By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia , 26 February, 2018

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has named the strong line-up of speakers for its annual International Women’s Day Breakfast on Thursday, 8 March 2018.

City of Sydney Councillor Christine Forster; Pier One General Manager, Kim Mahaffy; Strategist, Consultant and Author, Jane Mathews; Director of the Australian Chamber Business Leaders Council, Paul Nicolaou; and The M Agency Founder and Managing Director, Emma Triggs will headline this year’s annual celebration of women in the Australasian business event industry.

The Association is calling on the industry to show its support for recognising the significant role women play in creating a successful business events industry in Australasia.

EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio, also reinforced the important role men can play in creating environments in which women can flourish.

“This is not just a breakfast for women. It’s a time for everyone in our industry, young and old, to come together to celebrate the role women play in our sector. Recognising that men and women are equal contributors to a healthy economy and society is the key to our future prosperity,” Ms DiMascio said.

“Despite significant work over recent years to bring the issue of gender equality to the forefront of economic and social progress, new data by the World Economic Forum shows that the gender gap is widening rather than closing.

“This is a social and economic issue that impacts us all and one that we must to tackle together.

“International Women’s Day is a fitting time to acknowledge the significant and inspirational role that women play in business and the community.

“The Association is honoured to welcome an esteemed panel of inspirational women from both within and outside the industry. They have great stories of courage, leadership and achievement to share, and are inspiring the next generation of young men and women.”

About the speakers:

City of Sydney Councillor Christine Forster describes herself as “committed to the principles of common sense government, genuine sustainability, free enterprise and respect for the individual”. She played an active and public role in the recent same-sex marriage campaign and is a champion for the business event industry in Sydney.

Pier One General Manager, Kim Mahaffy is a leading woman in the business event industry. Her career has taken her around the world and she is credited with helping to make Pier One one of the most successful hotels ever. She is known for her impactful leadership style, which includes a focus on creating workplace cultures that support the individual and foster entrepreneurialism in young people.

Strategist, Consultant and Author, Jane Mathews is best known for her book, Midlife Manifesto, which encourages and inspires women to take control of their lives, through such things as ‘teaching people how to treat you’ and ‘creating a life based on how you want to feel every day’. With a background in advertising that has taken her across the globe, she now runs her own strategic consultancy, which delivers strategic business advice and specialised training in ‘unconscious bias’.

Director of the Australian Chamber Business Leaders Council, Paul Nicolaou, works with business leaders around the country and across all industries. Paul is a strong advocate for promoting women to leadership roles. Through the Australian Chamber, he creates many opportunities for women leaders to share their expertise and knowledge.

The M Agency Founder and Managing Director, Emma Triggs is a highly successful woman in media, creating campaigns for some of the world’s biggest entertainers over the past 25 years and currently delivering over 100 campaigns a year in Australia and New Zealand across live touring (music, comedy, family, theatre and others), album releases, film releases, exhibitions, sporting events and more. She is passionate about the role of mentoring in the career development of young people.

Doltone House CEO, Anna Cesarano, is also a strong advocate and mentor for women in business events and will be on stage to welcome guests to the venue.

The Association encourages the men and women of our industry to join this special celebration of inspiration and leadership and join the global effort to create an environment where people can thrive and do their personal best.

The event will again be supporting the charity Fitted for Work and encourages its guests to donate good quality corporate clothing, shoes and accessories to help disadvantage women return to the workforce.

Date: Thursday, 8 March 2018
Location: Doltone House Hyde Park
Arrival Time: 7.00am
Event Time: 7.30am – 9.30am

Cost: Members $110pp | Non-Members $132pp
Host a table of key clients (9pax): Members $900 | Non-Members $1080

RSVP: By Friday, 2 March 2018


Themes: This year, the themes for International Women’s Day are #PressforProgress and Leave no woman behind.

With the findings from the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away – there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress.

Source: EEAA