14 Aug 2015, 1 PM - 14 Aug 2015, 2 PM
Executive Director of the National Committee for UN Women, Julie McKay will be discussing the importance of gender equality for economic and social development. She will share experiences from UN Women's work around the world that demonstrate how equality can be achieved through combination of economic and social policy and the risks associated with not investing in these types of policies.
Julie will share some of her experiences of how to overcome the barriers to women's workforce participation and challenge students to think about their role in advancing gender equality.
About Julie McKay:
Julie McKay has held the role of Executive Director of the Australian National Committee for UN Women for the last 8 years. In that role, she has grown the organisation from a 'start-up' to a nationally recognised advocacy organisation and raised more than $2 million for programs that support the empowerment of women and girls in the developing world.
In April 2014, she accepted an appointment as the inaugural Gender Advisor to the Chief of the Australian Defence Force.
In addition to these roles, Julie is the Vice President of the YWCA of Canberra, a Member of the Alumni Council of the University of Sydney, a Council Member of Women's College and a member of the PwC Diversity Advisory Board.
Julie completed an Executive MBA in 2012 at the University of Sydney, holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Australian National University and Bachelors Degrees in Business Management and International Relations from the University of Queensland. Julie has been admitted as a Fellow in Ethical Leadership at the Melbourne Business School and in 2013, was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to continue her research into women's leadership in non-traditional sectors.
Julie was the 2013 Young Australian of the Year (ACT).
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