2023 WOB News in Review

2023 was a history-making year for women - from the Women's World Cup to the King's Coronation. It was the year of the 'Matilda Effect' and as well as women's sport, cybersecurity, gender reporting reform and Respect@Work legislation were all hot topics of discussion. 

This year saw several women 'stepping down' from high profile roles - from WOB's very own co-founder Ruth Medd and NZ PM Jacinda Ardern to WOB member Dr Wendy Craik, who stepped down from the RBA, former Sex Discrimination Comissioner Kate Jenkins and Optus CEO Kelly Bayer Rosmarin. 

In the same year, we celebrated the appointment of women in key roles, including Michelle Bullock as the new RBA Governor, Dr Anna Cody as the new Sex Discrimination Commissioner and Sheena Wilson as WOB's new Chair. Here we take a look at some of the key stories on the WOB website from the past 12 months.


  • WOB pays tribute to former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after she calls time on the top job after six years of leading the country saying she no longer had “enough in the tank” to lead beyond the next election. 
  • In 2023 WOB welcomes four new Corporate Members: IBM, Women’s Liberation Halfway House, FTI Consulting and Hydro Tasmania.












  • WOB kicks off its Members’ Christmas Luncheons around the country with a who’s who of “rock star” Chairs, NEDs and industry leaders. Eight lunches are held across the country - in Canberra, Perth, Hobart, Brisbane, Sydney, Gosford, Adelaide and Melbourne. 
  • At the South Australia lunch, long-time SA representative Wendy Teasdale-Smith announces she is stepping down from the role after almost 15 years. “Without her dedication, loyalty and enterprise WOB would not be where it is today - in SA or nationally,” writes Claire.
  • WOB announces its next WOBSX syndicate to be named after Australian feminist, social activist, public servant and journalist Marie Coleman AO.
  • WOB donates $3500 to help children in Gaza and young men’s mental health initiatives.

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