Vision for ACLW

on Sunday, 13 May 2012. Posted in About

Engage - Transform - Recognise

ACLW Logo 2015 


The Australian Centre for Leadership for Women (ACLW) commenced in 2000. 

This virtual Centre holds a strong position in the landscape of women and leadership in Australia and internationally. Its distinctive identity has emerged from focusing on the mindsets and achievements of female and male global leaders, in diverse areas including business, education, not-for-profit and government; presenting expert opinions on relevant issues for women; researching and writing about pertinent issues which concern women; developing the capacity of leaders and emerging leaders through coaching and mentoring and recognising women and men who advocate for women in organisations and in the community through its national Awards Program.

ACLW acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Land as the First People of this Country and pays its respect to Aboriginal elders past and present, and to all Aboriginal people participating in ACLW. 

On 27 March 2015, ACLW became a Proprietary Limited Company. ACLW will continue to be an organisation with a social conscience. 






ACLW will achieve its vision to advance women, ethically and with integrity.

TRANSFORM: To transform the status quo and pursue strategies to raise awareness of enabling and constraining factors in Australia which impact on women’s leadership and equality and to achieve a greater representation of women from all groups in all tiers of leadership

EMPOWER: To empower women to navigate through systemic barriers and address self-imposed barriers to advancement in workplaces and in communities

RECOGNISE: To recognise the contributions of women and enable their valuing and advancing by rewarding initiatives by women, men and organisations that sustainably enable women’s advancement and equality 


ACLW's History of Achievements 2000 - Current


Recognition for ACLW in NSW State Parliament  


Recognition for ACLW in Business Review Australia:


Close, L. 3 March. 2015. 10 Organisations Encouraging Female Professionals in Australia. Business Review Australia.

Close, L. 21 February 2015. “See How These Leaders Are Empowering Women in Australia” Business Review Australia.



Political Support for ACLW (2000 -  )


ž        The Hon Gareth Ward MP 

ž        The Hon Shelley Hancock MP 

ž        The Hon Catherine Cusack MLC

ž        The Hon Tanya Pilbersek

ž        The Hon Sue Ellery, MP

ž        The Hon Jennifer Rankine, MP

ž        The Hon Maxine Morand MP

ž        The Hon Maxine McKew MP

ž        The Hon Karen Struthers MP

ž        The Hon Pru Goward MP

ž        The Hon Victor Dominello MP 

ž        The Hon Gail Gago MLC

ž        The Hon Joy Burch MLA

ž        The Hon Sharon Bird, MP  

ž        The Hon Jodeen Carney MLA

ž        The Hon Katy Gallagher MLA

ž        The Hon Desley Boyle MP

ž        The Hon Dr Carmen Lawrence MP

ž        Minister Sandra Nori

ž        Minister Verity Firth

ž        Senator the Hon Claire Moore

ž        Senator the Hon Natasha Stott Despoja


Judges of ACLW's National Awards Program


Dr Michelle Bakar, HR Director Aust/NZ, Kellogg Australia

Sue Conde, Co-Chair, Sydney Chapter Australian National Committee for UN Women

Richard Denniss - Executive Director The Australia Institute

Maria Dimopoulos, Managing Director MyriaD Consultants Pty Ltd

Susan Ferrier, Head of PPC & Internal Communication, People, Performance & Culture, KPMG

Dr Pat Hamilton, President of National Rural Women’s Coalition (NRWC)

Carrie Leeson, CEO, Lifeline Canberra

Tanya Hosch, Deputy Campaign Director, Recognise

Terese Edwards, CEO, National Council of Single Mothers & their Children

Dawn Hough, Director, Pride in Diversity

Eddy De Gabriele, Chariman Regional Development Australia - Illawarra & Managing Director Edmen Group

Nick Guggisberg, Manager Community & Cultural Development, Kiama Municipal Council

Katy McDonald, National Director, People and Development, Minter Ellison

Janine Middleton, Co-Chair, Australian Marriage Equality

Associate Professor Lindsay Oades, Director, Australian Institute for Business Well Being, University of Wollongong

Georgia Prattis, Managing Director, MyriaD Consultants Pty Ltd

Padma Raman, Executive Director of the Australian Human Rights Commission

Professor Shirley Randell AO, expert in public sector and institutional reform, gender mainstreaming and human rights

Graham West, CEO National Vice President St Vincent de Paul Society NSW & Consultant

Helen Wiseman, Director, Imalia

Nareen Young, Director, Pricewaterhouse Coopers Indigenous Consulting; Fmr CEO Diversity Council Australia

Mike Zissler, CEO, Lifeline Canberra


Proud Sponsors for ACLW’s Award Program (2006 - )


ž        Minter Ellison

ž        NRMA

ž        ANZ

ž        Australia Post

ž        Avril Henry Pty Ltd

ž        Fernwood

ž        St Vincents de Paul Society   

ž        M& M Trophy Warehouse 

ž        Ki Print 

ž        Advance Personnel Inc Canberra 

ž        Living Now Magazine

ž        Melbourne's Young Business Professionals

ž        Leadership Victoria

ž        Benevolent Society

ž        Mother

ž        Living Now Magazine


ACLW on Social Media 




Independence of ACLW

ACLW will continue its policy of not promoting any individual or organisation for a fee. The featuring of organisations or external programs at ACLW does not constitute an endorsement for the organisation or program. Furthermore, ACLW will not sell or disclose contact details of its members to any other parties at any time.