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Panel Discussion on the NSW Government's women's economic opportunities review - ONLINE ONLY


From: Tuesday April 12, 2022, 12:00 pm

To: Tuesday April 12, 2022, 1:00 pm

The NSW WEN invites you to attend a virtual panel event discussing the NSW Government's Women's Economic Opportunities Review.

In February 2022, the NSW Government announced a landmark review on women's economic opportunities. The Review focuses on supporting women to enter, re-enter and stay in the workforce, drawing on the results of the 2021-222 NSW Intergenerational Report which found that the economy would be eight per cent larger if women's participation reached parity with men.

The Review is being conducted by the NSW Government and supported by an Expert Reference Panel. This Panel is chaired by Sam Mostyn AO, President of Chief Executive Women, and includes experts such as Jillian Kilby, CEO and Founder of The Infrastructure Collaborative and The Exchange.

In response, NSW WEN is holding a panel event to contribute to the debate on policy issues relevant for the Review. We will joined by Sam Mostyn, who will provide overall context for the Review and outline the key areas of interest in the Review, and Jillian Kirby, who will outline the process so far and discuss women’s economic opportunities in regional and rural NSW.

In addition, we will hear from three experts on the key areas of interest for the Review:

  • Childcare and care work: Professor Hayley Fisher
  • Parental leave: Professor Marian Baird
  • Gender pay gap and casual work: Dr Janin Bredehoeft

The event will be held on 12 April, 12-1pm, via Zoom.

Registration is free for all WEN members. Please register below.

The Expert Reference Panel are interested to hear from WEN members on how to support women’s economic opportunities in NSW. If you have any questions, issues or policy ideas that you would like to be asked during the panel, please submit them when registering, or prepare to ask on the day!

Our Speakers

Sam Mostyn AO is a businesswoman and sustainability adviser, with a long history of executive & governance roles across business, sport, climate change, the arts, policy, and NFP sectors.

Sam is the President of Chief Executive Women and chair of Women’s Economic Opportunities Review. She serves on the board of Mirvac and is the Chair of Citi Australia’s consumer bank. She also Chairs the boards of the Foundation for Young Australians, Australians Investing in Women, Ausfilm, ANROWS (the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety) and Alberts. 

She also serves on the boards of the GO Foundation (founded by Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin to provide education scholarships to indigenous students), the Centre for Policy Development, The Climate Council, Tonic Media, and until recently as an inaugural board member of Climateworks Australia. 

Sam was a founding supporter and Chair of the women’s climate action group 1 Million Women and serves on the Australian faculty of the Cambridge University Business & Sustainability Leadership Program.

Jillian Kilby - Winner of the 2018 NSW/ACT AgriFutures Australia Rural Women’s Award, Jillian is on both the WEOR Expert Panel and the NSW Council for Women’s Economic Opportunity (CWEO), which reports to the Minister for Women.

As a civil engineer and farmer’s daughter from Coonamble, Jillian Kilby takes a committed and practical approach to making positive changes to lives across regional NSW. As Chief Executive Officer and founder of The Infrastructure Collaborative, Jillian has served the infrastructure needs of NSW local governments west of the Blue Mountains since 2009.

In 2018, Jillian purchased the grand, historic post office in Dubbo’s main street to create The Exchange - a regional innovation hub and co-working space. Jillian holds a Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy (2013–2016) from Stanford University, and uses a “design thinking” approach from this study to solve problems and shift infrastructure projects from the government planning stage to be shovel ready.  In 2010, she won the Australian Young Professional Engineer Award and Sydney University Young Alumni of the Year Award.

Dr Hayley Fisher received her PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge in 2011. Her research interests are in labour and demographic economics with a focus on issues related to household formation and intrahousehold resource allocation. She has a particular interest in the behavioural effects of family law.


 Professor Marian Baird AO became Professor of Gender and Employment Relations in 2009, distinguishing her as the first female professor in industrial relations at the University of Sydney. She is a Presiding Pro-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Head of the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies and Co-Director of the Women, Work and Leadership Research Group in the University of Sydney Business School.

Marian was awarded an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) for outstanding services to improving the quality of women’s working lives and for contributions to tertiary education in 2016. In 2018 and in 2019, Marian was named in Apolitical's Top 100 Most Influential People in Gender Equality list. In 2014 she received the Edna Ryan Award for making positive change for women in the workforce, in 2013 she received the AFR/Westpac Women of Influence Award in Public Policy, and in 2015 and 2003 she won the University of Sydney’s Business Schools most engaged researcher awards.

Dr Janin Bredehoeft  is the Research and Analytics Executive Manager at the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, leading a team responsible for data management, analysis and benchmarking as well as the research and education functions of the Agency. A key aspect of her role is unlocking the potential of the Agency’s world leading dataset through internal and external collaboration to enhance gender equality in Australian workplaces.

Janin has been with the Agency since 2015 and taken on a number of roles in research, data analysis and education. Janin has a strong background in research, having completed her PhD at the University of Sydney in 2019, analysing the developments of academic labour markets in Germany and Australia.

Registration and Joining this Webinar

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