Inaugural Learning & Networking Event - Melbourne, 9 April 2018
On Monday 9 April 2018, the Women's Leadership Initiative held its inaugural Learning and Networking event in Melbourne.
The event was opened with an acknowledgement of country and welcome address by Senator Jane Hume (Senator for Victoria). A panel discussion and Q&A session followed, which was convened by Dr Kerryn Bakerfrom ANU’s Department of Pacific Affairs.
The distinguished panel offered rich insights of political leadership in the Pacific. Speakers included:
- Hon Ali’imalemanu Alofa Tu’uau, Member of the National Parliament of Samoa and Co-chair of the Women's Leadership Initiative's Steering Committee
- Hon Dr Sharman Stone, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls
- Hon Ralph Regenvanu, Member of the Parliament (MP) of Vanuatu
- Ms Robyn Forester, CEO, Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre
The event was attended by over 54 guests, including Australia Awards scholars, academic and private sector partners.
Australia Awards students who attended were able to consider their current and future roles in the political leadership of their countries as well as learn more about the Women's Leadership Initiative.
At the event's close, guests enjoyed sunset networking amongst the skyscrapers of Melbourne’s CBD.
Read Australia Awards scholar and Leadership & Mentoring program participant Atenasi Ata’s reflection on the event on the Australia Awards site.
"A highlight was knowing that women can be influential leaders not only in politics but in whatever domain they choose" - event participant.