2019 Women Leaders Trade Mission

14th – 20th Jun 2019


Jennifer Westacott AO
Chief Executive
Business Council of Australia
Christine Bartlett
Chairman, Smith Family And Non-Executive Director of iCare NSW, Mirvac, GBST, Sigma Pharmaceuticals, TAL and Clayton Utz


The mission explored the impact of disruptive technologies on the future of work and how to build workforce capabilities for the twenty-first century. It also examined Israel’s success as a start-up and (increasingly) “scale up” nation with the establishment of vibrant new industry sectors and associated job creation.


I found the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leaders Trade Mission to Israel to be a deeply inspiring and motivating experience. It challenged my thinking on many levels and left me with a broader understanding and appreciation of the world we all live in.

The Trade Mission was carefully curated to ensure the best provocateurs and thought leaders were on hand to share their perspectives on what makes Israel the standout Innovation / Startup Nation. The program was also crafted to ensure you were immersed in the culture, religion, geo-political and economic frameworks that make Israel the country that it is first, I found this made the difference to enhancing understanding, appreciation and comprehension.

The calibre of the delegates was world class – an impressive group of women who are all pioneering their respective industries whether that be in Government, Academia, Startup and or Big Company environments. And perhaps most rewarding – were the personal bonds, the new friendships that were forged out of sharing a deeply enriching experience together.
I would highly recommend the Women’s Trade Mission for anyone looking to elevate their thinking around innovation, leadership & how to inspire teams to think big, think differently and build purpose within our work and broader life environments.

Amanda Johnston-Pell

Chief Marketing Officer, Co-Chair Customer Centricity, IBM, Australia & New Zealand