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The St James’ Institute presents: Christian Women in Leadership

Sunday 18 September | 2:30pm-4:00pm | St James’ Hall and Online | $25

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Gender equality has not yet fully reached the Australian C-suite. Women make up less than 15% of board chairs and one-third of key management positions. However, the number of women promoted to management is rising. The glass ceiling has not shattered, but cracks are noticeable.

Does Christianity help the cause of gender parity or reinforce patriarchal limits?

In this talk, we will hear from women who are Christian and also in senior leadership positions. How do they integrate faith with the demands of professional life? Does religious belonging inform how they manage the feminist dilemma of pursuing autonomy while also expressing loyalty to the group? Has the Church sponsored or hindered their development as executives?

This interactive discussion will explore the unique career paths and faith perspectives of women from different sectors of the Australian public life.

Major General Suzanne Graham, CSC, is a logistics specialist in the Australian Army, presently responsible for the sustainment of the Army’s equipment and logistics support for training. Suzanne attends Dickson Baptist Church, Canberra with her husband and two primary school aged boys. April Palmerlee is CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia. AmCham is Australia’s largest and most influential international business organisation providing assistance to U.S. and Australian companies by promoting trade, commerce, and investment. Elinor Trevelyan-Jones is Vice Head Prefect at Abbotsleigh. Our interviewer, Carol Webster, is a senior counsel at the NSW Bar. She has appeared in the Appellate Tribunal of the Anglican Church and in the Episcopal Standards Board. Webster is a General Editor of NSW Civil Procedure and a Consultant Editor of the Australian Bar Review.

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