This year’s International Women’s Day called on all of us to ‘Be Bold For Change’.

In response, we saw a number of organisations sharing their latest measures to address gender diversity within their workplaces. Across social media, we saw individuals – ranging from leaders to celebrities, and men and women who’re simply fed up with the gender gap – making commitments to do their bit to speak up.

But when it comes to promoting women in leadership in business, what’s really needed are cross-organisational approaches to change. Big, bold ideas.

And we need to see them pursued immediately – ideas put into action now so that we can see the macro positive effects of change within a few years.

Baker McKenzie and Women’s Agenda brought together a roundtable of prominent leaders in Brisbane to discuss ideas for shifting the dial on women in leadership, particularly in professional services firms and large corporates.


We asked everyone around the table to suggest two key ideas – one that they’d seen done in an organisation previously which had had a significant impact, and a second ‘bold’ idea that they believed could be put on the table.

We also asked the participants to share their own ‘turning point’ – what had helped them get to where they were today?

          At the end of the session, we asked participants to vote on the five key ideas they believed could really shift the dial for women in the next few years, rather than in the next century. Some of the ideas shared were merged into broader, more comprehensive ones, while others emerged as frontrunners on practical changes that could be pursued to shift the balance. 

This report outlines the five ideas. We invite all leaders to take a look, and consider how they might be able to apply these measures within their own workplaces.

Download the full report here

Watch the Bold Ideas Round Table

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