WIMWA is very excited that this year’s event is at a new, bigger venue the Crown Ballroom at Crown Perth.
As expected there will be inspiring industry stories and a dynamic and engaging panel of industry leaders which will be chaired by the award-winning author, journalist and current anchor of the ABC TV’s 7.30 Report – Leigh Sales.
For the first time at a corporate event, the incomparable Leigh Sales will be joined by Annabel Crabb – who is familiar to many in the industry from her excellent hosting of the CME Women in Resources Awards. Annabel Crabb wrote a thought provoking book The Wife Drought, Why Women Need Wives and Men Need Lives she is a regular panelist, media commentator and host of the engaging ABC TV series Kitchen Cabinet. Together, Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb host one of Australia’s most popular podcasts Chat 10 Looks 3in which they talk about books, television, radio, movies, food and politics.
On a recent podcast, Annabel Crabb discussed Catherine Fox‘s new book Stop Fixing Women: Why building fairer workplaces is everyone’s business. Annabel highly recommended the book “It’s just a great book, if you work in a male-dominated field it’s a really interesting read because it challenges a lot of assumptions but it also provides some really, I think, inspirational examples of how change can be possible over even a short time”. Catherine Fox was at the Australian Financial Review for over 23 years and helped establish the annual Westpac/Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards and is also on several advisory boards, including the Australian Defence Force Gender Equality Advisory Board.
We are delighted that we have been able to again secure a WIMWA favourite Professor Bob Wood, Director of the Centre of Ethical Leadership at Melbourne University’s Business School and Professor at AGSM@ UNSW Business School, who last year unpacked the merit myth, has previously given insight into the importance of being aware of our unconscious biasand made a compelling link between sexism and safetyand who in 2017 will address human adaptability.
In a first for WIMWA we will welcome a special guest, Dr Michael Kimmel. One of the world’s leading experts on men and masculinities, and a tireless advocate of engaging men to support gender equality. He is the SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University, New York, USA. In 2015, he delivered a TED talk “Why gender equality is good for everyone — men included” Michael Kimmel makes the surprising, funny, practical case for treating men and women equally in the workplace. It’s not a zero-sum game, but a win-win that results in more opportunity and happiness for everybody.
We look forward to hearing from Michelle Cowan, who in 2016 who was appointed coach of the Fremantle Football Club women’s team. Growing up in Kambalda, Michelle followed East Fremantle and dreamed of a career in her favourite sport. Her determination and persistence in achieving this is high inspirational, and she created history as the first woman to coach Australian Rules football at any level. To follow her dreams for a number of years Michelle was a FIFO coach, with two children under seven and husband Chris firmly entrenched in a senior position in mining procurement, she commuted fortnightly from WA to Victoria.