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February 13th, 2016

If philanthropy qualified as an Olympic sport, the women in this Melbourne boardroom would be a dream team for their networks, wealth and nous.

All eight women care deeply about children’s health (several have nursed their own brood through harrowing illnesses). “All of them have a history of philanthropy, of personal dedication to making a difference, and we want to harness their strengths to advocate on behalf of children. They are an amazing group of women,” North says, pausing to identify their special attributes. “Quentin’s passion is domestic violence and ­disadvantaged kids, Marie’s is adolescent mental health. Ros Packer is whip-smart. She’d read everything about us. They really enjoy each ­other’s company. It’s incredibly entertaining being in the same room with them all. One of them did ­suggest we needed some useful men.” She belts out a big laugh.

The Australian

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