[UPDATE] Please visit this page to read about the event and purchase tickets.

Dear Leaders in Heels readers and friends,

In almost every industry sector, men hold the majority of senior positions controlling both human and financial resources while only 3 per cent of chief executive officers in Australia are women.

I believe that the situation of women in the workplace can only improve if we engage both women and men in the change process. This is a cause I’m passionate about!

On 2nd September 2014 I will be holding a cocktail event and panel discussion called “50 | 50 Future Leaders”. The aim of the event is to engage men in advocating for women in the workplace thus helping to bridge and even eliminate the gender equality gaps. There will be a panel discussion on this topic led by some influential men and women in Australia. The speakers confirmed to date are:

  • Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Andrew Stevens, Managing Director, IBM Australia and New Zealand, Male Champion of Change
  • Diana Ryall, Managing Director of Xplore for Success, former Managing Director of Apple
  • Gordon Cairns, Non-Executive Director of Origin Energy, Senior Advisor McKinsey & Company, prior CEO Lion Nathan and PepsiCo ( Frito-Lay ) Australia; Male Champion of Change
  • Cassandra Kelly, Joint CEO of Pottinger and founder of The Glass Elevator, recognised in 2012 by the Financial Review/Westpac 100 Women of Influence awards as one of the most influential women in management and the boardroom

Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner will be chairing the event in front of a 200+ member audience. The event will include men and women as part of the dialogue in equal numbers.

This is an official call-out for various volunteers, partners and sponsors for the event: venue sponsor, media sponsor, advertising agency sponsor, catering and beverage sponsor, event management, graphic design, printing sponsor, public relations, photographer, video sponsor and recruitment agency.

If you are interested in participating or know anyone else who is passionate about this cause I would be grateful if you passed on my details.

If you would like to speak to me about how you can get involved in this event either as a partner, sponsor or volunteer please contact me selecting the topic “Partnership”.

If you would like to be emailed about the event closer to date please subscribe here and select the option “We need a Champion! Event and Red Heel Day”.

Together we can make a difference!

Kasia Gospos,

Founder and Publisher of Leaders in Heels

Are you a busy professional who often wishes things would slow down a tad just so you could think? Do you spend more time on your performance appraisal instead of planning your next career move? If this sounds like you, then a new business forum held by boutique diversity and leadership organisation, Apogee Global Consulting in Ubud, Bali from 27 to 30 October could be a great opportunity to take a much needed time out!

Madeleine Long, Managing Director of Apogee Global Consulting says, “It’s all about the environment and the people. Your best ideas and thinking happens when you are feeling relaxed and inspired. Basing this business forum in Ubud was a conscious decision to provide participants with not only inspiring speakers to learn from and network with but also an inspiring setting to encourage reflection on the new information they receive and ways it can be applied to improve their own careers and business challenges”.

The 3-day forum’s main focus is on Career Resiliency, Latest Leadership Ideas and Energy Restoration providing participants who are facing tough work challenges, at career crossroads or needing the right environment to reassess their work/life goals. By getting away from their day to day routine, Madeleine believes attendees will restore their energy and return to their workplaces and lives with a renewed focus and direction. Anyone who needs clarity before they take their next big career step either within their current organization or outside, should attend.

Who should attend?

• Professionals who have been in management roles for at least 5 years
• Business owners
• Non Executive Board directors
• Executive Managers
• Team Leaders
• Professionals currently or wanting to do business in Asia

Participants can:

– divide their time between gaining knowledge from guest speakers who will share their incredible career journeys and key learnings
– brainstorm new career or business ideas amongst business professionals
– set new goals with the aid of experienced executive coaches
– understand their core strengths through creative workshops designed for business managers
– build new networks while enjoying recreational activities like paddy field walks, spas, cycling or sharing meals

Speakers at the forum include:

1. Madeleine Long – Founder & MD Apogee Global Consulting
2. Professor Karen Simmer – Professor of Newborn Medicine, University of Western Australia (UWA)
3. Agatha Kessler – CEO & Principal, Fentress Architects, USA
4. Kate Heaslip – Founder, Hippo and Toad Productions
5. Denis Calvert – Executive Director Touch Networks
6. Clare Goodman – CEO, The Lift Effect

Madeleine explains about speaker selection, “We’ve selected a diverse range of people in terms of gender, culture, age and experience to be guest speakers and executive coaches. This ensures that participants receive a balanced view of our contemporary corporate world and the key strategies these people use to get ahead, especially when they reach roadblocks, work/life challenges and in times of change.

For more information, please click here or contact Madeleine Long, Apogee Global Consulting on (08) 6311 4650 or
madeleine.long@apogeeglobal.com. Early bird registrations extended until July 15!


This year’s Bubbles and Bargains sale is quickly approaching. To the uninitiated, Bubbles and Bargains is a funds raiser to support Dress for Success Sydney, the charity that helps women-in-need gain back confidence to get back on their feet.

This year’s Bubbles and Bargains event is on Sunday, 21st April at the Australasian College in Broadway. Bubbles and Bargains will offer highly discounted designer clothing for purchase, with profits going to Dress for Success Sydney.

Bubbles and Bargains is a funds raiser to support Dress for Success Sydney, the charity that helps women-in-need gain back confidence to get back on their feet More than 300 fashion lovers, bargain hunters and trend setters are anticipated to attend the event to find a steal from a range of clothing that has been kindly donated by high end fashion houses.

When you come along to Bubbles and Bargains, you can count on an energizing day of fun and surprises with a few hundred of your closest women friends as you go through racks of amazing clothes and accessories donated by the friends of Dress for Success Sydney. Feel free to shop til you drop, knowing that your spending is going towards helping women get the lives they deserve.

If you’re into handbags – second hand Kate Spade, Jimmy Choo, Gucci and Prada will be there for the taking. And with three different show rooms including access to the Designer room filled with fabulous new and secondo bargains of a lifetime, a ‘$5 room’, and also opportunity to get styling advice from our image consultants. There’s sure to be something for every fashionista in Sydney!

Dress for Success Sydney has a mission to promote the economic independence of women-in-need, by providing them with professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.

For a $20 entry fee guests can sip champagne and enjoy the buzz as they scour the racks for some serious fashion bargains, and they will also receive a $20 gift voucher redeemable at the Bubbles & Bargains event.

Event details

When: Sunday 21 April 2013

Where: The Australasian College – 87 Bay Street Glebe


10am: Dress for Success VIP entry for Members and their guest – to become a member please visit http://conta.cc/YNJhxK

11am: Priority entry for Volunteers and General public with online bookings only. Tickets can be purchased online at http://conta.cc/100Z40W

12pm – 3pm Free entry

Cost: $20 – all online registrations will receive a $20 gift voucher redeemable at the Bubbles & Bargains event.

How to purchase tickets: Tickets can be purchased online at http://conta.cc/100Z40W

So get a group of friends together and enjoy some spectacular designer retail therapy whilst supporting an excellent cause!

For further information: http://dressforsuccess.org/sydney or visit Dress for Success Sydney Facebook page.

How to get your hands on free tickets?

We have 5 double passes for the Priority Entry at 11am to give away. Simply tell us in 25 words or less (in the comments below) why you would love to be part of this Fashion Fundraising Sale event.

Competition ends Monday April 15th and entries will be judged on content and creativity by a panel of judges from Dress for Success Sydney.

Event gallery

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