Victorian Women in International Business
The Victorian Government has been the most active state government in championing opportunities for women in international trade. The Victorian Women in International Business (VWIIB) initiative continues to promote opportunities for Victorian women to make new connections and develop partnerships to help grow their export businesses.
The objectives of the VWIIB initiative is to:
- increase the involvement of women in international business programs
- increase international opportunities for Victorian businesses that result in commercial outcomes
- upskill the export capability of women including cultural awareness and understanding
- reduce perceptions of cultural restrictions/barriers to engaging in business globally
- facilitate cross-pollination of ideas through networking (domestic and international).
To support Victorian women in their international business endeavours, the VWIIB initiative will partner with other like-minded groups and organisations to deliver:
- events in Melbourne to connect women interested in global business
- workshops and training programs to help women get their businesses export ready
- dedicated events for women during large-scale inbound trade missions
- a Victorian Women in International Business category for the Governor of Victoria's Export Awards
- the inaugural all-female trade mission to China in 2018.
2019-20 Women in Trade Events
BioMelbourne Network Women in Leadership Awards 2020
The BioMelbourne NetworkWomen in Leadership Awards were launched in 2015 to recognise and champion women, at different stages of their careers, who have made outstanding contributions to advancing the biotechnology, medical technology and pharmaceutical sector, and inspire more women to pursue leadership roles.
The awards recognise women who work in or support the health industry – including biotechnology, medical technology, pharmaceuticals and digital healthcare – as executives, management, R&D practitioners, suppliers, service providers and other roles engaged with the sector.
The Brand in You
This powerful workshop is designed to help women be brave, be bold and discover the confidence to put themselves out there.
In this one-day event, you will be offered the opportunity to delve deep, find your voice, articulate your story and explore ways to package it all to be of benefit to your life and livelihood.
Presented by Carlii Lyon, one of Australia’s leading personal branding and public relations expert with over 15 years international experience shaping, managing and expanding the personal brands of remarkable individuals.
Carlii's past clients include a world-leading supermodel, pioneers in the world of wellness, New York Times bestselling authors, inventors, musicians, and even a British foot reader! Today, Carlii regularly speaks to the teams of iconic global brands about personal branding and the art of putting yourself out there.
You can expect to walk away with clarity, courage and the industry insights you need to put yourself out there, find your tribe, increase your reach and expand your levels of influence.
"There are people less qualified than you, doing the things you want to do, simply because they decide to believe in themselves. Period."
Date: Wednesday 26 February 2020
Location: The Olsen - 637-641 Chapel St, South Yarra
International Womens Day Event
Join International Chamber House and ACBC Vic at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne to celebrate the achievements of women in business
This year guests will hear from outstanding speakers including Cathy Foley, Chief Scientist, CSIRO and Katrina Sedgwick, Director and CEO, ACMI.
This is your opportunity to be inspired by passionate and influential women and learn how they reached senior roles in vastly different industries.
Rob Gell AM, Executive Director, ReThink Sustainability will facilitate an interactive conversation with our speakers and the audience leaving plenty of time for guests to enjoy afternoon high tea and networking to celebrate the successes of each other and women cross all nations.
Keynote presentations and moderated panel discussion will allow guests to learn about this impressive line-up of passionate and influential women and how they have reached senior roles in vastly different organisations.
Panellists will also share their advice regarding the promotion of diversity and how this stands to bring about benefits for individuals and the broader community. Join us to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women at one of Melbourne’s largest International Women’s Day events - enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival, high tea and the opportunity to network with like-minded guests.
Date: Thursday 5 March 2020
Location: Grand Hyatt, Melbourne
Connecting women lunch 2020
A highlight of the annual BioMelbourne Network calendar, the Connecting Women Lunch once again promises to be an event not to be missed.
Now in its 12th year, this event is an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the achievements of women in the biotechnology, medical technology and pharmaceutical sector in Victoria.
BioMelbourne Network welcome all genders to attend this lunch and encourage you to register employees and colleagues who are supporters of women in the workplace, role models and champions of gender equity in the sector, particularly at leadership levels.
Date: Friday 8 May 2020
Location: Sofitel on Collins, Melbourne
Melbourne Symposium 2020
Date: 13 and 14 August 2020
Location: Sofitel on Collins, Melbourne
2018 Professional Skills Development Program
Please note applications have now closed for this program.
Applications have now closed to participate in the inaugural Victorian Women in International Business Professional Skills Development Program. This unique pilot program is tailored for women who have been exporting for over three years and want to strengthen their skills and take their business to the next level on the global stage.
Today’s dynamic business environment demands that leaders be adaptive with their skills and possess a high level of self-awareness to be most effective in a competitive global economy. The Program will focus strongly on professional development by providing participants with real tools to help them deal effectively with the challenges and pitfalls of conducting business internationally.
Participants will collaborate to gain an understanding of the skills and capabilities required to engage in global business, and outline the key areas they would like to focus on during the Program.
Global Victoria will deliver the Program in partnership with Melbourne-based training organisation, Women into Leadership. Taking place over four half-days, once a week for four weeks, the Program will commence on 4 October and conclude on 25 October 2018.
About Women into Leadership
The Program has been created, and will be facilitated by Women into Leadership – a market leading social enterprise helping to increase gender diversity within Australia. Women into Leadership works with progressive organisations to drive systemic change so that more females can achieve leadership roles, and stay in them.
Eligibility, terms and conditions
Before applying, please read the eligibility, terms and conditions for participation in the Program. Please note that places are strictly limited to eight (8) participants for the Program.
Attendance is compulsory for the entire program. Applicants who can’t attend the entire duration of the Program will not be accepted.
Who should attend?
Victorian women who have been exporting for over three years and want to strengthen their professional development skills to be more effective in the global arena are encouraged to apply.
To qualify for the Program, you must meet the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions.
Why should you attend?
The Program aims to:
- improve your professional skills to increase or sustain export sales
- increase your awareness of business capabilities in the overseas market
- improve your business networks or establish new contacts
- improve your knowledge and leadership skills
- provide opportunities for participants to collaborate and build connections with other high-level likeminded business leaders.
Global Victoria will cover the costs associated with delivering the Program. Morning tea and lunch will be provided for each session.
- Thursday 4 October: 9 am to 2.30 pm
- Thursday 11 October: 9 am to 1.30 pm
- Thursday 18 October: 9 am to 1.30 pm
- Thursday 25 October: 9 am to 1.30 pm
Please note that applications have now closed
Want to know more?
For further information about the Program, contact Adrian Persi by phoning him on (03) 9651 9572, or sending him an email
Pan Asia Export Workshop
Delivered in partnership with Asialink Business, the 2018 Pan Asia Export Workshop kicked off the year's first Victorian Women in International Business event. Featuring an impressive line-up of keynote speakers, the highly acclaimed workshop attracted close to 100 attendees.
Discover more about exporting to Pan Asia by downloading and viewing some of the guest speakers presentations below:
Catherine Cervasio: Founder and owner of Aromababy
Catherine Cervasio exports and distributes her products in national Chinese pharmacies, duty-free stores in international and domestic airport terminals, and online through Kaolo.com and Tmall.
Sharon Thurin: Founder and owner of Slim Secrets
Sharon Thurin leveraged on China's increasing demand for healthy snack alternatives by utilising eCommerce to break into the Asia market.
Megan Mulia: Asialink Business – Director, Research and Information
Based in Asia for 14 years managing commercial content and knowledge for a range of top firms, Megan presented a unique perspective on women and business leadership in Asia.
2017 Victorian Women in International Business conversations
Danielle Michaels: b.box for kids
Gönül Serbest: Executive Director, Trade Victoria
Kim Westwood: Shopping Links
Monica Lim: Aliceisback
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