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#BalanceforBetter - recognising female leaders this International Women’s Day

Almost 100 female business owners and operators came together for a Digital Garage event in Melbourne today to celebrate International Women's Day 2019.

Partnering with Business Chicks, the Digital Garage workshop championed female entrepreneurs and provided guests with the chance to learn new skills.

Federal Member for Chisholm, Julia Banks MP opened the event and spoke about the importance of supporting women in business.

"I think what Google is providing here today can only be a positive thing in terms of growing and developing your businesses. Growth is about embracing change, and I want nothing more than to see more and more successful women-led businesses in this country,” Ms Banks said.

Photo of Federal Member for Chisholm, Julia Banks MP, speaking at the event

We also heard from Nellie Kerrison, owner of Relish Mama; Jill Tucker, owner of Erilan and Lucinda Hartley, co-founder and CIO of Neighbourlytics who shared their inspiring stories of building a business online and spoke about how digital marketing can help.

Photo of panel of speakers at the event

The training included an introduction to digital marketing and tools to help businesses be found online by new customers.

Photo of audience members at the event

Women in STEM Breakfast 

We also held a Women in STEM Breakfast, co-hosted with Science and Technology Australia (STA), featuring Victoria’s Lead Scientist, Dr Amanda Caples who laid out her vision for the future of women in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Photos of event attendees at the Women in STEM breakfast

At the breakfast we announced a new partnership to support Superstars of STEM. This program, run by STA, aims to shift gender assumptions and empower leading female scientists, technologists, researchers and educators to become public role models.

We will partner with STA to support program participants with mentoring, training and collaboration on education outreach with a goal of inspiring women and girls across Australia to engage in STEM education and careers.

If you couldn’t make today’s events or you want to learn more, you can always check out the Digital Garage training online or find more events near you here.
Wishing everyone a great International Women’s Day as we work to #BalanceforBetter!