WORK180 presents

International Women’s Day Summit 2023

Tuesday, 7 March 2023
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Panorama Room, Southgate Melbourne

Uncover how employers can play an integral role in influencing societal attitudes and behaviours that support actions leading to greater equality.

International Women's Day Summit 2023

Tired of attending IWD events with the feeling of anticipation for the “valuable takeaway” but end up walking away with vague advice, sweeping generalisations or diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) trends, and with little insight or actionable tips that you can use to improve your approach?

With a day of thought-provoking discussion and open conversations, a panel of leaders, changemakers, and advocates will reveal their capabilities and tried and tested strategies, leaving you at least one actionable tip to implement and catalyse change toward a more gender-equal future.

Our guest speakers represent a few of our Endorsed Employers who have made exceptional strides in supporting and elevating women and will share their insights and experiences on:

  • How workplaces are stepping up to create better workplaces for women
  • How employers are working towards reducing the ‘maternity tax’ to help cultivate [a] more equitable work[place]
  • Where employers are in their journey and how their DEI approach continues to evolve
  • Creating transparency and embedding accountability – from ideas through to action
  • The critical role we all play – from Leaders and Allies to Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

Join us for a two-course lunch and drinks at Panorama Room in Southbank, Melbourne as we officially launch our flagship annual International Women’s Day Summit, and acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of employers raising the bar for women in their workplace and continuing to cultivate diverse, equitable, and inclusive spaces.

This event is a unique opportunity to learn from, network, and connect with leading employers committed to supporting women’s careers and driving equity in the workplace.

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Thought leadership
Network and connect
Panel discussion

Meet the keynote

Meet the keynote - JJ Ferrari

JJ Ferrari

Change Agent, Motivational Speaker, Transition and Performance Coach

Joanna Ferrari (or JJ Ferrari as she prefers to be known) was 53 with a successful career in business when she transitioned her gender from male to female. It was the biggest challenge she had set for herself, yet there were many more to overcome. 

JJ tells her story to audiences around the country. In the process, she teaches people to harness the power of transitions and rethink life’s rules in both their personal and professional spheres. 

With passion and conviction, JJ provides strategies, models and formulas drawn from her 30 plus years as a successful business leader, combined with her incredible life experiences.


JJ has achieved degrees in biology, nutrition and nursing. She grew an Australian telecom business from $10 million to $80 million in under three years and is a former CEO for Anthony Robbins, and three other companies. She has trained, coached and consulted to over 1,800 businesses with her Business Prosperity course.

She wrote and taught High-Speed Selling in the US, Canada, UK, New Zealand and Australia. She created The Selling You book and course for the State of Illinois and, over a period of 4.5 years, successfully had 4000 people placed in new jobs in less than 12 weeks. 

It was during her major transition from male to female that JJ learnt to draw on all her internal resources as she figured out how to navigate this new uncharted wilderness. She lived with uncertainty for over three years. She couldn’t get work, she lived on borrowed money and time. It seemed that she and the world had all but forgotten the successful person she once was. She finally fell into a depression and her transition almost became fatal.

The final blow was dealt to her when she got to a staggering 79 cents in the bank. She realised she was about to become homeless and her son, who was her only support, would have to go to the streets with her. 

JJ found her breaking point and her moment of courage in a single instance. From that day she turned the challenges that almost took her life, into a powerful comeback story. 

Today JJ is happy in life and has again become a well-respected business coach, transition/performance consultant, requested keynote speaker and author. JJ has coached and presented for major corporations such as PwC, Medibank, BT Financial, Westpac, St George Bank, CBA, AFP, TEDx, LinkedIn, Google, Europcar, Big Brother-Big Sister, Lend Lease, Optus, American Express, Telstra and Salesforce.

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Schedule and agenda

Session detail

11.00 am - 11.30 am

30 minutes

Event check in, welcome drinks and pre-event networking

11.30 am - 11.40 am

10 minutes

Opening and Acknowledgement of Country

11.40 am - 12.00 pm

20 minutes


12.00 pm - 1.00 pm

60 minutes

Panel discussion

1.00 pm - 1.30 pm

30 minutes

Panel discussion Q&A

1.30 pm - 1.50 pm

20 minutes

WORK80 Equitable Workplace Awards

1.50 pm - 2.35 pm

45 minutes

Prize & gift giveaways and mid-event networking

2.35 pm - 2.40 pm

5 minutes

Final words and closing

2.40 pm - 3.00 pm

20 minutes

End of event networking

Here’s what you can expect

Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership

Hear from notable leaders, changemakers, and advocates share their insights, stories, and experiences with you.

Open Discussion & Learning

Open Discussion & Learning

Walk away with actionable tips, ideas and inspiration that will be vital in cultivating a more gender-equal workplace.



Built-in opportunities for you to connect with other HR/TA/DEI leaders and professionals to expand your network.

Thank you to our sponsors

Liberty Financial
Systra ANZ
Fulton Hogan
BAE Systems
Fulton Hogan
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