As our month celebrating ekcelent women winds up I wanted to share my #ekcelentwomen dinner party invite list.
In idle moments I have compiled lists of people to invite to dinner. I love a good dinner party - good food, great company and brilliant chats.
EDITH HEAD - COSTUME DESIGNER EXTRAORDINAIRE
Edith Head was a costume designer at Paramount Pictures and then Universal who won eight (!) Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, nominated 35 times. She was known for her relaxed approach to design and was more than happy to consult with her leading ladies, rather than make assumptions. Love a collaboration! She designed for everyone worth mentioning during her career.
DR CATHERINE BALL - AUTHOR, FOUNDER, ETHICS ADVOCATE, PHD (IN SPATIAL ECOLOGY, DESCRIPTIVE AND PREDICTIVE STATISTICS).
Catherine is an absolute boss across so many fields. Her work in drone technology and particularly her passion project #sheflies is inspiring for the whole field. Her World of Drones Congress wants to shape the non-military applications for drones to make a difference.
MARIN ALSOP - CONDUCTOR AND VIOLINST
Marin is an extraordinary musician and conductor and was the first female conductor for BBC's Last Night of the Proms in 2013. She has been the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2007. She is also the chief conductor of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. She was the first woman to hold both of these positions as well - a woman of firsts!
DR KIRSTIN FERGUSON - NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CHAIRWOMAN
In 2017 Kirstin started an incredible movement called #celebratingwomen - she featured the profiles of two women from anywhere in the world, every day for a year. She wanted to see less deingration and more celebration of women online. She is hands down one of my personal heroes, speaking up for women and as an accomplished executive and board member and chairwoman I hope she is an inspiration for more women to follow her path.
RAELENE CASTLE - CEO OF RUGBY AUSTRALIA
Raelene first came to my attention many years ago as the CEO of the Bulldogs. While I don't like NRL, I liked that she was a female leading a somewhat notorious club. I liked that she had been CEO Netball New Zealand and I loved that she came from a marketing background. It is fantastic to know marketers can become CEOs in a world where traditionally it is the (normally male) CFOs who step into this space. So far, leading the sport I am passionate about, she is managing the mess it is, the personalities and the politics adroitly.
These are my ekcelent dinner party guests. Who are yours?