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The purpose of the Drinks Association International Women’s Day lunch is to bring the Drinks industry together to inspire and educate our industry to deliver equal opportunity across all Genders in order to create a better future.

The Drinks industry 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.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2020 was “Each for Equal”. The Drinks Association’s Embrace Difference Council hosted the event at Doltone House Hyde Park, which featured guest speakers Erin Molan and her father Senator Jim Molan.

Erin broke down barriers for women in sports journalism as the first full-time female panellist and co-host in the Footy Show’s 22-year history.

Her insights were both entertaining and eye-opening. She discussed how she built resilience in the face of online trolling, which saw her accused of “ruining rugby league” and being viciously attacked, based not on her ability as a journalist, but solely on her appearance and gender.

Meanwhile, after an illustrious career spanning 40 years with the Australian Armed Forces, Jim Molan was recently re-elected to the Australian Senate. It was fascinating to hear Senator Molan reveal how the military is championing women’s rights. 

The industry panel discussion saw Rose Scott (VP Sales, CUB), Trish Unwin (General Manager Organisational Effectiveness, Coles Liquor) and David Smith (Managing Director, Diageo) share their perspectives on what “embrace difference” means to them and discussed the diversity and inclusion achievements made by each of their companies to date.

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