By Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia, 26 February, 2020



The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has secured a strong line-up of inspiring speakers for the 2020 EEAA International Women’s Day Breakfast. Led by Claudia Sagripanti, EEAA Chief Executive, the panel will explore the #EachforEqual global theme with a focus on ageism, bias against the young and the old and employability of people of all ages.

Daz Chandler – interdisciplinary storyteller; Natalie Yan-Chatonsky – Founder of Full Time Lives; Erica Blythe – Director of Finance and Administration, ICC Sydney and Christine Kotsis – Senior Business Development Manager, Harry the Hirer will take to the stage to share their stories at Doltone House on Thursday, 5 March.

EEAA President, Spiro Anemogiannis said that he was proud that the EEAA created this event initially in 2014 and has committed to putting the spotlight on the important role women play in the events sector.

“The Association has demonstrated future-focussed leadership in helping to create a culture in our industry that fosters equal opportunity and recognises outstanding talent.” said Mr Anemogiannis.

Claudia Sagripanti, EEAA Chief Executive will facilitate the panel discussion in her first official hosting role as the EEAA’s new leader.

I am truly delighted to have joined the Association and to be able to lead this discussion around equality in the workplace and the importance of breaking down unconscious bias to implement change.” said Ms Sagripanti.

“We have engaged an inspiring keynote speaker – Daz Chandler along with an inspirational line-up of role models and I am very much looking forward to sharing their stories.” said Ms Sagripanti.

“We will again continue our focus on Corporate Social Responsibility with the support of two important charities, Fitted For Work and UN Women Australia and we invite all attendees to make a contribution towards improving the lives of women in our community,” continued Ms Sagripanti.

In support of the Fitted for Work organisation, the EEAA is asking guests who attend the breakfast to donate good quality corporate clothing, shoes and accessories to help disadvantaged women return to the workforce.

The EEAA encourages registrations from both Members and non-members, offering attendees the opportunity to come together to celebrate this important event and support this global initiative toward equality.


Date: Thursday, 5 March 2020

Time: 7:15am sharp to 10.00am

Location: Doltone House, Hyde Park, 3/181 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW

Cost: EEAA Members: $100pp +GST and booking fee; Non-members: $120pp +GST and booking fee

Host a table (9 pax): $820 + GST and booking fee

To register, purchase tickets here.

The breakfast is hosted by Doltone House and will include a welcome message from Anna Cesarano, Chief Executive Officer of Doltone House.

The panel of speakers are:

Keynote: Daz Chandler – Creative Director of Origami Flight. Daz is an award-winning interdisciplinary storyteller creating work that traverses’ words, performance, sound, video, film, events and online platforms. She was invited to perform at London’s Union Chapel as part of The Moth’s prestigious main-stage event. Her primary interest lies in work that challenges preconceived sociocultural and political notions and ideas and creates instances of social engagement or points of connections between unlikely parties.

Natalie Yan-Chatonsky – Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Full Time Lives, a company created by Natalie to help people positively and meaningfully embark on the next chapter following mid-life career and lifestyle changes. She designs and delivers workshops, retreats and online programs to guide people through the steps for a purposeful and fulfilled life.

Erica Blythe – Director of Finance and Administration at ICC Sydney. As a fully qualified FCPA and GAICD, throughout her career Erica has consistently delivered strong financial results for some of Sydney’s most prominent hotels. She is a highly regarded spokesperson within the accounting industry and has also contributed to important industry research pieces including the EEAA’s ‘A Career for Life 2019’ and the Business Chicks’ ‘Women in Leadership Report’.

Christine Kotsis – Senior Business Development Manager, Harry the Hirer. With over 14 years’ experience in the industry, Christine is a highly respected business development professional with a proven track record in achieving results. She has worked with countless professional conference and exhibition organisers, corporate, government, associations, marketing and public relations agencies demonstrating her ability to liaise with a diverse range of clientele.

This is a great opportunity to come together to celebrate this important worldwide event.

We thank our Venue Partner, Doltone House and our supporting Partners Microhire, Sprintr by AV1, FABframe, Eventbrite and Homepix Photography.

Source: EEAA