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International Women’s Day, 8th March 2024

United Nations Women Australia has just announced the theme for International Women’s Day 2024, to be held on Friday 8th March. The 2024 theme, ‘Count Her In: Accelerating gender equality through economic empowerment’, examines the pathways to greater economic inclusion for women, highlighting the vital role it plays in creating a gender equal world.

When you empower women with equal opportunities to build their capacity to earn, learn and lead, it doesn’t just help them – it helps entire communities. Economies grow, families thrive and women have the critical resources they need to leave abusive or untenable situations.

To bring that vision to life, we need to shift behaviours and perceptions that marginalise women so they can reach their full potential. That includes removing the barriers that prevent them from improving their financial literacy and accessing funds that provide education and employment opportunities.

Thankfully, there are some remarkable women using their expert skills and knowledge to break down those barriers and pave the way for future generations of financially empowered women.

Let us introduce you to these incredible female changemakers inspiring a more inclusive and equal future. Their unwavering commitment to empowering other women, and their uplifting stories of resilience and determination, are guaranteed to captivate the audience at your International Women’s Day 2024 event.

Planning for International Women’s Day 2024 starts now!

Larisha Jerome is a proud Jarowair, Wakka Wakka & Wulli Wulli woman, passionate about using stories to inspire and empower women to achieve long-term financial prosperity and economic independence. With an extensive background in banking, government and the not-for-profit sector, specialising in women’s health and legal services, Larisha is committed to her role as First Nations Foundation’s Manager, Women’s Economic Empowerment. Along with her work as host of her Rich Blak Women podcast, Larisha is dedicated to redressing the economic injustice faced by Indigenous women. Read more about Larisha here.

Rosie Batty turned her own personal tragedy into a tireless crusade against domestic violence, earning the Australian of the Year title as well as a Pride of Australia National Courage medal and Order of Australia honours. She believes that women’s economic inequality and insecurity are at the heart of gendered violence, and her role as Ambassador for Good Shepherd sees her engage with policymakers to advocate for increased investment in economic safety measures to combat the issues impacting women, girls and families. Her work has contributed to the development of the new National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children. Read more about Rosie here.

Elizabeth Broderick is Australia’s longest-serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner, renowned for her tireless commitment to promoting gender equality and breaking down barriers preventing women from reaching their potential. Elizabeth founded ‘Male Champions of Change’ to tackle gender inequality in the workplace, and her review into the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force led to comprehensive cultural reforms. Elizabeth also chairs the UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women and Girls, is a trusted adviser to the UN, the World Bank and NATO, and is an Officer of the Order of Australia and NSW Australian of the Year recipient. Read more about Elizabeth here.

Effie Zahos is a leading figure in personal finance, passionate about making financial advice accessible and comprehensible to all. She started her career in banking before transitioning to broadcast TV, becoming the go-to finance expert for shows including the Today Show, A Current Affair and Sky Business News. As the former editor of Money Magazine, Effie turned her journalism skills, Economics degree and real-world experience into best-selling finance books that include ‘Real Girl’s Guide to Money: From Converse to Louboutin’s’ and children’s financial literacy book, ‘The Great $20 Adventure’. Read more about Effie here.

With more than 17 years’ experience in financial services with CBA, Macquarie Bank and Zurich, Jessica Brady is one of Australia’s leading Financial Advisers. She founded The Greenhouse Money Growing Program and co-founded award-winning Financial Advice firm Fox & Hare as well as free online platform Ladies Talk Money, advocating for financial empowerment – especially for women and the LGBTIQ+ community. As resident financial advice expert for Domain and Yahoo Finance, she also regularly appears in major media, with her shame-free, stigma-free approach to money helping thousands of people make smarter financial choices. Read more about Jessica here.

CEO of the Western Australian Cricket Association, Christina Matthews, is a game-changer in the famously male-dominated sport of cricket. As Australia’s most capped female Test player who also holds the record for the most dismissals by an Australian wicket-keeper, she is one of only three women in the world to hold the position of CEO of a first-class cricket association. She has inspired players of all genders and abilities while actively working to create a more gender-equal sport. And she’s succeeding. Female cricket participation has increased 550% across WA, and the WACA now has equal gender representation in leadership positions. Read more about Christina here.

Dr. Clio Cresswell is a talented mathematician and University mathematics lecturer determined to highlight the many mathematical elements that make up everyday life. Widely renowned for her best-selling book ‘Mathematics and Sex’, Clio also contributes articles to various magazines and Q&A columns and is a regular guest on popular TV and radio programs. Her international background and actuarial experience brings diversity to her perspective, while her authentic, funny and thought-provoking style never fails to incite a good chuckle along with genuine lightbulb moments. You’ll never look at maths the same way again! Read more about Clio here.

Known as the ‘bug whisperer’, Dr Paola Magni is a globally-recognised forensic science specialist. Her expertise on the behaviours of insects and other small creatures is used by law enforcement to solve murders and cold cases, even inspiring a character on Italy’s ‘CSI’ where she consulted to ensure a realistic portrayal. Currently a Lecturer at Murdoch University, she shares her insights through podcasts and publications – including her first forensic entomology book, which she published at just 25. Paola also volunteers her skills to investigate animal cruelty and wildlife deaths for the RSPCA, demonstrating her commitment to the local community. Read more about Paola here.

Margot Faraci challenges conventional thinking about leadership and business in today’s corporate world. With two decades of experience leading cultural transformations at prominent Australian companies, she emphasises the importance of leading with love to create a more respectful culture, better performance and a better society. She believes that by leveraging our most powerful human emotion, businesses reap the rewards of profitability and growth – they get the best out of their people, create engaging and respectful workplace cultures, create meaningful connections with staff and clients and attract the right talent. Read more about Margot here.

Perth locals will recognise Roanna Edwards’ voice from her hosting duties at ABC Radio’s Saturday Breakfast program and Aunty’s hugely popular gardening program ‘Roots & Shoots’. She is a proud Ballardong and Whadjuk woman who is loving living back on Noongar boodjar (country) after spending much of her life in regional WA. Since 2011, Roanna has worked in a variety of Aboriginal Affairs roles, including Media representative for the nation’s most powerful Aboriginal Land Council, and in the utility industry working for a remote government trading enterprise. Roanna now focuses on economic development in her role leading the WA office of PwC’s Indigenous Consulting, is the Chair of the Aboriginal Lands Trust and serves on the board of her beloved Swan Districts Football Club. Read more about Roanna here.

As former Executive Director of UN Women Australia, Julie McKay dedicated a decade to empowering women and advancing gender equality on a global scale. She’s served as the Gender Advisor to the Chief of the Australian Defence Force and has led the QLD Male Champions of Change for over a decade, advocating for gender equality in male-dominated industries. Julie has received several awards for her leadership and cultural change work, including Young Australian of the Year, Young Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year and the National Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership. Read more about Julie here.

Jan Cooper is a trailblazer in the AFL community, and one of the driving forces behind the AFLW national women’s league and the talent pathway for women, growing AFL female player numbers from 16,000 to over 480,000. She has worked hard to overcome societal bias and implement strategies for improved diversity, inclusion and wellbeing in the AFLW, and was recently inducted as the first woman into the WA Football Hall of Fame for her tireless efforts. She also holds a number of other accolades, including an Order of Australia Medal, number one Ticket Holder of West Coast Eagles FC and Football Woman of the Year. Read more about Jan here.

Prabha Nandagopal is a world-renowned human rights and discrimination lawyer with 18 years of experience across various domains from business and human rights to asylum seeker and refugee policy. An innovative changemaker who challenges the status quo, Prabha is known for coming up with achievable solutions to intricate systemic problems. She’s played a pivotal role in numerous groundbreaking workplace cultural reviews, including the National Music Industry Review into sexual harm, sexual harassment and systemic discrimination, and recently worked alongside Elizabeth Broderick AO on the Independent Review into Workplace Culture at Ernst & Young Oceania. Read more about Prabha here.

Vanessa Stoykov has been championing financial empowerment for over 25 years. A born storyteller, Vanessa’s award-winning TV productions – including ‘Secrets of The Money Masters’ and ‘The Bottom Line’ – feature identities like Bryce Courtenay, Ita Buttrose and well-known finance industry experts. She is also a regular in the media, where her level-headed conversations around money empower people to take an active interest in their own financial strategy. As well as running her own financial content and communications business, Vanessa has also created Australia’s largest video education portal for financial advisers. Read more about Vanessa here.

Following stints hosting broadcast programmes at CNBC International in London and working as an on-air correspondent across Europe, Gemma Acton is now the 7 News Network Finance Editor, presenting the latest financial and business news to audiences across the country. With credentials including a background in investment banking and wealth management at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, and an MBA from the Lauder Institute and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Gemma is incredibly well qualified to interpret and communicate how changes in the economy and society affect all of us. Read more about Gemma here.

International Women’s Day is always one of our most popular event themes, so make sure you get in touch with us now to secure your speaker of choice – our team is standing by to help!

Jessica Watson’s Epic Solo Sail Immortalised in Feature Film, ‘True Spirit’

Jessica Watson in True Spirit

“I’m just an ordinary person, who had a dream, worked hard at it and proved that anything really is possible.” – Jessica Watson

In 2009, 16-year-old Jessica Watson set sail with dreams of becoming the youngest person to ever sail solo around the world, non-stop and unassisted. The 42,000km voyage would take her across the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans, at the mercy of mother nature as she battled cyclonic winds and surging seas, facing monster waves up to 70 feet high. Jessica’s epic journey has now been immortalised in the inspirational feature film, ‘True Spirit’, just released on Netflix.

There were many that wrote Jessica Watson off as far too young, her goal far too dangerous, her unsettling confidence far too naive. Debate that only intensified after her 34-foot yacht collided with a 62,000-tonne cargo ship on a practice run. But the incident only fuelled Jessica’s fire, and on 18 October 2009 she set sail aboard Ella’s Pink Lady, on a marathon adventure that would put her determination and unshakeable spirit to the ultimate test.

13 years on, and Jessica’s legendary story has finally been captured on the big screen. Written and directed by Australian Sarah Spillane, ‘True Spirit’ chronicles Jessica’s onboard journey to conquer the ‘Everest of Sailing’, from her battle with sleep deprivation and heart-wrenching isolation to terrifying knockdowns that capsized her boat in raging storms – including one that left her upside down, 15-foot underwater.

While millions of people around the world followed Jessica’s journey in real-time thanks to her raw live video blogs, this full-length film starring Teagan Croft, Anna Paquin, Josh Lawson and Cliff Curtis is a beautiful and uplifting portrayal of Jessica’s adventure. It’s an inspiring testament to the power of the human spirit, as well as the courage, tenacity and resilience that enabled this relatable Aussie teen to survive 210 days at sea.

Two months after her successful journey, Jessica released her memoir. Based on her immaculately kept onboard journals, the book provides a riveting inside account of her extraordinary voyage, providing a framework for the film adaptation now bearing its name.

Jessica’s incredible achievement earned her Young Australian of the Year honours, and she was also awarded an Order of Australia Medal for services to sailing and being a role model for the youth of Australia.

‘True Spirit’ is a real journey of self-discovery, and a reminder that sometimes, in order to find out who you are and what you are capable of, you have to step out of your comfort zone and take a risk. As Jessica says, “You don’t have to be anyone special to achieve something big. You just have to want to do it.” Believe in your dreams, back yourself and hang on tight!

Oh – and if you haven’t seen the actual footage of Jessica’s triumphant homecoming, do yourself a favour and take a look. If watching Ella’s Pink Lady sweep through Sydney Heads, Jessica at the helm, her parents standing proudly on the dock, with 80,000 people cheering her home, doesn’t bring tears to your eyes, well… nothing will!

As one of our most popular motivational speakers, Jessica Watson shares her captivating story with infectious enthusiasm, uplifting hearts and inspiring people to believe in the impossible. She encourages audiences to challenge their expectations of themselves, helping them believe they are capable of achieving extraordinary feats, and sharing the tools that enable them to take on their wildest dreams. If you’d like to talk to us about engaging Jessica for your next event, get in touch with us for a chat!

International Women’s Day 2023

On 8th March 2023 we celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), highlighting the vital role innovation plays in our efforts to #crackthecode for gender equality.

Bold, innovative ideas and inclusive access to digital technologies and education. That’s what it will take to improve education outcomes for marginalised women, close the digital divide and help combat discrimination.

Thankfully, many remarkable women around the world are using their skills and knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to help make it happen.

International Women’s Day 2023 celebrates the female changemakers harnessing the transformative power of innovation to #crackthecode for gender equality. To break down barriers and create new social, economic and cultural codes that will pave the way for future generations.

Let us connect you with some of these women. Their empowering stories of resilience and determination, and their unwavering commitment to cracking the code, are guaranteed to inspire and captivate.

Planning for your International Women’s Day event starts now!

Rae Johnston
Rae is a multi-award-winning STEM journalist and leading commentator on all things science, technology, video games and geek culture. A proud Wiradjuri woman, Rae is passionate about Indigenous Science – a topic she promotes as a member of the STREAMS Network and explores as host of NITV’s children’s series ‘Rewired’. A part of the prestigious ‘brains trust’ Leonardos group for The Science Gallery Melbourne, Rae is also a mentor for Science Media Centre Australia’s Indigenous Science program and the Superstars of STEM. 

Kate Raynes-Goldie
Kate is a multi-award-winning play-based strategist and world-renowned researcher, futurist and innovation columnist who has been teaching, researching and writing about emerging trends in technology and culture since 2002. As a SheEO Activator, Kate also helps empower female entrepreneurs by investing in women-led ventures that focus on solving social issues. This radically generous global community was designed to support women and ultimately create a perpetual fund supporting female-led ventures for generations to come.

Mia Freedman
Mia is co-founder of the Mamamia Women’s Media Company, and one of Australia’s best-known digital entrepreneurs. Mamamia has an audience of more than 10 million women every month, and with over 200 million downloads and more than 50 different podcasts, is the largest women’s podcast network in the world. With a core purpose of making the world a better place for women and girls, Mia is also the founder of Lady Startup, helping female-founded small businesses launch and grow through online courses, podcasts and social media.

Rhian Allen
Rhian is an entrepreneur, influencer and founder of the multi-million-dollar business, The Healthy Mummy. What started as an e-commerce business in 2010, grew into the biggest and fastest-growing mums-only health and weight loss company worldwide. Reaching $24m turnover with a community of over 1.5 million mums by 2017, Rhian created a fitness app used by over 100,000 mums, a Wellness app and website, launched a beauty range, a frozen food delivery service, a range of health food products and supplements and published 2 best-selling books.

Dr. Catriona Wallace
As founder of one of the first Artificial Intelligence companies to list on the Australian Securities Exchange, Catriona is one of the rare women leaders in advanced technology. An expert in the field of Artificial Intelligence and the Metaverse, Catriona is an Adjunct Professor and Founder of the Responsible Metaverse Alliance, as well as co-author of the book ‘Checkmate Humanity: the how and why of Responsible AI’. She is universally recognised as one of the top AI speakers and Metaverse commentators in the world.

Jamila Rizvi
Jamila Rizvi is a best-selling author, media personality, podcast presenter and gender equality advocate. As Deputy Managing Director of Future Women, a digital community dedicated to helping women learn, connect and lead, Jamila works with employers to build diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces. She also hosts the Future Women podcast and is a well-known media commentator, with regular appearances on TV programs such as ‘The Project’, ‘Today’ and ‘The Drum’.

Elizabeth Broderick AO
As Australia’s longest-serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner and respected United Nations adviser, Elizabeth has worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and to promote gender equality. Globally recognised as a leader and social innovator, Elizabeth is Global Co-Chair of the Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group, a member of the World Bank’s Advisory Council on Gender and Development and Partner Co-Director with NATO on Women, Peace and Security. She is also an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and a recipient of two honorary doctorates of law.

International Women’s Day is always one of our most popular event themes, so make sure you get in touch with us early to secure your speaker of choice – our team is standing by to help!

Meet the Incredible Women Blazing Trails for Future Generations

A quick Google search defines a trailblazer as a pioneer, or someone who blazes a trail to guide others. History books are full of incredible stories of trailblazing women, relentless visionaries who bravely challenged the status quo to forge a new path in their field – from activists, artists and discoverers to leaders, athletes and performers. Think Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie, Eleanor Roosevelt, Florence Nightingale, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Rosa Parks, Jeanne Baret and Grace Hopper, just to name a few.

Luckily for us, there are some truly inspirational modern-day women blazing some pretty epic trails too. Remarkable women who are strong, determined, courageous and resilient, whose captivating stories will provide inspiration to generations of women to come. These women have stories worth telling, and we’d love to introduce you to some of our favourites…

Jana PittmanRosie Batty AODr Jessica GallagherTuria Pitt
Jessica FoxMagda SzubanskiTayla HarrisLibby Trickett
Grace TameDr Bronwyn KingJasmine ‘Jazz’ YoungAriarne Titmus
Gill HicksCathy FreemanMia FreedmanRachel Robertson
Clare BowditchShaynna Blaze

Sophie Delezio

Abigail Forsyth
Anna RoseMoana HopeMia FreedmanLauren Burns
Tiffiny Hall

Elaine Jobson

Emma Murray

Brooke Boney

Jasmine ‘Jazz’ YoungJessica WatsonKarni LidellSally Pearson

Grace Brennan

Tania Major

Liz Volpe

Sharon Bown

Shelley Ware

JJ Ferrari

Fabian Dattner

International Women's Day 2022On 8th March 2022, we celebrate International Women’s Day, tackling prejudice with the theme #BreakTheBias. Every single one of our incredible Women in Business speakers, all trailblazers in their own right, would make a powerful addition to your event line-up – get in touch if you’d like us to connect you!

International Women’s Day 2022: It’s Time to ‘Break the Bias’

On 8th March 2022 we celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), facing prejudice head on in our efforts to #BreakTheBias.

For decades, women have been dedicating their lives to creating an equal world. A world that is diverse and inclusive. A world free of bias, stereotype and discrimination. A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

Now it’s time to do your part to #BreakTheBias. Planning for your International Women’s Day event starts now!

Let us connect you with some of the most inspiring women you’re ever likely to meet. Women with an unwavering commitment to breaking the bias, whose enthralling stories of resilience, determination and empowerment are guaranteed to captivate your audience.

Here are just a few of the remarkable women we can introduce you to…

Anyier YuolAnyier Yuol

Born in a Kenyan refugee camp, Anyier is an inspiring entrepreneur who is passionate about improving the representation of minority groups through the sport, beauty and fashion industries.

Elizabeth BroderickElizabeth Broderick

As Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner and respected United Nations adviser, Elizabeth has worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and men.

Karla GrantKarla Grant

Karla has spent the last 16 years presenting and producing Living Black, Australia’s longest-running Indigenous current affairs tv program, fulfilling her lifelong commitment to giving Indigenous people a voice.

Tasneem Chopra, OAMTasneem Chopra, OAM

A prominent activist with a passion for addressing social justice issues, Tasneem was named the inaugural 2021 Ambassador for Women of Colour, as well as the Anti-Racism Champion by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Penelope TwemlowPenelope Twemlow

Penelope is a true leader of people and operations, passionate about and actively supporting various agencies working in the equity and diversity, domestic violence, mental health and homelessness arenas.

Anoushka GungadinAnoushka Gungadin

As an experienced CEO, Board Director, global entrepreneur and author, Anoushka believes that leveraging the diversity of people, culture, perspective and skill in business is the key to solving major economic and social issues.

Chelsea RoffeyChelsea Roffey

Chelsea is a speaker, author, researcher and Winston Churchill Fellow who has travelled the globe examining the barriers and opportunities of diversity. Pioneering the role of women in a non-traditional domain, she was also the first woman to umpire an AFL Grand Final!

Kemi NekvapilKemi Nekvapil

Having spent her entire childhood in foster care, Kemi uses her experience of disempowerment to inspire others to fulfil their own potential and live their best life.

As we celebrate the incredible achievements of these wonderful women, we also applaud other extraordinary female trailblazers genuinely committed to breaking the bias. Each of these female motivational speakers have powerful stories to tell, and would make a wonderful addition to your IWD event line-up.

Our team here at Keynote is waiting to hear from you – get in touch with us today!