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Lightbulb Moments

Australian business leaders share their lightbulb moment on gender diversity

The business case for gender diversity in leadership is well known, but the personal reflections of Australian business leaders about why diversity matters have been missing from the conversation.

Until now ...

Australian business leaders — including Ian Narev, Brian Hartzer, Gordon Cairns, Philip Chronican and Stephen Roberts — have participated in FINSIA’s Lightbulb Moments project, and share unique perspectives about how men can be champions of change to improve the representation of women in leadership.

They each reveal insights that will resonate with all in the finance industry on a business, intellectual and emotional level.

Start a conversation #lightbulbmoments

The films below are free for use by organisations that wish to start a conversation about diversity in the workplace. If you have any issues with the file formats below, please contact Caroline Falshaw A Fin, Head of Industry Affairs and Policy: [email protected].

To discuss the films on social media, please use the hashtag #lightbulbmoments.

It takes a lightbulb moment

Stephen Roberts, Citi CEO and Country Officer Australia


Philip Chronican, ANZ Chief Executive Officer, Australia


Ian Narev, CEO, Commonwealth Bank

The main criticism that we're going to put people in jobs that don't deserve it — that's rubbish.


Brian Hartzer, CEO Australian Financial Services, Westpac

The area that hasn’t been looked at enough is unconscious bias, and the way in which people are made to feel excluded or not given the same level of opportunities.


Gordon Cairns, Chairman, Origin Energy

In that war for talent we were recruiting from 50 per cent of the gene pool — that for me was the turning point.


Start a conversation about diversity in your workplace ... #lightbulbmoments