Image (left-right): Megan McCracken – GM People Safety and Corporate Affairs, ARc Infrastructure | NAWO Board Chair; Dr Anne Aly MP – Federal Member for Cowan, Australian Labor Party; Karen Dill-Macky – Partner EY (host); Karleena Clarkson – Customer Supply Manager – WA, Bluescope | NAWO WA Committee
EY’s Perth Office, overlooking the tranquil Swan River, was the perfect location for 65 guests to hear the indomitable Dr Anne Aly discuss ‘leadership in the eye of the political storm‘ at a special Sundowner Quick Bite on the 4th of October.
Thanks to NAWO WA State Committee member Karleena Clarkson (Customer Supply Manager WA, BlueScope Australia and New Zealand) for providing this overview of the event:
Dr Anne Aly is a Professor, Academic and Practitioner in the fields of counter terrorism and counter radicalisation. She is the founder of PaVE, an Australian NGO to combat violent extremism. In 2016, Anne embarked on a career change when she contested the Federal seat of Cowan and won. Anne was named one of Australia’s 100 most Influential Women by Westpac/Financial Review in 2014.
Needless to say, NAWO was thrilled to welcome her to speak to our members and share her powerful story!
After Karen Dill-Macky, a partner at EY, warmly welcomed everyone to the event and opened proceedings, Dr Aly shared her professional journey with passion around NAWO’s vision on how we can work to ensure women and men are equally represented and valued in the workforce.
She spoke to the learning themes of Courage and Confidence and Authentic Leadership with great energy and candour, inspiring us to find what our passion is, make changes happen and believe in yourself, no matter what!
One statement, in particular, resounded with many of us in the room:
“Sometimes you can challenge the status quo just by being in the room.”
Special thanks to EY for generously hosting this fabulous event.