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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!

Body-Image Campaigner Taryn Brumfitt Named 2023 Australian of the Year

2023 Australian of the Year Taryn Brumfitt

“What if, instead of spending precious time and energy at war with their bodies, our young people were free to become the leaders, big thinkers and game changers the world needs more of right now?” – Taryn Brumfitt

Taryn Brumfitt is on a global crusade to end body dissatisfaction and shift the way people think about themselves and their bodies. And you can bet she’ll use her new platform as 2023 Australian of the Year to do it.

When Taryn posted reverse ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures of herself on social media in 2013 highlighting the toxicity behind aggressive health culture, it just about broke the internet. Flooded with thousands of messages of support, that one viral post ignited an international body image movement that has since inspired millions of people to change the way they look at their bodies.

Taryn’s 2016 social-change documentary ‘Embrace’, which focuses on body positivity and acceptance, is streamed on Netflix and has been shown in more than 190 countries worldwide. Her latest documentary, Embrace Kids, was released last September and spreads a similar message, this time aiming to help children appreciate and understand what their bodies can do.

With four best-selling books under her belt and coverage in the likes of the L.A Times, Washington Post, Good Morning America, The Project, Australian Story and The Today Show, it’s estimated that Taryn’s body positivity messages have reached more than 200 million people globally. And as an internationally-renowned motivational speaker, her messages continue to inspire audiences on the ground too.

Accepting her accolade from the prime minister, Anthony Albanese, at the National Arboretum Canberra on Wednesday night, Taryn spoke about her belief that body-shaming is a universal problem, with people “bullied and shamed into thinking their bodies are the problem.”

In her speech, Taryn reflected that “We weren’t born into the world hating our bodies, this is something the world has taught us… There is so much despair in this nation for children and adults when it comes to what we think and how we feel about our bodies.”

With 70% of Australian school children considering body image to be their number one concern, Taryn believes we are now facing a paediatric health emergency.

“Little Aussies describe their bodies as strong and energetic and powerful, and they have genuine love for all the things their bodies can do. This gives me hope that we can get in early and block the shame and despair.”

There’s no doubt that Taryn’s new status will provide a prominent global platform from which to deliver her message about learning to move, nourish, respect and enjoy our bodies. And that’s the message at the heart of everything she does, because – as she says – “you can’t look after something you don’t love.”

Congratulations Taryn, you’re a true inspiration and a deserving recipient of Australian of the Year honours!

If you’d like to engage 2023 Australian of the Year Taryn Brumfitt to share her inspiring journey with your team, get in touch with us for a chat. We also have a number of other worthy Australian of the Year winners we can introduce you to, including Dylan Alcott, Rosie Batty, Dr. Craig Challen and Dr. Richard Harris – all wonderful speakers with incredible stories of their own to tell.

16 days of Activism, 365 Days of Action

White Ribbon Day

For more than 30 years, the Global 16 Days Campaign has been used worldwide to call for the elimination of gender-based violence. Kicking off on November 25 every year (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and running until December 10 (Human Rights Day), the campaign is supported by White Ribbon to help eliminate violence against women in Australia.

On Friday November 18, thousands of workplaces around Australia will join White Ribbon Day’s national call to action in support of the Global Campaign, doing their part to help eliminate men’s violence against women.

Violence and abuse against women, including physical, sexual, emotional, cultural and financial abuse, covers a wide range of controlling and intimidating behaviours. It’s an issue not unique to any single Australian workplace – but by providing safe environments for women, driving social change and helping to eliminate violence at work, workplaces are a key part of the solution

White Ribbon Day is your opportunity to be part of a critical global social movement. Together, Australians can turn 16 days of activism into 365 days of action, helping eliminate men’s violence against women – workplace by workplace.

How can you help?

The White Ribbon website provides a number of impactful ways your workplace can get involved, from booking a panel discussion run by White Ribbon educators to organising a White Ribbon Day event. You can also download their Workplace Toolkit for event ideas, social tiles, templates and other resources.

But the greatest way you can help is by igniting a conversation about the issue to help raise awareness of gender-based violence. And one of the best ways to do that is by listening to and learning from those with lived experience of family domestic violence – the victims and the survivors.

We have a number of exceptional motivational speakers ready to share their profoundly personal stories with your team, whose intimate knowledge of the topic will help drive genuine understanding and change in your workplace.

When her 11-year-old son Luke tragically lost his life at the hands of his father, Rosie Batty became a tireless and inspirational crusader against domestic violence. Turning her personal tragedy into a fight to help others, Rosie established The Luke Batty Foundation and launched the Never Alone Campaign, asking all Australians to stand with her and beside all victims of family violence. Rosie’s courageous campaigning earned her the title of Australian of the Year, as well as the Pride of Australia National Courage medal and Order of Australia honours. Her relentless dedication has also seen her inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women and named by Fortune Magazine as one of the world’s top 50 greatest leaders.

For over two decades, Kristy has worked with various corporate organisations to help embed family violence policies and practical measures. She has also been instrumental to the Royal Commission into family violence, and provides clarity on the impacts of family violence and systemic inadequacies to Victorian Government councils and taskforces. In recognition of her efforts, Kristy has been inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women and is also a proud recipient of an Order of Australia Medal. A courageous survivor, Kristy has empowered many women to speak out, contributing to significant national reform in the process.

Rosie Batty AO and Kristy McKellar OAM are exceptional motivational speakers, with inspiring personal stories guaranteed to ignite important conversations – and help you tackle the issue of violence against women head on. If you’d like us to introduce you, simply 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!

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!