Women leaders explore a new era in the Australian music industry

Seismic changes in the Australian music industry during 2021 have created new opportunities for women to be given more power, or to take it!

Women leaders and change makers from across the creative industries explore “what difference looks like” in a special virtual panel hosted by Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA) and Twitter Australia.

Moderated by author and broadcaster Yumi Stynes, this year’s #SETTHESTANDARD virtual event features AWMA Founding Executive Producer Vicki Gordon, CEO of ARIA Annabelle Herd, CEO of Settlement Services International, Violet Roumeliotis AM, and Founder and CEO of Common Ground, Rona Glynn-McDonald.

“We can no longer call out inequality with words and aspirations. All of us in privileged positions of power need to lead with action and conviction if we are serious about creating ‘real’ change,” Vicki Gordon said.

“This panel will not only unpack the issues confronting women in leadership roles and the opportunity to build a more cohesive and inclusive society, we will discuss how women can build a more supportive and successful future together.”

Twitter Australia launched #SetTheStandard in 2018, a new initiative focused on female leadership and promoting positive role models on Twitter. Kara Hinesley, Director of Public Policy, Government, Philanthropy, Twitter ANZ said: “As an open platform, Twitter works to provide a place where people can tell their own story and connect with communities in a meaningful way. Everyday online, we are seeing female leaders #SetTheStandard consciously and with intention to create a fairer future in a rapidly evolving world. “To drive change, we must ensure women’s voices are heard, and Twitter is proud to continue our longstanding partnership with the Australian Women in Music Awards to host these important public conversations about leadership, gender equality, and speaking truth to power.”

Common Ground CEO Rona Glynn-McDonald said: “I come from a family of matriarchs who have kept family, community and culture strong. To centre women in leadership is at the heart of many First Nations ways of thinking, being and knowing. I am privileged to have been raised by strong black women who continue to guide me on my journey.”

Settlement Services International CEO Violet Roumeliotis said: “Kindness and compassion can go hand-in-hand with business acumen and a strong bottom line. Your actions have a ripple effect, and you can create real change just by incorporating your values in your daily work life.”

ARIA CEO Annabelle Herd said: “All the evidence shows that companies and organisations that embrace gender equality and have diverse leadership teams make better decisions and achieve greater success. Despite that, progress for women in leadership roles is still glacial. That pace will not change until we establish ambitious targets backed by concrete steps to get us there.”

Click here to register for #SetTheStandard on Wednesday 6 October, at 5:30pm AEDT.

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