Diann joins ‘100 Women of Influence’

Diann joins ‘100 Women of Influence’

Dr Diann Rodgers-Healey has been honoured as one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence 2014’ by The Australian Financial Review and Westpac.


Dr Rodgers-Healey (pictured above) is the Founder and Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women (ACLW). An alumna of UOW, Dr Rodgers-Healey is also a Wollongong Academy of Tertiary Teaching and Learning Experience (WATTLE) Fellow. WATTLE brings together a community of higher education-focused expertise, scholarship and research to lead discussions and innovation locally and across the sector.

Now in its third year the 100 Women of Influence Awards showcases the country’s highest-achieving women this year across 10 categories – board/management, innovation, public policy, business entrepreneur, young leader, global, social enterprise or not-for-profit, philanthropy, local/regional and Diann’s category of diversity.

The winners were chosen from a broad field which included scientists, doctors, creative directors, journalists, executives and humanitarians.

Category winners and an overall winner will be announced on October 22 at Sydney Town Hall.

Westpac Chief Executive Gaily Kelly said the breadth and calibre of the nominations of the 100 Women of Influence for 2014 was remarkable.

The 2014 winners now join the 300-strong prestigious alumni of these awards. NSW dominated this year’s 100 Women of Influence with 49 women.

Westpac head of women’s markets, Larke Riemer, said the awards were driven by a need to search out and acknowledge the work of new leaders, not necessarily those who are already the best known, but women who are “hidden gems”.

Dr Rodgers-Healey was responsible recently for the launch of her latest publication, ‘Considerations for Australia’s Next Woman Prime Minister.’

The electronic book explores the issues surrounding gender and leadership, specifically within the context of Julia Gillard’s Prime Ministership. Dr Rodgers-Healey's own interpretations of Gillard’s Prime Ministership lay the foundation of the book but its heart is composed of the complete and unedited responses to five questions by 17 high achieving women.

Among other activities Dr Rodgers-Healey is currently involved with is the ‘Leading Women in Climate Change Panel’. This is a free public panel event being conducted on Wednesday 15 October at 6.30pm in the Parliament Theatrette, NSW Parliament House.

It will focus on how women are exercising their leadership to address climate change based on their understanding of key issues. This panel discussion will be followed by an open Q and A from the audience. Dr Rodgers-Healey will be the Moderator.

Dr Rodgers-Healey is also facilitating the fourth round of ACLW's national Award, Sustaining Women’s Empowerment in Communities and Organisations (SWECO) Award.