Price includes two-course sit-down breakfast and panel discussion.

Celebrate International Women’s Day over breakfast with an inspirational UWA panel sharing unique perspectives on where women have been and what’s in store for the future.

Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once said “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”

The gender equity landscape is evolving. Today’s issues are different from those of yesterday and will be different again tomorrow. Woman or man, we must all be part of the conversation.

Join moderator, Farida Fozdar, Deputy Head of School, UWA Social Sciences, as we explore the big issues for women in the next decade with alumni thought leaders:

Opening remarks:  Professor Dawn Freshwater, UWA Vice-Chancellor

Alison Bartlett, Associate Professor, English and Cultural Studies
Chris Sutherland, Managing Director Programmed
Lynsey Warbey, Senior Assistant State Solicitor at State Solicitors Office
Maria Saraceni, Barrister at Francis Burt Chambers
Nicky Howe, Chief Executive Officer of Southcare

Closing remarks: Lucy Moyle, recent UWA graduate and founder of Unlimited Women

Learn more about the panel below. 


Alison Bartlett
Associate Professor – English and Cultural Studies
Alison Bartlett is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia in English and Cultural Studies, and previously in Gender Studies. Prior to this she taught literature at the University of Southern Queensland for ten years. Her teaching and research is primarily focused on gender and sexuality in popular culture, with a particular interest in Australian feminist events and landscapes. She has published books on contemporary maternity, and Australian women’s writing, and edited books on Australian feminist objects, breastfeeding ethics, Australian literature, and postgraduate supervision, as well as editing special issues of journals on feminism and the museum, on feminist social memory, on breastfeeding culture, and women’s writing. She has worked with the National Museum of Australia to propose a collection to represent the Australian women’s movement, and is interested in how the recent feminist past is being remembered and narrated. She has been Editor of the online journal Outskirts: feminisms along the edge since 2006.

Chris Sutherland BE ’86
CEO Programmed
Chris has been, since January 2008, Managing Director of Programmed, a leading provider of staffing, maintenance and facility management services with more than 25,000 employees. Chris is also currently Chair of a Perth-based group CEOs for Gender Equity and in November 2017 was awarded the Australian Human Resources Institute CEO Diversity Champion Award (AHRI). His previous experience included time as Chief Executive of Integrated Group Limited (which merged with Programmed in June 2007), WorleyParsons and Clough Engineering. He is an experienced executive who has held senior management positions in various engineering, maintenance and contracting businesses with operations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (UWA) and was a Clough Scholar, graduating in 1985. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2001.

Farida Fozdar
Deputy Head of School – Social Sciences at The University of Western Australia
Farida uses qualitative and quantitative methods to understand the ways in which racial, ethnic, national and religious identities are constructed, issues around refugee and migrant settlement, and questions of cultural diversity. She has a particular interest in discourse analysis. Farida undertakes social research consultancies including evaluating programs to assist migrants and refugees with re-settlement. Farida completed her PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, and began as a lecturer in Sociology and Community Development at Murdoch University in 2003. In 2011 she received an ARC Future Fellowship which she took up at The University of Western Australia.

Lucy Moyle
Founder and Director at Unlimited Women
Lucy is the Founder and Director of Unlimited, a network of students and professionals committed to supporting female students in the transition from university to the working world. Unlimited exists to empower women to build strong and valuable networks, and develop the core employability skills to set them up for success in work and in life.  Lucy is a recent UWA Bachelor of Commerce graduate, dedicated to helping young women understand and reach their full potential. Prior to her work with Unlimited, Lucy was the Vice-President and Chair of the UWA Student Guild in 2015 and 2016.

Lynsey Warbey LLB, BA ’99
Commissioner’s Counsel WA Police
Lynsey Warbey studied at The University of Western Australia law school from 1994 to 1998 and lived at College during part of that time. She is a career public servant and lawyer who has worked in the Western Australian and Victorian Public Sector for nearly two decades. Lynsey is currently a Senior Assistant State Solicitor at the State Solicitor’s Office and recently was seconded as Legal Counsel to the WA Police Commissioner. Lynsey’s diverse career has ranged from representing the State in Royal Commissions to running large commercial litigation. It has taken her around the State and the country in various capacities. She has been particularly fortunate to work on significant inquiries concerning indigenous child abuse and family violence and emergency response and management.

Maria Saraceni BA ’81, GradDipEd ’82, BEd ’87, BJuris ’91, LLB ’92
Barrister Francis Burt Chambers
Maria has, for almost 20 years, held senior promotional positions within the Western Australian legal framework- both at a large independent WA law firm and at an international law firm. She has held these positions while also actively participating in the fabric of legal services in Western Australia both as President of the Law Society of WA and Immediate Past President and as a Director of the Law Council of Australia. In addition to the practice of law, Maria has devoted her time to two causes dear to her heart, improving the status of women and promoting multiculturalism in Australia. Maria served for 4 years as Chair of the Women’s Advisory Council in Western Australia and completed a term as Women’s Chair at the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA). Through Maria’s work both as an advocate in the public arena and within the confidential confines of her legal practice, she has identified, publicised and promoted the eradication of discrimination against women. Maria has generously given back to the community by virtue of the leadership roles she held in the not-for-profit sector where she has used her voice to speak for women not just from a position of disempowerment but from a position of positive role-modelling. Maria has participated in the panel of judges for the inaugural WA Women’s Hall of Fame and is an Ambassador for the project “100 Women” a group focused on philanthropy by women for women.

Nicky Howe DBA ‘07
CEO Southcare
Nicky is the CEO of Southcare, a leadership and management coach and ontological practitioner, with over 25 years senior management experience working in government and not-for-profit sectors in the areas of employment, education, welfare, health, aged care and community services. She is passionate about building productive working relationships and uses a consulting, coaching approach to help individuals and organisations to increase their effectiveness. Her particular focus is on the development of people and building the capacity within organisations so they can successfully achieve their objectives. She is the co-founder of Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards, an award winning collaborative governance and leadership project which is creating a pipeline for young professionals to secure Board Director positions on aged care and community boards.


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