Embracing equity and celebrating culturally diverse women

Webcast recorded 8 March 2023


In this webcast, Women on Boards' staff and our Cultural Diversity Committee talked about embracing equity and celebrating culturally diverse women leaders and directors.

Facilitated by Nicole Donegan GAICD

Director & Chief Operating Officer, Women on Boards Australia
Vice Chair, Cultural Diversity Committee, Women on Boards

Nicole is an experienced board member, COO and business adviser and business owner. She has diverse industry and leadership expertise, spanning government, association management, not for profit, tertiary education, retail and professional services sectors. Based in Melbourne, Nicole joins WOB to enhance the subscriber journey, support business growth and manage strategic initiatives.

Karen Loon

Non-Executive Director, Audit Committee Chair, Risk Committee Member
Author | Banking | Asia-Capable | Diversity

Karen is a Non-Executive Director, and a former senior Big 4 partner. She has worked with the world’s leading banks and is a recognised thought leader and speaker on workplace diversity and inclusion - inspired partly by her own experiences in Australia.

“What really struck me was that I was sitting in boardrooms or sitting in meetings, where there was pretty much I was the only Asian in the room, let alone an Asian Australian woman in the room,” Karen tells Claire in this episode.

Her book Fostering Culturally Diverse Leadership in Organisations, features case studies or lessons from those who smashed the bamboo ceiling. Read an extract from Karen's book HERE.

Mahjabeen Zaman ACIA

Chair, Cultural Diversity Committee, Women on Boards
Head of FX Research, ANZi, 2022 Winner Corporate Category,
40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians Awards. Read more

With more than 17 years of experience in financial services, Mahjabeen has a deep understanding of investment markets and a wide professional network, both in Australia and Internationally. Mahjabeen's experience in managing sub-institutional clients and Ultra High Net Worth individuals/families across various geographies including Singapore, Indonesia, Indian subcontinent, UAE, UK and Australia, has embedded her with a global mindset and approach to managing complex investment solutions, portfolio management and relationship building. Mahjabeen is passionate about diversity and inclusion. She is a member of the Citi Women’s Network Committee and member of the NSW State Leadership Committee for Women in Banking and Finance - Australia. LinkedIn

Claire Beattie

Member, Cultural Diversity Committee, Women on Boards
Executive Director Asset Activations School Infrastructure NSW, Department of Education NSW
Board member of PCYC NSW and WAGEC

Claire is a proud Yorta Yorta woman and prominent senior NSW Public Servant with over 21 years of experience in government across agencies such as Transport, Treasury and Education. Claire has been a three-time finalist in the Premier’s Awards, a Finalist in the Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year Awards and Finalist in the Women’s Agenda Awards. Claire is an advocate for young people and the community who believes in making a difference and being the difference. She embodies the spirit of inclusivity and diversity and wants every community and every young person to feel known, valued and cared for.  LinkedIn