Michelle Redfern

Michelle is the founder of Advancing Women, an enterprise providing research and advisory services on equality, inclusion and gender diversity. She is also the founder professional women’s network Women Who Get It, co-founder of social enterprise CDW (Culturally Diverse Women and Workforces) and co-founder and co-host of A Career that Soars!

Everything Michelle does is grounded in her personal mission and purpose to contribute to creating a gender equal world. She wants her son and daughter, nieces and nephews to inhabit a world where women and girls are valued and respected and equal.  She wants them to inhabit a world where men and boys can rid themselves of the shackles of toxic masculinity. She wants them to live in a world where every human, no matter how they identify, can reach their full potential. 

Michelle “Gets Shit Done!” She helps her organisational clients get shit done to create gender equal and inclusive workplaces through her consulting and advisory work.  She helps women from all walks of life get shit done for themselves and their careers through A Career that Soars! and Culturally Diverse Women.  Michelle agitates and advocates for gender equality reform in sport through her research and serving as a board member at the highest levels in sport. 

 Michelle is an experienced Non Executive Director having held Board roles with Williamstown Football Club, Good Shepherd Microfinance, The Gippsland League and Business Without Borders, along with various other sporting committee roles. She is an Ambassador for the ICC T20 Womens World Cup,  Honour a Woman, Respect Victoria, Flexible Working Day and Girls Uniform Agenda. She has held executive leadership roles ASX & FTSE listed companies NAB, Telstra and Serco during her 30-year corporate career. 

Michelle was named City of Melbourne B3000 Female Entrepreneur of the Year (2019),  is a proud recipient of the AFR 100 Women of Influence Award (2018) and was a finalist in the VicHealth Essendon Womens Network Community Award (2018) for her significant contribution to the AFL. 

She is a panel judge for the VicSport Awards and has been a long-term Telstra Business Women’s Awards judge. Michelle is a Graduate of the AICD, holds an Executive MBA (Distinction) and hold various accreditations in organisational diversity and coaching. Michelle is an in-demand speaker and is a regular contributor to the discussion about equality and inclusion in sport and business workplaces.


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