To honour International Women’s Day we hosted our own event.
We had a fantastic turnout from the Nexus community for our event that kicked off at midday with some delicious refreshments, courtesy of our friends at XS Roasting Kitchen.
The event was opened by GS1 Australia‘s esteemed leader, executive director and CEO Maria Palazzolo. She shared with us her own experiences in the workplace and her journey of climbing the corporate ladder. Maria’s determination to get to the top of her field is a true testament to her strength and willpower, and although the road to success was a little rocky at times, her perseverance won out.
Next up was the inspirational Carol Fox. A true trailblazer in her field, Carol has a strong sporting background and was Victoria’s first ever female professional surf lifesaving lifeguard. Working across multiple industries, Carol is the chair of Women Sport Australia, as well as the principal executive coach, speaker and trainer in the professional development industry with sport and corporate clients.
Carol shared her journey to get to where she is today as well as some insightful, confident communication skills and techniques from her book Be a Confident Communicator.
Our last speaker of the day was the captivating Madeleine Grummet. Madeleine is the co-founder and CEO of girledworld, as well as an IDEO design thinker, innovation specialist and Telstra CTO. Madeleine told her story of becoming a successful businesswoman in her own right, and her entrepreneurial motivation: her four daughters.
Madeleine was a brilliant motivational speaker and discussed the IWD theme for 2018, #PressforProgress, at great length as well as providing strategies on how we can all help to empower the next generation of women.
The event concluded with a draw of our lucky door prize, a 12-month Business Chicks membership and a copy of Carol’s book. After the presentations were complete, the feeling in the room was one of true enlightenment, empowerment and inspiration.
It’s fair to say that everyone left the Bill Pratt Auditorium that day with their confidence boosted and their heads held a little higher.