Women and leadership series: end of year lunch

Women and leadership series: end of year lunch

Dec 10
Join CEDA as we celebrate the end of the working year. Jane Caro AM, Catherine Fox and Maggie Beer AM will reflect on the year that was, sharing their insights on the highs, lows and everything in-between.


Maggie Beer AM, South Australian food icon
Jane Caro AM, Author and social commentator
Catherine Fox, Author and journalist
Melinda Cilento, Chief Executive, CEDA

Event overview

CEDA welcomes South Australian food icon Maggie Beer AM to the final event of the highly successful 2019 SA Women and Leadership series.

Be entertained and informed by author and social commentator, Jane Caro AM and author and journalist, Catherine Fox together with Maggie Beer AM.

This event is the perfect opportunity to host your end-of-year lunch with your colleagues, discuss the important issues and wind down after a busy year.

Event presentations

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF


Meet the speakers

Maggie Beer AM
South Australian food icon

Jane Caro AM
Author and social commentator

Jane Caro is a woman known for saying what's on her mind. Her low-boredom threshold level has seen her embrace many careers; she is a novelist, lecturer, mentor, social commentator, columnist, workshop facilitator, speaker, broadcaster and award-winning advertising writer. She is a popular public speaker and a weekly regular on Channel Seven's Weekend Sunrise and Mornings on Channel Nine. She has appeared frequently on ABC's Q&A and The Drum, Channel Nine's Sunrise and Channel Ten's The Project. She is also a regular panellist on the ABC's top-rating show on advertising The Gruen Transfer.

Catherine Fox
Author and journalist

Catherine Fox is a leading commentator on women and the workforce. A Walkley award-winning journalist, author and presenter, she is regularly invited to address audiences around Australia and often appears in the media. During a long career with the Financial Review, she edited several sections of the newspaper, and wrote the Corporate Woman column; and she has published five books, including "Stop Fixing Women” which along with her journalism was awarded the 2017 Walkley Award for Women’s Leadership in Media. Her most recent book “Women Kind” (with co-author Kirstin Ferguson) examines how female solidarity and support is rebooting the global women’s movement. Catherine helped establish the annual Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards in 2012 and was named a Woman of Influence in 2018; she is a member of the Australian Women Donors Network board, and co-founder of the Sydney Women’s Giving Circle.

Meet the chair

Melinda Cilento
Chief Executive, CEDA

Melinda Cilento is an economist, experienced executive and company director. She has served as a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission, in senior roles in Federal Treasury and as Chief Economist and Deputy CEO at the Business Council of Australia.

Supported by CEDA members

Event series sponsors

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