Chief Executive Women (CEW) is the pre-eminent organisation representing Australia’s most senior women leaders from the corporate, public service, academic and not-for-profit sectors.

Their vision is women leaders enabling other women leadersCEW strives to educate and influence all levels of Australian business and government on the importance of gender balance.

CEW offers innovative and substantive programs to support and nurture women’s participation and future leadership. This includes:

  • CEW scholarships program, which in 2014 was valued at $250,000, and included for the first time, a $55,000 scholarship for a senior executive to attend INSEAD’s Advanced Management Program in Fontainebleau, France.
  • CEW Leaders Programfor emerging female executives throughout Australia.
  • CEW Gender Diversity Kit, a free diagnostic tool which allows leaders to gather the facts about gender balance within their own organisations.
  • CEW’s CEO Conversations program where members work with CEOs and Boards to ensure companies can focus on attracting, retaining and promoting talented women.
  • CEW collaborates with thought leaders. A recent example is the collaboration with MCC to create the Leadership Shadow. This is a valuable resource for leaders of organisations of any size who want to better understand how to create an organisational culture that values gender diversity.

CEW resources


  • The CEW Gender Diversity Kit is a diagnostic tool which allows leaders to gather the facts about gender balance within their own organisations.
  • The Leadership Shadow is a management model that was created in collaboration with the MCC. It helps leaders better understand how to create an organisational culture that values, nurtures and attracts talented female executives.

Case Studies

Chief Executive Women has commissioned a series of Case Studies analysing genuine progress around diversity within leading Australian organisations which bought our original CEO Kit (now the CEW Gender Diversity Kit). They have drawn on interviews with staff of the organisations as well as researched the data on what actually happened, to bring these stories to life.

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