Global Victoria Women's (GVw) Business Summit
About GVw 2020
Staged over four full days in March, GVw 2020 is our inaugural all-women business summit and marks 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 will:
bringing together C-suite game changers from across the globe to connect, collaborate, exchange ideas and celebrate their achievements
featuring high-level industry events with some of the world’s most prominent change agents and pioneering women in business
showcasing Melbourne’s world-class industry events, sophistication and rich cultural tapestry
discovering regional Victoria’s rich economic hubs and the women who are shaping their future
culminating at the ICC T20 Women’s Final at the iconic MCG on International Women’s Day, be part of a history-making event, where Melbourne aims to break the World Record for attendance at a women’s sporting fixture
GVw 2020 Highlights
Here's a sneak peek of what to expect for GVw 2020...
Women in STEMM : Tour of Monash Technology Precinct (MTP)
Meet 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.
BioMelbourne Network’s Devices + Diagnostics (D+D) Lab
The D+D Lab is a celebration of STEMM innovation and entrepreneurship. Guests will learn about the successful partnerships and capabilities in Victoria’s thriving MedTech sector, engage 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
Celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women at one of Melbourne’s largest International Women’s Day events. Hear 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.
Every year millions of people travel here to experience a live sporting event at one of our world-class facilities that form part of the city’s vibrant beating heart. This tour will show you why Melbourne is Australia’s home of sport.
International Women’s Day Lunch & Change Our Game Symposium
Located in the heart of Melbourne’s city district and overlooking the iconic Yarra River, you’ll experience thought provoking presentations by high profile gender equality and sporting identities, and broad networking opportunities over the course of the luncheon.
Women in Infrastructure: Victoria’s Big Build & Metro Tunnel Project
Discover how international businesses can get involved in Victoria’s $70 billion program of infrastructure projects. A tour of Victoria’s biggest investment in public transport, the Metro Tunnel Project will demonstrate the challenges of building in an urban environment whilst enhancing the liveability of our city.
Women in Food: Laneways Dinner
Spend an evening exploring Melbourne's hive of bustling, creative laneways, with their famed restaurants and hole-in-the-wall cafes and bars. Meet the women who are leading and delivering the next wave of culinary excellence.
ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final
The whole world will be watching this once-in-a-lifetime & history-making sporting event. 10’s of thousands of spectators will gather at Melbourne’s iconic MCG to hear Katy Perry roar, watch the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final & celebrate gender equality for women working across the entire career spectrum.
Melbourne – one of the world's best cities for women in business
Victoria is one of the world’s most open and progressive societies for women in international business, women in government, women in industry and women in sport. Our city, Melbourne, is a melting pot of great talent and human capital and is also regarded as one of the world’s best cities for women entrepreneurs1.
The Victorian Government has been the most active state government in championing opportunities for women in international business. GVw marks our ongoing commitment and passion to promote opportunities for Victorian women to make new connections and develop global partnerships.
More highlights to be announced soon!
We'll be organising business matching events, visits to Victoria's rich economic hubs to meet the women who are shaping their future, and a host of other high-level activities to help you establish global partnerships and new connections with game changers in your industry.
Be a part of GVw 2020
We're currently seeking expression of interest from Victorian and international high-level business women who are keen to connect, grow and establish new global partnerships with other female leaders.
To find out more details and to register an expression of interest, contact Daniela Masci by sending her an email
1Source: Dell Women Entrepreneur Cities index 2019
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
2018 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
Register with us
Keep up-to-date with all our future GVw events and programs by registering with us.