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Leading Change: Country to Canberra Charity Panel Event

Join us for drinks, canapés and an exciting Panel Event on Wednesday, 27 July to empower young rural and remote women. All funds raised will go toward Country to Canberra’s award-winning ‘Power Trip’ and ‘Project Empower’ programs, which are run purely by volunteers and deliver education and leadership opportunities to some of Australia’s most isolated communities.

The Panel will focus on the topic Leading Change: Empowering Women in Male-Domainated Industries” and will be MC’d by the inspiring Amanda Whitley, HerCanberra Founder and 2016 ACT Woman of the Year!

The esteemed Panel also includes:

  • Air Marshal Leo Davies, AO CSC – Chief of Air Force 
  • Dr Sarah Pearson – CEO of CBR Innovation Netwok 
  • Ms Liza Maimone – Managing Partner, PwC Australia 

The evening will commence at 5.00pm for networking and drinks, with the Panel kicking off at 5.30pm. From fast jet pilot recruitment to women in STEM, the panellists will discuss diverse topics until 6.40pm, including audience Q&A. An opportunity to meet the panellists, as well as more mingling, canapés and drinks will follow. Please note: limited tickets are available.

Excitingly, the fundraiser is being held on the same day as Country to Canberra’s 2016 Leadership Competition launch! The competition provides students with an opportunity to speak out about gender equality, and awards winners with a ‘Power Trip’ to Canberra to undertake leadership and public speaking training, meet with inspiring politicians and CEOs, connect with mentors and more. #C2CLeadingChange

Tickets online from Eventbrite.

Panellists/MC Biographies: 

Air Marshal Leo Davies, AO CSC – Chief of Air Force 

Air Marshal Davies joined the Royal Australian Air Force as a cadet Navigator in 1979 graduating to fly P-3B and P-3C Orion aircraft. In 1988, he completed pilot training and F-111 conversion course, and over his career, flew over 2000 hours and has undertaken diverse postings and international deployments. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2014 and was promoted to Air Marshal and appointed to Chief of Air Force in July 2015.

Amanda Whitley, HerCanberra Founder and 2016 ACT Woman of the Year – MC 

In 2011, after enjoying a diverse career in public relations and media, Amanda Whitley launched www.hercanberra.com.au, a website for local women. Today, it has a monthly unique readership of more than 100 000 and a social network exceeding 50 000 followers, providing a resource which tells the city’s stories, highlights things to do, facilitates connections, and encourages people to engage with their city as a great place to live. HerCanberra has grown to be one of Canberra’s leading media brands, also boasting a quarterly Magazine, podcast and event series. Amanda was recently named ACT Woman of the Year for 2016.

Dr Sarah Pearson – CEO of CBR Innovation Netwok 

Dr Sarah Pearson is CEO of CBRIN; an entity established to transform the ACT economy through innovation and entrepreneurship. She sits on 11 Boards, panels and committees covering manufacturing, angel investment, STEM, social innovation and more. Sarah’s eclectic career has spanned industrial innovation, academia, management consulting, government, and science communication, from the University of Oxford, to McKinsey, Cadbury and ANU. Sarah is an author on eight international patents, for cancer diagnosis and novel confectionary.

Ms Liza Maimone – Managing Partner, PwC Australia 

In addition to being the Managing Partner of PwC Australia Canberra, Liza is a member of PwC Australia’s Consulting leadership team and is the People & Offices Leader for the Consulting business. Liza is a member of PwC’s Global Sustainability Governance Board. Outside of PwC, Liza is a Board member of the Melbourne University School of Engineering Foundation, Board member, Sustainable Melbourne Fund, Director of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Advisory member of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Australian Conservation Foundation. Liza is also a registered Greenhouse and Energy Auditor.


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