Di Mantell, CEO of Celsus, the Royal Adelaide Hospital on blazing the trails from leadership to building sustainable social infrastructure and dissolving the hierarchy from the very top. She shares how she champions diversity, challenges the norms of what leadership should look like and celebrates every win of her team along the way.
(01:29) How did Di start her leadership journey?
Di originally trained as a registered nurse, from there her leadership journey began as she pursued leadership roles in nursing. She became a health service manager and eventually took on an executive director nursing role, which provided her an opportunity to understand regional and remote health. Following that she was seconded to represent 22 regional health services and negotiate the nurses’ wage case. She then got the opportunity to build a hospital from scratch in WA for which she got headhunted to go to SA to work on the new hospital for the Royal Adelaide. She is now the CEO of Celsus which is a private partner in the Royal Adelaide.
(12:28) Why is it important for women to be visible for their achievements in leadership?
Di thinks people need role models to base their leadership on, to see similarities in skills and show examples of overcoming barriers. If somebody can’t ‘see it’ then it’s difficult to ‘become it’.
(21:11) What tool can Di share to the audience to add to their Leadership Toolbox?
Di shared two things. First, you have to in invest in yourself. Whether it’s studying or playing golf, it’s important to look after yourself so you can give back. Lastly, offer mentoring as a way to give back. Di found through mentoring you learn just as much from the mentees.
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Host of the Leading Women podcast, Shivani Gopal is a serial entrepreneur, speaker and advocate on a mission to create a more equal world. She’s recognised as a leading business thought leader helping professional women navigate their careers, businesses and financial success.
As the Founder and CEO of The Remarkable Woman and Co-Founder of Upstreet, Shivani was recently awarded the 2022 NSW Excellence in Women's Leadership Award and the Top 50 Small Business Leaders award, As a dedicated advocate for gender equality and for closing the wealth gap for everyday Australians, Shivani launched “Equality 2050”; a campaign to achieve gender equality within our lifetimes. If you’re interested in learning more about Shivani visit her website: https://www.theremarkablewoman.com.au/
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