Breakfast by the Bay: IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity

When: March 8, 2023

Where: Perth, Australia


When we embrace equity, we embrace diversity and inclusion.

Equity isn’t just a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have and a focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society’s DNA. We can all challenge gender stereotypes, call out discrimination, draw attention to bias, and seek out inclusion. Forging gender equity isn’t limited to women solely fighting the good fight. Allies also play an incredibly important part.

Join an inspiring panel of UWA alumnae to celebrate International Womens Day as they discuss how they #embraceequity for the social, economic, cultural and political advancement of women. International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

Professor Samina Yasmeen AM
Professor Samina Yasmeen is Director of UWA’s Centre for Muslim States and Societies and Head of the Department of International Relations, Asian Studies and Politics. Professor Yasmeen is a specialist in political, and strategic developments in South Asia, the role of Islam in world politics, and citizenship among immigrant women.Inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame on 8 March 2012, she also received the Award of the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in June 2014.

Dr Megan Clark AC
Dr Clark was the inaugural Head of the Australian Space Agency and is now Chair of the agency’s Advisory Board. She is a non-executive director of CSL Limited and Rio Tinto and a member of the Global Advisory Council of Bank of America. Dr Clark is Deputy Chancellor of Monash University. In 2014, she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for contributions to science, technology and innovation.

Dr Diane Smith-Gander AO
Diane is one of Australia’s foremost advocates for gender equity in leadership. A past President of Chief Executive Women, Diane is particularly passionate about removing the gender pay gap in Australia. Diane chairs HBF Limited, ASX Listed Zip and DDH and is National Chair of CEDA. A graduate of UWA, Diane is also Chair of the Business School Board.

Ms Rhiannon Compton
Rhiannon is the People and Culture Manager for a global mining consulting firm where she serves on the Senior Leadership Team, developing and executing key people strategies across all divisions. Currently, Rhiannon sits on the board of the United Nations Association of Australia Young Professionals Network in Western Australia, is a member of The University Club of Western Australia Board of Advisors and is Co-Chair of the University of Western Australia Young Alumni Network.

Professor Amit Chakma
Professor Amit Chakma is the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia. From 2009 to 2019, he was President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Ontario. Prior to his tenure at Western, Professor Chakma served as Provost and
Vice-President Academic at the University of Waterloo. In addition to his university leadership roles, he was also the Acting Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Asian University for Women from 2013 to 2015.

Sisonke Msimang (Moderator)
Sisonke Msimang is a writer and a storyteller. She also designs and manages public conversations about complicated topics like race, gender and belonging. She is the author of two books; Always Another Country: a memoir of exile and home, and The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela, and her opinion pieces have been widely published including in the New York Times, Newsweek, CNN, Bloomberg and Al Jazeera. She has a regular column in the Guardian, and her TED talk, If A Story Moves You, Act on it, has been seen over a million times.

The University Club of Western Australia
Hackett Drive
WA 6009

08 March, 2023
7am - 9am
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