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Lead to Soar

Dec 4, 2022

Lead to Soar! is a production of A Career that Soars

Michelle and Jo have a conversation about a question they're asked a lot by women. Should I do an MBA?  We discuss how an MBA builds confidence, how to fit an MBA into real life, and why you must have this conversation with your boss (and boss’s boss!)

Jo also shares practical tips on how to successfully navigate and complete an MBA – sourced from her MBA students around the world.

About Jo
With well over 15 years of experience in senior roles for some of Australia's most iconic companies, including iSelect and Compare the Market, Jo is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Business, Australia’s leader in online postgraduate education.
Over her career, she has learned a lot about what drives rapid and sustainable growth - flawless execution, authentic leadership, and innovation. Operating at the intersection of technology, people, and data, Jo gets a kick out of making both the workplace and customer interactions life-enhancing experiences.
With a track record of transformational leadership in digital businesses, she has had the privilege of leading large teams of extraordinary people to deliver exponential growth.



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Bio for Michelle Redfern

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

Michelle is an experienced Non-Executive Director with Board and advisory roles in the finance, sport, for purpose and supply chain sectors. She is a proud Ambassador for Flexible Working Day and Girls Uniform Agenda. She has held executive leadership roles at ASX & FTSE listed companies NAB, Telstra and Serco during her 30-year corporate career.

Michelle is a Graduate of the AICD, holds an Executive MBA (Distinction) and holds various accreditations in organisational diversity and coaching. She is an in-demand speaker and is a regular contributor to the discussion and advocate for gender equality and inclusion in sport and business workplaces.


Bio for Mel Butcher

Mel Butcher is a consulting engineer focused on growing business through serving enterprise industrial clients in the environmental, water, and sustainability spaces.  In her free time, she is a host inside A Career That Soars! and on the Lead to Soar! podcast where she supports women in achieving their highest career ambitions. Mel is a goal advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in the engineering and industrial world. She also gives time to supporting young engineers early in their career. Reach out here.