International Women’s Day

The Drinks Association's International Women’s Day lunch brings the drinks industry together to inspire and educate, informed by a vision for a better future where gender equity for all is a given.

Presented by the Embrace Difference Council, the International Women’s Day event has built extraordinary momentum and desire for diversity and inclusion in our industry. Over the last few years, we have heard inspiring key notes from female speakers and panel discussions amongst industry representatives.

In 2021, the event was presented as a virtual event and open to a national audience for the first time. Broadcaster and author, Dr Julia Baird was the keynote speaker. Dr Baird has survived cancer, heartbreak and the fierce newsrooms of Australia and New York, and now hosts one of Australia’s most esteemed nightly current affairs programs, The Drum on ABC Television.

Dr Baird has written books on the representation of female politicians by Australian media and Queen Victoria but her keynote speech for the Drinks Association centred mostly on her growing interest in the science of human interactions with nature, natural wonders, and how these benefit our physical and mental health by building our sense of connectedness, resilience and strength. For Phosphorescence, Baird researched writings, philosophies and learnings from indigenous people, ancient philosophers, astronauts, and the abundant literature and experimental findings from natural and environmental scientists.

Read more about Dr Baird’s address here.

The industry panel for this year’s International Women’s Day event was comprised of Brown-Forman, Vice President, Managing Director, Eveline Albarracin; Treasury Wine Estates, Chief People Officer, Katie Hodgson and Hurley Hotel Group, Managing Director, Peter Hurley AO. Treasury Wine Estates’ George Samios was our most excellent facilitator.

The representatives from the three different organisations had various tales of diversity and inclusion to share that you will find here. 



Photos from our 2021 International Women's Day virtual event featuring keynote speaker Dr Julia Baird:


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