International Women's Day Luncheon

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SkyCity Adelaide

125 North Terrace

Adelaide, SA 5001


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Adelaide's premier International Women's Day event - an exclusive lunch, exceptional presenters and jaw dropping views of Adelaide.

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Join Business SA, the South Australian Chamber of Commerce for an exclusive lunch, as we unite with the world to acknowledge and celebrate 2021 International Women’s Day.

Enjoy a delicious lunch at the jaw dropping Sky City Ballroom with floor to ceiling windows and breathtaking views of the surrounding riverbank precinct. Engage with our panel of inspirational speakers whilst enjoying lunch, drinks, prizes and fun! – It will be an afternoon to remember!

As individuals, we can choose to challenge and call out bias and inequality, and we can also choose to celebrate each other’s successes. Let’s join together to create an inclusive world.

Join us to celebrate 2021’s IWD theme: #ChooseToChallenge – because from challenge comes change.

Spaces will fill up fast so book your ticket now!

Our special Corporate members are entitled to 1 free ticket to this event and are able to purchase more tickets at the member discounted price, please call us to claim your complimentary ticket.

Other Business SA members are eligible for discount on tickets to this event. Please use your membership number as your ‘promo code’ during checkout to apply the discount. If you don't know your membership number, please call the customer service team on 8300 0000. Discounted tickets are $160.00.

About International Women's Day

International Women's Day has occurred for well over a century with the first gathering held in 1911. In 2020, COVID-19 highlighted just how much women continue to contribute to our society; from our healthcare staff and childcare workers to the world’s greatest leaders.

Our panel of inspirational speakers will include:

Kelly Jamieson

Kelly founded Edible Blooms as an online retail gift destination in 2005 with her sister Abbey and is an early pioneer of ecommerce in Australia. Fast forward 15 years, a collection of business awards including a Telstra Business of the Year for Australia and SA Business Woman of the Year, today Edible Blooms has more than 70 team members delivering smiles daily across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In fact, an Edible Blooms smile arrives on a doorstep faster than every two minutes daily. In her spare time, Kelly can be found jumping off the Port Elliot jetty fully clothed, challenging her team to how many chocolates they can eat in a day or busting embarrassing disco moves with her two children.

Isobel Marshall - Taboo – 2021 Young Australian of the year

In 2017, at just 18 years of age, Isobel Marshall launched a social enterprise business to help women around the world by breaking down stigma around menstruation and providing greater access to hygiene products.

With business partner Eloise Hall, she co-founded TABOO after crowdfunding $56,000 to launch their range of products in August 2019. TABOO sells high quality, ethically sourced, organic cotton pads and tampons to an Australian market, with 100 per cent of net profits going to One Girls – a charity providing education programs for girls and women in Sierra Leone and Uganda. Locally, Isobel and TABOO have partnered with Vinnies Women’s Crisis centre, providing free access to pads and tampons for women who require emergency accommodation in South Australia. Recognising period poverty is not just a big city issue, they support Red Lily Health Group who also work in Rural Australia.

Isobel is also a full-time student at the University of Adelaide, where she is studying a Bachelor of Medicine (MBBS) and a Bachelor of Surgery.

In 2020 Isobel was recognised at the 2021 Young Australian of the year.

Eloise Hall – Founder of Taboo, 2019 InDaily 40 under 40

Eloise Hall Co-Founded TABOO with Isobel in 2017. She is studying a double degree in Business (Bach) and International Relations (Bach) at Flinders University. Eloise received InDaily’s 40 under 40 award in 2019 for her success in Co-Founding and Directing the social enterprise.

Eloise and Isobel met in high school (Walford) and worked alongside each other as school captains before launching taboo in 2017.

Anna Pak Poy

Like us all, Anna Pak Poy wears many hats – Business Owner, Mentor, Foundation Founder & Chair, Mother.

Anna has worked globally from bases in Australia, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, running award-winning businesses. In 2018, she acquired Careerlink People Solutions - one of Australia’s longest running recruitment firms - and subsequently founded Pak Poy & Partners, a bespoke executive search firm.

Anna leads teams of search experts and consultants to provide a broad range of recruitment and talent services. Her strength lies in her thorough understanding of strategic and senior leaders.

Outside of work, Anna is pioneering change in the lives of those affected by Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff Diseases. Founder and Chair of the Rare Find Foundation, her connection with the charity is deeply personal. In December 2017, at just seven months old, her son Sebby was diagnosed with Tay-Sachs Disease, a rare form of childhood dementia with no cure. Sebby had his first full-body seizure not long after his first birthday and, in the months following, Anna watched her son slowly deteriorate - no longer able to sit up, feed himself, or swallow. Sebby sadly passed away in March 2019, age 22-months.

Rare Find Foundation exists to improve the lives of those living with Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff diseases through support, information, and advocacy, as well as to support research of these conditions to help find a cure

Nikki Govan

Nikki owns and manages the nationally renowned Star of Greece restaurant in Port Willunga. In addition to her role at Business SA as Chair of the Board, she is a director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Nikki is a member of the Training and Skills Commission in SA and chairs the Food, Wine, Tourism & Hospitality Industry Skills Council. She is also the Chair, Adelaide Economic Development Agency and Chair, Events Advisory Group.

Nikki has an impressive background in destination marketing in Melbourne and Adelaide, has developed several start-up ventures and has extensive experience in membership and not-for-profit business.

For many years, she ran her own marketing company See More Solutions (a play on her maiden name of Seymour-Smith) with clients that included Southcorp Wines, Department of Trade and Economic Development, Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, Magic Millions and BHP Building Products. Nikki has served on a number of boards including the Technology Industry Association, Australian Red Cross (SA), Volleyball SA, the South Australian Motorsport Board and the Adelaide Convention and Tourism Authority.

Nikki has a Bachelor of Business (Tourism) and a Diploma of Laws.

Annie Harvey

TEDx speaker Annie Harvey is a wellbeing educator who works with a variety of audiences from preschoolers to teens and young adults to seniors. She teaches a range of science-backed tools including mindfulness and laughter therapy. Her aim is simple: to provide a practical and preventative toolkit for our mental health.

Jessica Adamson, our MC for the afternoon

Jessica Adamson has forged a reputation as one of the state’s finest journalists after 24 years in television news.

She is a presenter, facilitator and one of South Australia’s most sought after MC’s. Jessica’s upbringing on the family farm at Hallett, in the Mid North of South Australia, gave her a solid background in rural affairs. Jessica’s media career began at the Stock Journal Newspaper after she completed a Journalism Degree at the University of South Australia. Jessica joined 7NEWS in 1997. Jessica was the 7NEWS crime reporter for more than a decade – but amassed a great deal of experience covering national and international stories for the Seven Network. Jessica’s extensive reporting roles at Seven include the Sydney and Beijing Olympic Games, the Tour de France, the Beaconsfield Mine disaster, the drug trials of Michelle Leslie and The Bali Nine, the Bali bombings and the devastating Boxing Day tsunami, where she spent time reporting from the devastation in Banda Aceh.

In 2015 Jessica was announced the Best Broadcaster of the Year at the SA Press Club Awards. Jessica has won a number of other awards in her time at Seven, including SA Journalist of the Year (2006). Jessica was 7NEWS weekend presenter from 2014-2020 and was without peer in the ratings battle.

Jessica is a passionate ambassador for CanTeen – the Australian organisation for young people living with cancer, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

She’s also a board member of the Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation and Sids and Kids SA.

Jessica is married to Dave and they have twin boys, Angus and Louis, and a daughter, Sophie.

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