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Embrace Difference calls for men to join the State Chapter committees

March 4, 2020
By Ioni Doherty

The Drinks Association is inviting men to join the Embrace Difference State Chapter committees, following their evolution from Women In Drinks last year.

The call for male participants aligns with the Embrace Difference Council’s scope, encompassing diversity and inclusion and shift to consider the question of gender equity as an issue pertinent to both men and women given that gender equity is good for everyone.

With the State Chapter events now falling under Embrace Difference, members can look forward to a calendar of events with a broader appeal under the steady guidance of National Chapter Leads, Renae Meyer (CUB) and Leela Sennitt (TWE).

The program will focus on career support and advice, networking and professional development opportunities with special presentations from business leaders. Also, events with appeal and relevance to men and women working in the industry.

One suggestion to build attendance by men at the State Chapter events is that women buying tickets to their next event, buy one for a male colleague and bring them along as well.

The next State Chapter event is in Melbourne and will be held on the morning of Wednesday, March 25, in The Barrel Room at Treasury Wine Estates. A panel of three – TWE’s Katie Hodgson, ALM’s Jeremy Goodale and Pernod Ricard’s Vicki Carter – will share initiatives that their organisations have established to support the growth and development of their people. They will also share perspectives on ways to lobby for your own career.

Tickets are available here.

It was wonderful to see such a great turn out from men at the first Embrace Difference NSW Chapter event of the year, hosted at Pernod Ricard Winemakers in Sydney last week.

There was a delicious spread of canapés and cheeses on offer as well as sweets for those so inclined. Spanish sparkling wine, Campo Viejo Cava Brut Reserve was served on arrival alongside Glenlivet single malt whisky iced tea, a selection of St Hugo wines and Remedy kombucha.

All came to engage, learn and contemplate how to keep their well-being in check with a presentation from lifestyle coach, Michelle Fragais (above with NSW Chapter members). Michelle spoke about her road to well-being and living a vibrant and holistic life.

Expressions of interest from men wishing to join the State Chapter committees can be directed to Renae Meyer: and Leela Sennitt: