With 600 attendees, the 10th Annual Connecting Women Lunch on May 25th is the biggest one yet! Since 2009 the Connecting Women Lunch events have celebrated the accomplishments of women in the biotechnology, medical technology and pharmaceutical sector in Victoria, while growing the invaluable networks of women in this space.
The Connecting Women Lunch has been a unique event through its creation of a warm, personable and safe space for women to connect with one another. We have long recognised the power and value of networking in accelerating technology and generating investment opportunities. By giving women the chance and the encouragement to break down boundaries and form new links, the Connecting Women Lunch has helped in creating a competitive advantage for women and in boosting the number of women in leadership roles.
To mark this exciting milestone, we have, for the first time, opened the event to all. We believe that diversity is everyone’s issue and everyone needs to be part of the conversation.
This year, our keynote speaker will be Susan Alberti AC. Susan has made and continues to make great contributions to Australian society, through her foundation, the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation, and through her instrumental role in establishing the AFL Women’s football league. We look forward to hearing her speak about her journey to professional and personal success.
Every year, BioMelbourne Network nominates a charity to support, providing attendees the opportunity to make donations during the lunch. This year, we have chosen to support the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit charitable organisation that works with local communities to develop the literacy and numeracy skills of Indigenous children so that they can succeed in school, reach their full potential and enable equal opportunity to play a role in the innovation agenda of the future.
We would like to acknowledge our sponsors for their support in making this event possible. Many of our sponsors have travelled with BioMelbourne Network throughout the history of the lunch and we are proud to partner with organisations that are committed to gender equality and equity in STEMM.
We look forward to celebrating this momentous occasion and recognising the role of the Connecting Women Lunch in fostering the innovative healthcare industries, while maintaining our dedication to showcase and support women. As we take this opportunity to reflect on the rich history of the Connecting Women Lunch, we also continue to move forward by laying the foundations for a more diverse and equitable future for women in STEMM industries.