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The art of creative leadership

Wednesday 1 April, 2020
PwC Australia, 28 Sydney Avenue, Forrest, 5.30pm – 9pm

As a precautionary measure with regards to COVID-19, this event has unfortunately been cancelled.

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Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas
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The Canberra Symphony Orchestra invites you to a special fundraising panel event on the art of thinking, working and leading creatively.

Julie McKay Diversity & Inclusion Officer, PwC Australia
Rachel Thomas CEO, Canberra Symphony Orchestra
Genevieve Jacobs Group Editor, Region Media

Tickets – $65
Dress code – Smart casual

Join us over dinner to explore the value of embracing creativity and diversity of thought for more effective leadership and team building. The panel will be moderated by PwC Australia Partner Peter Maskell.



Supported by PwC Australia

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Julie McKay, Diversity & Inclusion Officer, PwC Australia

Julie McKay is a Partner and the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at PwC, with responsibility for leading the firm’s internal D&I transformation as well as supporting clients to adopt inclusive practices that realise the benefits of diversity.

Prior to commencing with PwC, Julie spent 9 years as the Executive Director of UN Women Australia, working across Government, the private sector and the community to identify the barriers to gender equality and challenging the laws, policies and attitudes that perpetuate inequality. Julie has represented UN Women Australia and the Australian Government at numerous United Nations Conferences and UN Missions and has a detailed understanding of global policy responses and best practice regarding equality and inclusion.


Rachel Thomas, CEO, Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Rachel is an arts executive with a passion for delivering innovative, high quality arts experiences that resonate across the Canberra community. Rachel’s fifteen-year association with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has given her deep insight into the organisation’s artistic and community impact. In particular, she has joyfully witnessed the positive impact of music on health and wellbeing and its ability to bring people together.

Having previously acted in the role, Rachel was appointed permanent CEO of the CSO in May 2019. Her leadership is informed by extensive experience as a communications and design professional, in both government and non-profit environments. With expertise in project management and creative direction, Rachel approaches her work with a collaborative, solutions-focused perspective.


Genevieve Jacobs, Group Editor, Region Media

Genevieve Jacobs has been a journalist for 30 years, working in print and radio. Her career began with rural newspapers on the South West Slopes, she has freelanced for national magazines and spent a decade with ABC Radio Canberra. She works with a wide range of Canberra organisations including the Tara Costigan Foundation, and Gift of Life ACT, sits on the ACT’s advisory committee for Historic Places and the boards of the National Folk Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, M16 artspace and the Conflict Resolution Service.

Genevieve has an enduring interest in building community, and creating discussions that include us all. And she still loves nothing better than a good yarn.