On Monday 7 March 2022, ACBC Victoria joined with the international chambers of International Chamber House, to hold an annual International Women’s Day High Tea at the RACV City Club in Melbourne.
A celebration to remember after a year’s hiatus. Over 300 guests attended to hear the inspiring achievements and messages from four eminent speakers including MSO Managing Director, Sophie Galaise, CEO of MindTribes and co-founder of CDWomen, Div Pillay, Federal Member for Chisholm, Gladys Liu MP and President of Melbourne Football Club and Deputy Chancellor of Victoria University, Kate Roffey.
A forward-thinking discussion encapsulating this year’s theme of #BreakTheBias, speakers addressed our unintentional bias, intersections of gender, ethnicity and culture and statistical approaches to fighting inequity in all spheres – from corporate structures, through to everyday personal choices.
Kate Roffey, first female President Melbourne Football Club (the oldest sporting club in the world) acknowledged those that have held senior roles in sporting and other institutions who broke through barriers – her advice, just get on and do it!
Gladys Liu MP, as a young migrant coming to Australia and now the first female of Chinese heritage to be elected a federal politician, urged our guests to get involved in leadership opportunities and to be strong in the face of criticism.
Sophie Galaise, the first CEO of the oldest Symphony Orchestra in Australia – has put in place practices for gender, and cultural equality across her board, administration, musicians, performers and program of events (and her recommendation is quite simply to set goals and stick to them)
Div Pillay, CEO of Mindtribes who used her racial and cultural research backed by behavioural economics and psychology, to urged us to call out inequity, look at our overall approach, analyse the statistics and make necessary changes.
ACBC Vic thanks ICH Manger and MC Margaret Brett and outstanding panel Moderator Fay Calderone, sponsors Swisse (for the fifth year!) and Hall & Wilcox and our enthusiastic guests who were so pleased to be back networking!
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