Advances in gender equality under threat


Premier of NSW and Member for Willoughby Gladys Berejiklian at the BESydney Ambassador Dinner

Jane Latimer delivered the ‘Australia Oration’ on behalf of her twin sister Elizabeth Broderick AO at the annual Business Events Sydney (BESydney) Ambassador Dinner held at the International Convention Centre Sydney on Wednesday the 1st of November.

Each year, a prominent leader speaks about how their experiences have shaped their view of the nation, and the challenges and opportunities for Australia. Previous speakers include David Gonski AC and former Prime Minister John Howard OM AC.

"We are approaching a crossroads with the very concept of gender equality being increasingly contested in some quarters. Whether in Australia or internationally, we should not underestimate the enormity of what needs to shift if we are to continue to create a more gender equal, more inclusive world.

“How can we accelerate change by engaging both the head and the heart? How can we not only ensure that leaders take notice, but that they swing into action?" said Jane Latimer, on behalf of Ms Broderick.

Seven new leaders were welcomed into the Ambassador Program including Serafina Maiorano, Global CEO of Advance, and David Thodey AO, Chair CSIRO and Jobs for NSW, and member of the Advance Global Advisory Council.

CEO of Business Events Sydney, Lyn Lewis-Smith, said the event recognised the vital role ambassadors play in raising the global profile of New South Wales (NSW).

“BESydney promotes NSW on the world stage, and our ambassadors, who are all leaders in their field, help Australia secure prestigious international events and conferences to increase our global competitiveness,” Ms Lewis-Smith said.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is Patron of the Ambassador Program which now features more than 90 ambassadors from priority sectors.

“It is an honour to be Patron of the BESydney Ambassador Program and support these individuals who are volunteering their time to advocate for our city and State as a hub of business, knowledge and innovation,” Premier Berejiklian said.

Ambassadors joining the BESydney program in 2017:

  • David Gonski AC - Chairman ANZ Banking Group Ltd and Chancellor University of New South Wales
  • David Thodey AO - Chair CSIRO and Jobs for NSW, and member of the Advance Global Advisory Council
  • Dr Bronwyn Evans - CEO Standards Australia
  • Professor Emma Johnston, Dean of Science University of New South Wales and President-Elect, Science & Technology Australia
  • Serafina Maiorano - Global CEO Advance
  • Scientia Professor Nigel Lovell - Head of the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, University of New South Wales
  • Professor Bill Ledger - Senior Vice Dean of Medicine and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of New South Wales, Royal Hospital for Women