Michael Parker is the Chairman and Managing Director of Alcoa of Australia, a traditional industrial workplace with a strong agenda to increase female workforce participation and remove barriers for the attraction, retention and progression of women. Michael has actively grown female representation to almost 50 per cent on his extended leadership team over the last three years.
At a board level, Michael visibly champions diversity to ensure good governance and accountability. He is the Executive Sponsor of the global Alcoa Women’s Network and chairs Alcoa’s Inclusion Steering Committee. Internally and externally he has been instrumental in achieving strategic and innovative workplace change as an active member of CEOs for Gender Equity, Diversity Council Australia, and as a WGEA Pay Equity Ambassador.
Michael continues to advocate for and inspire flexible work practices, policies and initiatives, such as female-only traineeships. He has established a five year gender target for Australian operations and mandated that diversity and inclusion be included as a standing agenda item at all leadership meetings.
Michael’s deep and personal commitment continues to transform Alcoa as an inclusive workplace which values women. He firmly believes employers, particularly in the resources sector, have a responsibility to create equality for women to enjoy a long-term and meaningful career which will grow and adapt with them throughout all stages of their lives.