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The Women’s Circle - Melbourne

The Women’s Circle is an initiative Gilbert + Tobin launched in October 2016, aimed at enriching and supporting the career development of enterprising Australian women.

The 2018-2019 Women’s Circle program will bring together 50 emerging female leaders for a 12 month curated career enrichment program, aimed at the best and brightest women across Melbourne’s vibrant business landscape.

These women represent key organisations from a range of public, private, government and industry sectors. They were personal selected by their organisations to become part of ‘the circle’ and gain access to a stimulated professional development and networking program focused on four key areas: talent, opportunity, inspiration and networking.

Each month, Gilbert + Tobin hosts a three-hour forum providing participants with access to high profile and influential female leaders associated with the program. The sessions include keynote addresses from inspirational and successful women including;

  • Stephanie Alexander AO, Chef, Author and Food Educator and founder of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.
  • Paula Dwyer, Chairman, Tabcorp Holdings Limited and Healthscope Limited and Director, ANZ Bank and Lion Pty Ltd.
  • Janette Kendall, Non Executive of Director Vicinity Centres, Nine Entertainment Co, Costa Group, Wellcom Group, The Melbourne Theatre Company and MTC Foundation.
  • Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, CEO and Managing Director, Mirvac Group.
  • Joanna Murray-Smith, Australia’s leading playwright and author.
  • Elizabeth Proust AO, Chairman, Nestle Australia, Bank of Melbourne, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Director of Lendlease Corporation.
  • Ann Sherry AO, Chairman, Carnival Australia, UNICEF, Non Executive Director of Sydney Airport, National Australia Bank, The Palladium Group, Australian Ruby Union, Cape York Partnership and Council member of Philanthropy Australia.
  • Alison Watkins, Group Managing Director, Coca-Cola Amatil and NED of The Centre for Independent Studies and the Business Council of Australia
  • Maureen Wheeler AO, publishing entrepreneur, philanthropist and co-founder of the Lonely Planet.

In addition to keynote speakers, the seminars will also feature sector insight bites – information sessions on key innovations, strategies and policy initiatives being developed and delivered in Melbourne that are shaping current business priorities and future directions.

The Women’s Circle was founded by Janet Whiting, head of the firm’s litigation practice in Melbourne. 

“I am pleased to be part of a firm that is committed to recognising and rewarding talent and understanding the importance of supporting women to achieve their potential. The elevation of more women to positions of leadership across business is one part of addressing the gender imbalance. A rich and extensive network of professional contacts throughout business, especially among women, is equally important.”

“It is my hope that regardless of the sector, talented, educated professional women will increasingly be selected to guide key decision-making in all spheres of business - run more companies, sit on more boards, help determine government and industry policy, and influence the sustainable economic development of more organisations.”

“I’m proud to lead The Women’s Circle that will provide each member with opportunities, inspiration and connections that have the potential to sustain and nurture them through their entire careers.”

The Women’s Circle was founded by Janet Whiting, head of the firm’s litigation practice in Melbourne, and will be offered as an ongoing program.

“I am pleased to be part of a firm that is committed to recognising and rewarding talent and understanding the importance of supporting women to achieve their potential. The elevation of more women to positions of leadership across business is one part of addressing the gender imbalance. A rich and extensive network of professional contacts throughout business, especially among women, is equally important.

“It is my hope that regardless of the sector, talented, educated professional women will increasingly be selected to guide key decision-making in all sphere of business - run more companies, sit on more boards, help determine government and industry policy, and influence the sustainable economic development of more organisations.”

“I’m proud to lead The Women’s Circle that will provide each member with opportunities, inspiration and connections that have the potential to sustain and nurture them through their entire careers.”