This article was for the 2017 event. View the 2017 event information here.
The Central Highlands Regional Council will recognise and celebrate the diverse achievements of local women and girls at a free International Women’s Day morning tea next week.
Selected panel members from across the region will take to the Emerald Town Hall stage on 8 March 2016 to share their insights and experiences in a series of interactive sofa sessions.
‘From the agricultural industry and tourism sector to the halls of our high schools, these ladies come from all walks of life so I’m sure there will be something to inspire everyone,’ Mayor Cr Peter Maguire said.
Panel member Bronwyn Reid, co-founder of Mining for Business and 4T Consultants and a non-executive director of the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network, said she was particularly looking forward to hearing from the school captains taking part.
‘It’s never too early to start networking and seeking out mentors, and events such as these help this process,’ she said.
‘From the point of view of us ‘older’ leaders, it’s also important that we keep grounded and learn from our younger colleagues.’
Having moved around the world and embarked on a number of different career paths, Bronwyn said her advice to young women was not to stress if you don’t get it right the first time.
‘There is so much more freedom in career choice and progression now,’ she said.
But while the day is a time to celebrate how far women have come, Bronwyn said it was also a reminder of the continued fight for gender equality.
‘It’s very important to celebrate International Women’s Day, because while we have made real progress in gender equality in many countries, there is still a very, very long way to go,’ Ms Reid said.
Places are limited. To secure your spot to the morning tea, call Kirsty Appleton on 4982 8356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Council are also investigating live streaming the event for those that can’t make it. Keep an eye on the council Facebook page for more information.
The morning tea, which is funded by council, the Queensland Government, YWCA Queensland and the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network, will kick off at 10.00 am and finish at 11.30 am.