Future of Business: International Women’s Day Edition

About the event

Join us in virtually celebrating International Women’s Day 2021 with a panel of inspiring female UOW alumni and academics from Australia and across the globe.

Meet our panel

  • Anuradha Gupta, Deputy CEO of Gavi- the Vaccine Alliance (Geneva)
  • Leisa Sadler, CEO of Dress for Success (Sydney)
  • Liesel Wett, CEO of Australian Pathology (Canberra)

Moderated by Professor Grace McCarthy, with an introduction by Dr Belinda Gibbons.

The global theme of IWD 2021 is “Choose to Challenge”.

Together women can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, creating change through challenge.

Our panellists challenge the status quo, leading with purpose and advocating for women in their respective fields. Whether that be by encouraging gender representation in the boardroom, supporting the health of women and children or improving the financial independence and confidence of women. Each are a prime example of how business leaders can make a positive and lasting impact on society, and the world.


Anuradha Gupta - Deputy CEO, Gavi- the Vaccine Alliance (Geneva)
Anuradha is Deputy CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Gavi is an international organisation created to improve access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world's poorest countries. Prior to Gavi, Anuradha served as Mission Director of the National Health Mission of India, where she ran the largest – and possibly most complex – public health programme in the world with an annual budget of US$ 3.5 billion. A passionate and influential advocate of women, young girls and children, Anuradha played a leading role in India’s efforts to eradicate polio transmission, reduce maternal and child mortality and revitalise primary health care. Amongst many other notable achievements, in 2015 she was named one of “300 Women Leaders in Global Health” by the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Anuradha holds an MBA from UOW.

Leisa Sadler - CEO, Dress For Success (Sydney)
Leisa Sadler is a senior executive and consultant with over 20 years’ experience providing leadership, advisory services, and coaching within the media, entertainment, and arts sector. Formally a senior executive at Foxtel, The Walt Disney Company, MTV Australia and Nickelodeon to name a few, Leisa joined Dress For Success as their CEO in 2020. Dress For Success is dedicated to the empowerment of women to achieve economic independence. Their goal is to promote equality and fairness, providing a network of support, professional styling and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Leisa is an alumna, having completed a Bachelor of Commerce with UOW.

Liesel Wett - CEO, Australian Pathology (Canberra)
Liesel is the CEO of Australian Pathology, the peak industry body for private pathology practice in Australia which represents more than 95% of private pathology services. She is also an experienced non-executive Director and is Chair and Director of Goodwin Aged Care Services in the ACT, the largest not for profit employer and leading aged care provider in Canberra. In 2015, Liesel was appointed to the national Board of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and also holds several other non-executive directorships. Liesel has completed a Bachelor of Science, Master of Public Health and an MBA with UOW.