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International Women’s Day Event – NSW

8 March 2024 11:45am - 2:00pm
Sydney Harbour Marriott (Henry Lawson Room) 30 Pitt St, Sydney NSW
Member $120
Non-Member $140
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.

Speaker highlights

Holly Kramer, Non-executive Director, ANZ Group Holdings and Woolworths Group


Holly Kramer is a full time Non-executive Director and Chief Executive, with extensive experience in retail and consumer markets across a range of industries.  She has long been an advocate for gender equality, business ethics/culture and sustainability.  She is the former CEO of Australian retailer Best & Less and has more than 25 years’ experience in general management and marketing, including roles at Telstra, Pacific Brands and Ford Motor Company (in the US and Australia.)  Holly is the recipient of the Sir Charles McGrath Award for a distinguished career in Marketing.

Holly currently sits on a range of listed, unlisted and not for profit organisations.  Her portfolio includes the board of the ANZ Group Holdings (ASX:ANZ) and Woolworths Group (ASX:WOW), where she chairs the board’s Sustainability Committee.  She also sits on the boards of New Zealand dairy cooperative, Fonterra (ASX/NZX:FSF) and Agritech start-up Nbryo.  Holly is a Pro Chancellor of Western Sydney University and sits on the board of indigenous scholarship NFP, the GO (Goodes-O’Loughlin) Foundation.

In addition to her Board roles, Holly is a Senior Advisor at Pollination Group, a Climate Investment and Advisory Firm and she sits on the Bain & Company Advisory Council.  Holly’s previous governance roles included the Boards of Australia Post, where she was Deputy Chair, The Lendi Group, which she Chaired, along with Endeavour Group, Nine Entertainment, AMP, Abacus Property and 2XU.

Tracy Morgan, Non Executive Director, and Chair Finance & Audit Committee at Wesley Mission

Tracy Morgan is a highly regarded strategist and leader with over 30 years commercial and not for profit experience. 

Currently non-executive director and Finance and Audit Committee Chair with Wesley Community Services.  Other board and committee roles include The Australian Music Centre, Sylvanvale Foundation for Disability, Women Chiefs of Enterprises International, The Housing Connection, and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.   

Prior executive and consulting experience includes CEO of World Hope International, and over ten years running her own consulting practice, Morstone, providing advice and expertise in strategy facilitation and development, governance, organisational design and change management.  

Tracy is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.  

Dr Melissa Williams, Chief Executive Officer at Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council 

Melissa is a descendant of the Bundjalung People located in Northern NSW. Since August 2018, Melissa has been the Chief Executive Officer at Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council which is constituted under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) (the Act). Gandangara’s objectives are to improve, protect and foster the best interests of all Aboriginal persons within the Council’s area and other persons who are members of the Council. 

Melissa also oversees Gandangara’s controlled entities: Gandangara Health Services Limited - All community Medical Practice; Gandangara Transport Services Limited - Patient and Community Transport and Marumali Limited which is one of two health brokerage services in Australia. Melissa was previously a Director at Western Sydney University. For this work, her Office won the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) Fons Trompenaars Award for best people management initiatives and strategies in the management of a diverse or multicultural workplace. Melissa is also on the Board of Family Planning NSW. 

Melissa believes that the best way to predict the future is to invent it whilst honouring the past and paying respect to the oldest living culture on this planet. Melissa’s ambition is to create a methodology which can engage, recognise and value the unique history, place and contributions of First Peoples as a core part of Australia’s nation-making in the 21st century. 


Pauline Vamos, FGIA FCG Chair, Governance Institute of Australia

Pauline Vamos is deeply experienced in broad financial services in the listed, commercial and not-for-profit space as a non-executive director and chairman. Pauline is currently the chairman of Interaction Disability Services Limited, Governance Institute of Australia and Moneytech Group Ltd, and a NED of CEW and Mercer Superannuation (Australia) Limited. 

Now a full-time NED, Pauline was previously the CEO of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA -2007 -2016) and a senior executive with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) for seven years. Pauline's last executive role was the CEO of Regnan: an ASX200 ESG specialist research and engagement company. 

Pauline has a long history on boards and has held various senior executive and CEO roles. 

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

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