Bhavika Unnadkat: On family, persistence and a 'burning desire to succeed'

Indian-born Bhavika Unnadkat is Head of Data Governance and Knowledge Management at Energy Australia and is Chair of the Board of Women's Association South East Melbourne Australia (WASEMA).  She is also on the Board of the Australian Parents Council and a member of VIC ICT for Women's MentorShe program. "These are both areas close to my heart: women's empowerment and children’s education", says Bhavika. Here Bhavika talks about how WOB has helped on her Board journey, and made her realised pursuing a Board career is a realistic goal. Click here to read more


Lessons from the Boardroom with Farinne Georgeopoulos

Farinne Georgeopoulos is the Managing Director and Founder of Exelix, an advisory management consulting company which operates across Australia and Asia. She has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, senior executive and advisor to company directors and C-suite within private, public and not-for-profit sectors in Australia and Asia Pacific. Farinne is also a Non-Executive Director of the Museum of Chinese in Australia  and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. She is also an Independent Member of St Vincent’s Health Network Audit and Risk Committee. Farinne speaks various Chinese dialects and has travelled extensively in China and throughout Asia.
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Lessons from the Boardoom with Sangeeta VenkatesanSangeeta Venkatesan

As Executive Chair of VineSuper, President of Women in Banking and Finance in Australia, Treasurer of Australia-India Business Council NSW and Non-Executive Director of CancerAid, Sangeeta talks about disrupting the superannuation space, why Australia’s current super system is failing women, what can be done about it, her board journey and how she manages cultural bias.
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Q&A with Indigenous Business Australia CEO Kirsty Moore

Indigenous Business Australia CEO Kirsty Moore says it is clear that better decisions are made when a broader spectrum of backgrounds  are represented in the decision-making process. "For this reason, it is critical that Indigenous and culturally diverse women are given every opportunity to develop board skills and participate at the highest level."
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Cultural diversity on boards needs to be more than just a box-ticking exercise

Florence Mauwa in conversation with Sara Pantaleo

Zimbabwean-born HR leader, and experienced board director Florence Mauwa, says her rich cultural heritage - coupled with her passion for helping marginalised and underrepresented communities - has been a positive influence on her board journey. Speaking to Women on Boards Cultural Diversity Committee member Sara Pantaleo for the first of WOB’s Spotlight on Cultural Diversity video series featuring culturally diverse women and allies, Florence said while she acknowledges that there is some discrimination when it comes to board selections, in her own experience her Zimbabwean background has worked in her favour.
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Celia Tran

Assistant Principal Advisor, Victorian Multicultural Commission
Board Director, Western Chance
Member, Victoria’s Volunteer Strategy Taskforce 
Co-chair and Founding Member, Victorian Public Service (VPS) Women of Colour (WoC) Network Member, Young Women's Advisory Council for Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change 
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