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Gail Kelly on Workplace Culture and Leadership

Gail Kelly is regarded as one of the most powerful women in Australia. For seven years, she was the highly respected CEO of the Westpac Group.

Throughout her exceptional career, Kelly has seen, experienced and personally effected significant changes in Australian workplace culture. In 2010, she committed to seeing 40% of leadership positions at the bank held by women; she achieved this in 2012, two years ahead of target, and established the new target of 50% by this year, the bank’s bicentennial year. Today she’s the author of Live Lead Learn, and is currently engaged in a number of roles globally as well as in Australia. She is also a mother of four (including triplets).

Join us for a special regional Fifth Estate event with host Sally Warhaft, as Kelly reflects on her life and career. The pair will discuss corporate leadership, family and workplace culture in Australia today.

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Portrait of Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate, now in its sixth year. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

Portrait of Gail Kelly

Gail Kelly

Gail Kelly holds a number of international roles: member of the Group of Thirty, the Global Board of Advisers to the US Council on Foreign Relations, member of the McKinsey Advisory Council, senior global adviser to UBS and director of Woolworths Holdings in South Africa. Within Australia, she is a director of Country Road Group, David Jones and Australian Philanthropic Services. In addition, she is adjunct professor at the University of New South Wales, and ambassador for Women’s Empowerment for CARE Australia.

Gail retired as CEO of the Westpac Group in February 2015, which marked the culmination of her 35-year career in banking. She is married to Allan and they have four children.

The Fifth Estate

Sally Warhaft has been the Wheeler Centre’s in-house news anchor since 2012. In 2018 – over 100 episodes in – the anthropologist, broadcaster and intrepid interviewer’s fortnightly live series continues, as she responds to the most important debates of the day and reignites stories that have fallen off the front pages.

Every second Tuesday, Sally hosts a dizzying array of guests from the worlds of politics, culture, international relations and beyond, in a witty and revealing analysis of current affairs. It’s an event series and a live podcast taping rolled into one. Topical guests are announced in the weeks prior to events: keep an eye on our website (or in the Wheeler Weekly) for updates.


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