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Marketing Women Inc: Wake Up with WMI, April 2018: Event Review

By Business

On Tuesday the 10th of April at 7:30am, I attended the Marketing Women Inc event, ‘Wake Up with MWI, April 2018’ at Carat in South Melbourne.

The event boasted three incredible panel speakers, Joanne Markham, Executive Director of Aftersales at GM Holden, Mandy Henderson, Managing Director at Threat Communications and Elise Bucholz, Client Services Director at Time Out.

Approximately 50 women stolled into the venue between 7:30am and 8am in groups of colleagues and had a casual chat over fruit and danishes before the event officially started just before 8am.

Over the next hour, the panel talked about their experiences in the marketing world as women and shared the secrets of how to get ahead in the world of marketing. It is fortunate that the marketing industry is female dominated, therefore giving rise to a strong understanding among industry professionals of each other.

For myself, Joanne Markham truly shone as the star panellist. The crowd really responded to her story and yearned to hear more. She talked about the importance of authenticity in leadership and told the audience that she once cried in front of her team.

Joanne also spoke about maternity leave. She advised all women to ensure they stay in regular touch with the organisation during leave, check in with leadership departments every 6-8 weeks and ensure they know what you expect for when you return.

Joanne also spoke about the importance of having sponsors, which she described as the people who will advocate for you when you are not in the room. The best way to accumulate sponsors is to be a kind and genuine person that works hard.

All in all, it was a great event to hear three successful marketing women’s experiences. It filled me with motivation for the workday ahead of me. I would attend the event again.


Things of note:

Location: Carat, South Melbourne

Highlight: Joanne Markham

Cost: $30

Hot Tip: Bring a notepad and pen to take notes.



Venue: 4/5

Catering: 3/5

Speakers: 5/5

Networking Opportunity: 2/5


Total: 14 / 20


Women In Business Luncheon with Susan Alberti Event Review

By Business

On Friday the 23rd of March, I was fortunate enough to attend a Women in business Luncheon with Susan Alberti, hosted by Business in Moonee Valley. Susan Alberti was an incredible speaker. She has a unique way of filling every eye with a tear and every heart with hope.

Susan shared her life story. She has been devastated with the passing of the closest people in her life. Her best friend in her childhood, her husband in her early adulthood, her daughter and her parents.

Where most people would not have been able to go on, Susan was always able to eventually find motivation. She is a known philanthropist, raising large funds for medical research, particularly for type 1 diabetes, as well as donating her own money. As a successful business woman in her own right, Susan strives to promote women in sport and business.

The event was held at the Australian Events Centre. Whilst it took over an hour to get there from South Melbourne, it was worth it. It was a beautiful centre, and the tables were arranged so all attendees had a perfect view of the stage.

To complement the great venue, the catering was delicious – a choice of fish, beef or vegetarian risotto for lunch, and citrus tart for dessert. However, it was stated around the table that canapes are often better suited to this kind of event.

I am always inspired to hear the challenges and triumphs of women in business. I feel extremely grateful for the women who have led the path for gender equality in the past, and am very motivated to take the torch and further improve conditions in the future.

The atmosphere at the event was fantastic! Women talked about the struggles they have experienced, and practical steps they have taken to better gender equality in the workplace. I left the event feeling inspired to make a difference.


Things of note:

  • Location: Australian Events Centre
  • Highlight: Susan Alberti
  • Cost: $90
  • Hot Tip: Get there on time to network!



  • Venue: 4/5
  • Catering: 3/5
  • Speakers: 5/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 3/5


Total: 15 / 20