Women in Drinks raised more than $22,000 ... and awareness of the importance of gender diversity in the Australian drinks industry ... at sell-out International Women's Day event last week.
More than 500 guests - including 38% male attendees - were on hand from Australia's major drinks companies and retailers for the fifth annual event.
Keynote speaker Turia Pitt made her first public appearance since giving birth to her first child late last year, sharing her intensely personal story of resilience in the face of extreme adversity.
The theme for 2018 International Women's Day was #pressforprogress, with the Women in Drinks event including a panel discussion on the quest for gender equality in business focusing on why ‘trying’ is no longer good enough.
Panellists were Dr Terrance Fitzsimmons, Managing Director of the Australian Gender Equality Council (AGEC), Head of Research at the Workplace Gender Equality Agency and Director of the Centre for Research into Gender Equality in the Workplace within the Business, Economics and Law Faculty of the University of Queensland; Troy Roderick (above), Executive Ambassador for Catalyst, a global not-for-profit that helps businesses build workplaces that support gender equality; and Ilana Atlas (above), Chair of Coca-Cola Amatil.
In an amazing result for Women in drinks' charity partner, ANZGOG, attendees raised $15,781 for gynaecological cancer research during a raffle and auction on the day, with another $6000+ from ticket sale donations.
ANZGOG is the national peak organisation for gynaecological cancer clinical trials in Australia and New Zealand. WID has a three-year target to raise $50,000 for the organisation.
Take a look at some of the highlights from the day below: