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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.

In 2020, the event will continue to celebrate to success of women, as well as raise awareness of the workplace challenges faced by women, as we look to recruit men into the dialogue so they too may become part of the solution. The tone of the event will evolve this year to focus on building greater female advocacy through the lens of both males & females.  On the basis of this vision, the theme of the day will be to showcase both genders working together & supporting each other to “Embrace Difference”.

The event's keynote speakers are sports journalist Erin Molan and her father, Retired Major General and now Senator Jim Molan AO.  The Molans will share their inspirational stories of navigating careers in environments where diversity and inclusion have been challenged.

Sports journalist Erin Molan broke down barriers as the first full-time female panellist and co-host in the Footy Show’s 22-year history, while, after an illustrious career spanning 40 years with the Australian Armed Forces, Major General Jim Molan, has recently been re-elected to the Australian Senate. She will discuss her experiences building resilience to work in a male dominated environment, while influencing the industry to Embrace Difference and pave the way for more female commentators in the sporting environment.  Jim will explore the politicization of the role of women in the Parliament and draw on his experience of how the military is championing women’s rights, plus the role of women in business, consultancy and advocacy.

Following the keynote address, Rose Scott (VP Sales, CUB), Trish Unwin (General Manager Organisational Effectiveness, Coles Liquor) and David Smith (Managing Director, Diageo) will  join the “in-conversation” panel.

These Change Champions will share their perspective on what “embrace difference” means to them and the importance of the International Women's Day event to the drinks industry. They will also elaborate on the diversity and inclusion achievements made by each of their companies to date.

MC for the day is television journalist and chat show host Anjali Rao.

Photos from our 2019 International Women's Day event: