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Creating equity for our future leaders

An equal world is an enabled world. #eachforequal

The aim of gender equality in the workplace is to achieve broadly equal opportunities and outcomes for women and men. In Australia, the gender gap in the workforce is still prevalent. Women continue to earn less than men and are less likely to advance their careers as far as men.

Enjoy a Gourmet Breakfast

Enjoy a beautiful seated breakfast prepared by Ivy chefs complimented with plenty of coffee whilst you celebrate International Women’s Day amongst an amazing room of equality advocated and trail blazers.

Shop the IWD Marketplace

Who doesn’t love to shop? Each attendee receives $150 in vouchers to spend at our IWD Marketplace featuring amazing female-led businesses carving a new path in their respective industries!

Be Inspired by Our Speakers

We are excited to welcome one of Australia’s golden girls to the stage in 2020, Johanna Griggs is a former Australian swimmer and more recently a highly coveted TV Presenter with Channel 7.

Network with Like-minded Professionals

Connect with senior change makers who share your values and increase your circle of influence by networking with the hundreds of event attendees all equally passionate about equality in the workplace and society.

Support a Good Cause

All profits from the event fund the administration and operations of our partner charity – Hands Across the Water. Giving over
350 disadvantaged kids in Thailand a life of choice; not chance.

Engage with our Courageous Panel

Our Courageous Conversations panel will be digging into equality and diversity in the workplace. Posing and discussing the tough questions around overcoming challenges, dealing with stereotypes and driving advocacy.

Keynote Speaker

Johanna Griggs

Joh accomplished a remarkable amount during her short time as a competitive swimmer, winning a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games and receiving the world record for 50-metre backstroke at the Australian Swimming Championships in 1993. After her swimming was cut short due to chronic fatigue syndrome, Joh pulled off an impressive career pivot — swapping the speedos for speaking roles. Joh has been an Australian TV favourite ever since, hosting House Rules, Better Homes and Gardens and countless sporting events including the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Featured Speakers

We are excited to be joined by some of the leadings authorities and experienced professionals in the diversity and inclusion space. Stay tuned for more speaker announcements!

Darren Hill

Darren Hill

Pragmatic Thinking

Peter Baines OAM

Peter Baines OAM

Peter Baines Consulting

Lija Wilson

Lija Wilson


Julie Alexander

Julie Alexander

Changing Change International

Mim Haysom

Mim Haysom


Pippa Hallas

Pippa Hallas

Ella Bache


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Event Kick Off
Includes Plated Breakfast


Peter Baines AOM 


Opening Keynote by Johanna Griggs

Former Australian swimmer and Channel 7 TV Presenter


Courageous Conversations Panel Discussion: EQU(AL)ITY

Building an inclusive organisation in a world that is still struggling to bridge the gap, featuring:

  • Pippa Hallas – CEO Ella Bache
  • Lija Wilson – CEO, Puffling
  • Darren Hill – Executive Director, Pragmatic Thinking
  • Mim Haysom – CMO, Suncorp
  • Moderated by Julie Alexander

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Event Concludes



Address: The Ivy Ballroom, Level 1/320 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

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Tara Jackson

Head of Sales & Marketing

+61 420 717 201.

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