In this week of International Women’s Day, we celebrate among many things the role women play in society and our lives whether it is as a mother, a business leader or a young girl growing up in a world that can sometimes be dominated by men.
This is the first of articles this month that highlights women that have achieved, and in some cases go on achieving and fighting for equal inclusion of women in today’s world.
"I want to challenge all Australians to embrace gender equality, better understand personal bias, think differently about diversity and support women to achieve their goals."
Diana Ryall is one such woman who not only has achieved and has been recognized for her achievements but goes on achieving by being a voice for women, constantly being involved in educating both men and women how to find their own and rightful place in the world.
She has an impressive background of corporate experience that is respected by both men and women and all throughout this amazing career she is has raised a family.
Let’s just take a look at her own bio and marvel at how one person can achieve so much.
Diana Ryall was Managing Director at Apple Australia from 1997 to 2001. While holding this position, the company was recognised by Hewitt Associates as “Employer of the Year”.
In 2002, Diana founded the company “Xplore for Success” which offers services to organisations to support professionals to achieve personal success. The Xplore programs have challenged over 6000 women and men in organisations such as American Express, CBA, Deloitte, Dept. of Commerce, Centrelink, GHD, Lend Lease, Luxottica, KPMG, and NAB.
From 2005 to 2008, Diana led the Chief Executive Women’s (CEW) Talent Development Program providing senior women with further skills in their career development.
From 2006 to 2009, Diana was the Vice President of the CEW and was one of the authors of the CEO Kit, which provides pragmatic ways to measure gender diversity initiatives.
Diana was part of the judging panel of the Australian Best Employers program run by Hewitt Associates, sat on the panel for Deloitte’s Businesswomen of the year awards and was on the Diversity Council for Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
Diana is the Deputy Chair of the Board of Dress for Success Sydney and an Ambassador for Good Return. Dress for Success is part of a global charity, with headquarters in New York, of over 110 affiliates, which supports disadvantaged women in their quest for self-sufficiency. Good Return is an Australian charity investing in Asian communities through training, loans, and support of entrepreneurial women.
On January 26, 2010, she became a Member of the Order of Australia, AM. This award was given on the basis of her work with Apple in the Education community, her support of women through Xplore for Success and her charity work with the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Dress for Success Sydney.
Today we celebrate the lives of all women and we recognize the efforts of powerhouse women like Diana.
Diana Ryall AM
Author of two books on women and leadership
NSW Finalist 2014 Telstra Business Women’s Awards
Member of the Order of Australia, AM (2010)
Managing Director of Apple Australia (1997–2001)
Apple recognised as ‘Employer of the Year’ during tenure as Managing Director
Built Apple Australia’s position in the Education community
Founder of Xplore for Success
The leader of Chief Executive Women’s (CEW) Talent Development Program (2005–2008)
Vice President of CEW (2006–2009)
Ambassador for Dress for Success Sydney
Ambassador for Good Return
Mathematics and computer science teacher
Mother of two sons
"Well done Diana."
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