Cheers to a successful and inspirational International Women’s Day.
Hosted by the Darwin Innovation Hub, the 2022 International Women’s Day Networking Lunch event had max capacity for bookings within a few weeks of registrations opening. In response, Darwin Innovation Hub created a waitlist for hopeful people wishing to attend the event as one of the 156 ticket holders.
“It’s the first time we had guests turn up 30mins early and seat themselves in anticipation without having to tell them to” – Emma Nesbitt, COO of Darwin Innovation Hub
8th of March – International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality to #BreakTheBias and create a #GenderEqualityTodayForASustainableTomorrow.
The Darwin Innovation Hub strongly supports organizational diversity and celebrating the achievements and development within our own workforce, and that of our clients. Paspalis and the Darwin Innovation Hub has a rich history of breaking the bias and holding and growing females in leadership roles since its inception with a 50-50 ratio of female to male staff, and half of the females in top executive roles.
Key note was addressed by Dr Jana Matthews – Chair of Boosting Female Founders, Chair of ANZ Business Growth, Director of Australian Centre for Business Growth, 2018 AFR list of 100 Women of Influence and named one of 18 Women Business Gurus in the world.
“You can be whatever you want” – Dr Jana Matthews
She motivated many attendees by sharing her journey and how she made her stand against the hurdles she came across. She urged us to “think big”.
Our six panellists were asked intriguing questions by Growth Facilitator, Stewart Jenkin-Forrest, that stimulated captivating answers – empowering and inspiring the attendees.
- Louise McCormick – NT Infrastructure Commissioner
- Pina Sommerville – Owner of Wharf One, Bella and Bella Fresh
- Magdaline Coleman – Owner & Director of Colemans Printing
- Cassandra Schmidt – NT Director at Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA)
- Tracey Hayes – Chair of Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility
- Liandra Gaykamaŋu – CEO of Enterprise Learning Projects
“Do not let external parties influence what you want to do and become.”
We learned that the Northern Territory growth rate for female led businesses is remarkably high compared to other states in Australia. The event concluded with two guest speakers, HostPlus and the Northern Territory Government.
Rachel Gallagher from HostPlus talked about closing the gender retirement savings gap in relation to women’s retirement savings with practical tips to encourage everyone to improve their retirement savings outcomes.
“The earlier the better but it’s never too late to start”
The Northern Territory Government’s topic was on the Women’s Innovation Network NT (WINN). The purpose of the WINN is to increase diversity and gender equity in innovation and STEAMM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, and medicine) through retention, attraction and elevation of women. Learn more here.
We thank everyone who attended the International Women’s Day at the Darwin Innovation Hub and look forward to seeing everyone at our future events.