Top female business leaders celebrate International Women's Day

12 March 2009

Do women drive a hard enough bargain when it comes to pay rises and paid maternity leave? And how does new technology influences work-life balance? These issues and more will be discussed by a group of Australia's leading female executives at the University of Sydney today 12 March 2009 at 4pm.

"Women in Business Town & Gown - Celebrating International Women's Day" was facilitated by Dr Marian Baird, the internationally acclaimed researcher in the fields of women, work and family and industrial relations, was organised in celebration of International Women's Day* by the Careers and Employer Relations Office at the Faculty of Economics and Business.

Dr Baird will be joined by Faculty of Economics and Business alumni: Besa Deda, chief economist, St George Bank; Sheryle Moon, CEO of Wildtwo Pty Ltd; Vessa Playfair, head of corporate affairsand communications Deloitte Australia; Arahni Sont, resource development as well as marketing manager, Habitat for Humanity and Mairi Steele, acting director of EOWA to discuss the major issues facing women in the business and the education sector.

Dr Marian Baird said the purpose of the forum was to celebrate all women in business as well as empowering female economics and business students to succeed in the high pressure world of work.

"This is an enormous opportunity to gather some of Australia's leading thought leaders together in one place and significantly contribute to public debate about the major issues surrounding the advancement of women in the workplace," said Dr Baird.

The forum is also an opportunity for the Faculty to launch the 2009 Lucy Mentoring Program. The Lucy Program is an initiative of the NSW Government's Office for Women's Policy in partnership with the University's Faculty of Economics and Business to place selected female undergraduates with professional mentors and equips women with the advice net works and experience needed to take on senior roles in the public and private sectors.

What: Town& Gown, celebrating International Women's Day

When: Merewether Lecture Theatre 1, 4-5pm, Thursday 12 March.

* Each year around the world, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on 8 March. International Women's Day is a worldwide celebration to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. This year's global theme is "Women and men united to end violence against women and girls."

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