How we honoured International Women’s Day 2020

March 8 marked not only a very important date in the global calendar, but also in Nexus’ calendar too, as International Women’s’ Day holds a very special place in our hearts.

This year’s IWD theme was #EachforEqual and we invited the inspirational One Roof Founder, Sheree Rubinstein, as our guest speaker.

In keeping with Nexus tradition, the event was once again opened by GS1 Australia‘s esteemed leader, executive director, and CEO Maria Palazzolo. Maria was our talented MC for the occasion – she not only opened the presentation, but also kindly shared her own incredible journey of success, and how she climbed the corporate ladder to where she is today.

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Next up, it was time for the lady of the hour herself – Sheree Rubinstein. Starting out as a corporate lawyer, Sheree turned her back on the ruthless world of law to become an entrepreneur and founded her female-led, co-working space empire called ‘One Roof’.

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She started out by renting an Airbnb in St Kilda and within the first week had hundreds of people walking through the doors. This was all the confirmation Sheree needed that there was an obvious gap in business leadership: a need for a female-focused co-working space. Before long, the little pop-up space grew into what it is today: a physical hub providing everything a female entrepreneur and women-led businesses need to thrive.

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Sheree shared details of her life journey, career highlights, and of course, the struggles she endured working as a female lawyer in a male-dominated field. Her passion for helping and supporting other women in business was truly inspiring.

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During the presentation we were treated to a delicious feast of hot and cold lunch platters to nibble on from our fabulous foodie friends at XS Roasting Kitchen. Many attendees stayed back to chat with both Sheree and Maria, and because the event took place before social distancing was a thing, we all huddled together for a gorgeous group photo.

It’s fair to say that everyone left that day feeling a little more inspired with their confidence boosted.

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