WORK180 & CommBank present

Women in Business Luncheon

Thursday, 8 September 2022
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Watermans Room, Barangaroo, Sydney

Celebrating women and their progress

Thursday, 8 September 2022

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Watermans Room at 12-Micron

$100 ex GST

Join us on the 8th of September for a two-course lunch and drinks at 12-Micron, Barangaroo, for a glimpse into what it takes to be successful in client-facing roles and a celebration of women with inspiring careers. 

Our guest speakers will share their experiences navigating traditionally challenging environments and thriving, proving these industries no longer have to be an old boys’ club.

You’ll also have the opportunity to network with like-minded women and learn through their practical tips and advice for your career journey.

Proceeds will be donated to Dress for Success Sydney – a charity that empowers and supports women by providing the essential tools to help them gain employment and attain financial independence.

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Meet the keynote

Julienne Price

Head of School and Not-for-Profit Banking, CommBank

Julienne Price is the Head of Schools, Not-for-Profits, Professional Services and Women in Focus at CommBank and has spent over 25 years working in the finance sector. A passionate advocate of the work undertaken by not-for-profits and community groups, she has brought about significant policy changes across the financial services landscape to better meet the banking needs of specialized industry verticals.

Julienne is a firm believer in the power of collaboration and education, and proactively leverages the extraordinary breadth of expertise that exists across the Bank and its extensive external networks and partnerships. She spearheads an extensive range of programs focused on developing financial literacy skills and efficiencies including Not-for-Profit Finance Week, which has delivered over $1.5 million in free training since its inception eight years ago, and the Not-for-Profit Treasurers’ Awards – endorsed by all State and Federal Treasurers – which has recognised more than 15,000 community treasurers over the past nine years.

A longstanding representative for CommBank’s Staff Community Fund, Julienne is also a judge for Women’s Agenda’s Women in Leadership Awards, mentors vulnerable youth, is a volunteer across a number of charities and is an Australian Ambassador for the global GivingTuesday movement.

Meet the panel moderator

Stephanie Lam

Social Impact Lead & Senior DEI Account Manager, WORK180

Steph Lam is responsible for quantifying and amplifying the social impact of WORK180’s global partnerships with endorsed employers. She is driven by the desire to help clients create meaningful and sustainable social impact and has a particular passion in advocating for intersectionality. To date, Steph’s work has enabled organisations to go from being below average to industry leaders in their DEI practices. She has trained hundreds of recruiters and leaders in inclusive hiring and DEI advocacy across Australia, US and UK.

Her strategic role is instrumental in ensuring WORK180’s long term impact on gender equity is intersectional, scalable and sustainable.

Meet the panelists

Michelle Hardie

Head of Strategy – Operations and Enablement, ANZ, AWS

Michelle Hardie has been with AWS for the past four years. In her current role as Head of Strategy, Operations and Enablement for AWS in ANZ, she leads strategy, business and sales operations, field enablement, process improvement and program management teams to drive outcomes at scale for their customers. She has worked extensively in ANZ, as well as holding Asia Pacific and global roles.

Prior to AWS, Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce/Marketing from UNSW and then enjoyed a 23-year career in management consulting working with large enterprises on SAP transformation programs; project and program management; quality and risk roles; and sales effectiveness and enablement. She is also President of Women  @ Amazon for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). Women@ is an affinity group for women and allies at Amazon to network and work together on initiatives that drive gender equality.

Megan Hughes

Director of Sales, ANZ, HubSpot

Megan Hughes is the Director of Sales, ANZ at HubSpot. Based in Sydney, Megan leads HubSpot’s ANZ sales team, bringing a wealth of tech and non-tech sales experience to the team.

Megan’s superpower is building and nurturing diverse, cross-functional, and high-performing teams, aligning their success with customer and business success.

A strong and empathic female leader, Megan is most passionate about leading and inspiring others.

Kathy Cakarnis

VP Customer Industry Engagement, Fujitsu Oceania

Katherine (Kathy) Cakarnis is the VP, Customer Industry Engagement at Fujitsu Oceania. In this role, she is responsible for sales and customer service management, and leads the consulting and alliances teams across all industries in Australia and New Zealand.

With more than 25 years of experience in technology, Kathy has demonstrated leadership and skills in transforming clients’ IT strategy, business management and service delivery capabilities.

An experienced leader in sales and technology, she is passionate about being an agent for change and is an active ambassador for women in technology, providing mentorship to graduates and young technology professionals.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors, keeping fit and jogging.

Schedule and agenda


11.30 am - 12.00 pm

12.00 pm - 12.10 pm

12.10 pm - 12.30 pm

12.30 pm - 1.20 pm

1.20 pm - 1.50 pm

1.50 pm - 2.00 pm


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Session detail

Event registration and check in

Welcome from WORK180’s Gemma Lloyd

Keynote from CommBank’s Julienne Price

Panel discussion with CommBank, AWS, HubSpot and Fujitsu + Q&A
Moderated by WORK180's Stephanie Lam

Network and connect with exceptional women

Announcement of prize giveaway winners
Final words and closing

Here’s what you can expect

Celebrating women and their progress

Celebrate the achievements and progress of women in business

Inspiring stories and remarkable careers

Hear inspiring stories and learn from women with remarkable careers

Network and connect

Connect and network with other incredible women

Thank you to our sponsors

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HubSpot logo
AWS logo
Fujitsu logo
Other Side of the Table logo
Core Confidence logo

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