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  1. International Women's Day event

    5 March 2019

    7:00am - 9:00am

    Melbourne International Women’s Day Breakfast

    We are more powerful together – join us as we celebrate International Women’s Day in Melbourne.

    DATE: Tuesday, 5th March 2019

    TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 am

    VENUE: Palladium Room, Crown Melbourne, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC

    UN Women National Committee (NC) Australia hosts Australia’s largest International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrations in March each year. IWD is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women. It is also a day to review how far women have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development.

    IWD also provides an opportunity to unite, network and mobilise funds to foster meaningful change into the future.

    For enquiries, please contact our event contractors Event Head at [email protected] or on 0434 608 433.



    Information for attendees

    We look forward to welcoming you to International Women’s Day in Melbourne!

    Please arrive at the Palladium at Crown from 6:30am, for a 7:00am sharp start. The event will conclude at 9:00am.

    Upon your arrival, please enter the room and head directly to your table. There is no need to present a ticket. There will be volunteers to assist with directions, if needed.

    If you registered on behalf of others, please let them know your assigned Table number.

    Getting to the Palladium at Crown


    Parking is available at the venue. A map of how to enter the car park can be found here and pricing information can be found here.

    Public Transport

    You can take the 96, 109, or 12 trams stop just outside of the Crown.

    If you have any other questions

    For any other enquiries, please contact our event contractors Event Head on 0434 608 433 or email [email protected] You can also contact Palladium on Crown for any further access enquiries on (03) 9292 8888.



    Mele Maualaivao – Country Program Coordinator (Samoa), UN Women
    Also Speaking in Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney

    Mele Maualaivao is the Country Program Coordinator for UN Women based in Samoa, operating in four countries – Samoa, Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue.

    Under her leadership, UN Women has been able to develop partnerships with organisations such as the Samoa Judiciary to facilitate forums on “Family Law and Restorative Justice”.  Mele has been instrumental in establishing the Ending Violence in Samoa Roundtable, a monthly discussion group which address issues of family violence featuring a range of guest speakers. Mele has also been closely involved in supporting projects focussed on women’s political participation and leadership in Samoa. She has been involved in post-cyclone response efforts to Tonga and Samoa where addressing gender in humanitarian action was key to interventions supporting women in urban and rural areas.

    Prior to working for UN Women, Mele worked with the National University of Samoa in hosting forums on Domestic Violence, Women’s Political Participation and Women’s contribution to Samoan’s Political Development.

    Sue Morphet – Chief Executive Women (CEW) President, Non Executive Director and Adviser

    Sue Morphet

    Sue Morphet has over 30 years of brand, consumer goods, manufacturing and retail management experience across Australia and New Zealand.

    Sue was CEO of Pacific Brands Limited from December 2007 to September 2012, following 12 years with the company. Sue also chaired Manufacturing Australia from 2012–2014 and now holds non-executive directorships with Asaleo Care Limited, Fisher & Paykel Appliances Holdings Limited, Godfreys Group Limited, Noni B Limited and is Chairman of National Tiles Co Pty Ltd.

    Sue holds a Bachelor of Science and Education.

    Brendon Gale MA, LLB, GAICD – Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Richmond Football Club

    Brendon Gale

    In a professional athletic career spanning 12 years, Brendon played 244 games of AFL football with the Richmond Football Club from 1990 to 2001. In January 2005, Brendon was appointed CEO of the AFL Players Association where he was responsible for representing the collective industrial interests of all AFL players.

    In September 2009 Brendon was appointed as CEO of the Richmond Football Club. Brendon leads a diverse team of over 150 people, a budget of approximately $80 million and is responsible for the performance of all aspects of the organisation. Under Brendon’s leadership, Richmond’s iconic Punt Rd Oval headquarters has been transformed into an elite high-performance facility, and the Club has achieved record consumer and commercial growth year on year, resulting in well over 100% revenue growth since 2010.

    Further, with the establishment of Aligned Leisure and the Richmond Institute of Sports Leadership Brendon has grown an increasingly diversified sports business. Importantly, the Club has competed in five of the last six AFL Finals Series, including the drought breaking 2017 AFL Premiership – Richmond’s eleventh overall. Brendon is a passionate diversity advocate and holds a number of directorships and also served on the Board of the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission from 2009-2013. He is also an active participant in the Male Champions of Change program.

    James Taylor – Managing Director, SBS

    James Taylor

    James Taylor is a strategically-driven leader with more than 19 years’ experience across the media and telecommunications sectors. He was appointed to the role of SBS Managing Director in October 2018 having been with organisation for more than six years as its Chief Financial Officer.

    During his time as CFO, James had oversight of the Finance, Corporate Strategy, People and Culture, SBS Media, Legal and Corporate Services teams. He has been central to the ongoing strategic direction, digital innovation and efficient operations of the public broadcaster as it connects with more Australians across four distinctive TV channels, an unrivalled multilingual offering in 68 languages and market leading digital services that reflect the changing needs of audiences.

    James is a passionate advocate for inclusive working environments and is committed to ensuring SBS’s culture reflects the diversity of perspectives championed across its programming and services. As part of SBS’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan, James Chairs the SBS Inclusion Council, which provides governance and direction to drive SBS’s inclusion practices, most recently resulting in a new parental leave policy that better supports and reflects the diversity of parents.

    with thanks to our local sponsors
    Wheelton Philanthropy


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