by Jessica Irvine
Originally published: June 18, 2017
A few years ago, the then boss of Australia's largest rail freight network, Lance Hockridge, was riding a lift, when a group of female employees stepped in.
"They were engaged in an animated conversation and, oblivious to the CEO in the back. The subject was their individual and collective frustrations as women executives in a very male-dominated environment," Hockridge recounted recently.
"This experience was enough to trigger for me the need to make genuine change. After all, represented in that group was the kind of talent which would underpin the future of the business."