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Last December, under the GVw initiative, Global Victoria delivered its first virtual seminar: The Female Business Leader in 2020.

Bringing together a star line up of speakers, the seminar offered a unique opportunity to hear highly successful Victorian and global female leaders share their stories about how they’ve managed to navigate the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with their business, as well as beyond the screen.

“The Global Victoria Women (GVw) initiative is about empowering all women in business. We’re constantly looking for innovative ways to help women connect and expand their global networks, provide opportunities to upskill their export capabilities, grow their organisation and celebrate the outstanding achievements of local and international women. Join us this December as we continue the GVw journey to inspire global possibilities. Together, I am confident we can take on the world!” Gönül Serbest, Chief Executive Officer, Global Victoria

Designed to inspire and support women and their export journey, The Female Business Leader in 2020 provided insights into how leading women representing multiple sectors, diverse perspectives and businesses of all sizes remained agile during this period of uncertainty.

The seminar builds on the success of the first all-female inbound trade mission, the GVw Summit held in Melbourne March 2020 and was a true celebration of women’s leadership, culture and creativity in developing new and innovative ways of doing business.

VIDEO: Introducing Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Dr. Mazumdar-Shaw is a global thought leader, appearing on Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list, Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World list and was named EY’s World Entrepreneur of the Year 2020.

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Program Overview

Day 1

Date: Wednesday 2 December 2020
Time: 2.30 - 5 pm (AEDT)
Cost: free

Welcome remarks by Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria

Panel session 1: Leading and thriving through uncertainty: the Victorian Perspective

Hear from leading Victorian female exporters on how they have navigated the challenges and opportunities presented by coronavirus (COVID-19). Receive insights on how they’ve adapted their business and their plans for recovery.


Moderator: Michelle Wade, Commissioner for Victoria to South Asia

Panel session 2: Navigating 2020 as a business leader: the Asia perspective

Develop your knowledge of how businesses in Asia have responded to coronarvirus (COVID-19) and how they are embedding success into their recovery plans. Learn how they’ve motivated their workforce during this time and how the region has adapted to flexible work.

Moderator: Rebecca Hall, Commissioner for Victoria to Southeast Asia

Program overview

Day 2

Date: Thursday 3 December 2020
Time: 9 - 11.30 am (AEDT)
Cost: free

Welcome remarks by the Hon. Jaala Pulford MLC, Victoria’s Minister for Employment; Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy; Small Business

Panel session 3: Global perspectives on creativity and agility for SME success

Hear from SME’s discussing the challenges their businesses have faced during the pandemic and how being global citizens, creative and agile has helped them meet the challenges of 2020 and stay committed to future success.

Moderator: Natalia Gorroño, Victoria’s Acting Head of Post for Latin America

Panel session 4: The Woman Beyond the Screen

Learn how to bring your best self to the virtual workplace and how to be an adaptive leader in an everchanging world.

Moderator: Gönül Serbest, CEO, Global Victoria