5 quick questions with Dr Anne Summers AO

11 April 2017

The She Leads In-Conversation Series will provide Canberrans with the opportunity to hear from women leaders from different backgrounds and industries in a conversational format, followed by a live Q&A session, and networking. Our May in-conversation event will be with Dr Anne Summers AO, a leading Australian feminist, writer and thinker.

Describe your leadership journey in 30 words or less.

I just keep going.

What was (or is) your biggest leadership challenge?

To keep on going.

Why do we need more women leaders, and what difference can women in leadership make in terms of gender equality?

It’s simply a matter of justice – and common sense. Women make up more than half our population and should be represented at every level of leadership in all our institutions.

What book should every aspiring woman leader read?

Naturally I think every woman should read my first book Damned Whores and God’s Police to get an understanding of where women have come from in Australian society, from the colonial times until the present.

Share with us the best piece of advice you’ve been given.

Many years ago when I was agonising over whether to give up a secure job for a very risky overseas assignment, a friend quoted Amelia Earhart, the aviator: ‘When a great adventure is offered, you don’t refuse it’. I did not.

You can hear more from Dr Summers and have a copy of Damned Whores and God’s Police signed at the She Leads In-Conversation on Wednesday 10 May – book your ticket online today!

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