By Emily Bencic

Susanne Moore is founder and Executive Chair of the Centre for Gender Economics and Innovation, Sydney, which aims to improve women’s contribution to the economy and help women achieve their leadership potential. The Centre works with industry groups, government agencies, educators and business to deliver consulting services and research outcomes.

With a diverse background in business, finance, administration, government and IT (all male-dominated industries!), Susanne came to realise that what was being done for women was not working. She observed that we had been doing the same things with the same conversation for as long as she could remember and it just did notseem to be shifting anything in terms of gender balance, greater equity for women and an increase in a woman’s ability to influence economic and political agendas. The conversation around gender balance needs to focus less on flexibility in our workplaces and talk instead, about the business advantages of having a balanced workforce, including gender balance, and how this impacts organisational profitability.

What is your background?

I founded and managed a multi million dollar consulting company that specialisedin Business Transformation, Project Management and Outsourced environments for fourteen years until closing it in 2010 to pursue other interests. We had a number of major clients, including AMEX, IAG, Sydney Water and Kasikorn Bank, Thailand and provided consulting across Asia Pacific. My consulting specialty was the re-negotiation of contract relationships that had gone sour, mentoring and support of our clients senior executives and the reinvigoration of client projects that had to be recovered. Prior to this I worked for both government and corporate in Finance and Administration and managed a number of high profile projects.

After commencing a degree in Sociology and Business Management in 2011, I started to develop the concept of Gender Economics and Diversity Economics and how changing the way that we present the facts can change how our organisations think about, and relate to women. At a macro and governmental level this translates to economic policy and, I believe greater profitability and innovation in our organisations. Sadly, Australia is slow to realise these concepts, but Gender Economics as a field of study and as a mechanism to create real and measurable change is increasingly being talked about, most recently with UN Women in New York.

I am not your average person and do not easily relate to women so it is surprising that I have taken this path in some ways. As an Entrepreneur I have had a number of ups and downs, with big financial successes and also the lows of not enough and the struggle to find the next opportunity.

I have also had a successful retail and wholesale gift business, ran numerous news agencies with my ex-husband and even had a market stall selling soap on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.