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Goldfields Theatre, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Built on the banks of the Birrarung (Yarra River), Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) and CEW Acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Narrm, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation.
Specially curated, Indigenous-inspired menu
- Tropical fruit salad, lemon myrtle Davidson plum and vanilla (V, VG, GF)
- Hot scones with quandong jam and roasted wattle-seed cream
Selection of wholefood bites
- Lemon myrtle chicken salad with Iceberg lettuce, cucumber, roasted capsicum and orange segments, drizzled with lemon aspen and honey vinaigrette (GF)
- Roasted native scented vegetables, sweet potatoes, eggplant, zucchini, red capsicum, carrots and mixed rocket leaf, macadamia, saltbush and pepper-leaf (VG)(GF)
- Roasted purple cauliflower with braised lentils, lemon myrtle carrot puree and smoked paperbark oil (V, VG, GF)
- Victorian farms beef ragu with pepper berry jus, roasted heirloom tomato and Warragul greens pesto
- Indigi crumbed barramundi fingers with finger lime citrus mayonnaise, wattle-seed, bush tomato and honey dressed salad.
- Charred broccolini with lemon myrtle infused olive oil and red chili V | VF | GF
- Orange and wattleseed loaf with white chocolate and rainforest lime confit (V)
- Selection of wholefood bites. (V, VG, GF)
- “Graze” Small earthenware dishes designed to inspire your palate. Locally sourced ingredients matched with native flavours. Served with house baked sourdough and native thyme lavosh.
- Beef tartare with confit egg yolk and mountain pepper (GF)
- Petit chicken, celery and almond baguette with lemon aspen mayo
Petit roasted vegetable baguette with lemon aspen mayo (V)
- Kumara with puffed quinoa and hibiscus jam, and beach herbs(V, VG, GF)
- Potato spun prawn tail with native river mint mayo (GF)
- Activation Station – Saltbush crusted barramundi with crispy rice, Warragul greens (GF)
- Activation Station – White chocolate and wattle seed lollypop (V, GF)
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) attempts to identify
selected ingredients that may cause allergic reactions for those with food
allergies, however MCEC cannot guarantee that all allergens have been
identified nor that the food is allergen free due, amongst other
things, to the environment in which it is prepared. If you have any food
allergies or intolerances, please declare these to MCEC’s food and beverage
service staff immediately before consuming any food on offer.
Narelda Jacobs OAM is a Whadjuk Noongar journalist, presenter and commentator. Her career at Network 10 has spanned more than two decades, starting in the Perth newsroom in 2000 before heading to Sydney in January 2020 to co-host Studio 10 and present 10 News First Perth. Narelda is currently a co-host of Studio 10 and presenter of one-hour national news bulletin 10 News First: Midday.
Narelda is a regular at NITV and SBS, co-hosting The Point, Going Places with Ernie Dingo and the network’s January 26 coverage. She co-hosted Sydney Mardi Gras with SBS from 2019-2021 and has appeared on The Project, Insiders, Q+A and The Drum. Narelda is a sought-after MC, moderator and speaker, appearing on stages and airwaves across Australia with Prime Ministers, international leaders and humanitarian advocates. Narelda co-hosts the podcast ‘456 Club’ and is a regular guest host for Mamamia Podcasts.
Narelda is passionate about promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and is on the board of the National Justice Project. She is on Football Australia's National Indigenous Advisory Group and is a Legacy ‘23 Ambassador for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Narelda is an ambassador of The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation, Motor Neurone Disease Association WA, WA Aboriginal Leadership Institute, The Pinnacle Foundation and Deadly Science, and was a Rainbow Champion for Sydney World Pride 2023.
Shuba Krishnan spent more than a decade working as a journalist for the ABC, BBC, SBS and Nine News, including in London, Canberra, Alice Springs and Melbourne. She is also an experienced host and presenter, and works with Media Diversity Australia to mentor aspiring journalists into the industry. Shuba lives in Melbourne, where she is Head of Communications for the Australia India Institute.
Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz is President of Chief Executive Women, Chair of the National Housing Supply and Affordability Council, a nonexecutive director of Rio Tinto Limited, a non executive director of Macquarie Group, a member of the Sydney Opera House Trust and a member of the INSEAD Global Board.
Susan was Chief Executive Officer of Mirvac and a Director of the Mirvac Board from 2012 to 2023. Prior to this appointment, Susan was Managing Director at LaSalle Investment Management in London. Susan has also held senior executive positions at MGPA, Macquarie Group and Lend Lease Corporation, working in Australia, the US and Europe. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Sydney and an MBA (Distinction) from INSEAD (France).
Sam Mostyn is a businesswoman and sustainability adviser, with a long history of executive and governance roles across business, sport, climate change, the arts, policy, and NFP sectors.
She is Chair of Women’s Economic Equality Taskforce, FYA, AIIW, ANROWS and Aware Super, serves on boards of Mirvac, Climate Change Authority and Beyond Blue; alongside a broad portfolio of other roles including chairing Ausfilm and the Centre for Policy Development; past President of Chief Executive Women, Chair of Citi Australia and Climate Council board member.
Sam was awarded the Order of Australia in 2021 for distinguished service to business and sustainability, and to the community, through seminal contributions to a range of organisations, and to women.
Brid Horan has over 20 years' experience in senior executive roles and on boards of public and private sector organisations. Brid was the Deputy Chief Executive ESB, Ireland’s leading energy company, until late 2014. Her non executive Board experience includes IDA Ireland, FBD Holdings plc and the National Pension Reserve Fund . Her current roles include Chancellor of Dublin City University, Chair Nephin Energy Ltd, Non executive Director PM Group Ltd, and Chair of the Irish Cancer Society, Ireland’s national cancer charity.
Brid was a Co-founder of 30% Club Ireland in 2015 and is a member of their Advisory Board. In 2018, she was appointed by the Irish Government as the inaugural Co-chair of Balance for Better Business, a business-led Government-supported initiative to drive progress on gender balance in business leadership and boards.
Brid is an Actuary, Chartered Director and Fellow Institute of Directors, and Life Fellow Irish Management Institute. Married with two adult sons.
Sally Bruce is the COO & CFO of Culture Amp, the world’s leading employee experience platform, with over 7,000 customers in 50 countries.
Sally has worked for more than 25 years as a senior executive at global organizations. Prior to joining Culture Amp, Sally was the Chief Executive Officer of AMP Bank. Previously, she was the Chief Financial Officer Business and Personal Banking at National Australia Bank and prior to that held a number of senior leadership roles at Macquarie Group.
Sally also serves on the board of Chief Executive Women where she also chairs the Victorian Chapter. Sally holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and a Master's degree in Applied Finance.
Sally is committed to making the world of work better for all. She is a key driver of performance through culture and is a passionate advocate of people and diversity in all its forms. She has extensive experience building inclusive teams, establishing scalable processes and driving exceptional business performance, and is a sought-after speaker in the areas of equality, diversity and inclusion. She has presented at conferences worldwide including the Asian-Australian Leadership Summit and Australian Institute of Company Directors annual Governance Summit.
Saadia's teams work with leaders from business, government, civil society and academia to understand and shape the new economy, advance competitiveness, drive social mobility and inclusion, close skills gaps, prepare for the future of work and foster gender equality and diversity.
Saadia founded and co-authors the Forum's Future of Jobs Report, Global Gender Gap Report and Human Capital Report. Her book, Fifty Million Rising, charts the rise of working women in the Muslim world and was longlisted for the FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year 2018.
She has been selected as one of BBC's 100 Women and won the inaugural FT/McKinsey Bracken Bower Prize for prospective authors under 35. She holds a BA in Economics from Smith College, an MPhil in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of Geneva and an MPA from the Harvard KennedySchool. Her interests include the future of work, the impact of technology on employment, education and skills, income inequality and using big data for public good.
Danielle Wood is CEO of the Grattan Institute where she heads a team of leading policy thinkers, researching and advocating policy to improve the lives of Australians.
Danielle also leads Grattan’s Budgets and Government Program and has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budgets, tax reform, women’s workforce participation, generational inequality and reforming political institutions. She is a sought-after media commentator and speaker on policy issues.
Danielle was previously Principal Economist and Director of Merger investigations at the ACCC, a Senior Economist at NERA Economic Consulting and Senior Research Economist the Productivity Commission. She holds an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide and two Masters degrees, one in Economics and one in Competition Law, from the University of Melbourne.
Danielle is a member of the Australian Government’s Women’s Economic Equality Taskforce, the Parliamentary Budget Office Expert Advisory Committee and the Commonwealth Bank CEO Advisory Council. Danielle is an Honorary Fellow and former President of the Economic Society of Australia and a Research Fellow of the Women’s Leadership Institute. She is also a passionate advocate for women in economics and was the co-founder and first Chair of the Women in Economics Network.
Madeleine Morris is ABC News Breakfast’s finance presenter and newsreader. Over past four years she has lead the program’s business, finance and economics coverage, guiding viewers through subjects including the housing crisis, the economic impacts of COVID and Australia’s energy transition.
Madeleine has interviewed the Prime Minister, Treasurers and many ministers, but her favourite interviews are out and about discussing the real world impacts of politics and business decisions. Prior to joining News Breakfast Madeleine was an investigative reporter at 7.30. For 12 years she worked for the BBC in London as a presenter, reporter and producer, where she reported from more than 20 countries, including the USA where she was a correspondent. Madeleine has written for publications all over the world and is the author of parenting guide ‘Guilt-Free Bottle-Feeding: Why Your Formula-Fed Baby Can be Happy, Healthy and Smart.
Shemara has been Macquarie Group’s Managing Director and CEO since late 2018. Macquarie is a global financial group providing clients with asset management, banking, leasing, advisory and risk and capital solutions. Headquartered and listed in Australia, Macquarie’s ~20,000 staff operate in 35 markets with approximately $A800 billion in assets under management.
Shemara joined Macquarie in 1987 in Macquarie Capital in Sydney. In her time at Macquarie, Shemara has worked in six countries and across several business lines, establishing and leading Macquarie’s corporate advisory offices in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Malaysia, and the infrastructure funds management business in the US and Canada. Shemara has also served as Chair of the Macquarie Group Foundation. As Head of Macquarie Asset Management for 10 years before her appointment as CEO, Shemara led a team of 1,600 staff in 24 markets. Macquarie Asset Management grew to become a world-leading manager of infrastructure and real assets and a top 50 global public securities manager. Shemara sits on the World Bank’s Global Commission on Adaptation and was a founding CEO of the United Nations Climate Finance Leadership Initiative (CFLI).
She currently leads emerging markets workstreams for CFLI and the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) and is a member of the Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) Alliance. Before joining Macquarie, Shemara worked as a corporate lawyer at Blake Dawson Waldron in Sydney. She holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees from UNSW and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1996.
Mike Henry is Chief Executive Officer of BHP. With over 30 years’ global experience in the resources industry, Mike is committed to creating significant value for shareholders and society through sustainably meeting the world’s growing needs for commodities, including those essential to enabling the world’s decarbonisation challenge.In 2016, BHP put in place a strategy to significantly increase BHP’s gender diversity across its global workforce of 80,000 employees and contractors.
At the time, BHP had 17.6 per cent female representation – slightly higher than the overall mining industry’s 16 per cent. Today, 34.6 per cent of BHP’s global workforce is female, a number BHP will continue to grow. Mike and his leadership team are strong believers that a more inclusive and diverse workforce is good for business – and the numbers prove it. These teams are safer, more productive and have a better culture. Under Mike’s leadership, BHP continues to challenge norms and barriersin a traditionally male-dominated industry, knowing that greater female workforce participation can not only provide enormous potential now to the company, but also leave a positive legacy for generations to come.
Leah Weckert became CEO and Managing Director of Coles Group on 1 May 2023.
Leah joined Coles in 2011 and has held several senior roles across the Coles Group. Most recently, Leah was Chief Executive, Commercial and Express leading the supermarkets business units and the Coles Express business. Before this, Leah was Chief Financial Officer and played a leadership role in the demerger from Wesfarmers in 2018. Leah has also held roles as Director Strategy, Director People & Culture, State General Manager Victoria Operations, and General Manager Merchandise, Strategy and Innovation.
Prior to joining Coles, Leah worked at McKinsey & Company, advising large private and public sector clients, and Fosters Group in Strategy and Business Development.
Leah's qualifications include a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from Adelaide University and a Bachelor of Science from Adelaide University. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women.
Samantha Mark is the Managing Partner of Spencer Stuart in Australia which focusses on providing CEO succession, executive assessment, development and search solutions to Boards, CEOs and their executive teams. Prior to Spencer Stuart, she was the Country Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, Head of HR for DBS Bank in Singapore following her earlier career in corporate finance.
In addition to her love of dogs, she plays the violin with the Preston Symphony and is also a keen tennis player.
The Hon. Natalie Hutchins MP is current Member for Sydenham, and the Minister for Education and Minister for Women.
Natalie has previously held the positions of Minister for Industrial Relations, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence during the 2014-2018 first term of the Andrews Labor Government. And more recently, Minister for Corrections, Crime Prevention, Youth Justice and Victim Support.
As a Minister, Natalie is particularly proud to have been a part of a government that committed to Treaty with the states’ traditional owners, improved conditions for vulnerable workers, established Respect Victoria and ensured women have an equal voice in everything it does. In the past year Natalie has also worked with families of people who have died at work to introduce Workplace Manslaughter laws.
From her days as a union official to a small business owner, a mum to a Minister, Natalie is committed to fighting for workers, and ensuring a better future for all Victorians. She has always been a fierce advocate for gender equality, for workers’ rights and for justice for Aboriginal Victorians. This continues in her capacity as a Minister and Member of Parliament.
In 2010 she was elected to represent the seat of Keilor and became the Shadow Minister for Ports, Freight and Logistics and the Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations. She has represented the seat of Sydenham since 2014.
June Oscar AO is a proud Bunuba woman from the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.
She is a strong advocate for Indigenous Australian languages, social justice, women’s issues, and has worked tirelessly to reduce Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). June has held a raft of influential positions including Deputy Director of the Kimberley Land Council, chair of the Kimberley Language Resource Centre and the Kimberley Interpreting Service and Chief Investigator with WA’s Lililwan Project addressing FASD.She led a successful community driven campaign for alcohol restrictions in Fitzroy Crossing and is an international advocate on the impacts of intergenerational trauma and the need to restore societal wellbeing through the revitalisation of cultural practices, languages and connection to land and water.
In 2013 June was awarded an Officer of the order of Australia for distinguished service to the Indigenous community of Western Australia, particularly through health and social welfare programs. In 2015, June received the Menzies School of Health Research Medallion for her work with FASD. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Desmond Tutu Global Reconciliation Award, she was named NAIDOC person of the year in 2018, andin 2019 she was bestowed the honorary role of a Distinguished Fellow of ANZSOG.June began her five-year term as Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner in 2017, and in April 2022 she was reappointed for a further two years.She published the landmark Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) Report in December 2020 and continues to pursue its full implementation to advance First Nations gender justice and equality in Australia.
Kaylee Anderson is an Aboriginal woman and community member from Wiradjuri, Yorta Yorta/Bangarang Countries in New South Wales and Victoria.
A fierce, Aboriginal feminist, Kaylee is driven by the cultural values and morals of her matriarchal linage. She has worked in Aboriginal Affairs for the past 17 years across the public, not-for-profit, Aboriginal Community Controlled and private sectors. Her interests in health and social justice have diversified her experience and provided her the opportunity to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia. With a passion for equality and self-determination, she has built her career with roles that have community outcomes at the forefront.
In 2023, Kaylee was selected to form part of the official Australian Government Delegation for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Her United Nations journey to improve gender equality for Indigenous women and girls around the world will continue in 2024 and beyond. Kaylee started the Indigenuity Lab on Naarm in June 2023, a female led, 100% Indigenous owned and operated company. The Indigenuity Lab specialises in Indigenous engagement, culture centred design, business development and advisory.
Dr Peter Collins is a partner at the Nous Group. He was an adviser for two Cabinet Ministers before working for five years at McKinsey&Company. He works extensively with leaders, leadership teams and boards at ASX companies, public sector as well as ‘for purpose’ organisations both in Australia and in Europe, the US, South America and Asia. He was Director of the national centre for ethics, the Centre for Ethical Leadership and headed up the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship in leadership ethics. Peter conducts investigations for Victoria’s anti-corruption commission and been involved in advising various Royal Commissions.
Peter attained his DPhil in ethics at the University of Oxford in July this year. His doctoral research was about senior leaders’ decision-making involving ethics during extreme crises. He regularly lectures at Oxford, HEC Paris and in business schools in Frankfurt and Warsaw.
Didier Elzinga is the CEO and co-founder of Culture Amp – the world’s leading employee experience platform. Culture Amp revolutionizes how over 25 million employees across more than 6,500 companies create a better world of work. Didier is on a mission to create a better world of work, believing that the most successful business leaders put their culture first. Culture Amp was named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company in 2023. Culture Amp was also recognised as one of Forbes’ Cloud 100 top private companies globally for the two years running.
Didier was recognised on Comparably’s 2020 Best CEOs for Women list (top 10 small-mid sized firms), and alongside his co-founders as Best Leadership Team (top 20 small-mid sized firms). He was also a finalist in the 2019 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and winner of the Disruptor category. Before starting Culture Amp, Didier was the CEO of Rising Sun Pictures where he oversaw the production of visual effects for popular films such as Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter franchise.
Additionally, he was the founder of Rising Sun Research (winner of a Technical Academy Award). Didier is a sought-after speaker in the areas of culture-building, the importance of employee experience, performance management and fostering creativity in the workplace. With his prolific storytelling style, he has presented at the Fast Company Innovation Festival, Culture By Design, and Vivid Ideas. He currently sits on the board of the Tech Council of Australia and the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria.
Anna Brown OAM is a lawyer, advocate and founding CEO of Equality Australia, a national organisation dedicated to equality for LGBTIQ+ people. She played a critical role in the campaign for marriage equality, co-chairing the Equality Campaign and running the challenge to the postal plebiscite in the High Court, as Legal Director at the Human Rights Law Centre where she led the Centre's LGBTIQ rights work.
In these roles Anna has been instrumental in hard fought battles to fend off regressive religious discrimination laws, as well as successful campaigns to secure federal LGBTI discrimination protections, remove discriminatory laws across the country, right historical wrongs by establishing schemes to erase historical homosexual offences, prohibit conversion practices and remove barriers to accessing birth certificates. Anna’s legal work has helped to ensure that young trans people can access vital hormone treatment without the cost and delay of going to court, advanced marriage equality and furthered recognition of sex and gender diversity.
She was previously an advisor to the former Attorney-General and Deputy Premier of Victoria Rob Hulls, a senior associate at law firm Allens Linklaters and Federal Court associate. She was named one of Australia’s top 10 influential women by the Australian Financial Review in 2019, was a finalist for Victorian Australian of the Year in 2015 and named inaugural Victorian GLBTI person of the year in 2014.
Catherine has – and does -wear many hats. Athlete. Coach. Local Committee Member. Volunteer. Anti-doping Officer. CEO. Board Director. Government Official. She’s the Mum of 2 wild little boys. Currently Catherine is a Board Director with the Queensland Rugby Union/Queensland Reds and CEO of Paralympics Australia.
Catherine is a passionate believer in the power of sport to unite, strengthen, inspire and catalyse change. Her career in sport has straddled multiple countries, codes and levels of governance. Catherine returned to Australia having taken paths less travelled, acquiring a global cache of experience along the way. In February 2022, she took up the role as CEO of Paralympics Australia, a role she says has it all. Purpose. Excellence. Social change. And the opportunity to play a role in shaping Australia's future through Brisbane 2032.
Akii (they/them) is an international multi-award-winning disability, gender equity advocate and activist who is deeply passionate about disability rights, intersectionality, inclusion, survivor-advocacy and non-tokenistic co-design. They are a proud, young, disabled, neurodivergent (Autistic, CPTSD & ADHD), trans femme non-binary and Queer/LGBTIQA+ person of colour, from a refugee background. Akii lives with numerous complex chronic illnesses, disabling chronic pain and various physical disabilities.
They are an expert consultant, trainer, educator, keynote presenter and internationally published & represented model. Recently working as Sydney WordPride’s Accessibility Manager, is a Senior Co-design & Engagement Consultant for the NDIA focusing on the LGBTIQA+ strategy, a Councillor on the Victorian Disability Council, a United Nations International Day of People with Disability Ambassador and sits on many advisory groups, steering committees and lived experienced panels across Australia. Akii is a qualified public health, policy and health promotion practitioner with over 13 years of extensive experience, multiple tertiary qualifications and varied expertise throughout Australia and overseas, spending their entire career dedicated to making a positive and sustainable difference to the community.
Brianna is the CEO of Foodbank Australia, the country’s largest hunger relief organisation. Brianna joined Foodbank in July 2016, following her successful term as CEO of Australian Childcare Alliance NSW. Prior to that, she spent 14 years in agri-politics, both in NSW (as Policy Director) and Queensland (as CEO). Brianna has served on a number of Ministerial Advisory Councils throughout her career, is an active volunteer in her community, a proud member of Chief Executive Women and a past recipient of the Pro Bono Australia Impact 25 Award.
Helen Waters Silvia is the CEO of Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre (WAGEC), a grassroots feminist organisation providing frontline support and accommodation to women and children, and driving primary prevention programs to end gender-based violence. Her career in social services spans over 25 years, holding a variety of executive and senior management roles, specialising in the homelessness, housing and DFV sector, as well as having experience managing Out of Home Care, disabilities, targeted early intervention among other program.
Helen has a particular interest in the translation of public policy to practice, innovative service design and delivery, and improving structural and systemic responses to marginalised people, particularly women and children impacted by domestic and family violence and the prevention of gender-based violence.
Appointed to the National Housing Supply and Affordability Council (Interim) in 2023, Helen has previously served on the board of Domestic Violence NSW (2016-2022), Chair of DVNSW (2017-2020), FAMS (2014-2018), FAMS and has recently been appointed to the board of Homelessness NSW.
Helen has background in social work, Diploma of Management, ProSci Certified Change Practitioner, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dr Emma Fulu is a researcher, social entrepreneur and one of the world’s leading experts on gender equality and violence against women, appearing widely across the media including on Al Jazeera, CNN, the BBC, the 7:30 Report and Q+A. Most recently she presented her views on women's economic opportunities at the Jobs and Skills Summit in Canberra.
She is the founder and Executive Director of the Equality Institute, a global feminist agency working to advance gender equality and end violence against women and girls. She is also the co-founder of VOICE, a non-profit organisation that partners with women and girls in conflict and disaster settings to amplify their solutions to violence in their own communities. Before that she worked at the United Nations and led the ground-breaking UN Multi-Country Study on Men and Violence. Emma is Co-Chair of the Gender and Rights Advisory Panel of the World Health Organization, and a member of the Global Women’s Institute Leadership Council. She has a PhD from the University of Melbourne, is the author of Domestic Violence in Asia, co-founder of Women of Colour Melbourne and publishes widely on diversity, equity and inclusive leadership.
The mother of three children, Emma lives in Melbourne Australia.
Katherine Boiciuc is recognised as one of Australia’s 29 Inspirational Women making waves in STEM and Most Inspirational Women of Web 3 & The Metaverse in 2022. She is a global leader with extensive experience in the technology and telco industries.
Katherine has held senior and influential roles focused on global impact and world technology enablement. Katherine has spent the past 2.5 years advising Australia’s next generation of executives and CTOs as a Director at Maximus. She spent 19 years at Telstra where her team, across 20 countries, delivered services such as risk and compliance, strategic execution, CX strategy and NPS measurement, and digital enablement including deployment of Tableau, Salesforce and Einstein. She has a rich catalogue of blogs and articles on mentoring advice to women in digital, data, STEM and tech leadership roles. Katherine has been an advocate and global keynote speaker on diversity in technology, women in Tech and Web 3 for over a decade. Katherine is an accredited Futurist and is featured in Futurist World on the topic of the Future of Leadership.
Katherine’s approach focuses on supporting leaders to adapt and grow through embracing disruption, experimentation with new technology and ensuring new ways of leading are embedded in daily practice. She enjoys enabling leaders and their teams to be future ready and thrive amongst the ever-increasing complexity of change that leaders face. Katherine also serves of the boards of Knoxbrooke, Infoexchange and NSW Bureau of Health Information.
Professor Michael Flood is an internationally recognised researcher on men, masculinities, and gender, violence against women, and violence prevention. He has made significant contributions to scholarly and public understanding of men’s involvements in preventing violence against women and building gender equality, and to scholarship and programming regarding violence and violence prevention. Professor Flood is the author of Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention (2019), the co-author of Masculinity and Violent Extremism (2022), and the lead editor of Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality (2015) and The International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities (2007). He is also an advocate and educator.
Dixie Link-Gordon is a proud Gooreng Gooreng woman from Southeast QLD. She moved to the Inner City of Redfern about 43 years ago, feeling very proud to call Redfern home. Having earned respect in her community as a Domestic Violence Community Educator & Advocate across New South Wales. Working the sector for the past 35 years. Dixie is currently a program co-ordinator at NSW Aboriginal Women’s Advisory Network Closing the Gap Target 13. Dixie has experience as a Senior Community Access Officer, working with Women's Legal Serivce NSW (2015--2022). She has worked as a Project Officer at Full Stop Australia (2014-2015). Dixie has further worked as an Executive Officer/ Founding Employed Worker for the Mudgin-gal Aboriginal Women’s Corporation, Redfern Sydney (1992-2014). To enable vulnerable First Nations Women to find a safe environment in which to share their deeply personal stories, Dixie founded the Breaking Silent Codes Movement in 2018.
Dixie is the recipient of the following awards; Gowland Domestic Violence Award, 2016, Bright Spark Award, 2015, Edan Ryan Award, 2015, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Lands Council Community Worker Award, 2012, UTS Alumni Human Rights Recipient for her commitment to Aboriginal Communities Awareness & Prevention in Family Violence 2010, Manager and Co-creator of “Healthy Family Circle” Program Federal Government award winning program for good Practice for Families 2009. Domestic Convenor of the community driven “Blackout Violence Campaign” NSW State Award winner for Community VAW 2004. Dixie Link Gordon has participated in and held parallel and side events at the United Nations CSW in 2012, 2016 and 2019.
Julie Inman Grant is Australia’s eSafety Commissioner. In this role, Julie leads the world’s first government regulatory agency committed to keeping its citizens safer online.
Julie has extensive experience in the non-profit and government sectors and spent two decades working in senior public policy and safety roles in the tech industry at Microsoft, Twitter and Adobe.
As Commissioner, Julie plays an important global role as Chair of the Child Dignity Alliance’s Technical Working Group and as a Board Member of the WePROTECT Global Alliance. The Commissioner also serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Coalition for Digital Safety and on their XR Ecosystem Governance Steering Committee on Building and Defining the Metaverse. Under her leadership, eSafety has joined forces with the White House Gender Policy Council and Government of Denmark on the Global Partnership for Action on Gender-Based Harassment & Abuse.
In 2021, Julie oversaw significant increases in the eSafety office’s budget, increased staffing levels and launched the global Safety by Design initiative. As Commissioner, she has led work to stand up novel and world-first regulatory regimes under the new Online Safety Act 2021, with implementation of a sweeping new set of reforms beginning on 23 January 2022. Commissioner Inman Grant was reappointed for a further 5-year term by the Australian Government in January 2022.
The Commissioner was recently named one of Australia’s most influential women by the Australian Financial Review and a leading Australian in Foreign Affairs by the Sydney Morning Herald. In 2020, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Apolitical appointed the Commissioner as one of the #Agile50, the world’s most influential leaders revolutionising government.
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Sunita is a non-executive director for Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and the UN Global Compact Network Australia, the principal sustainability initiative in Australia. She is also a senior advisor at Accenture Australia alongside running her own consulting practice, Gloster Advisory.
Sunita is a public speaker, a panellist on ABCTV's Gruen and a guest writer in the AFR and Marketing Trade Journals. In the UK, Management Today Magazine voted her in the ‘Top 35 Women in Business Under 35’ in 2003 and 2005. She has won two President’s Awards for leadership in Marketing by the World Federation of Advertisers in Brussels and she is currently ranked fifth in B&T Magazine’s Top 30 Women in Media Power List in Australia which she has ranked in for the last eight years. Last year she was awarded the Industry's Champion of Change by B&T Magazine.
Sunita is a strong voice for the acceleration of diversity, gender equality and inclusion as critical business imperatives to drive growth. She has been awarded for her work in this area, including a Champion of Change award in 2022 by B&T Magazine and a 2021 Edna Ryan award for making a feminist difference in Media and Communications.
Maree Davenport is the Chief Executive Officer of Endometriosis Australia. She also serves on the Federal Department of Health Endometriosis Expert Advisory Group and the organising committee for the World Congress on Endometriosis, being hosted by Sydney in 2025.
Maree was the youngest woman elected to the Parliament of Victoria (aged 28), the first to have a baby while serving and was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Housing, Community Services and Aged Care, Member & Deputy Chair of the Joint All-Party Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee, Chair of the Redundant Legislation and Regulation Review SARC Committees and other senior policy roles.
A Member of Chief Executive Women and accredited Mediator (NMAS), she holds a Master of Leadership specialising in gender equality, diversity and inclusion, along with tertiary qualifications in property, communications, risk (GIA) and governance (AICD).
From 2013 until 2019, Maree served as chair of Minister for Planning’s Building Advisory Council (BAC) comprising of the peak bodies and regulators in the building and construction industry. She was also a Member of the Building Appeals Board at the Victorian Building Authority. Additional experience includes the Ministerial Roundtable Industry Skills Consultative Committee, the Critical Incident Protocol Working Group (DJCS), the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) Industry Leaders Consultative Group and Building Confidence Report Steering Committee, along with the Victorian Swimming Pool and Spa Safety Committee.
Maree is an inaugural Foundation member at Monash Children’s Hospital, a Board Member of Dandelion Wishes Foundation, and previously President of WavLink disability service for 7 years. She is an Ambassador for Carlton Football Club, appointed 2013.
Maree is a Mum of 3 and Nanree to 3 grandchildren. She has shared the life defining-challenges of endometriosis through her daughter, who developed symptoms at the age of eight. Brianna endured years without a diagnosis and many surgical operations. The challenges when symptomatic affect all facets of her life. She has become a nurse in an emergency department where she can support other sufferers. Brianna understands the challenges with fertility and pregnancy risk, and is delighted to be Mum to Oliver, born August 2022.
Professor Jayashri Kulkarni AM graduated in Medicine from Monash University in 1981 and became a Fellow of the College of Psychiatrists in 1988. Jayashri commenced her appointment as Professor of Psychiatry at The Alfred and Monash University in 2002.
Professor Kulkarni founded and directs two research centres – HER Centre Australia and the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc). She is also Head of the Department of Psychiatry, Central Clinical School, Monash University -Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences.
Jayashri has conducted ground-breaking clinical research and is internationally acknowledged as a leader and expert in the field of Women’s Mental Health, in particular, for her innovative work on reproductive hormones and mental illness. Her world-first research in hormones and mental health has led to the development of new treatments for women with mental ill health. She developed and launched Australia’s first women’s mental health hospital at Cabrini Health in September 2021.
Jayashri received an Order of Australia (AM) in 2019 for her services to Medicine.
Grace is a commercial health professional, Registered Nurse, ex-Big4 accountant, founder and CEO of Menopause Friendly Australia.
She has worked alongside Australia's pre-eminent medical researchers and global pharmaceutical and biotechnology innovators to advance medical breakthroughs through clinical trials.
Grace is a member of the Australasian Menopause Society and the International Menopause Society and recently contributed to the first ever Menopause Roundtable in parliament Canberra.
An advocate for women, Grace helped senior executive women secure board roles through the first Director Pipeline Project at the Australian Institute of Company Directors and consulted to the Victorian Human Rights Commission when they formed a gender policy for golf. She was the youngest woman appointed to a golf body when at 25 she became a director and Vice President of Women’s Golf WA. Advocating for equity in the sport, she sat on the amalgamation committee when the WA women’s and men’s golf associations merged to form Golf WA. She was soon after invited by Golf Australia to contribute to the reshaping of the National Handicapping System.
She brings 15+ years experience in commercial partnerships across industries including professional services, NFP, finance, sport and accounting. After completing a Masters of nursing and becoming a registered nurse, she turned her attention to medical research at Linear Clinical Research where her most recent role was Head of Strategy and Performance. After being invited to an internship with Brandon Capital, Grace became determined to contribute to the gap in evidence-based solutions for women’s health and menopause. She believes in a world where women can thrive at work through all ages and stages of life.
Since being discovered performing stand-up comedy in a dingy pub sometime in the early 2000’s, Jo Stanley has become known for her warm and honest style of content. Twenty years later, she is now a true multi-talented creator, including as a performer, writer and TV and radio presenter.
Jo is co-host of The House of Wellness TV and Radio, is producer and host of numerous podcasts, writes a regular column for the Sunday Life Magazine, and is the creator of the Play Like A Girl kids book series. Her performance style, which is heavily influenced by her stand-up comedy roots, makes her a much sought-after MC and speaker. Jo spent 12 years in breakfast radio, during which time she took 2 shows on 2 different networks to Number 1. She’s one of the only women in Australia to ever do this.
In 2017, Jo left FM radio, and having gone from on air host to listener, quickly became frustrated that there was no radio station catering to women’s interests and life experience (feeling over-tired, overwhelmed and over-looked, anyone?). So she decided to do something about it. She is now building Broad Radio – Australia’s first radio network for women, by women. Jo’s vision is a global community of women who are happy, healthy and fearless, connected by the transformative power of radio that truly reflects who they are.
Jo is passionate about women’s and girl’s health, gender equality, social justice and mindfulness. In support of these issues, Jo is a patron for Lighthouse Foundation and for Wellsprings for Women, and is ambassador for Left Write Hook. She loves her daughter Willow, her husband Daz, running, meditation and the Collingwood Football Club, but don’t hold that against her.
Taryn Brumfitt is an award-winning filmmaker, bestselling author and internationally sought-after keynote speaker. Recently named the 2023 Australian of the Year, she is a fiercely passionate advocate for social change and her message has reached more than 200 million people around the world.
Taryn is the founder of the Body Image Movement, director of the inspiring documentaries EMBRACE and EMBRACE KIDS, and author of four books. Her global crusade to help people embrace their bodies has seen her recognised by UN Women, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls and the Geena Davis Institute. Taryn has delivered more than 100 keynote addresses, and her talk at Google HQ in Silicon Valley was live-streamed to every Google office in the world.
In 2018, she was recognised in the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence awards and received the SA Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership from Women and Leadership Australia. She was also crowned EY Entrepreneur of the Year, South Australia, and has been named among GE’s highest-rated speakers. With a powerful, universal message and unwavering commitment to her cause, Taryn Brumfitt is a true force to be reckoned with.