AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY WINNER
2016 Australian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership.
Julie McKay held the role of Executive Director of the Australian National Committee for UN Women for the last 8 years. In that time, the National Committee has raised more than $2 million for programs that support the empowerment of women and girls in the developing world.
An advisor to the Australian Government on gender issues, Julie was selected as one of two civil society representatives on the Australian Government Delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women in March 2014. In April 2014, she accepted an appointment as the inaugural Gender Advisor to the Chief of the Australian Defence Force. Prior to this appointment, Julie had served on the Chief of Defence Gender Equality Advisory Board and a Committee supporting the Chief of the Australian Navy with integrating gender into the cultural change process.
Julie has worked with a range of organisations to strengthen their gender and diversity outcomes. From strategy development, to implementing specific initiatives and providing gender awareness training, Julie has demonstrated her understanding of the complexity of workplace gender equality. Recently, she has been leading an innovative conversation in the business community about how to drive gender equality through supply chain reform. She was invited to do a Tedx talk on this topic in 2012.
In addition to her two roles, Julie sits on the PwC Diversity Advisory Board and is the Vice President of the YWCA of Canberra, a Steering Committee Member of the University of Sydney Business Alumni Network, a Member of the Women’s College Council and was appointed by the Prime Minister to the C20 Steering Committee.
Julie completed an Executive MBA in 2012 at the University of Sydney, which also involved study at Stanford University, the London Business School and the Indian Institute of Management. She has a Masters in Public Policy from the Australian National University and Bachelors Degrees in Business Management and International Relations from the University of Queensland. Julie has been admitted as a Fellow in Ethical Leadership at the Melbourne Business School and has recently completed a Churchill Fellowship continuing her research into women’s leadership in non-traditional sectors.
Julie was the 2013 Young Australian of the Year and 2012 Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year in the ACT.
Former Executive Director, Australian National Committee for UN Women