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Kelly, Reinhart make Financial Times Women At The Top list – The top 50 Women in World Business

Australian businesswomen Gail Kelly, CEO of Westpac Group (Number 12) and Gina Reinhart, CEO of Hancock Prospecting (number 27) have made it onto the 2011 Financial Times Women At The Top list – alongside other leaders of enterprise from across the Globe.  The list is somewhat of a United Nations of business – with the top spot this year going to USA’s Irene Rosenfeld, CEO of Kraft Foods, followed by Turkey’s Gula Sabanci, CEO of Sabanci Holding and India’s Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo.

For the Aussies on the list, it’s recognition of a lifetime’s work; though Kelly’s upbringing in South Africa and career shift from school teacher to bank teller to CEO of one of the world’s top 20 commercial banks is in stark contrast to Reinhart, who as the only daughter of Australian mining pioneer, Lang Hancock, cut her teeth on prospecting and is now a vocal spokesperson for Australia’s resources industry.

The online interactive tool at FT provides easy search categories; or you view the whole list and download the PDF version here.

 

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What are the lessons you’re teaching your kids? We took the opportunity of a holiday long weekend to visit my mum interstate as the timing of the trip coincided with my son’s favourite AFL team battling it out against my mum’s beloved team. Perhaps only those of you with the love for AFL will appreciate why we’d plan a long distance trip around a game of footy, but suffice to say it was a passion project! With every ounce of anticipation, the game was a tough, tight duel and could easily have gone either way. Yet when the final siren sounded, it wasn’t our team that was smiling. It sure is tough for a 10 year old boy to sit within a crowd 41,000+ people all cheering for the opposite side. It was tough for him to see the exhaustion and disappointment on the faces of the players he adores. And yet, it’s so important for him to learn that his team won’t always win. There’s so many lessons in that, but the one I chose to instil is that you won’t always back the team that wins but you’ll always back the team that you love. That’s why I asked him to wear his team colours home the next day, and show his support even when the chips are down. That’s the kind of commitment I want my son to learn and the kind of team player I want him to be. PS. #gotheGiants @GWSGiants #neversurrender ... See MoreSee Less

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I haven’t been here in a while as the writing has been on hold. But I was reminded today that there are things in our life that light us up. That might take us out of our comfort zone but, once you sit with it, bring you both joy and a sense of “I can do this” achievement. These moments are such a gift. So I’m curious, what’s your special thing that lights you up?

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