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MELBOURNE - Empowering Women through Business

  • YBF Ventures 520 Bourke Street Melbourne 3000 (map)
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WHAT: Panel Discussion

WHERE: YBF Ventures, 520 Bourke St, Melbourne

WHEN: Wednesday, 17th October 2018

TIME: 6.30pm for a 7pm Start - 8.30pm

TOPIC // Empowering Women through Business

There are few topics hotter right now than empowering women. From gender equality to pay gaps, from #girlboss to #metoo - there has been a powerful uprising in sisterhoods across the globe. Social media is not the only driving force at the forefront of these movements - business has also played a huge role in the continued empowerment of women in today’s society. So how do you empower women through your business? With so many issues faced by this segment of society, how do you decide what to focus on? And how do you know if you’re making an impact?

Join us for an inspiring evening as we hear from our star-studded lineup of female entrepreneurs who are doing their part to make our world a better place to be a woman.

Bloom Sparkling Tea will be on hand to provide some delicious non-alcoholic beverages!



Valeria Ignatieva | Cofounder, Work180

Valeria is the Co-CEO & Founder of WORK180, a platform improving workplaces and connecting the most progressive employers with talented women. WORK180 pre-screen employers on amount of paid parental leave, pay equity, flexible working and much more. This information is transparent on the WORK180 website and companies have improved their policies in order to advertise jobs. Having raised $2m in investment rounds lead by Skip Capital (Kim Jackson and Atlassian Co-founder Scott Farquhar’s private investment fund) WORK180 has recently launched in the UK and are about to launch in the US.


Vanessa Babuin-Perera | Cofounder, Sonsee Woman

Vanessa Babuin-Perera is a former fashion pattern maker and product development manager. After many years in an industry that favours straight sizes, she realised there was a gap in the market for premium garments designed for plus size women. She released a range of hosiery and intimates to an eager and responsive market and with the support of Shark Tank’s Naomi Simson, Sonsee Woman has grown from strength to strength, breaking into the US and expanding the range to include a revolutionary line of shapewear designed for comfort. 


Madeleine Grummet | Founder, girledworld

Formerly a journalist, Madeleine is the Co-Founder and CEO of edtech startup girledworld, and plays across many parts of the Australian startup ecosystem, as an investor (Medtech and SheEO), regular keynote speaker, and startup and founder Mentor with Everwise (Atlassian + Zendesk), University of Melbourne, City of Melbourne and the Foundation for Young Australians. Madeleine is specialised in corporate innovation and IDEO Design. girledworld get girls ready for the Future of Work by connecting them with real-world learning pathways, large-scale interactive education events, and are currently building a global World of Work STEM skills platform to give 12-18-year old girls access to career mentor advice, micro-credentials and 21-century virtual work experience.


Jericho Cleary (Host) // Founder, Bountie | Head of Strategy, #CorporateAdvice | Melb League Ambassador

Jericho is a passionate founder, speaker & startup advisor. Jericho launched her career with Red Bull at university and went on to pursue a seven-year global marketing career with the brand that would see her living, working & leading large teams across Asia, Europe and the Pacific by the age of 25.

Becoming increasingly concerned about climate change throughout her mid-twenties led Jericho to question her entire existence; especially her career trajectory. Jericho became both determined to create impact through her work and fascinated by those who were turning their social purpose into a livelihood. This fascination led her to founding Bountie, a curated podcast that shares the tales of purpose-driven people who are making an impact in the world through their careers. Jericho also made the leap to startup advisor in early 2018 and now puts her near-decade of experience in innovation & strategic marketing to use by supporting founders & social entrepreneurs with their early-stage ventures.


Bloom Sparkling Tea will be on hand to provide some delicious non-alcoholic beverages, and there will be wine provided by One Girl!

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