A group of senior men meet with Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick to explore the idea of a group focused on increasing women’s representation in leadership.

The group agrees to form the MCC, made up of 8 CEOs and Non-Executive Directors – Glen Boreham (IBM, Non-Executive Director), Gordon Cairns (Non-Executive Director), Stephen Fitzgerald (Goldman Sachs), Alan Joyce (Qantas), Kevin McCann (Non-Executive Director), Stephen Roberts (Citi), Giam Swiegers (Deloitte), and David Thodey (Telstra).



Michael Luscombe & Grant O’Brien (Woolworths), Sir Ralph Norris (CBA), Mike Smith (ANZ), Stephen Sedgwick (Australian Public Service Commission) and Andrew Stevens (IBM) join the MCC.


MCCs release their first report – a letter to business leaders titled Our experience in elevating the representation of women in leadership at a 300 person business forum. 





MCCs conduct further research and focus groups to develop a 12 point plan – ideas to achieve significant and sustainable change in the representation of women in leadership in their organisations and across society.

Elmer Funke Kupper (Australian Securities Exchange), David Morrison (Army), Ian Narev (CBA), Dr. Martin Parkinson (Department of the Treasury), Michael Rennie (McKinsey & Company), Simon Rothery (Goldman Sachs), Dr. Ian Watt (Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet), and Geoff Wilson (KPMG) join the MCC.

MCCs call for corporations to set and report against public targets for advancing women into leadership roles in response to the results of the 2012 EOWA (now WGEA) Australian Census of Women in Leadership.



MCCs announce their 12-point plan, including their specific areas of focus, to their own employees on International Women’s Day.


MCCs publicly raise the bar on gender reporting, committing to a robust and consistent approach to external reporting, internal reporting and setting women in management targets.



MCCs commitment to increasing gender balance on panels is covered in the media. When asked to participate or sponsor a panel or conference, each MCC agrees to ask organisers about efforts to ensure gender balance.


MCCs announce their Supplier Multiplier – an initiative focused on encouraging and supporting their suppliers to increase the representation of women in leadership.


MCC’s release a new letter to business leaders entitled Accelerating the advancement of women in leadership;  Listening, Learning and Leading, which outlines  actions to increase the number of women in leadership positions. A public launch draws more than 430 of Australia’s most influential Chief Executive Officers and their direct reports, senior government and community leaders and non-executive leaders. The letter is distributed to all ASX-listed entities.



John Lydon (McKinsey) joins the MCC. Michael Rennie becomes an international ambassador with his move to Dubai

March MCCs, in collaboration with Chief Executive Women (CEW), Australia’s peak body of executive women, release a new letter to business leaders entitled It Starts with Us:  The Leadership Shadow It- which describes a model for leaders to reflect on how their own leadership is contributing to the representation of women in leadership. The letter is distributed to all ASX-listed entities.

Hamish McLennan (Ten) and Gary Wingrove (KPMG) join the MCC. Geoff Wilson (KPMG) becomes an international ambassador with his move to Hong Kong.


MCCs codify their learnings in a How To Guide. The group shares its knowledge supporting the development of MCC-like groups including within the property sector, the State of Victoria, and elite sports.


MCCs begin exploring together the topic of Men’s Violence against Women – meeting withsurvivor-advocates. MCCs communicate with employees about the experience on International Day to End Violence Against Women.

Michael Spence (University of Sydney) joins the MCC.



MCC welcome Cindy Hook, Deloitte Australia’s new CEO (and Treasurer of Chief Executive Women), to the group as a Special Adviser. This is the first time an outgoing CEO (Giam Swiegers) and a MCC has been succeeded by a woman. Greg Lilleyman (Rio Tinto) joins the MCC.


MCCs release our first annual Progress Report aimed at creating a new level of transparency around progress and to share experiences.


Peter Varghese (Department of Trade and Foreign Affairs) joins the MCC.


Andrew Penn (Telstra), Lt. General Angus Campbell (Army) and Paul Anderson (Ten Network) join the MCC.


MCCs host our 2015 Business Forum, a gender-balanced gathering of 800 of Australia’s most senior leaders covering more than 300 organisations and 1.1 million employees. MCCs present four ideas in a “Ted-Talk” style fashion – focused on practical actions to increase women’s representation including All Roles Flex, Targets with Teeth, Taking Action on Violence Against Women and the Panel Pledge.


MCCs, together with Women’s Leadership Institute Australia and Chief Executive Women, call on all Australian leaders to take the Panel Pledge – aimed at increasing the representation of women as experts.


MCCs release Playing Our Part – a letter calling on all leaders to recognise Domestic and Family Violence as a workplace issue, and to take steps to support those impacted by violence and to take action on perpetrators.


Chris Moraitis, Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department, joins the MCC.



Dr Martin Parkinson takes on the role of Secretary, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.


MCCs release Progress Report 2015 sharing experiences, actions taken and results

Since our formation, the MCCs have spoken at more than 350 events focused on women’s representation in leadership as an economic and societal priority both across Australia and globally. This includes at the Commission on the Status of Women (New York), Global Economic Symposium (Rio), the IMF, the SAIS Global Women in Leadership Conference (Washington, DC), World Assembly for Women (Japan), World Summit for Women (Paris), and the World Bank.