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Collaborate 2024

Brisbane CEW Annual Dinner
Welcome Brisbane


Every ticket sold in the raffle helps fund our CEW Scholarships program, which empowers women around the country to advance their careers through incredible education opportunities. 

Help raise funds for CEW Scholarships and other initiatives in these two ways!

Go in the draw to win one of 15 incredible prizes on offer, donated kindly by our supporters. Buying raffle tickets is an easy way to engage in our fundraising activities*.

The raffle will be drawn in Perth on Thursday 30 May.

*Unfortunately CEW is NOT able to sell raffle tickets to ACT and NT residents.  Only available if you are 18 and over. 

Raffle Permit Numbers
NSW: GOCAU/2357, VIC: 10076/24, SA: M14553, WA: LS221392124, QLD: 227584

Register with Gala Bid to review the Brisbane prizes and start bidding.

Winners will be announced at the end of the night. Some of our prizes include:

Qantas Gift Voucher

TAB Raceday experience in Gold Coast

1:1 Mentoring with Layne Beachley

Opera QLD “Indulge In Opera” voucher

Event Program

Guests Arrival
Formal proceedings begin
Formal proceedings end
Event to finish

Keynote Speaker

Li Cunxin

Li Cunxin AO’s journey is simply remarkable. He was born into utter poverty in Mao’s Communist China, at a very young age he was selected to train at Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy. So began Li’s journey. The 7 years of harsh training regime at the Beijing Dance Academy taught him discipline, resilience, determination and perseverance. Li’s astounding drive and relentless work made him one of the best dancers in the world.

Li then made a successful career transition from ballet into finance. He was a senior manager at one of the largest stockbroking firms in Australia. He was named 2009 Australian Father of the Year. Li was Queensland Australian of the Year in 2014 and received the Asia Society’s Game Changer Award in 2015. He was awarded the contribution to Arts and Ballet. Li is the Artistic Director of Queensland Ballet, which he has transformed it from a laggard in the performing arts industry to a world standard company. 

The inspirational story of Li’s life is recounted in his memoir Mao’s Last Dancer, which quickly rose to number one on the Australian bestseller list and won the Book of the Year Award in Australia and received the Christopher Award for literature in the USA. It went on to become an international bestseller. It’s in the 57th reprint. Mao’s Last Dancer is also a blockbuster film. 

Li’s story is a living example of overcome adversity and achieve excellence in life. 


Brisbane Grammar School Big Band

The Brisbane Grammar School Jazz Band is the flagship ensemble of the school’s blossoming Jazz program. Consisting of the finest jazz players at the school, the students explore a range of jazz and popular classics while developing their improvisation and performance skills. This ensemble regularly participates in all significant school events and are in demand as featured entertainment at social and fundraising gatherings. They have previously toured to South Australia where they participated in the Generation in Jazz Festival while in 2018 they thrilled audiences in Italy and Greece on their first overseas concert tour. Next month they will be touring Spain and Portugal as part of the Brisbane Grammar School concert tour of that region.

Dr Philippa Robinson holds degrees from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The university of Queensland and Griffith University, Queensland Conservatorium of Music. 


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