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International Women’s Day Event – QLD

8 March 2024 12:15pm - 2:30pm
Cloudland - The Rose Room 641 Ann St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane QLD
Member $120
Non-Member $150
Subscriber $140

Getting to the causes of inequality to #InspireInclusion

“Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can all #InspireInclusion.” International Women’s Day 2024

Everyone is invited to join us for our International Women’s Day Lunch as we explore the deeper causes of inequality and how we can address them.

With a focus on fostering equality, panel members will discuss women’s inclusion, successful initiatives and experiences as well as ways we can all drive positive change.

When we inspire others to understand and value women's inclusion we build a foundation of belonging, relevance, and empowerment.

Join fellow governance professionals, hear from influential guest speakers, engage in the conversation and feel empowered to #InspireInclusion.

What is in it for you?

  • Feel inspired and empowered by women who have excelled in their careers.
  • Learn about future opportunities for women in governance
  • Hear from our speakers about their professional accomplishments, lessons they learnt and their advice to women on their leadership journey and those supporting the journey.

Speakers highlights

Tracey Lake – Chief People Officer, Great Southern Bank

Tracey joined Great Southern Bank (formerly CUA) in March 2017. She is responsible for leading the Great Southern Bank People and Culture strategy to build future capability and drive a high-performing, networked organisation. Her team looks after the delivery of People and Culture services and initiatives including enterprise change, organisational development and capability, performance management, culture and engagement, diversity, talent acquisition, remuneration and benefits, workplace relations, workplace health, safety and well-being.

Tracey has 14 years’ experience as a human resources executive, with a breadth of human resources and leadership experience including roles at Allianz Global Assistance, Insurance Australia Group, CGU Insurance and The Consultancy Bureau. Tracey’s experience covers both strategic and operational aspects of human resources including recruitment, talent management, change management, learning and development, employee engagement, OH&S, restructures and integrations.

In her most recent role prior to joining Great Southern Bank, Tracey was Executive General Manager for People, Culture & Community and Strategic Projects at Allianz Global Assistance, playing an integral role in contributing to the strategic plan and
operational performance of the business. Tracey is a member of the Australian Human Resource Institute and in 2018 she became a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company of Directors.

Matt Cooper - Chief Executive Officer, Northstar Energy

Matt is an energy and resources professional and with over 20 years’ experience with a reputation for integrity and performance.  He has an outstanding track record of successfully developing, delivering and operating multi-billion dollar energy infrastructure capital project investments and resource tenements.  His corporate experience has included the strategic planning, development, restructure, and rollout of three new business units for ASX listed and private mid-cap companies, development and execution of capital projects for Arrow Energy Holdings Pty Ltd and the development and rollout of a new operational business unit for BHP Group Ltd.

Throughout Matt’s career, embracing diversity in the formulation and leadership of high-performing teams has been central to his success. Corporate implementation of equal-opportunity and diversity policy aside, a key feature of this process has been to understand the underlying socio-cultural factors and statistics conspiring against diversity and equality of opportunity and strenuously advocating to raise awareness of the issues together with a ‘toolkit’ of countermeasures.

Katie Whittle - General Manager Engineering & Execution, Shell Offshore Wind

Katie Whittle graduated from Oxford University with a Masters of Engineering and joined the Shell Upstream business as a process engineer in 1994. Her diverse career has taken her all over the World, enjoying technical roles in engineering, project delivery and new business development, plus broadening roles in economics, business planning, general management and strategic leadership.

Katie is a passionate, values-based leader, a lifelong advocate for Diversity & Inclusion who seeks to address systemic barriers in support of equitable outcomes in the workplace and in the world at large.

Gail Creighton Davies - Transformation Consultant and Founder of the G8 Ladies 

Gail Creighton-Davies guides organisations through their digital transformation journey, by maturing change delivery governance, frameworks and building teams who 'breath together'.

Gail’s engagement model and toolkits have been developed leveraging all formal frameworks and applying over 20 years of practical lessons learned, continuous improvement and common sense.


Loretta Bayliss - Founder & Chief Executive, Prescience Group

Loretta Bayliss is a future-focused and highly respected business leader and entrepreneur. In 2005, she founded her flagship entity, Prescience Technology, which has now grown to a group of companies across ANZ and ASEAN. Loretta's guidance and the services provided by her companies empower clients in construction, engineering, mining, and resources; creating confidence in the Future of Capital Project Performance.

Her trusted advice shapes strategies for major Australian businesses, elevating project management excellence and performance. She is passionate about inclusivity and diversity, emphasizing the importance of women's rights in the corporate landscape and beyond. Her involvement in these initiatives reflects a broader commitment to social responsibility and a desire to create a world where opportunities are accessible to everyone, regardless of gender.

Who should attend?

  • Directors
  • Non-executive Directors
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Governance and risk management professionals
  • Retired members
  • Government/Public sector professionals
  • Non-Government organisations

What is included?

2 Course Lunch
2 Hour Drinks Package

Please reach out to our events team to book a table of 10pax, 


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