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For Young Women Who Want To Rule The NRL, Help Is Here

By Deb Clay

She’s the straight-shooting, savvy business leader who has risen through the ranks to become one of the most powerful women in the NRL.

On International Women’s Day, Wests Tigers Chair Marina Go says it is difficult for women to break through the glass ceiling and secure coveted leadership roles within footy but extraordinarily says young women should contact her for help.

At just 23, Marina was already a force within the media industry when in the late 1980s she was appointed Editor of Dolly magazine.

From the get-go she had a knack for knowing what teenage girls wanted to read about and, after what most of us would describe as a career marathon returned to the company as the General Manager at Hearst–Bauer Media, overseeing a number of magazine titles.

The 2016 book Break Through made headlines for its disarming honesty and advice for women as she shifted her focus to board roles.

Marina says the most important thing to know about leadership within the NRL is it is no different to any other organisation.

“It’s a business," she says. "Rugby league is a business."

She says we need our clubs to be strong and profitable and she has been working hard with her board to ensure that becomes a reality.

There’s no doubt it is difficult for women to crack leadership roles but, according to Marina, the key is to keep calling and putting yourself forward and driving that passion, adding she is there to help young women.

As for the gender pay gap, finding a boss who genuinely believes in fairness will make all the difference for women. Marina says almost every organisation has a gap.

“You need to be consciously working towards what you need to do to close the gap," she says. "To me that’s the greatest issue - it’s easy to identify, but much harder to have a strategy to fix it.”

Marina Go will kick-off International Women's Day with a business meeting, followed by two teleconferences for two boards, a mentoring session with a mentee, followed by a black tie dinner tonight to launch the Wests Tigers Foundation. Now that’s a full day at work.

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