Global Victoria Women (GVw)
The Global Victoria Women (GVw) initiative is aimed at empowering women in business to connect, grow and establish global networks to succeed in doing business in international markets. GVw seeks to increase the number of Victorian women pursuing export goals, including participation in trade missions, providing opportunities to upskill and learn from others.
“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. 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 Virtual Seminar in 2020 brought together highly successful Victorian and global female leaders to share their experiences. Watch the highlights video for key insights and how they’ve remained agile during this period of uncertainty.
VIDEO: GVw Virtual Seminar Highlights:
GVw Virtual Seminar: The Female Business Leader in 2020 and Beyond
In December 2020, Global Victoria delivered its first virtual seminar under the GVw initiative: 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.
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
VIDEO: 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.
Discover our speakers for the seminar
GVw Summit: March 2020
Staged over four full days in March, GVw 2020 was our inaugural all-women business summit that marked the pinnacle of a 90-day festival in Melbourne celebrating women in global business who continue to champion for a gender-inclusive business world.
GVw 2020: the highlights
Women in STEM: Tour of Monash Technology Precinct (MTP)
Delegates met with Victoria’s key decision makers within the globally-recognised MTP.
The combination and depth of world-class research infrastructure is unrivalled nationally with Monash University, the Australian Synchrotron, CSIRO and the Monash Health clinical trial hub – all of which form the core of MTP. Leading global businesses at MTP include Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer, ABB, Bosch and Lockheed Martin.
Women in Medtech and Pharma: BioMelbourne Network’s Devices + Diagnostics (D+D) Lab
The D+D Lab is a celebration of STEM innovation and entrepreneurship.
Guests learned about the successful partnerships and capabilities in Victoria’s thriving MedTech sector, engaged with high-profile speakers and experts to access knowledge and global trends, while having opportunities to connect and promote their business to industry professionals they haven’t met.
Women in International Business: International Chamber House (ICH) International Women’s Day Event
Delegates celebrated the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women at one of Melbourne’s largest International Women’s Day events, featuring keynotes from CSIRO Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley, and CEO of Australian Centre for the Moving Image Ms Katrina Sedgwick, and panel discussions from influential women and how they’ve reached senior roles in vastly different organisations.
Women in Sport: Tour of Melbourne’s World-class Sporting Hub
There’s no place on earth for sport like Melbourne. This tour showcased why Melbourne is Australia’s home of sport, and what our leaders are working on in tourism excellence, sustainability practices and integration of universal design and accessibility principles.
Women in Transport and Infrastructure: Victoria’s Big Build & Metro Tunnel Project
Discover how international businesses can get involved in Victoria’s Big Build . A tour of Victoria’s biggest investment in public transport, the Metro Tunnel Project demonstrated the challenges of building in an urban environment whilst enhancing the liveability of our city.
The Change our Game Symposium
The Victorian Government's Change Our Game Symposium saw leading thinkers share their insight, knowledge and experiences, and discussed the important role community sport plays in levelling the playing field for women and girls. Headlining the event was sports icon and long-time advocate for gender equality and justice, Billie Jean King, and globally-recognised business leader and International Cricket Council Director, Indra Nooyi.
Conversations with Victorian women in international business
2019 GOVEA Award Winner for Victorian Women in International Business, Samantha Cheetham talks to Global Victoria about her journey as a business leader with SDI Limited.
VIDEO: Samantha Cheetham
2018 GOVEA Award Winner for Victorian Women in International Business, Dr. Ewa Douroux talks to Global Victoria about her journey with Leica Biosystems.
VIDEO: Dr. Ewa Douroux