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Leveling The Playing Field with Michelle Redfern

Updated: Nov 16, 2022

Michelle Redfern advocates for women’s rights in business and sports, and here’s how!

In this episode of the Beauty of Conflict, Susan and CrisMarie sit down to talk with Michelle Redfern, founder of Advancing Women in Business and Sport about the work she’s doing advocating for diversity, inclusion, and gender equality in sports and in work sites. She starts with recognizing privilege and how those who have it can use empathy and curiosity to take action and bring barriers down for those who don’t. Throughout this conversation, Michelle shares some of her experiences working not only in sports clubs and organizations but also with CEOs, executives, and leaders who are committed to closing the leadership gender gap in their workplaces. She discusses how leaders can become aware of the severity of their gender gap issues and what approaches they can take to overcome them.

Tune in to this episode to learn what women’s lived experiences in business and sports can teach us to improve their workplaces in terms of inclusion, diversity, and equality!

About our Guest - Michelle Redfern

Michelle is the founder of Advancing Women, an enterprise providing research and advisory services on workplace gender equality, diversity, and inclusion. Michelle hosts the Advancing Women in Sport podcast, is co-founder of A Career that Soars!, co-host of the Lead to Soar podcast, and co-founder of CDW (Culturally Diverse Women).

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 organizational 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.

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Key Take-Aways

  • How to leverage your privilege to support others.

  • What exercises can be used to make co-workers and leaders reflect on inclusion, diversity, and equality.

  • What does listening to ‘The Elephant in the Room’ mean for the workplace.

  • How can women be unintentionally discouraged from taking on leadership roles.

  • How to diagnose a gender gap problem at work and take action on the matter.


  • Connect with and follow Michelle Redfern on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.

  • Explore Michelle’s website!

  • Listen to the Advancing Women in Sport Podcast!

  • Follow the Advancing Women in Sport Podcast on LinkedIn.

  • Listen to the Lead to Soar Podcast!

  • Follow the Lead to Soar Podcast on LinkedIn and Instagram.

  • Read more on “How Listening to ‘The Elephant in the Room’ Can Make Work Really Work” here!


CrisMarie Campbell and Susan Clarke

Coaches, Business Consultants, Speakers and Authors of The Beauty of Conflict

CrisMarie and Susan work with leaders and teams, couples in business, and professional women.

They help dysfunctional turnaround teams into high-performing, cohesive teams who trust each other, deal with differences directly, and have clarity and alignment on their business strategy, so they create great results.

Download the eBook, How to Talk About Difficult Topics, today!

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