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2015 Winner

Dr Cassandra   

Dr Cassandra Goldie

CEO, Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)


As CEO of the peak body of the community services and welfare sector, Goldie has a valuable seat at the federal table when it comes to debates on social issues and welfare. She has worked globally as a human rights advocate, including through the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and UN Habitat.


Previously working as Director of the Sex and Age Discrimination program at the Australian Human Rights Commission, she played a central role in major gender equality reforms, including Australia’s first paid parental leave, reforms to sex discrimination and pay equity and ASX corporate governance standards.


A powerful voice for the social sector, Goldie has continually been heralded as a person of influence with her finger on the pulse of some of the biggest issues facing Australia.


“Cassandra displays a new model of leadership – tough, articulate, bright, empathetic with a real understanding of the issues and the people affected by them. She works tirelessly to fight for people who don't have a voice and to be a role model for women in leadership roles."



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