This International Women’s Day I was fortunate enough to attend the Australia China Business Council’s Forum and High Tea at the Regent Theatre’s Grand Plaza Ballroom. The event presented three incredible female panellists; Holly Ransom, CEO of Emergent, Lydia Khalil, Research Fellow at Lowy Institute and Sarah Chibnall, Group Director of Communications at H&H Group.
The panellists shared their stories of their professional journeys to the top of the ladder. It was identified that a battle women face in business is having to choose to either be shrewd and succeed or nice and settle for a lesser position. However, there was strong sentiment that women must “have courage and be kind”; we do not need to diminish our caring nature to achieve success in our careers.
The venue was incredible, and completely packed. Ornate chandeliers dangled from the ceiling and sheer elegant curtains framed the expansive ballroom. Tables dressed in white lace sprawled around the space, each one boasted multi-levelled serving platters loaded with both savoury and sweet baked goods. The trickle of pouring wine could always been heard in the midst of excited whispers and comments of agreeance.
The event was a lesson for me. It taught me about the struggles and triumphs that women before me have grappled with and fought to achieve. The speakers inspired me, and the atmosphere was electric with passion and perseverance, as we all dedicated ourselves to press for progress. It instilled in me the desire to take on the fight from women before me, as each generation paves the way to social, economic and political equality for both genders.
Things of note:
- Location: Regent Theatre Grand Plaza Ballroom
- Highlight: Lydia Khalil
- Cost: $120
- Hot Tip: Get there on time, doors do not open until 2pm, but you will miss networking if you are late.
- Venue: 5/5
- Catering: 5/5
- Speakers: 5/5
- Networking Opportunity: 3/5
Total: 18 / 20