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Program Director

DR DAGMAR SCHMIDMAIER AM

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Dagmar has been a Senior Executive for over 35 including 11 years as the CEO of the State Library of NSW. She worked as an academic at University of Technology Sydney and in the government and private sector and has been a director on not- for-profit Boards throughout her career.

For the past 13 years until Dec 2021, Dagmar has been the Director of the highly successful Chief Executive Women’s Leaders Program delivering innovative leadership programs in Australia and Asia. During this period more than 1300 women graduated from this program.

Dagmar is the Director of The Thinking Woman & Co, which was established in 2022 in collaboration with the Thinking Leadership Group to provide advice on strategy and leadership.

Dagmar was awarded an Order of Australia in 2004 and a Centenary Medal in 2003. The University of NSW awarded her a Doctor of Letters in 1999 and the Alumni Award for Arts/Law in 2006. Dagmar is profiled in ‘A Fair Go, Portraits of the Australian Dream; fifty inspiring Australians’ by Wendy McCarthy AO. Focus Publishing, 1999.