Girl power — that ’90s concept coined by the Spice Girls. While the Spice Girls may not have lasted the distance, calls to highlight the voices and contributions of women have.
In March, the Coleman Greig Women in Business Forum will celebrate its first major event for 2018 — a lunch with the legendary Tara Moss on International Women’s Day. The region’s leading networking forum will also once again partner with Western Sydney University’s Women of the West Awards for this not-to-be-missed event.
Over a mouth-watering two course meal, guests will hear keynote speaker Tara Moss discussing “Labels, Leadership and Why We Need More Women’s Voices: on women’s representation in media, fiction, politics and public life”.
Tara has long been associated with speaking out for women in areas including rape, sexual assault and cyberbullying. Formerly a patron of the Full Stop Foundation, a fundraising initiative of Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia, Tara has worn her heart on her sleeve detailing her own personal experiences and urging women to speak out. Tara’s true strength lies in her pursuit of justice, whether it is in her advocacy or a best-selling crime fiction she has penned.
Her current goal is to encourage women to share their voice. In describing her newest book, Speaking Out: A 21st-Century Handbook for Women and Girls, on her website, Tara discusses the under-representation of women’s voices, as well as leadership roles in politics and peace negotiations. The crux of her argument is that in ignoring and underutilising women’s voices, experience, knowledge and skills, everyone loses out.
Copies of Speaking Out and Tara’s other books will be available at the Women in Business lunch.
Guests will also be able to participate in a variety of fundraising activities for the event’s charity partner. In the 10-year history of Women in Business, more than $220,000 has been raised for charity, proving that girl (women) power can indeed help change the world.

#PressforProgress on International Women’s Day
Up to 300 Women in Business guests will join forces with people around the world to #PressforProgress on International Women’s Day, which falls every year on March 8.
According to the United Nations, International Women’s Day is an opportunity for people around the world to “reflect on progress, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities”.
The 2018 theme, #PressforProgress, calls for everyone to play their part in pushing for gender parity, currently 200 years away according to the latest World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report!

A force to be reckoned with: Tara Moss
An author, journalist, TV documentary producer and presenter, speaker and anti-cyberbullying campaigner, Tara is also a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, and has earned her private investigator credentials from the Australian Security Academy. She is an outspoken advocate for human rights and the rights of women and children. Tara’s love of vintage, sewing, craft and body positivity inspired her vintage focused blog VictoryLamour.com and YouTube series Sewing Vintage with Tara Moss, which she hosts and produces.

Women of the West Awards
Rounding off the trifecta of celebrating strong and inspirational women, is Western Sydney University’s Women of the West Awards. Showcasing the efforts of extraordinary women who have contributed to greater western Sydney in one of three categories, the Awards started in 2005 to provide an opportunity to recognise unsung heroes within the local community. The Award winners will be announced at the lunch.
Previous winners include Women in Business member, Debbie Burgess.
For more information or to book for the Women in Business International Women’s Day lunch with Tara Moss on Thursday 8 March, please email Melissa Keen: mkeen@colemangreig.com.au

2017 Women of the West Awards’ winners: L-R Community winner Jenny Bombardieri, Young Women of the West Highly Commended Maja Podinic, Community Highly Commended Kathryn Temple, Business winner Le Ho.

Women of the West Awards
Women can be nominated in these annual Awards for excellence in one of three categories:
Women of the West – Business;
Women of the West – Community; and,
Young Women of the West (18 to 30 years).
To be eligible, nominees must live and/or work in greater western Sydney, demonstrate leadership, contribute to improving the lives of people in greater western Sydney, and demonstrate achievements or outcomes above and beyond their occupational roles.

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