CEO | Xchange
Described by Sir Richard Branson as “a game-changer and force to be reckoned with”, Caitlin Iles is an experienced venture capitalist, angel investor, advisor (to enterprise and start-ups), serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker, dyslexic and passionate change maker driving for diversity and equality within the new economy. In recognition of this, Caitlin was awarded the title of one of Australia’s top 25 Fintech Influencers (alongside Atlassian’s CEO, Mike Cannon-Brookes), given her efforts and commitment to smashing the glass ceiling.
As a venture capitalist, Caitlin has helped to raise ~ $100m and establish Australia’s largest portfolio of early stage start-ups.
Caitlin started her career in psychology (focussed on the rehabilitation of drug dependent persons) and has since gone on to work across a wide variety of industry sectors (advertising, advisory and enterprise), working with and establishing businesses in the Middle East (UAE), Europe, USA, and domestically in Australia. Caitlin has been fortunate to work with some of the world’s most respected companies (i.e. GE), delivering disruptive projects that have revolutionised how industries operate.
Today, Caitlin describes herself simply as a disruptor, who is passionate about unlocking human potential, through educating and investing in underutilised, high potential and high value talent, predominantly women, in order to create a better world for all.
Caitlin will be speaking about:
Caitlin Iles shares the statistics and impact of having equal participation to businesses and the economy. She also stresses on the government to work on the challenges women face in the business, such as reducing the cost of childcare, making it tax-deductible, and lead the change from the top-down. She also explains why women are not their own worst enemies, when sexism is toxic and rampant, and reveals why women should actively support one another and how they can do so.
Increasing Your Visibility
Caitlin Iles share how you should tie your activities to outcome when communicating to increase your visibility. She emphasises the importance of always being prepared and proactive to be noticed by senior people in the organisation. She also explains the differences between mentoring and sponsorship and how it can create opportunities for you. Lastly, she shares her personal story of how emulating a role model’s behaviour, led her to an opportunity to meet her role model, Sir Richard Branson.