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Networking lunch: Women in Leadership


Thursday, 29 April 2021
12:15pm to 2:00pm

Level 24, 215 Adelaide Street

CPD Hours


Cost (Inc GST)

$88.00 Member
$99.00 Subscriber
$110.00 Non-member

We are pleased to deliver this in a face-to face format. Read more about how we are doing this safely.

If you want to be heard you need a seat at the table, but for many women the invisible glass ceiling has prevented them from taking their seat. Join us at the Women in Leadership Luncheon where you will hear from a panel of amazing women in leadership who have achieved exceptional career success and made a difference to our community. Their stories are informative, educational, and sometimes heart wrenching! You will walk away feeling empowered and appreciative of the great female leaders who have victoriously smashed through the glass ceiling. You’ll also receive a delicious lunch and a glass of bubbles!

Celebrate and secure a table together with your colleagues — male and female.

Learning outcomes

Feel inspired and empowered by women who have excelled in their careers.

Learn about the challenges women in governance have faced, their lessons, and their advice to women on their leadership journey and those supporting the journey.


Joanne Freeman, Consul General, Queensland & Northern Territory and Director of Trade Australia & New Zealand

Jo Freeman is the Consul General in Brisbane and the Director of Trade for Australia & New Zealand at the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT).  Most recently, Jo worked as the Deputy Consul General in Sydney and has previously worked for DIT in various roles overseas including India and Canada. As the Head of Learning & Development at UK Trade and Investment, she delivered training courses across the overseas network and in the UK. Before coming to Australia in October 2016, Jo was DIT’s Deputy Regional Director for London. In this role she was responsible for managing stakeholder relationships across the London region and helping London companies explore export opportunities overseas.

Marie Mortimer, Managing Director,

Since launching in 2011, Managing Director Marie Mortimer has grown the company to be one of Australia’s largest online lenders with a loan book size of $6billion+. Marie comes from a finance and technology background and is passionate about developing the FinTech industry in Australia, particularly in the consumer finance space.

Susan Lyons, Executive Strategy Director, Publicis Mojo & Board Member, GRT Foundation

Susan is the Executive Strategy Director at Publicis Worldwide and Board Member at GRT Foundation. Working as a strategist in advertising agencies and consulting firms for the last 15 years, Susan has tackled brand and communications challenges for some of Australia’s largest brands including Telstra, NAB, CUB, Virgin Australia, Bonds, Australia Post, RACQ, TMR, Cenovis and Telfast.

Chair: Fiona Cochran, Head of Client Services, OnTalent Recruitment

Who should attend?

We welcome anyone in a governance or leadership role who champions women’s success. This event is suitable for professionals from all sectors and industries, especially those in financial services, local and state government, not-for-profit organisations and associations, schools, and health and aged care organisations.

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