behind the INITIATIVE
The Glass Elevator was co-founded by Cassandra Kelly and Olivia Loadwick and supported by the Pottinger team, with amazing support provided by Amanda Samson. Both women wished to design a program that would contribute to the development of women, the quality of their networks, and ultimately result in the increase of the number of women in senior executive positions
Chair | Pottinger
Cassandra is an entrepreneur, business woman and philanthropist. She is Chair of Pottinger (formerly CEO), a global advisory firm. Cassandra is a trusted advisor to governments on policy as well as some of the world’s largest companies on their corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions.
Cassandra has lived and worked in most of the world’s continents and has worked for companies including HSBC, McKinsey, Deutsche Bank and prior to establishing Pottinger, she was Vice President of GMAC Commercial Mortgage Asia, based in Japan.
In 2012, Cassandra was recognised in the Westpac/Financial Review Women of Influence awards as one of the most influential women in boards and management in Australia.
She is Deputy Director of the Treasury Corporation of Victoria, Chair of Allpress Espresso International, and a director of the US Resolution Project. She is a Council Member at Brookings Institution’s Center for Universal Education. She is an Ambassador for the Thankful Project_and on the Leadership Council for MS Research Australia. She was previously a director of Flight Centre Travel Group, on the Advisory Board for the CEO Sleepout, a director of Starlight Children’s Foundation and Children’s Cancer Institute Australia and Vice President of Women in Banking and Finance.
In 2012, she was recognised as one of the most influential women in Australian management and boardrooms by the 100 Women of Influence awards.
In May 2014, she was delighted to be acknowledged as the Instyle businesswoman of style.
She was recently acknowledged in the US Journal, Directors & Boards as one of 12 directors to watch in North America.
She lives in New York City with her family.