Larger text size Very large text size Alleged misconduct by the management of financial corporations such as AMP is not the fault of women, says prominent business figure Kevin McCann, who believes that without strong gender diversity targets more women won't get appointed to boards. His comments come as Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) figures show for the first time women account for 30 per cent of board positions across Australia's top 100 listed companies.

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Women are still facing a long uphill battle toward equality at work, because change happens on the ground via real-life conversations. So, with that in mind, here are three conversations professional women can have with their partners to make sure their careers and needs are equally prioritized.

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Melinda Gates is enormously wealthy. She is a philanthropist who does good works. She commands attention. She is a role model for women. She also said, not all that long ago in a Time magazine video, that she “originally thought that women’s issues were the soft issues.

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From moving across the country to risking millions, and having the guts to say “yes” before they were ready, let these risk takers inspire you.

The idioms and mantras all sing the same tune: Taking a risk is often the turning point that leads to success. Whether your decision to quit a steady job for a new industry leads to a face-plant or to a few more zeros on your paycheck, the lessons you log along the way often end up being the most important outcome.

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Amy Foo is helping to steer a growing tech company towards the $1 billion mark in her role at Zendesk, while also ensuring the firm supports plenty of women along the way and gets behind a number of CSR efforts.

Based in Melbourne, Amy”s the  VP of Finance and Operations APAC, and a former finalist in the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards.

She’s the latest to feature on our Q&A series The Link, connecting you to the interesting ideas and work of inspiring women.

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