Challenging the Status Quo - A Life Journey
For Leaders in Portfolio Careers
Staying engaged with the business and wider community
Our Next Circle (ONC) is the Circle’s latest platform for Leaders and Directors who have moved or transitioned from full-time employment into a Portfolio Career.
The objective is to build a forum that offers shared experiences, ideas and knowledge transfer for those who wish to stay engaged in the business and wider community.
ONC has been developed to share professional opportunities such as directorships, consulting and short-term projects; provide continuous learning; and offer opportunities to ‘give back’.
Our Next Circle presents an off-the-record conversation with Wendy McCarthy AO, Life Fellow AICD, Mentor, Educator, Company Advisor.
We are proud to feature one of Australia’s most visionary business leaders who has continually pushed the boundaries of education, family planning, human rights, public health, overseas aid and development, conservation, heritage, media and the Arts.
In a distinguished career, Wendy has challenged the corporate, political and human rights norms of Australia – taking leadership positions and building the momentum of change. She was a founding member of the Women’s Electoral Lobby and continues to be an advocate for women.
Topic: Challenging the Status Quo - A Life Journey
Date: Thursday 4 April 2019
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue: Bank of America Merril Lynch - Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney
She was a founding member of Women’s Electoral Lobby and continues to be an advocate for women.
Wendy has held many significant leadership roles in key national and international bodies including:
- Deputy Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 8 years
- Chancellor of the University of Canberra, 10 years
- Chair of Headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, 8 years
- Chair of Circus Oz, 9 years
She has established several businesses, including the national consulting practice McCarthy Mentoring which specialises in providing mentors to major corporations, the public sector and not for profit organisations.
Wendy’s career has been publicly recognised in many ways:
- In 1989, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for outstanding contributions to community affairs, women’s affairs and the Bicentennial celebrations,
- In 2005, the Sydney Morning Herald nominated her as one of Australia’s Top Public Intellectuals; and
- In 2011, she was profiled in The Power of One as one of 100 women who have shaped Australia.
Wendy is an experienced speaker and facilitator, and is regularly asked for comment on social and political issues. She enjoys writing and is the author several books including her memoir Don’t Fence Me In published by Random House in 2000.