20 episodes

Together we can shift business leadership from aspirational to actionable. We know diversity in leadership doesn’t just make sense, it strengthens overall business performance and drives economic growth. When we activate leadership for women, we redefine our business landscape.

Join Season Hosts Rebekah Campbell, Serial Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker and Mentor (Season 2) and Shade Zahrai, Award-Winning Business Woman and Leadership Expert (Season 1) as they reach beyond ‘business as usual’ to unearth the human stories and rich, relatable experiences of women leading business across the country. Access the practical tips, actionable frameworks and stories of smart risk-taking to ignite your leadership.

Whether you’re a business leader, emerging leader, or passionate about supporting leaders to redefine the business landscape, this podcast is for you.

Leading Women Commonwealth Bank Women in Focus

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

Together we can shift business leadership from aspirational to actionable. We know diversity in leadership doesn’t just make sense, it strengthens overall business performance and drives economic growth. When we activate leadership for women, we redefine our business landscape.

Join Season Hosts Rebekah Campbell, Serial Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker and Mentor (Season 2) and Shade Zahrai, Award-Winning Business Woman and Leadership Expert (Season 1) as they reach beyond ‘business as usual’ to unearth the human stories and rich, relatable experiences of women leading business across the country. Access the practical tips, actionable frameworks and stories of smart risk-taking to ignite your leadership.

Whether you’re a business leader, emerging leader, or passionate about supporting leaders to redefine the business landscape, this podcast is for you.

    Leading Women - Season 3 coming soon

    Leading Women - Season 3 coming soon

    Join host Shivani Gopal, CEO and Founder of The Remarkable Woman, for Season 3 of Leading Women where we share and celebrate the real and relatable stories of women in leadership.

    Don’t miss an episode - learn practical tips and actionable frameworks and hear stories of strategies, superpowers and smart risk-taking to activate your leadership.

    • 1 min
    Tory Archbold, CEO & Founder of Powerful Steps on how her values, passion, integrity and delivery drives everything she does

    Tory Archbold, CEO & Founder of Powerful Steps on how her values, passion, integrity and delivery drives everything she does

    Join Shivani Gopal as she chats with Tory Archbold, CEO & Founder of Powerful Steps about how her values, passion, integrity and delivery drives everything she does.  From launching the world's biggest retail names like Zara in Australia to coffee dates with Oprah and the White House, Tory shares the power of your networks, owning your own story and trusting your intuition.

     

    Key Insights

    (01:27) How did Tory start her leadership journey?

    Tory’s actually started with rejection and it started over a coffee date. After returning from London in her early 20s she met a person whom she trusted for coffee and told them she wanted to start a

    media communications agency and take it global. However, she was told that she’d be best suited to complete her interior design degree, get married, have three children, join a few clubs and just live her best life. Tory remembers walking out of that coffee date and something inside of her saying, she is going to do this. She is going to create this powerful business.

    (20:21) How does Tory use storytelling in the everyday world, create stories, share them and use that power?

    Tory uses storytelling to be honest with herself and with everyone else. It gave her the freedom to anchor herself in her truth and propel forward. Now she teaches others to own their story, to own their power. She suggests breaking down your story into segments e.g. Where you grew up, what kind of family life did you have? Did you have a loving family? Was it a broken family? What were you like at school? What did people say about you? What were you feeling? When you leave school, who did you want to become?

    (23:23) What tool can Tory share to the audience to add to their Leadership Toolbox?

    The best advice Tory every received was from a Buddhist monk in Thailand who advised her, you just need to stop. He also advised to mediate after he asked Tory, what do you do for yourself? And Tory couldn't actually answer the question. She was not doing anything for herself. She was pleasing everyone. She was not investing in self-care. She was just investing in everyone else's best outcomes.

     

    Important Resources and Links

    If you’d like to learn more about how CommBank is supporting the growth of women in business visit https://www.commbank.com.au/women-in-focus.html  

    Host of the Leading Women podcast, Shivani Gopal is a serial entrepreneur, speaker and advocate on a mission to create a more equal world. She’s recognised as a leading business thought leader helping professional women navigate their careers, businesses and financial success.

    As the Founder and CEO of The Remarkable Woman and Co-Founder of Upstreet, Shivani was recently awarded the 2022 NSW Excellence in Women's Leadership Award and the Top 50 Small Business Leaders award, As a dedicated advocate for gender equality and for closing the wealth gap for everyday Australians, Shivani launched “Equality 2050”; a campaign to achieve gender equality within our lifetimes. If you’re interested in learning more about Shivani visit her website: https://www.theremarkablewoman.com.au/

    The Leading Women podcast is proudly brought to you by Commonwealth Bank.  The series is produced by Nicole Hatherly, recorded at RadioHub Studios with post production by Cooper Silk and Iain Wilson.

     

    Things you should know: Guests featured in the podcast are speaking from their personal experiences only. As this podcast has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs, you should, before acting on the content consider its appropriateness to your circumstances. CommBank does not necessarily endorse the views of a particular individual or guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.

     

    • 31 min
    Di Mantell, CEO of Celsus, the Royal Adelaide Hospital on inclusive leadership style, diversity, challenging the norms and celebrating wins of her team

    Di Mantell, CEO of Celsus, the Royal Adelaide Hospital on inclusive leadership style, diversity, challenging the norms and celebrating wins of her team

    Di Mantell, CEO of Celsus, the Royal Adelaide Hospital on blazing the trails from leadership to building sustainable social infrastructure and dissolving the hierarchy from the very top. She shares how she champions diversity, challenges the norms of what leadership should look like and celebrates every win of her team along the way.

    Key Insights

    (01:29) How did Di start her leadership journey?

    Di originally trained as a registered nurse, from there her leadership journey began as she pursued leadership roles in nursing. She became a health service manager and eventually took on an executive director nursing role, which provided her an opportunity to understand regional and remote health. Following that she was seconded to represent 22 regional health services and negotiate the nurses’ wage case. She then got the opportunity to build a hospital from scratch in WA for which she got headhunted to go to SA to work on the new hospital for the Royal Adelaide. She is now the CEO of Celsus which is a private partner in the Royal Adelaide.

    (12:28) Why is it important for women to be visible for their achievements in leadership?

    Di thinks people need role models to base their leadership on, to see similarities in skills and show examples of overcoming barriers. If somebody can’t ‘see it’ then it’s difficult to ‘become it’.

    (21:11) What tool can Di share to the audience to add to their Leadership Toolbox?

    Di shared two things. First, you have to in invest in yourself. Whether it’s studying or playing golf, it’s important to look after yourself so you can give back. Lastly, offer mentoring as a way to give back. Di found through mentoring you learn just as much from the mentees.

     

    Important Resources and Links

    If you’d like to learn more about how CommBank is supporting the growth of women in business visit https://www.commbank.com.au/women-in-focus.html  

    Host of the Leading Women podcast, Shivani Gopal is a serial entrepreneur, speaker and advocate on a mission to create a more equal world. She’s recognised as a leading business thought leader helping professional women navigate their careers, businesses and financial success.

    As the Founder and CEO of The Remarkable Woman and Co-Founder of Upstreet, Shivani was recently awarded the 2022 NSW Excellence in Women's Leadership Award and the Top 50 Small Business Leaders award, As a dedicated advocate for gender equality and for closing the wealth gap for everyday Australians, Shivani launched “Equality 2050”; a campaign to achieve gender equality within our lifetimes. If you’re interested in learning more about Shivani visit her website: https://www.theremarkablewoman.com.au/

    The Leading Women podcast is proudly brought to you by Commonwealth Bank.  The series is produced by Nicole Hatherly, recorded at RadioHub Studios with post production by Cooper Silk and Iain Wilson.

    Things you should know: Guests featured in the podcast are speaking from their personal experiences only. As this podcast has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs, you should, before acting on the content consider its appropriateness to your circumstances. CommBank does not necessarily endorse the views of a particular individual or guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.

    • 28 min
    Cecily McGuckin, CEO & Managing Director of Queensland Steel & Sheet on building leadership confidence

    Cecily McGuckin, CEO & Managing Director of Queensland Steel & Sheet on building leadership confidence

    Join Rebekah Campbell as she chats with Cecily McGuckin, CEO & Managing Director of Queensland Steel & Sheet. Cecily leads with integrity, gut instinct and a no-ego rule as the foundations for a successful culture and talks about building leadership confidence through tough experiences.


     


    Key insights


    (01:17) What is the story of Cecily’s leadership journey and what does she do differently?


    Cecily brings three key areas to the table. She focuses on her gut instinct, her emotional intelligence and on asking a lot of questions. When she got involved in the business, one of the things she started off with very early was asking questions and getting perspectives from everyone. Cecily travelled the world, saw steel mills, and all of their customers. She also spent time with her staff so she could understand every aspect of the business that she was walking into.


     


    (05:55) What was the reaction from staff when Cecily started rising through the ranks?


    In a very male dominated industry, when Cecily came on board, the company didn’t have any female members of staff. She faced a number of challenges including the fact that there were no women in the business and the fact that she was the owner's daughter. So these were two areas which made it really challenging when she joined the organisation.


     


    (18:44) How does Cecily navigate between letting people go and supporting her team and company culture?


    Cecily makes sure she looks at all the facts to ensure she is making the right call for the business as a whole. When she looks at letting someone go, it’s about making sure the business is best placed to keep on succeeding. She communicates with the rest of the team and gives information as to why the decision was made.


     


    Important Resources and Links


    If you’d like to learn more about how CommBank is supporting the growth of women in business visit https://www.commbank.com.au/women-in-focus.html  


    Host of the Leading Women podcast, Rebekah Campbell is a high-profile entrepreneur and public speaker who spoke at TEDx Sydney (2012). Rebekah is co-founder of payments app Hey You and author of the book ‘138 Dates’ published by Allen & Unwin in 2021. Rebekah was named a Woman of Influence in 2015 and APEC Young Woman Innovator. She was the host and curator of the City of Sydney's virtual event series 'Reboot', supporting 18,000 Sydney business owners to recover from the impact of COVID in 2020 / ‘21. If you’re interested in learning more about Rebekah visit her website: www.rebekahcampbell.com


    The Leading Women podcast is proudly brought to you by Commonwealth Bank.  The series is produced by Nicole Hatherly, recorded at RadioHub Studios with post production by Cooper Silk and Iain Wilson.


     


    Things you should know: Guests featured in the podcast are speaking from their personal experiences only. As this podcast has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs, you should, before acting on the content consider its appropriateness to your circumstances. CommBank does not necessarily endorse the views of a particular individual or guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.

    • 28 min
    Kelly Taggart, CEO of Roses Only Group on leading with creativity and intuition

    Kelly Taggart, CEO of Roses Only Group on leading with creativity and intuition

    Join Rebekah Campbell as she chats with Kelly Taggart, CEO of Roses Only Group.  Kelly leads with creativity and intuition and uses data to back her decisions. With a burning desire to grow a business, Kelly boldly stepped beyond the finance role and into the CEO seat. Today, we talk about leading teams with a focus on results and outputs, the importance of a considered hiring process and onboarding experience, and how instilling an owner's mindset encourages the team to thrive. 


     


    Key Insights 


    (01:32) How does Kelly describe her leadership journey? 


    Kelly recalled a conversation with her father who said “you never know who your next boss will be and you never know who will end up working for you”. This sparked the idea that she could lead anyone, not just someone younger or less experienced than her. Kelly began her journey at Roses Only Group as an accountant, and quickly moved to managing the finance and contact centre teams. She then became COO, before rising to CEO.  


     


    (13:52) What are Kelly’s thoughts on onboarding and how the process can establish culture?  


    For Kelly, the onboarding experience is just as important as the hiring process. A great deal of time is spent hiring the right person, a leader should onboard them into the company culture. This, for Kelly and the Roses Only Group, includes meeting the team and helping them to understand how different teams impact their roll. Kelly encourages a thorough onboarding process to help new employees feel comfortable to speak up with new ideas and fresh perspectives.  


     


    (21:44) What has Kelly learnt from managing a team of 300 people?  


    Communication is everything. For Kelly, it is so important to communicate in many ways to ensure everyone hears your message and that communication is to be done with positivity.  


     


    Important Resources and Links  


    If you’d like to learn more about how CommBank is supporting the growth of women in business visit https://www.commbank.com.au/women-in-focus.html   


     


    Host of the Leading Women podcast, Rebekah Campbell is a high-profile entrepreneur and public speaker who spoke at TEDx Sydney (2012). Rebekah is co-founder of payments app Hey You and author of the book ‘138 Dates’ published by Allen & Unwin in 2021. Rebekah was named a Woman of Influence in 2015 and APEC Young Woman Innovator. She was the host and curator of the City of Sydney's virtual event series 'Reboot', supporting 18,000 Sydney business owners to recover from the impact of COVID in 2020 / ‘21. If you’re interested in learning more about Rebekah visit her website: www.rebekahcampbell.com 


     


    The Leading Women podcast is proudly brought to you by Commonwealth Bank.  The series is produced by Nicole Hatherly, recorded at RadioHub Studios with post production by Cooper Silk and Iain Wilson. 


     


    Things you should know: Guests featured in the podcast are speaking from their personal experiences only. As this podcast has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs, you should, before acting on the content consider its appropriateness to your circumstances. CommBank does not necessarily endorse the views of a particular individual or guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. 

    • 23 min
    Tanya Van Der Water, CEO of Buckaroo Leatherworks on the responsibility of delivering quality Australian-made products

    Tanya Van Der Water, CEO of Buckaroo Leatherworks on the responsibility of delivering quality Australian-made products

    Join Rebekah Campbell as she chats with Tanya Van Der Water, CEO of Buckaroo Leatherworks. Tanya openly shares the challenges, risks and rewards in taking over an iconic family business. She also talks about the advantages of failing fast, the power of a brand story and the responsibility of delivering quality Australian-made products. 


     


    Key Insights 


    (01:32) How does Tanya describe her leadership journey? 


    There’s no Cinderella story to Tanya’s leadership journey. She started with a small business mentality and approach to decision-making, communication and staff engagement. When Tanya took on the leadership role, it gave her an opportunity to develop a growth path for herself and the company.  


     


    (08:14) What are the risks that Tanya took that brought the company to the next level? 


    Tanya took on a go hard or go home approach. She wanted to make her mark as a second-generation owner. One of the risks that Tanya took was cutting about 60% of Buckaroo’s product line in order to become specialists in leather tool belts.  


      


    (22:52) What tool can Tanya share with the audience to add to their Leadership Toolbox? 


    Tanya shares an African proverb; to get lost is to learn the way. For Tanya, losing your path or making mistakes does not mean you’ve failed, it provides the opportunity to forge a new path, grow and develop. It’s in these experiences you find the courage to continue.  


     


    Important Resources and Links  


    If you’d like to learn more about how CommBank is supporting the growth of women in business visit https://www.commbank.com.au/women-in-focus.html   


     


    Host of the Leading Women podcast, Rebekah Campbell is a high-profile entrepreneur and public speaker who spoke at TEDx Sydney (2012). Rebekah is co-founder of payments app Hey You and author of the book ‘138 Dates’ published by Allen & Unwin in 2021. Rebekah was named a Woman of Influence in 2015 and APEC Young Woman Innovator. She was the host and curator of the City of Sydney's virtual event series 'Reboot', supporting 18,000 Sydney business owners to recover from the impact of COVID in 2020 / ‘21. If you’re interested in learning more about Rebekah visit her website: www.rebekahcampbell.com 


     


    The Leading Women podcast is proudly brought to you by Commonwealth Bank.  The series is produced by Nicole Hatherly, recorded at RadioHub Studios with post production by Cooper Silk and Iain Wilson. 


     


    Things you should know: Guests featured in the podcast are speaking from their personal experiences only. As this podcast has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs, you should, before acting on the content consider its appropriateness to your circumstances. CommBank does not necessarily endorse the views of a particular individual or guarantee the accuracy of the information provided. 

    • 24 min

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