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 women in trade events
Ignite Small Business Melbourne
Ignite is the small business event of the year!
Hear from key leaders in the industry, expand your network and equip yourself with the tools and knowledge for success.
Date: Tuesday 20 August 2019
Breakfast with Elle Macpherson
Business Chicks invite you to join them this September to hear Elle share not only her business know-how but her fascinating life story. Bring your girlfriends or your team for what is going to be one of the most fun events on the Business Chicks calendar this year.
Date: Wednesday 18 September 2019
Location: Palladium Crown Towers - 8 Whiteman St Southbank VIC
Cost: Premium member $225 | Non-member $255
9 to Thrive Summit
2019 marks the fifth anniversary of their flagship event adding everything you’ve been asking for – richer content, more networking opportunities, and first-hand access to experts from companies you want to learn from.
Everyone is welcome at 9 to Thrive Summit, whether you own a small business, have a side project, or happy working 9 to 5. Our highly-curated line-up will inspire you to stretch your thinking, expand your networks and empower you to make those big life changes you’ve been holding back on.
Date: Monday 25 November 2019
Location: Plenary Hall Melbourne Convention Centre South Wharf
Knowledge and Study Tour - New York
In partnership with NYU Stern, Business Chicks will be taking a group of women to New York City for four days/five nights of exceptional world-class learning and knowledge sharing.
You’ll get access to world-class learning at the distinguished NYU Stern, go behind-the scenes at FDNY and head into carefully-selected NYC-based companies where you’ll have the opportunity to directly talk with the executives from these businesses to garner their expertise and take this knowledge back to the company where you work.
Date: 15 to 19 September 2019
Location: New York USA
League of Extraordinary Women
Run the World 2019
Run the World is full day extravaganza of inspiration for entrepreneurs and women in business alike.
Whether you're thinking of launching a side hustle, are an established entrepreneur, or you simply want to be inspired and motivated by some of the brightest and most awe-inspiring women in business, creators, and makers, shaping a life they love.
Date: 31 August 2019
Location: AERIAL - 17 Dukes Walk, South Wharf
Women's Network Australia
Social media marketing and video storytelling
Social media – Some people’s nightmare, others’ million-dollar solution. How can you leverage social media to work for your business?
With special guest, Nicole Pereira, Founder - NJ Productions
Date: 27 August 2019
Location: Now & Then TOPDECK Kew
Council of International Students Australia
Future Female 2019
Future Female is the first conference of its kind, focusing on international women studying in Victoria. Designed by leading international students, Future Female is all about empowering women and advancing gender equality locally and internationally.
Proudly presented by the Council of International Students Australia (CISA) and supported by Study Melbourne, this event aims to equip future females with knowledge and inspiration to bridge the gap between local and international communities, as we work towards a fairer future.
Date: Friday 13 September 2019
Location: Arts Centre Melbourne
Small Business Victoria
Taking your business online
Whether starting up or already in business, half-way online or struggling to keep up, this workshop will help you make the right choices to get the most out of future digital opportunities.
- Operate in the digital landscape
- Choose the right technology for your business
- Decide on a website and why you need one
- Get more from email
- Make the most of social media
- Manage risk, privacy and cybersecurity
- Build your own action plan
- Access tools, templates, support and resources
Date: 7 November 2019
Location: Haddon Victoria
The thinking woman's stylist
Ever get stuck wondering what to wear to work? Torn between the casual stereotype of IT (Jeans and a T-Shirt) and something more formal? How do you align what you wear with who you are?
Join VICICT4Women at the Importance of Women in IT breakfast event where you can hear Nicole Vine, The Thinking Woman’s Stylist, explain how to use your authentic style as a powerful visual tool to:
- build confidence and optimise mindset
- deliver clarity and focus to the morning routine
- increase impact in personal and professional relationships
- communicate competence and confidence in the workplace
- be the most authentic version of yourself by aligning internal style with the external style
While most ‘style talks’ don’t get past the well-established idea that first impressions count, Nicole digs deeper into what it really means to dress for success.
Date: Thursday 15 August 2019
Location: ANZ Centre - 833 Collins St 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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