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Connecting Women Lunch – SOLD OUT

May 13, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm AEST

Post event networking 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Registrations close 22 April 2022.

Join us on Friday 13 May for an afternoon of inspiration, connection and celebration.

Now in its 12th year, BioMelbourne Network’s Connecting Women Lunch, sponsored by CSL Limited (Premier Sponsor), Avatar Brokers Pty LtdAlmac GroupRadium Capital (Major Sponsors), Syneos Health (Signature Sponsor), Brooker ConsultingStarpharmaPhillips Ormonde FitzpatrickWEHINucleus Network and Hemideina (Supporting Sponsors), provides an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the achievements of women across the biotechnology, medical technology and pharmaceutical sectors in Victoria.

With guest speaker Dr Ranjana Srivastava OAM:
Dr. Ranjana Srivastava is an oncologist with a special interest in the holistic care of elderly cancer patients, a two-time Fulbright scholar and an award-winning writer.
After a global upbringing and education in India, the United Kingdom and the United States, Ranjana graduated from Monash University Medicine with honours. She has practiced in the public health system for two decades and is the recipient of many awards including the Monash University Distinguished Alumna of the Year, the Human Rights Literature Prize, Westpac 100 Women of Influence and a Medal of The Order of Australia for her contribution to doctor-patient communication.
In 2021, Ranjana won her second Fulbright award and the John F Kennedy Merit Award to obtain a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she specialised in management, leadership and decision-making. She is now part of the faculty at the executive education program at Harvard University where she teaches effective communication.
In 2005, her first Fulbright award allowed her to obtain a fellowship in medical ethics and doctor-patient communication from the University of Chicago. To this day, this topic remains close to her heart.
For the past several years, Ranjana has been a regular columnist for The Guardian, where she writes on the intersection of medicine and humanity. She has been a two-time finalist for the Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Ranjana is the author of six acclaimed books including her latest, A Better Death, a treatise on dying well.
Aside from her clinical work, Ranjana serves as an advisor to the federal health department around COVID communications with culturally and linguistically diverse communities and is a mentor to high school students aspiring to a career in medicine.

Event details

Date: 13 May 2022
Venue: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Grand Ballroom, 25 Collins St, Melbourne
Registration opens: 11:45am
Pre-Lunch Drinks & Networking: 12:00
3 Course Lunch & Program: 12:30pm – 3:00pm
Networking: 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Registration: Members $170 and Non Members $270 SOLD OUT please contact the office to see if there are any cancellations

We welcome all genders to attend this event and encourage you to register colleagues and friends who are active supporters of women in the workplace, role models and champions of gender equity.

Thank you to our event sponsors – view their profiles here.

Our COVID-Safe practices

All in person attendees must be fully vaccinated.

In line with current COVID-19 settings in Victoria and the venue’s COVID-Safe plan, in person ticket allocation for this event is limited and adheres to the current Government restrictions applied to indoor event spaces. To keep BioMelbourne Network events safe for our members and the greater Victorian community, this event will include measures such as physical distancing, QR code check-in and enhanced hygiene and sanitation processes. Further details will be made available to registered guests via our event webpage and final confirmation email.

Guests attending in person: Each attendee is asked to do a symptom self-assessment prior to leaving home. We ask that you DO NOT attend this event in person if you are feeling unwell, have any symptoms of COVID-19, are awaiting results of a COVID-19 test or are required to self-isolate or quarantine at the time of the event. Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath. If you cannot attend in person for these reasons, you may receive a full refund or partial refund plus virtual ticket. We ask that all in person attendees act in a considerate and respectful manner towards our speakers, fellow guests, venue staff and BioMelbourne Network staff:

Please abide by current mask wearing requirements at the venue. We encourage all guests to maintain adequate physical distance from others where possible.

- Maintain adequate physical distance between yourself and others, where possible.
- Refrain from unnecessary physical contact, such as hand shaking.
- Minimise movement by staying within your allocated spaces or seats, where practical.
- Observe all COVID-Safe signage and practices at the venue.
- Adhere to requirements for face covering, observe cough etiquette and personal hygiene measures.

View Sofitel Melbourne on Collins' COVID Safe Plan here: http://ow.ly/brSk50IqQCu

Cancellation Policy

Full refund given up to 21 days prior to the event. No refunds within 21 days of the event.

In the event of postponement due to Government restrictions, registrations will be carried forward to a new date. Should the lunch be cancelled, or you are unable to attend on the rescheduled date, a full refund will be made available.


May 13, 2022
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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