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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 4


Shelley Laslett & Dr Laura Kirby's hacks to combat self-doubt

No matter where you’re at in your career, learning to overcome self-doubt is an essential skill that takes practice. In this episode recorded live at the FW Leadership Summit 2024, hear from two experts who share their insights and techniques to turn self-criticism into self-belief. First, you’ll hear from neuroscience coach, Shelley Laslett, who reveals three powerful neurohacks to quiet that nagging inner critic and bolster your self-belief. Later in the episode, Dr. Laura Kirby, Chief Mental Health Officer at the Commonwealth Bank, sheds light on the pivotal role workplaces play in nurturing the psychological well-being of their employees, offering strategies for proactive support.

Shelley Laslett & Dr Laura Kirby's hacks to combat self-doubt

No matter where you’re at in your career, learning to overcome self-doubt is an essential skill that takes practice. In this episode recorded live at the FW Leadership Summit 2024, hear from two experts who share their insights and techniques to turn self-criticism into self-belief. First, you’ll hear from neuroscience coach, Shelley Laslett, who reveals three powerful neurohacks to quiet that nagging inner critic and bolster your self-belief. Later in the episode, Dr. Laura Kirby, Chief Mental Health Officer at the Commonwealth Bank, sheds light on the pivotal role workplaces play in nurturing the psychological well-being of their employees, offering strategies for proactive support.

15:52

EP24 - S4

12 Jun 24

Libby Day on favouritism and 'suck ups'

Is there a 'favourite' in your team? Libby Day is the CEO of the Defence Teaming Centre and has over two decades of leadership experience in complex and highly regulated industries. In this discussion with FW Founder Helen McCabe, Libby talks about navigating team dynamics like favouritism and 'suck-ups', leading virtual teams where English isn't the first language, and being a recovering overthinker. 

Libby Day on favouritism and 'suck ups'

Is there a 'favourite' in your team? Libby Day is the CEO of the Defence Teaming Centre and has over two decades of leadership experience in complex and highly regulated industries. In this discussion with FW Founder Helen McCabe, Libby talks about navigating team dynamics like favouritism and 'suck-ups', leading virtual teams where English isn't the first language, and being a recovering overthinker. 

31:17

EP23 - S4

5 Jun 24

Kerryn Phelps on a lifetime of leading

Professor Kerryn Phelps AM is one of Australia's most high-profile doctors, a public health and civil rights advocate, and former federal MP. In this episode, host Helen McCabe delves into Kerryn's wealth of experience, uncovering valuable leadership lessons including the power of active participation, the benefits of a diverse skill set, and the significance of having a clear purpose. 

Kerryn Phelps on a lifetime of leading

Professor Kerryn Phelps AM is one of Australia's most high-profile doctors, a public health and civil rights advocate, and former federal MP. In this episode, host Helen McCabe delves into Kerryn's wealth of experience, uncovering valuable leadership lessons including the power of active participation, the benefits of a diverse skill set, and the significance of having a clear purpose. 

33:35

EP22 - S4

29 May 24

Rosie Batty on how leaders should manage trauma

How can we best support a team member who's experienced something traumatic? Rosie Batty AO is a leader in the crusade against family violence. Since her son, Luke, was murdered by his father in 2014, she's been on an unrelenting pursuit for social change. In this discussion with Helen McCabe, Rosie talks about being unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight, the importance of self-awareness, and supporting individuals who've experienced something traumatic.  If you or someone you know is experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, domestic, family or sexual violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732, text 0458 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au for online chat and video call services.

Rosie Batty on how leaders should manage trauma

How can we best support a team member who's experienced something traumatic? Rosie Batty AO is a leader in the crusade against family violence. Since her son, Luke, was murdered by his father in 2014, she's been on an unrelenting pursuit for social change. In this discussion with Helen McCabe, Rosie talks about being unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight, the importance of self-awareness, and supporting individuals who've experienced something traumatic.  If you or someone you know is experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, domestic, family or sexual violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732, text 0458 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au for online chat and video call services.

32:30

EP21 - S4

22 May 24

What AI means for the future of work

Should we be scared of AI? Huge leaps in technology have meant equally huge changes in the workplace. From ChatGPT to hybrid working, the way we work is rapidly evolving. In this timely session recorded live at the FW Leadership Summit 2024, hear from industry experts in artificial intelligence, cybernetics, and data science. Join FW’s Lauren Beckman as she asks our panellists what the future holds and how we should prepare for it. With Andrew Meares, Vi Nguyen and Alastair MacGibbon. 

What AI means for the future of work

Should we be scared of AI? Huge leaps in technology have meant equally huge changes in the workplace. From ChatGPT to hybrid working, the way we work is rapidly evolving. In this timely session recorded live at the FW Leadership Summit 2024, hear from industry experts in artificial intelligence, cybernetics, and data science. Join FW’s Lauren Beckman as she asks our panellists what the future holds and how we should prepare for it. With Andrew Meares, Vi Nguyen and Alastair MacGibbon. 

24:56

EP20 - S4

15 May 24

Lisa Harvey-Smith on why good storytelling is good leadership

Can you easily simplify complex concepts? Australia's Women in STEM Ambassador Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith wasn't always good at it, but has since learnt the importance of effective communication in successful leadership. In this discussion with Helen McCabe, Lisa discusses having an 'eclectic mind', pinkwashing in STEM, and striving to be more selfish. 

Lisa Harvey-Smith on why good storytelling is good leadership

Can you easily simplify complex concepts? Australia's Women in STEM Ambassador Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith wasn't always good at it, but has since learnt the importance of effective communication in successful leadership. In this discussion with Helen McCabe, Lisa discusses having an 'eclectic mind', pinkwashing in STEM, and striving to be more selfish. 

35:44

EP19 - S4

8 May 24

Kate West and Kerryn Coker on co-leadership

Co-leadership - can it ever work? Kate West and Kerryn Coker are co-chairs of ARUP, a global collective of designers, consultants, and experts dedicated to sustainable development.  In this discussion with Helen McCabe, Kate and Kerryn share how they pitched, developed and implemented a framework for joint leadership to ensure success.

Kate West and Kerryn Coker on co-leadership

Co-leadership - can it ever work? Kate West and Kerryn Coker are co-chairs of ARUP, a global collective of designers, consultants, and experts dedicated to sustainable development.  In this discussion with Helen McCabe, Kate and Kerryn share how they pitched, developed and implemented a framework for joint leadership to ensure success.

38:48

EP18 - S4

1 May 24

Anne Summers on a lifetime of pioneering the women's rights movement

How far have we come in achieving gender equality? Anne Summers AO a feminist icon, journalist and academic. In this keynote address recorded live at the FW Leadership Summit, Anne reflects on her journey as a pioneering leader in the women's liberation movement since the 1970s. Discover Anne's Four Principles for Women's Equality and gain profound insights into the ongoing struggles and triumphs of the fight for gender equality.  If you or someone you know is experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, domestic, family or sexual violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732, text 0458 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au for online chat and video call services.

Anne Summers on a lifetime of pioneering the women's rights movement

How far have we come in achieving gender equality? Anne Summers AO a feminist icon, journalist and academic. In this keynote address recorded live at the FW Leadership Summit, Anne reflects on her journey as a pioneering leader in the women's liberation movement since the 1970s. Discover Anne's Four Principles for Women's Equality and gain profound insights into the ongoing struggles and triumphs of the fight for gender equality.  If you or someone you know is experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, domestic, family or sexual violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732, text 0458 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au for online chat and video call services.

21:50

EP17 - S4

24 Apr 24

Amanda McKenzie on building influence

Climate change advocacy and Tony Abbott aren't two things usually associated with each other. But, in 2013 when the then Prime Minister abolished the Climate Commission, Amanda McKenzie immediately sprung into action and founded the Climate Council, where she remains CEO. In this discussion with Helen McCabe, Amanda discusses the importance of taking risks, the difficult balance of leading while having young children and how she approaches the dual role of advocate and leader. 

Amanda McKenzie on building influence

Climate change advocacy and Tony Abbott aren't two things usually associated with each other. But, in 2013 when the then Prime Minister abolished the Climate Commission, Amanda McKenzie immediately sprung into action and founded the Climate Council, where she remains CEO. In this discussion with Helen McCabe, Amanda discusses the importance of taking risks, the difficult balance of leading while having young children and how she approaches the dual role of advocate and leader. 

30:59

EP16 - S4

17 Apr 24

Dr Manisha Amin on why she likes being wrong

Are 'labels' necessary in the workplace? Dr Manisha Amin is the CEO of the Centre for Inclusive Design. With a background in strategic marketing, communication, transforming cultures, and creativity, Manisha is a thought leader in the power of thinking from the edge. In this episode with Helen McCabe, hear why Manisha doesn't believe in performance reviews, how she deals with constantly being wrong as a leader, and an awkward conversation about labels. 

Dr Manisha Amin on why she likes being wrong

Are 'labels' necessary in the workplace? Dr Manisha Amin is the CEO of the Centre for Inclusive Design. With a background in strategic marketing, communication, transforming cultures, and creativity, Manisha is a thought leader in the power of thinking from the edge. In this episode with Helen McCabe, hear why Manisha doesn't believe in performance reviews, how she deals with constantly being wrong as a leader, and an awkward conversation about labels. 

39:52

EP15 - S4

10 Apr 24

Breaking down age barriers

Is there a 'good' age to be a woman? Statistically no - with women regularly labelled ‘too old’ or ‘too young’ for promotion or career advancement. And when single women over sixty are the most likely group to live in poverty and three-quarters of menopausal women say they feel self-conscious about symptoms at work – something has got to give.  Recorded live at the FW Leadership Summit 2024, in this panel discussion you'll hear from fashion designer Bianca Spender, founder & CEO Taryn Williams, NSW Health Secretary Susan Pearce AM, and menopause specialist, Dr Fatima Khan.

Breaking down age barriers

Is there a 'good' age to be a woman? Statistically no - with women regularly labelled ‘too old’ or ‘too young’ for promotion or career advancement. And when single women over sixty are the most likely group to live in poverty and three-quarters of menopausal women say they feel self-conscious about symptoms at work – something has got to give.  Recorded live at the FW Leadership Summit 2024, in this panel discussion you'll hear from fashion designer Bianca Spender, founder & CEO Taryn Williams, NSW Health Secretary Susan Pearce AM, and menopause specialist, Dr Fatima Khan.

38:19

EP14 - S4

3 Apr 24

Carolyn Creswell on how to prioritise your to-do list

Do you feel in control of your diary? At just 18, Carolyn Creswell bought the small muesli shop she worked at part-time for just $1000. Now, Carman's is a multi-million dollar business, with their products distributed to more than 35 countries around the world. As well as running Carmans, Carolyn is passionate about philanthropic work, is an Ambassador for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, and has four teenage children. In this discussion with Helen McCabe, Carolyn shares her top tips for managing a busy schedule, having difficult conversations, and letting go of staff members. 

Carolyn Creswell on how to prioritise your to-do list

Do you feel in control of your diary? At just 18, Carolyn Creswell bought the small muesli shop she worked at part-time for just $1000. Now, Carman's is a multi-million dollar business, with their products distributed to more than 35 countries around the world. As well as running Carmans, Carolyn is passionate about philanthropic work, is an Ambassador for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, and has four teenage children. In this discussion with Helen McCabe, Carolyn shares her top tips for managing a busy schedule, having difficult conversations, and letting go of staff members. 

38:19

EP13 - S4

27 Mar 24

Kristina Bennett on taking a career break

How impactful is a career break really? Kristina Bennett is the Business Manager to the CIO, Group Business Units within the Technology Division at Westpac. In this discussion with Helen McCabe, Kristina discusses the difference between mentorship and sponsorship, managing conflict, and her tips and tricks for networking. 

Kristina Bennett on taking a career break

How impactful is a career break really? Kristina Bennett is the Business Manager to the CIO, Group Business Units within the Technology Division at Westpac. In this discussion with Helen McCabe, Kristina discusses the difference between mentorship and sponsorship, managing conflict, and her tips and tricks for networking. 

32:42

EP12 - S4

20 Mar 24

Winnie Dunn on cyclical leadership

Is it a cliche that 'we're all leaders in a way'? Winnie Dunn is a Tongan-Australian writer and editor from Mount Druitt. She is also the General Manager of Sweatshop Literacy Movement. In this discussion with Helen McCabe, Winnie discusses intersectionality, how stereotypes limit leadership opportunities, and the importance of listening to those with lived experience.  

Winnie Dunn on cyclical leadership

Is it a cliche that 'we're all leaders in a way'? Winnie Dunn is a Tongan-Australian writer and editor from Mount Druitt. She is also the General Manager of Sweatshop Literacy Movement. In this discussion with Helen McCabe, Winnie discusses intersectionality, how stereotypes limit leadership opportunities, and the importance of listening to those with lived experience.  

34:52

EP11 - S4

13 Mar 24

Kim Anderson on how to market yourself without losing credibility

Is promoting yourself something that comes naturally? Kim Anderson is the Head of Marketing for the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia - New Zealand. With a 20-year career spanning New York, London, Sydney, and Auckland, she's spearheaded marketing for some of the world’s most innovative brands across the creative, social impact, and sport sectors. In this discussion with host Helen McCabe, Kim explores what it means and how to be better at self-promotion without undermining your credibility, remaining mission-driven when everyone doubts you, and the importance of knowing your own story.

Kim Anderson on how to market yourself without losing credibility

Is promoting yourself something that comes naturally? Kim Anderson is the Head of Marketing for the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia - New Zealand. With a 20-year career spanning New York, London, Sydney, and Auckland, she's spearheaded marketing for some of the world’s most innovative brands across the creative, social impact, and sport sectors. In this discussion with host Helen McCabe, Kim explores what it means and how to be better at self-promotion without undermining your credibility, remaining mission-driven when everyone doubts you, and the importance of knowing your own story.

21:12

EP10 - S4

6 Mar 24

Anthea Loucas Bosha's advice on how to resign well

When should you tell your boss you might resign? Anthea Loucas Bosha is the CEO of Food and Wine Victoria, the organiser behind the renowned Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. In this episode with Helen McCabe, Anthea shares insights from her diverse career, including her roles as Editor-In-Chief of Gourmet Traveller magazine and Head of Content and PR at cosmetic retailer, Mecca. Hear how Anthea has navigated multiple career pivots, the advice she has for anyone to achieve good taste, and unravel the cliche of 'leaving for personal reasons'.

Anthea Loucas Bosha's advice on how to resign well

When should you tell your boss you might resign? Anthea Loucas Bosha is the CEO of Food and Wine Victoria, the organiser behind the renowned Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. In this episode with Helen McCabe, Anthea shares insights from her diverse career, including her roles as Editor-In-Chief of Gourmet Traveller magazine and Head of Content and PR at cosmetic retailer, Mecca. Hear how Anthea has navigated multiple career pivots, the advice she has for anyone to achieve good taste, and unravel the cliche of 'leaving for personal reasons'.

32:17

EP09 - S4

28 Feb 24

Kate O'Keeffe on knowing when it's time to move on

When is the right time to say goodbye to the startup you've dedicated your life to? Kate O'Keeffe is an experienced executive, entrepreneur, and board member focused on technology, co-innovation, and ecosystem disruption... and is especially excited when she can do all of those things at once. In this discussion with Helen McCabe, Kate discusses what leadership is like in the fast-paced, pressure-cooker world of startups, her tips for delivering a successful pitch, and how and when she moves from startup to the next.

Kate O'Keeffe on knowing when it's time to move on

When is the right time to say goodbye to the startup you've dedicated your life to? Kate O'Keeffe is an experienced executive, entrepreneur, and board member focused on technology, co-innovation, and ecosystem disruption... and is especially excited when she can do all of those things at once. In this discussion with Helen McCabe, Kate discusses what leadership is like in the fast-paced, pressure-cooker world of startups, her tips for delivering a successful pitch, and how and when she moves from startup to the next.

30:37

EP08 - S4

21 Feb 24

Anna Brown's blueprint for winning an argument

Equality Australia CEO Anna Brown's fingerprints are on nearly every major reform for LGBTIQ+ people in recent years. She played a critical role in the campaign for marriage equality and has been instrumental in the battle to remove discriminatory laws across the country, and right historical wrongs by establishing schemes to erase historical homosexual offences. In this discussion with Helen McCabe, Anna discusses the importance of playing the long game when it comes to change, the strategies used in the successful 'Yes' campaign in the 2017 marriage equality debate, and her secret to connecting with anyone across the political spectrum.

Anna Brown's blueprint for winning an argument

Equality Australia CEO Anna Brown's fingerprints are on nearly every major reform for LGBTIQ+ people in recent years. She played a critical role in the campaign for marriage equality and has been instrumental in the battle to remove discriminatory laws across the country, and right historical wrongs by establishing schemes to erase historical homosexual offences. In this discussion with Helen McCabe, Anna discusses the importance of playing the long game when it comes to change, the strategies used in the successful 'Yes' campaign in the 2017 marriage equality debate, and her secret to connecting with anyone across the political spectrum.

36:38

EP07 - S4

14 Feb 24

Jennifer Robinson on using your privilege to lead change

Do you have a responsibility to lead if you're afforded privileges others aren't? Jennifer Robinson is a human rights lawyer, author, and a proud product of public education. Jennifer is best known for her work providing legal counsel to Julian Assange and Wikileaks, providing legal assistance to activists from West Papua, and representing Amber Heard in relation to Johnny Depp's 2020 defamation case in the UK. In this discussion with Helen McCabe, Jennifer discusses the importance of trust and integrity in leadership, how her humble beginnings made her a great communicator, and the rise of online trolls. This episode references sexual assault and violence against women. For further information and confidential support, contact 1800 RESPECT. 

Jennifer Robinson on using your privilege to lead change

Do you have a responsibility to lead if you're afforded privileges others aren't? Jennifer Robinson is a human rights lawyer, author, and a proud product of public education. Jennifer is best known for her work providing legal counsel to Julian Assange and Wikileaks, providing legal assistance to activists from West Papua, and representing Amber Heard in relation to Johnny Depp's 2020 defamation case in the UK. In this discussion with Helen McCabe, Jennifer discusses the importance of trust and integrity in leadership, how her humble beginnings made her a great communicator, and the rise of online trolls. This episode references sexual assault and violence against women. For further information and confidential support, contact 1800 RESPECT. 

44:19

EP06 - S4

7 Feb 24

Simone Fox's secret to effective networking

Does the word 'networking' make you cringe? Simone Fox is the founder of 1448.agency, specialising in large-scale change management and business transformational projects in both the public and private sectors. In this discussion with host Helen McCabe, Simone discusses being a self-taught extrovert, the essential ingredients for effective change management, and the secret to being a master networker.

Simone Fox's secret to effective networking

Does the word 'networking' make you cringe? Simone Fox is the founder of 1448.agency, specialising in large-scale change management and business transformational projects in both the public and private sectors. In this discussion with host Helen McCabe, Simone discusses being a self-taught extrovert, the essential ingredients for effective change management, and the secret to being a master networker.

25:16

EP05 - S4

31 Jan 24

Lauren Callaway on being seen as 'tough'

Have you ever asked yourself 'Is she tough enough'? Assistant Commissioner Lauren Callaway hasn't had a conventional career - from aspiring ceramist to journalist, and now a seasoned 30 plus year veteran of the Victorian Police. In this discussion with host Helen McCabe, Lauren talks about having to adapt her approach to leadership in a male-dominated organisation, being judged on what you aren't versus what you are, and the paradox of being both 'likable' and 'tough' in the pressure cooker of the police force. This episode references domestic violence and suicide. For further information and support, click here for a list of resources.

Lauren Callaway on being seen as 'tough'

Have you ever asked yourself 'Is she tough enough'? Assistant Commissioner Lauren Callaway hasn't had a conventional career - from aspiring ceramist to journalist, and now a seasoned 30 plus year veteran of the Victorian Police. In this discussion with host Helen McCabe, Lauren talks about having to adapt her approach to leadership in a male-dominated organisation, being judged on what you aren't versus what you are, and the paradox of being both 'likable' and 'tough' in the pressure cooker of the police force. This episode references domestic violence and suicide. For further information and support, click here for a list of resources.

34:45

EP04 - S4

24 Jan 24

Yasmin Poole on intergenerational differences in the workplace

What does the future of our workplaces look like? Yasmin Poole is an award-winning speaker, writer, and youth advocate, who is passionate about ensuring that young people have a place in Australia's political conversations. In this conversation, Yasmin and Helen McCabe discuss the biggest generational differences they've observed, how leaders should create space for respectful conversations and actively seek diverse perspectives, and the pros and cons of social media.

Yasmin Poole on intergenerational differences in the workplace

What does the future of our workplaces look like? Yasmin Poole is an award-winning speaker, writer, and youth advocate, who is passionate about ensuring that young people have a place in Australia's political conversations. In this conversation, Yasmin and Helen McCabe discuss the biggest generational differences they've observed, how leaders should create space for respectful conversations and actively seek diverse perspectives, and the pros and cons of social media.

45:50

EP03 - S4

18 Jan 24

Lacey Filipich's financial literary crash course for everyone (even CEOs)

Do you feel overwhelmed by financial jargon? For over 13 years, Lacey Filipich has empowered countless adults to gain financial independence and take control of their lives through her business, Money School. In this episode hosted by Helen McCabe, hear how financial literacy is the key to unlocking career opportunities, securing your future, and achieving personal freedom. Learn simple strategies to understand your company's finances, and ditch the unnecessary buzzwords and jargon preventing you from making confident financial decisions. 

Lacey Filipich's financial literary crash course for everyone (even CEOs)

Do you feel overwhelmed by financial jargon? For over 13 years, Lacey Filipich has empowered countless adults to gain financial independence and take control of their lives through her business, Money School. In this episode hosted by Helen McCabe, hear how financial literacy is the key to unlocking career opportunities, securing your future, and achieving personal freedom. Learn simple strategies to understand your company's finances, and ditch the unnecessary buzzwords and jargon preventing you from making confident financial decisions. 

28:48

EP02 - S4

10 Jan 24

Niti Nadarajah on the idea that 'leaders eat last'

Does 'servant leadership' work? How should you best put your team first while also maintaining authority? Niti Nadarajah is a lawyer, executive coach, and FW Mentor of the Year. In this discussion with host Helen McCabe, Niti addresses some of the common leadership issues she sees as an executive coach, her transition from law to coaching, and the importance of having a flexible leadership style.

Niti Nadarajah on the idea that 'leaders eat last'

Does 'servant leadership' work? How should you best put your team first while also maintaining authority? Niti Nadarajah is a lawyer, executive coach, and FW Mentor of the Year. In this discussion with host Helen McCabe, Niti addresses some of the common leadership issues she sees as an executive coach, her transition from law to coaching, and the importance of having a flexible leadership style.

35:56

EP01 - S4

3 Jan 24


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