The Masterclass

March 6, 2024

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The Masterclass

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The Masterclass

On March 6 2024, i=Change hosted an International Women’s Day Masterclass with senior leaders from Retail, NGOs, Government and Media.

Topics discussed:

  • the status of women & girls in Australia and Asia Pacific and how business can be a force for good
  • how brands are building impact into their brand & authentically communicating their purpose
  • how the media is navigating the key issues; the pitfalls and opportunities

Supported by: ModiBodi, The Growth Activists, ItWorks & Salesforce.

Event details

Date: 6 March 2024
Time: 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Salesforce Sydney Tower
Level 39, 180 George St, Sydney

Price: $20 / 100% of ticket revenue were donated to featured NGOs

2024 retail & industry panel

Ruth Haffenden, speaks at i=Change Masterclass 2024

Rosanna Iacono

CEO & Co-Founder

Rosanna is CEO of sustainability strategy consultancy The Growth Activists, Australia’s largest team of B Lab-trained B Consultants. Her key practice areas include ESG futures and innovation, circular economy strategy, supply chain transparency, sustainability communications and investor advisory.

Rosanna is also an advisor to women-led circular economy start-ups, Independent Chair of Seamless and a National Ambassador for Heads Over Heels.

Photo of Sarah Forde, speaks at i=Change Masterclass 2024

Sarah Forde

Head of Sustainability & Public Affairs

A Sustainability and social Impact practitioner driving change from within business to support better outcomes for people and the planet. Sarah’s experience within the private sector, government and not for profit has provided her with expertise to shape new partnerships and models for change.

Currently the Head of Sustainability and Public Affairs with global leak-proof apparel brand Modibodi, she has a strong focus on improving outcomes for women and girls, particularly within the menstrual equality space.

Ruth Haffenden, speaks at i=Change Masterclass 2024

Ruth Haffenden

Global Head of Brand & Marketing

As Global Head of Brand and Marketing for Australia’s first B-corp underwear brand, it’s Ruth’s job to convince people that being kinder to the planet could be as easy as changing your underwear.

Listed in B&T’s Women in Media Power list, Ruth is a passionate and outspoken advocate for gender equality in the creative industries and is out to change the game when it comes to fair and diverse portrayal of women in media.

Ruth Haffenden, speaks at i=Change Masterclass 2024

Steve Philpott

CEO & Founder

Since its founding in 2011, the Bond-Eye Group of brands has become a significant player in the global women’s swimwear industry.

Balancing growth with ethics in the challenging and ever evolving retail landscape, Steves’s mission is to forge an engaged company that is creating beautiful high quality swimwear while making a difference in our society and environment.

2024 NGO panel

Photo of Stephanie Copus-Campbell, Australian Ambassador for Gender Equality, speaks at i=Change Masterclass 2024

Stephanie Copus Campbell

Australia’s Ambassador for Gender Equality

As Australia’s Ambassador for Gender Equality, Stephanie Copus Campbell deepens Australia’s international engagement on gender equality with her expertise in community development, gender equality and health.

Stephanie is a passionate advocate for the importance of women’s human rights, ending gender-based violence, women’s economic empowerment, and the leadership of women and girls.

Photo of Simone Clark, UN Women, speaks at i=Change Masterclass 2024

Simone Clarke

CEO, UN Women Australia

A champion for women and girls, Simone is CEO of UN Women, the United Nations entity responsible for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment.

UN Women was established in 2010 to accelerate progress to meet the needs of women & girls worldwide.

In the developing world especially, UN Women helps give voice to the voiceless, and fights for the rights of women and girls.

Annabelle Daniels from Womens Community Shelters speaks at i=Change Masterclass 2024

Annabelle Daniel OAM

CEO, Women’s Community Shelters

A tireless and passionate advocate for the safety and security of women in Australia, Simone is CEO of Women’s Community Shelters.

The long-term goal of WCS is for a safe, secure, supported & equal environment for all women & children in Australia, and to increase our national capacity to assist more women & children facing domestic abuse & homelessness.

Chanel Contos from Teach Me Consent speaks at i=Change Masterclass 2024

Madeline Vaughan

CEO, Adara Development

As CEO of Adara Development, Madeline Vaughan is passionate about unleashing the potential of women and girls. Adara is an international development organisation that delivers quality health and education services to people living in poverty in some of the world’s remotest places.

Adara works with partners, governments and communities to design and scale Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and Remote Community Development programmes.

2024 media panel

Photo of Stephanie Copus-Campbell, Australian Ambassador for Gender Equality, speaks at i=Change Masterclass 2024

Catharine Lumby

Professor of Media, Sydney University

Catharine Lumby is a Professor of Media at Sydney University. As a print and television journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Bulletin Magazine and ABC TV, she is focused on human rights and gender equality. Catharine is the author of 11 books, most recently, Frank Moorhouse: A Life.

Chanel Contos from Teach Me Consent speaks at i=Change Masterclass 2024

Chanel Contos

CEO & Founder, Teach Us Consent

Chanel Contos is an award winning activist who founded Teach Us Consent, a campaign that mandated consent education in Australia and criminalised stealthing in multiple states.

Chanel has a Masters in Education, Gender and International Development from University College London and was recently appointed by Julia Gillard to chair the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership’s Youth Advisory Committee.

Annabelle Daniels from Womens Community Shelters speaks at i=Change Masterclass 2024

Dr. Saba Vasefi

Journalist & documentary filmmaker

Dr. Saba Vasefi is a multi-award-winning scholar-journalist, poet, and documentary filmmaker. She is an academic at the University of Sydney, an Honorary Postdoctoral Associate at Macquarie University, Sydney Peace Foundation executive council member and the Red Room Poetry’s Writing in Resistance editor.

Saba’s current research for the Center for Human Rights focuses on extrajudicial and arbitrary executions under the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Photo of Simone Clark, UN Women, speaks at i=Change Masterclass 2024

David Leser

Journalist & author

David Leser is an award-winning journalist and author of seven books, including his acclaimed Women, Men and the Whole Damn Thing, about toxic masculinity in the age of #MeToo.

A former Middle East and Washington correspondent, David is a regular contributor to Good Weekend Magazine and columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age.

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