26 January, 2020

Zoe Bettison MP: "Women in drinks leading the way on inclusion"

Zoe Bettison MP: "Women in drinks leading the way on inclusion"

Hearing Zoe Bettison MP, SA Minister for the Status of Women speak at Penfolds Magill Estate was an inspirational way to end the year for the Women in Drinks South Australia Chapter.

Launched in August, Women in Drinks SA has already been hugely successful in providing networking opportunities to women in the State.  

Guest speaker Bettison discussed how targets work in business and ways the SA Government is working to achieve better diversity in the workplace.

One attendee noted: "The biggest takeouts for me were 1) How important it is that women (and people with diverse background) are in the mix when senior roles become available; and 2) how to remove unconscious bias during recruitment to ensure our workforce becomes a reflection of our society."

Bettison was an engaging speaker, discussing her career path to being elected to the SA Parliament as the Member for Ramsay in February 2012. She has a BA from Flinders University and a MBA from the University of Adelaide. Prior to her election Zoe worked as Government Relations Manager for Great Southern Rail and was a director of a public affairs company.

She became a Minister following the 2014 state election and since then has worked on progressing the South Australian Government’s reform agenda on gender equality, ageing, multicultural affairs, social housing and youth.

"It was excellent to attend the Women in Drinks SA Chapter event, earlier this week at the beautiful Magill Estate," Bettison noted. "This event brought together women forging a new path. They're leading the way through a male dominated industry, making the drinks industries of South Australia inclusive to all. Thanks to Coopers for making this important event possible."

Women in drinks Chair Jennifer Collins travelled to South Australia for the event. She said: "It was fantastic to be able to join in the final event on the WID calendar for 2017. Zoe provided great insights into South Australian political life and the SA government's proud achievements in achieving their gender targets for the public service. 

"Congratulations to Melanie [Cooper] and the SA chapter team on firmly establishing Women in drinks in this most important market for our industry."