Ten women to watch in 2013
Words by Women's Agenda contributor Rose Powell.
Phillip’s 2013 will see her work to advance this research and technology. She will continue to manage teams of scientists who are working towards life-saving medications, and the need to work out effective ways to commercialise these remedies so BioDiem can keep growing. With a background in start-ups and the technology to change the world, Phillips will definitely be one to watch in 2013.
She is also a passionate voice for increasing diversity in Australian theatre. Trained in acting at Columbia University and directing at NIDA, Lewis’s experience working with a range of theatre companies, from independents to the Sydney Theatre Company and Bell Shakespeare, bodes well for the enterprising Griffin, and lovers of Australian theatre.
The state member for Inala since 2006 was one of few Labor members to retain their seats in the 2012 election, leaving her to assume the leadership of the party uncontested following former premier Anna Bligh’s resignation.
As Premier Newman faces a popularity slump following his landslide election win, 2013 will see Palaszczuk gather every asset her team of just seven MPs has to take on the 75-MP-strong Liberal government.
The former managing director of Target took over at Billabong from Derek O’Neill, who had been with the company for more than 20 years. Since stepping into the role, she’s launched a four-year recovery plan and a significant capital raising initiative.
Despite the difficult turnaround situation, Inman is steering a slightly stronger company into 2013 with a vision for recovery and big goals.
While she’s held senior executive roles in a range of companies and countries, she was relatively unknown to many of the Mirvac shareholders upon assuming the top job, and will be scrutinised accordingly. Not only is she leading the executive team of a major company in a male dominated industry, she’s also stepping into the role after the controversial departure of previous CEO Nick Collishaw.
Searle’s been playing AFL for 15 years and previously coached the Darebin Falcons to five premiership final wins in the Victorian Women’s Football league. Coaching a top sports team is never easy, and with the pressure of being the first female coach in the VFL, Searle’s work is sure to be followed closely.
But 2013 hasn’t even started yet and she’s already set to make entertainment history as she joins Sami Lukas to be the first all-female breakfast team on Sydney radio at Mix106.5. Stynes and Lukas are hoping to replicate the success of Melbourne breakfast team Chrissie Swan and Jane Hall.
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In 2012, she was the author of the Quarterly Essay 45: Us and Them, an exploration into our complicated emotional and practical relationship with animals. With her work being published in The Age, The Monthly, Frankie, The Griffith Revie, The Best Australian Essays, The Big Issue and many others, she’s a young, literary voice to watch. And with an increasingly busy public schedule at writing festivals and an appearance on the ABC’s Q&A program this year, she’ll be hard to miss in 2013.