19 January, 2020

Panel announced for WID International Women's Day event

Panel announced for WID International Women's Day event

Ilana Atlas, Dr Terrance Fitzsimmons and Troy Roderick have been announced as panellists for Women in drinks' highly anticipated International Women's Day event.

International Women’s Day is an annual celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women right across the globe. Its theme for 2018 is #PressforProgress

Turia Pitt will be guest speaker at the Women in drinks IWD event on March 8, sharing her intensely personal story of thriving in the face of extreme adversity. 

Her speech will be followed by an honest and lively discussion by the panellists on 'Is Trying Good Enough?', as they debate the pitfalls and pointers in the quest for gender diversity.

Chair of Women in drinks, Jennifer Collins said: "The strength and impact of Women in drinks is reflected in this amazing group of panellists, who have donated their time to speak at our IWD event.

"Facilitated by WID councillor Sally Byrne, the panel will discuss what it takes to drive change in gender equality – we know that just hoping for change and talking about it isn’t enough. This provocative session will give our industry a lot to think about and take back to our businesses, which is one of our key objectives of this day – to stimulate debate and discussion and keep gender equality high on the agenda of every business within this great industry."

About the panellists

Ilana Atlas is Chairman Coca-Cola Amatil. Atlas joined the Board in February 2011 and has extensive experience in business. She has held executive and non-executive roles across many industry sectors. From 2003 to 2010, she held senior executive roles within Westpac Banking Corporation. She practised as a lawyer for 22 years and was the Managing Partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques.

Atlas is on the Board of Directors at Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships and Human Rights Law Centre.

She explored the so-called female "guilt gene" and its effect on women in the corporate world in a feature article in The Australian.

“This discussion is still seen as a women’s issue. But these are ¬≠society whole-of-system issues,” she said.

“Once we start thinking about it in that way, we can start solving the problems. For example, how do we provide affordable childcare? How do we stagger school holidays? How do we allow people to work remotely so they are not sitting on public transport for three hours a day? My generation were so involved in dealing with equal opportunity and discrimination, the changes now are so much more profound. It has gone beyond discrimination against women. It is now a societal issue and requires a different mindset.”

Dr Terrance Fitzsimmons is a Senior Lecturer in leadership, human resource management and change management with the University of Queensland Business School. His PhD in Leadership examined successful attributes of CEOs and differing pathways to CEO roles for men and women. In June 2015 Dr Fitzsimmons and Professor Callan released ‘Filling the Pool’ a major report into gender inequality in Western Australia and what government, organisations and individuals can do to address the issue. Dr Fitzsimmons has published many papers in leading journals exploring the issue of gender equality in leadership roles.

Dr Fitzsimmons has worked with many of Australia’s largest firms on their diversity programs and speaks regularly in Australia and overseas in the area of gender equality and inclusion. He has served as national and state presidents of not for profit bodies as well as a being a director on boards of Listed Public Companies in Australia and overseas. He is the director of the Centre for Research into Gender Equality in the Workplace within the Business, Economics and Law Faculty of the University of Queensland and Managing Director of the Australian Gender Equality Council (AGEC), a body whose members comprise of peak national bodies representing women across industry sectors in Australia.

Troy Roderick has specialised in diversity and inclusion for more than 20 years. In his work with the Male Champions of Change, Troy advises MCC program directors on key insights and trends in gender equality, shaping the agenda for bold initiatives to create more gender balance in business. As Catalyst Australia’s Executive Ambassador, Troy provides leadership and support to Catalyst supporter companies in Australia committed to more inclusive cultures.  

In 2015 and 2016, Roderick was recognised in the “Top 50 diversity professionals in industry” in the Global Diversity List, supported by The Economist. 

Don’t miss out on hearing Roderick, Atlas and Fitzsimmons views at one of the year’s most talked about events for the drinks industry.


Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018

Time: 11.30am – 4pm (includes canapés on arrival and a two-course lunch)

Where: Grand Ballroom, Luna Park Sydney

Tickets: $270 each or $3120 for a table of 12

For our guests to continue networking, The Deck Bar will open after the official event concludes at 4pm (cash bar).

Women in drinks' charity partner is ANZGOG, the national peak organisation for gynaecological cancer clinical trials in Australia and New Zealand. $15 from each ticket price will be donated to ANZGOG to support ongoing research.