on holding your own as a young leader

Former MP Kate Ellis was elected when she was just twenty seven years old. In her fifteen years in parliament Kate learned a lot about defying expectations, defining your own self worth, and juggling your personal and professional commitments. Host Helen McCabe discusses these topics and more with Kate as they chat about the challenges of being a young female leader in Australian politics and beyond.

Kate Ellis on holding your own as a young leader

Former MP Kate Ellis was elected when she was just twenty seven years old. In her fifteen years in parliament Kate learned a lot about defying expectations, defining your own self worth, and juggling your personal and professional commitments. Host Helen McCabe discusses these topics and more with Kate as they chat about the challenges of being a young female leader in Australian politics and beyond.

37:31

EP18 - S2

6 Jul 22

Amanda Whitley on transparency in times of crisis

Should you tell your team just how bad things are looking in a bind? Or is protecting them from that burden part of your job as a leader? Founder and Director of HerCanberra Amanda Whitley needed to make that choice several times over when she lead her self-started media company through Covid. Host Helen McCabe asks Amanda her biggest learnings from that period, as well as how Amanda built and maintains her all-female dream team.

Amanda Whitley on transparency in times of crisis

Should you tell your team just how bad things are looking in a bind? Or is protecting them from that burden part of your job as a leader? Founder and Director of HerCanberra Amanda Whitley needed to make that choice several times over when she lead her self-started media company through Covid. Host Helen McCabe asks Amanda her biggest learnings from that period, as well as how Amanda built and maintains her all-female dream team.

25:23

EP17 - S2

29 Jun 22

Anna-Maria Arabia on success and single motherhood

Choosing to be a single parent isn't easy. But for neuroscientist Anna-Maria Arabia the choice seemed inevitable. Host Helen McCabe asks Anna-Maria how she progressed in a male dominated industry, and what extra challenges having a child by herself added. Anna-Maria also shares insights from her current job as CEO of the Australian Academy of Science and how we can boost productivity nationwide.

Anna-Maria Arabia on success and single motherhood

Choosing to be a single parent isn't easy. But for neuroscientist Anna-Maria Arabia the choice seemed inevitable. Host Helen McCabe asks Anna-Maria how she progressed in a male dominated industry, and what extra challenges having a child by herself added. Anna-Maria also shares insights from her current job as CEO of the Australian Academy of Science and how we can boost productivity nationwide.

35:23

EP16 - S2

22 Jun 22

Creina Chapman on dealing with egos

After working under some of the biggest names in Australian media and politics, Creina Chapman has learned how to manage egos big and small. Host Helen McCabe asks Creina if big egos still have a place in the modern workforce, what kind of leadership she finds effective in her current role as deputy chair and CEO of the Australian Communications and Media Authority, and why it can be so difficult to get honest feedback from your peers. 

Creina Chapman on dealing with egos

After working under some of the biggest names in Australian media and politics, Creina Chapman has learned how to manage egos big and small. Host Helen McCabe asks Creina if big egos still have a place in the modern workforce, what kind of leadership she finds effective in her current role as deputy chair and CEO of the Australian Communications and Media Authority, and why it can be so difficult to get honest feedback from your peers. 

29:12

EP15 - S2

15 Jun 22

Kate Mason on how to beat a workplace bully

It's hard to know when to leave a toxic workplace, when to speak up against a bully, or when to hold your ground. Kate Mason figured this out the hard way, after experiencing bullying as an executive at one point in her impressive career. Host Helen McCabe asks what confronting her bully taught Kate about leadership, and what she would change if she were to be in the same position again. You can learn more about Kate Mason and her leadership at the Self Energy website.

Kate Mason on how to beat a workplace bully

It's hard to know when to leave a toxic workplace, when to speak up against a bully, or when to hold your ground. Kate Mason figured this out the hard way, after experiencing bullying as an executive at one point in her impressive career. Host Helen McCabe asks what confronting her bully taught Kate about leadership, and what she would change if she were to be in the same position again. You can learn more about Kate Mason and her leadership at the Self Energy website.

32:52

EP14 - S2

8 Jun 22

Dr Bronwyn Evans on how to navigate a male dominated industry

How often are you the only woman in the room? In Dr Bronwyn Evans' four decades in engineering she's been the sole woman more times than she can count. But instead of discouraging her, it often motivated her to work harder than her male colleagues. Host Helen McCabe asks Dr Evans what progress she's seen in her career, and what advice she has for women in industries that are still working towards gender equality.

Dr Bronwyn Evans on how to navigate a male dominated industry

How often are you the only woman in the room? In Dr Bronwyn Evans' four decades in engineering she's been the sole woman more times than she can count. But instead of discouraging her, it often motivated her to work harder than her male colleagues. Host Helen McCabe asks Dr Evans what progress she's seen in her career, and what advice she has for women in industries that are still working towards gender equality.

27:17

EP13 - S2

1 Jun 22

Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw on balancing friendship and business

Friendship can often get in the way of business. It can be hard to lead alongside your friends, or tell them what to do. But when it's done right, friendship can also lead to a  productive work culture, a motivated team, and innovative ideas, as with Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw building their business Keep it Cleaner. Host Helen McCabe asks Steph and Laura how they navigate their friendship, what leadership and success mean to them, and how beauty expectations in their industry are constantly evolving.

Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw on balancing friendship and business

Friendship can often get in the way of business. It can be hard to lead alongside your friends, or tell them what to do. But when it's done right, friendship can also lead to a  productive work culture, a motivated team, and innovative ideas, as with Steph Claire Smith and Laura Henshaw building their business Keep it Cleaner. Host Helen McCabe asks Steph and Laura how they navigate their friendship, what leadership and success mean to them, and how beauty expectations in their industry are constantly evolving.

39:53

EP12 - S2

25 May 22

Staying on top of your industry as it grows

What does the future of your work look like? And how can you best prepare yourself for what the future brings? This discussion from the 2022 Future Women Leadership Summit features Nabila Ahmed, Asia Finance Correspondent at Bloomberg, Fiona Simson, President of the National Farmers Federation and Andrea Clarke, Founder of FutureFit. Co. The panel shares what sectors are growing the fastest, what skills will be most crucial in the future, and how to stay on top of a developing work environment, moderated by Chief strategy officer at Cyber CX, Alastair MacGibbon. The Future Women Leadership Series is hosted by Helen McCabe.

Staying on top of your industry as it grows

What does the future of your work look like? And how can you best prepare yourself for what the future brings? This discussion from the 2022 Future Women Leadership Summit features Nabila Ahmed, Asia Finance Correspondent at Bloomberg, Fiona Simson, President of the National Farmers Federation and Andrea Clarke, Founder of FutureFit. Co. The panel shares what sectors are growing the fastest, what skills will be most crucial in the future, and how to stay on top of a developing work environment, moderated by Chief strategy officer at Cyber CX, Alastair MacGibbon. The Future Women Leadership Series is hosted by Helen McCabe.

20:08

EP11 - S2

18 May 22

Dealing with a sexist boss

In all likelihood you'll come across a sexist boss in your career. Maybe you're dealing with one right now, or can remember a time you've witnessed your coworkers put up with prejudice. So how should you handle sexism, and how do we craft diverse environments that cull sexist cultures altogether? Speaking at the 2022 Future Women Leadership Summit, Mary Wooldridge, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Dr Victor Sojo, Senior Lecturer in Leadership at the University of Melbourne and Jessica Smith, Senior Security Consultant at CyberCX discuss their experiences and research surrounding gender inequality at work and give their advice on how you can deal with, and prevent future displays of discrimination. The Future Women Leadership Series is hosted by Helen McCabe.

Dealing with a sexist boss

In all likelihood you'll come across a sexist boss in your career. Maybe you're dealing with one right now, or can remember a time you've witnessed your coworkers put up with prejudice. So how should you handle sexism, and how do we craft diverse environments that cull sexist cultures altogether? Speaking at the 2022 Future Women Leadership Summit, Mary Wooldridge, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Dr Victor Sojo, Senior Lecturer in Leadership at the University of Melbourne and Jessica Smith, Senior Security Consultant at CyberCX discuss their experiences and research surrounding gender inequality at work and give their advice on how you can deal with, and prevent future displays of discrimination. The Future Women Leadership Series is hosted by Helen McCabe.

30:56

EP10 - S2

11 May 22

How to stand out in the job market

Are you thinking of upskilling? Does your resume need that extra diploma or degree to get you noticed? This panel recorded at the 2022 Future Women Leadership Summit features three women who have been on either end of the hiring process and know exactly what skills the market is looking for. The panel includes Kylie Bryant, Chief Operations Officer for the Department of Industry, Emma Foley, the Director of Driver Operations and Marketplace for Uber Aus/NZ, Priyanka Ashraf, Founder & Director of The Creative Co-Operative, and is chaired by Future Women’s Bojana Kos. The Future Women Leadership Series is hosted by Helen McCabe

How to stand out in the job market

Are you thinking of upskilling? Does your resume need that extra diploma or degree to get you noticed? This panel recorded at the 2022 Future Women Leadership Summit features three women who have been on either end of the hiring process and know exactly what skills the market is looking for. The panel includes Kylie Bryant, Chief Operations Officer for the Department of Industry, Emma Foley, the Director of Driver Operations and Marketplace for Uber Aus/NZ, Priyanka Ashraf, Founder & Director of The Creative Co-Operative, and is chaired by Future Women’s Bojana Kos. The Future Women Leadership Series is hosted by Helen McCabe

25:25

EP09 - S2

4 May 22

Mara-Jean Tilley on why you should stop saying 'sorry'

Why do women often shy away from self promotion? How do you persuade someone to donate to your cause? and how do you get over the nerves of public speaking? Mara-Jean Tilley, Director of the Garvan Research Foundation answers this and more as she and host Helen McCabe dissect her leadership career. 

Mara-Jean Tilley on why you should stop saying 'sorry'

Why do women often shy away from self promotion? How do you persuade someone to donate to your cause? and how do you get over the nerves of public speaking? Mara-Jean Tilley, Director of the Garvan Research Foundation answers this and more as she and host Helen McCabe dissect her leadership career. 

25:06

EP08 - S2

27 Apr 22

Professor Michelle Ryan on why times of crisis lead to more female leaders

Women are disproportionately at the helm of organisations and governments in crisis. Professor Michelle Ryan points out that this might not be due to women causing these crises, but rather a phenomenon where women are often only given power at times of unease. Host Helen McCabe asks Professor Ryan why this trend has appeared, how you may be able to avoid or utilise it, and what changes you can make to improve your leadership style.

Professor Michelle Ryan on why times of crisis lead to more female leaders

Women are disproportionately at the helm of organisations and governments in crisis. Professor Michelle Ryan points out that this might not be due to women causing these crises, but rather a phenomenon where women are often only given power at times of unease. Host Helen McCabe asks Professor Ryan why this trend has appeared, how you may be able to avoid or utilise it, and what changes you can make to improve your leadership style.

37:23

EP07 - S2

20 Apr 22

Asking for what you want at work

How do you ask for a pay rise? Or a promotion? Or any other change in your workplace that you deserve? Louise Adler, Incoming Director for Adelaide Writers Week, Sam Mostyn, President of Chief Executive Women and Catherine Brenner, Chair of Australian Payments Plus share their tips for getting what you deserve, at the 2022 Future Women Leadership Summit. The Future Women Leadership Series is hosted by Helen McCabe.

Asking for what you want at work

How do you ask for a pay rise? Or a promotion? Or any other change in your workplace that you deserve? Louise Adler, Incoming Director for Adelaide Writers Week, Sam Mostyn, President of Chief Executive Women and Catherine Brenner, Chair of Australian Payments Plus share their tips for getting what you deserve, at the 2022 Future Women Leadership Summit. The Future Women Leadership Series is hosted by Helen McCabe.

48:48

EP06 - S2

13 Apr 22

Dr Norman Swan on how stress affects our bodies

How do we make sure our bodies and brains are at their healthiest? According to Dr Norman Swan, it has less to do with getting the right amount of sleep or following wellness trends, and more to do with the autonomy we have over our own life choices. Dr Swan shares his insights on health at the 2022 Future Women Leadership Summit following a moving acknowledgement of country given by Madison Howarth. The Future Women Leadership Series is hosted by Helen McCabe.

Dr Norman Swan on how stress affects our bodies

How do we make sure our bodies and brains are at their healthiest? According to Dr Norman Swan, it has less to do with getting the right amount of sleep or following wellness trends, and more to do with the autonomy we have over our own life choices. Dr Swan shares his insights on health at the 2022 Future Women Leadership Summit following a moving acknowledgement of country given by Madison Howarth. The Future Women Leadership Series is hosted by Helen McCabe.

32:13

EP05 - S2

6 Apr 22

Tu Le on turning disappointment into opportunity

Can you be 'too young' to make it in politics? Tu Le was told she was when her chance to represent the seat of Fowler disappeared as the Labor party brought in a star candidate in her place. Host Helen McCabe asks Tu Le how she recovered after such a public instance of being overlooked, what opportunities she's opened up following the event and discusses why being young in the political sphere may actually be an advantage.

Tu Le on turning disappointment into opportunity

Can you be 'too young' to make it in politics? Tu Le was told she was when her chance to represent the seat of Fowler disappeared as the Labor party brought in a star candidate in her place. Host Helen McCabe asks Tu Le how she recovered after such a public instance of being overlooked, what opportunities she's opened up following the event and discusses why being young in the political sphere may actually be an advantage.

34:33

EP04 - S2

30 Mar 22

Tarang Chawla on teaching resilience and equality

Tarang Chawla’s sister Nikita was killed by her husband in 2015. Today he’s a mental health advocate, gender equality activist, and podcast host sharing the stories of people who have survived family violence. Tarang joins host Helen McCabe to talk about how his experiences motivated him to change the way we teach men about gender equality, and why resilience is a key trait for any authentic leader.

Tarang Chawla on teaching resilience and equality

Tarang Chawla’s sister Nikita was killed by her husband in 2015. Today he’s a mental health advocate, gender equality activist, and podcast host sharing the stories of people who have survived family violence. Tarang joins host Helen McCabe to talk about how his experiences motivated him to change the way we teach men about gender equality, and why resilience is a key trait for any authentic leader.

45:33

EP03 - S2

16 Feb 22

Jess Short and Martina Ucnikova on what makes a great political leader

How do you make a political impact? And are there certain skills you’ll need to run as a woman in politics? Host Helen McCabe asks this and more to Jessica Short and Martina Ucnikova who are the founders of She Runs, a not-for-profit that helps women engage in political careers and civic participation. They share their knowledge on what it means to be political, why we aren’t seeing enough women in Federal decision-making positions, and the first steps to starting your political career.

Jess Short and Martina Ucnikova on what makes a great political leader

How do you make a political impact? And are there certain skills you’ll need to run as a woman in politics? Host Helen McCabe asks this and more to Jessica Short and Martina Ucnikova who are the founders of She Runs, a not-for-profit that helps women engage in political careers and civic participation. They share their knowledge on what it means to be political, why we aren’t seeing enough women in Federal decision-making positions, and the first steps to starting your political career.

33:20

EP02 - S2

9 Feb 22

Pip Marlow on owning ambition and building innovation

What is innovation? According to Pip Marlow, CEO at Salesforce ANZ & ASEAN it’s about more than just building products and tech. It’s about how you think, how you build your business, and an integral part of successful company culture. Host Helen McCabe talks to Pip about how she created a career through innovation, acknowledged and owned her ambitions in order to do so, and the best examples of innovation she sees in the business world today.

Pip Marlow on owning ambition and building innovation

What is innovation? According to Pip Marlow, CEO at Salesforce ANZ & ASEAN it’s about more than just building products and tech. It’s about how you think, how you build your business, and an integral part of successful company culture. Host Helen McCabe talks to Pip about how she created a career through innovation, acknowledged and owned her ambitions in order to do so, and the best examples of innovation she sees in the business world today.

35:42

EP01 - S2

2 Feb 22


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