Women in Professional and Public Life: Challenge, Adversity and Triumph
Australia's first woman Prime Minister reflects on her life experiences and the continuing challenges women face as leaders.
Engagement in the Asian Century: The Opportunity of Our Lifetime
As Prime Minister, Ms. Gillard developed Australia’s landmark policy paper on its role in the Asia Century. Ms. Gillard discusses the strategic, economic and leadership challenges as Asia rises and the lessons essential to national success in the decades ahead.
Julia Gillard addresses 2,000 attendees at Canada’s foremost women’s lecture series
Inspiring and empowering a packed house, former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard spoke at the smash-hit Unique Lives & Experiences lecture series in Toronto, Canada. Known as Canada’s foremost women’s lecture series and heralded for bringing stimulating, intellectual and emotional experiences to women worldwide, the event drew 2,000 attendees. In front of a rapt audience, Julia Gillard shared her incredible personal story of how she, an immigrant and daughter of a nurse, became the first female Prime Minister of Australia (and the world’s first-ever female president of a continent). As attendees tweeted: “Absolutely #inspiring night!! @JuliaGillard what a breath of fresh very needed air!”; "Feeling hopeful and inspired after an incredible talk by @JuliaGillard another GREAT show." After receiving international attention for her now-viral 2012 speech on misogyny from Australia’s Parliament floor, Gillard has continued to use her influence to champion crucial causes as the Chairwoman of the Global Partnership for Education. Beyond the audience at Toronto’s famous Roy Thompson Hall, Gillard commented on her wealth of experiences and the challenges female politicians continue to face on TV Ontatio’s “The Agenda” program.Watch Gillard on “The Agenda” >>
Julia Gillard appointed highest civilian honor in Australia for her pioneering policy work
Julia Gillard was appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia, the highest possible civilian honor, for her pioneering work as a policymaker, including her "contributions to economic and social development, particularly policy reform in the areas of education, disability care, workplace relations, health, foreign affairs and the environment, and as a role model to women." Gillard responded to the honor with a video message to the Australian people, as she was in Malawi, Africa as part of her role as the board chair of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) during the time of the award's announcement. Gillard used her video message as an opportunity to further advocate for gender equality and education-- two issues she has continued to champion. Gillard commented on global protectionism trends, and how her work with GPE could stand against this tide, encouraging people to look outwards and support needed change.Watch Julia Gillard's Australia Day message >>
What does "America First" mean for TRADE and TAX POLICY? These HWA speakers know the decisions facing CEOs and Congress, and the impact on American workers, our foreign policy and the economy as a whole. These speakers are compelling keynote speakers and also fiery debaters on a panel.
Steve Forbes: CEO of Forbes media, champion of tax reform and former U.S. Presidential candidate
Max Baucus: Trade expert, Ambassador to China (2014 - 2017) & Chair of Senate Finance Committee (2007 - 2014)
Lawrence Summers: Secretary of the Treasury and Director White House Council of Economic Advisors
Alan Krueger: Jobs expert, Chairman White House Council of Economic Advisors, Chief Economist of the U.S. Treasury
Julia Gillard: Prime Minister of Australia (2010- 2013) and expert on trade in the Asian-Pacific region
Ed Balls: Chief Economic Advisor to the UK Treasury (2010 - 2015)
Paul Tucker: Deputy Governor of the Bank of England (2009 - 2013)
Felipe Calderon: President of Mexico (2006 - 2012) and NAFTA expert
Vicente Fox: President of Mexico (200 - 2006) and NAFTA expertMore experts on taxes and trade issues in North America, Europe and Asia >>
Former PM Gillard of Australia writes insightful NYT Op-Ed "First Woman to First Woman"
In this insightful op-ed, former Prime Minister of Australia JULIA GILLARD writes: "What sustains someone through the rigors of modern politics, I tell them, are passion and purpose: knowing what you want to achieve for your nation and the world. Then I tell them to build a sense of self that can survive all the ugly sniping." PM Gillard continues to offer great insights to audiences around the world about the political and economic global arenas as well as bold perspectives on leadership.Read full NYT op-ed >>
Julia Gillard is the Chair of the Global Partnership for Education
The Global Partnership for Education supports more than 60 developing countries to ensure that every child receives a quality basic education, prioritizing the poorest, most vulnerable and those living in fragile and conflict-affected countries.Read more about Julia Gillard's work with the Global Partnership for Education...
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Julia Gillard was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia on 24 June 2010 and served in that office until June 2013.
As Prime Minister and in her previous role as Deputy Prime Minister, Ms Gillard was central to the successful management of Australia’s economy, the 12th biggest economy in the world, during the Global Financial Crisis and as Australia positioned to seize the benefits of Asia’s rise. Ms Gillard developed Australia’s guiding policy paper, Australia in the Asian Century. Ms Gillard delivered nation-changing policies including reforming Australia education at every level from early childhood to university education, creating an emissions trading scheme, improving the provision and sustainability of health care, aged care and dental care, commencing the nation’s first ever national scheme to care for people with disabilities and restructuring the telecommunications sector as well as advancing a national broadband network. In foreign policy, Ms Gillard strengthened Australia’s alliance with the United States, secured stronger architecture for the relationship with China, upgraded Australia’s ties with India, and deepened ties with Japan, Indonesia and South Korea. Ms Gillard has represented Australia at the G20, including winning Australia’s right to host the 2014 meeting, the East Asia Summit, APEC, NATO-ISAF and chaired CHOGM. Under Ms Gillard’s leadership, Australia was elected to serve on the United Nations Security Council.
Ms Gillard is the first woman to ever serve as Australia’s Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister. In October 2012, Ms Gillard received worldwide attention for her speech in Parliament on the treatment of women in professional and public life.
Ms Gillard is a non-resident Distinguished Senior Fellow with the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution in Washington. In February 2014, Ms Gillard was appointed chair of the Global Partnership for Education, a leading organization dedicated to expanding access and quality education worldwide. Ms Gillard also serves as Patron of Camfed, the Campaign for Female Education, which tackles poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change.
In February 2015, Ms Gillard was appointed Chancellor of Dūcere, an Australian-based online education provider offering courses in business and management. Ms Gillard also serves as an Honorary Professor at the University of Adelaide, and is Patron of the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library in Perth, Western Australia. Ms Gillard is a member of the board of directors of Beyond Blue, which is committed to helping Australians understand and manage anxiety and depression. Ms Gillard serves on the Board of Governors of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia.
Ms Gillard’s memoirs, My Story, were published by Random House in September 2014. The second edition of her book was published in July 2015.