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
When Women Lead: Insights from Women in Power
The Hon Gabrielle Williams is the Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, Minister for Women and Minister for Youth in the Victorian Government.
She was appointed to the Cabinet in 2018, having previously served as a Parliamentary Secretary, and proudly represents her local community as the Member for Dandenong. Gabrielle holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Monash University. She has previously worked as a lawyer and project manager and has served as a director of a not-for-profit disability sport organisation. She is a passionate advocate for equity and social inclusion and is proud to be a member of Victoria’s first ever gender-equal cabinet. Gabrielle is committed to driving an important reform agenda to improve outcomes for women, young people and families across Victoria.
Cindy McLeish was elected to the Victorian Parliament in 2010 and has been the member for Eildon since 2014. In 2018 she was appointed Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party and Shadow Minister for Education, Youth Affairs and Regional Cities. After completing her studies at The University of Melbourne Cindy worked briefly as a secondary school maths and science teacher and continues a passion for ensuring young people can reach their potential through a strong education. Immediately prior to entering Parliament, Cindy worked as a senior consultant in organisational effectiveness and leadership and also served as CEO of Women’s Golf Victoria.
Dr Samantha Ratnam is the MLC for the Northern Metropolitan Region and the leader of the Victorian Greens. She first entered the Victorian Parliament in 2017 and was re-elected in the 2018 state election. As well as being the Parliamentary Leader of the Victorian Greens, Dr Ratnam holds the portfolios of housing, planning, local government, gambling, community services, multiculturalism, animals, industrial relations, and Aboriginal affairs. Prior to entering the Victorian Parliament, Dr Ratnam was a social worker for over 15 years in the fields of drug and alcohol rehabilitation, international development, family services and in settlement services for newly arrived migrants from refugee backgrounds. She also spent five years as a Councillor at the City of Moreland, where she was elected the first Greens Mayor of Moreland in 2015. Dr Ratnam holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Social Work with Honours and a PhD in Youth Sociology.
ModeratorWendy Tuohy is an editor and columnist at The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, having returned to the former Fairfax newspapers in 2018 after 10 years as a columnist and feature writer, specialising in social issues, at the Herald Sun. Her columns focus on in issues impacting women and girls, especially concerning equality, diversity and inclusion, representation of women and girls and women's safety. She has been a journalist for 30 years.
Date: Thursday 10 October 2019
Time: 12 pm to 2 pm
Location:Australian Intercultural Society - Ground Floor, Suite 2, 441 St Kilda Rd Melbourne
Australia China Business Council Executive Womens Forum
Date: Thursday 24 October 2019
Venue: Hall & Wilcox, Level 11, Rialto South Tower, 525 Collins Street 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.
Date: 7 November 2019
Location: Haddon Victoria
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
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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