YPWA International Women's Day Conference 2018


Friday 9th March, Sydney

In celebration of International Women’s Day, YPWA host an annual one day professional development conference,  to inspire and empower you toward a truly rewarding career into the future. The theme of 2018 YPWA International Women’s Day Conference is: Press for Progress.

The program included presentations from:

Catherine Fox an award-winning journalist and author of 'Stop Fixing Women'. She was the former Corporate Woman columnist at the Australian Financial Review.

Her searing book argues that insisting women fix themselves won’t fix the system, the system built by men. Catherine Fox does more than identify and analyse the nature of the problem. She throws down the gauntlet, showing how business, defence, public service and community leaders might do it, rather than just talk about it. She shows that not only will this be better for women but for productivity as well, not to mention men and women’s health and happiness at home and at work.

Keynote | Marita Cheng Founder and Board Member Robogals Global, Founder aubot (formerly 2Mar Robotics)

She grew up in housing commission with her brother and single-parent mother, who worked as a hotel room cleaner. She graduated from high school in 2006 in the top 0.2% of the nation.

Six years later Marita was named the 2012 Young Australian of the Year for demonstrating vision and leadership well beyond her years as the Founder and Executive Director of Robogals Global. Noticing the low number of girls in her engineering classes at the University of Melbourne, Marita rounded up her fellow engineering peers and they went to schools to teach girls robotics, as a way to encourage girls into engineering. Today Robogals has now taught 55,000 girls from 11 countries our robotics workshops across 32 chapters and been internationally recognised....there is more.

In 2013 launched2Mar Robotics, which makes a telepresence robot, 'Teleport', for kids with cancer in hospital to attend school, people with a disability to attend work and to monitor and socialise with elderly people. As well as telepresence robots, 2Mar does research and development in robotic arms, virtual reality and autonomous mapping and navigation. Life changing stuff for members of the community.

What she has acheived in such a short career will blow you away!

Libby Lyons, Director Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency is an Australian Government statutory agency created by the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012. Libby will share some of her insights since joining the Agency over 2 years ago and her vision for the future as we #pressforprogress.

#pressforprogress - Case Studies

As we look to drive change in organisations, three forward thinking organisations will share their stories of how they are adapting to the Future of Work and showcase how they are driving #pressforprogress in their organisation. Panel Discussion with some Senior Business Leaders discussing ‘The Future of Flexible Working’. This will be followed by a short Q&A with all three presenters.

Keynote | Dr Justin Coulson Fore Creates Resistance, The Need for Reflective Rebels Corporate Keynote Speaker, Bestselling Author, & only Aussie with PhD in Positive Psychology and Parenting

Following a successful career in radio, Dr Justin Coulson packed it all in and went back to university in his late 20’s for the best part of 10 years graduating with a psychology degree and PHD. He then wrote his first book and starting talking to people about relationships and discovered it was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

Obsessed with what makes relationships flourish, Justin has spoken to tens of thousands of people about relationships in leadership, education, and especially in family life.Justin is the author of two best-selling books, husband and father of six girls. Justin has guided parents through thick and thin, and discovered that parenting provides powerful lessons in life and leadership.

What happened on the day

IWD 2018 - videos


Welcome to YPWA - IWD 2018 Conference

Opening Address - Catherine Fox

Panel Discussion - The Future of Flex

Interview with Libby Lyons (WGEA)

IWD 2018 Press for Progress Case Studies

Force Creates Resistance - Dr Justin Coulson

IWD 2018 Close

IWD 2018 - photos