Male Champions of Change
In April 2010, Commissioner Broderick was instrumental in bringing together some of Australia’s most influential and diverse male CEOs and Chairpersons to form the Male Champions of Change group. The group aims to use their individual and collective influence and commitment to ensure the issue of women’s representation in leadership is elevated on the national business agenda.
The Male Champions of Change have partnered with Chief Executive Women to launch a free and simple management model, called ‘The Leadership Shadow’, which will help leaders everywhere to listen, learn and lead by understanding the impact of their personal actions.
The Leadership Shadow model will guide leaders who want their every action – their Leadership Shadow - to send the right signal around gender diversity.
Tapping into the full talent pool will give us a diversity advantage, creating commercial, societal and economic value. If we want gender balance to be the norm in our organisations, we must create the conditions and cultures that enable both men and women to thrive.
As all the research says, there is no ‘silver bullet.’ With wide consultation, we have identified an interconnected set of high impact actions that leaders can take to ‘change the game.’ These actions fall into four key themes.
- Stepping up as leaders
- Creating accountability
- Disrupting the status quo
- Dismantling barriers for carers
The Male Champions of Change (MCC) is a collaborative initiative of corporate and institutional leaders convened by Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission.
We are committed to discussing and promoting strategies and actions that elevate women’s representation in leadership.
Why men? To make a difference, men and women need to work together. As CEOs and board members we believe we have a responsibility to support and drive change.
organise examples from our collective experiences into three phases that bring that gender diversity journey to life:
Phase 1: Getting in the game
Phase 2: Getting serious
Phase 3: Capturing diversity advantage
About the Group
The creation of Male Champions of Change shows an important recognition of the significant role that CEOs and Chairpersons have in achieving more gender balanced leadership in Australia.
For the charter on MCC please click here.
Male Champions of Change members include:
- Glen Boreham, Non-Executive Director
- Gordon Cairns, Non-Executive Director
- Stephen Fitzgerald, Non-Executive Director
- Alan Joyce, CEO and Managing Director, Qantas
- Elmer Funke Kupper, Managing Director and CEO, ASX Limited
- Harry Kenyon-Slaney, CEO Rio Tinto Energy
- John Lydon, Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
- Kevin McCann, Chair & Non-Executive Director
- Hamish McLennan, CEO, Ten Network Holdings
- Lieutenant General David Morrison, Chief of Army, Australian Defence Force
- Ian Narev, CEO, Commonwealth Bank
- Grant O'Brien, Managing Director and CEO, Woolworths Ltd
- Martin Parkinson, Secretary, The Treasury
- Stephen Roberts, Chief Country Officer, Citi, Australia
- Simon Rothery, CEO, Goldman Sachs
- Stephen Sedgwick, Public Service Commissioner, Australian Public Service Commission
- Mike Smith, CEO, ANZ
- Andrew Stevens, Non-Executive Director
- Giam Swiegers, CEO, Deloitte Australia
- David Thodey, CEO, Telstra
- Ian Watt, Secretary, Prime Minister and Cabinet
- Gary Wingrove, CEO, KPMG Australia/New Zealand
- Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Sydney
1. Sir Ralph Norris, New Zealand
2. Michael Rennie, McKinsey Dubai
3. Geoff Wilson, KPMG Hong Kong
The Male Champions of Change and their Chair, Elizabeth Broderick are advised pro-bono by Angus Dawson and Natalie Davis, partners at McKinsey & Company. We thank them for their support.
- Publication: Accelerating the advancement of women in leadership: Listening, Learning, Leading (6 November 2013)
- 'Historic event' launches Male Champions of Change report - News story 6 November 2013
- Male Champions of Change Raise the Bar on Gender Reporting - Release 19 June 2013
- Male Champions of Change publication - launched 12 October 2011
- Male Champions of Change research launch on 12 October 2011 in Sydney
- Media release: Male leaders build momentum for women in business - published on 18 April 2010