Women In Media has announced it will hold its national conference on the Gold Coast later this year.
Last year’s inaugural conference on the Gold Coast – headlined by Four Corners’ Sarah Ferguson and featuring talented women in media such as Edwina Bartholomew, Sandra Sully and Virginia Trioli – was a sell-out and trended number one on Twitter.
This year’s conference will be held on September 14-15 on the Gold Coast, with speaker and program details to be released in coming weeks.
Women In Media has also announced the appointment of Kathy McLeish and Cath Webber as national convenors, replacing author, broadcaster and founder of NOW Australia Tracey Spicer AM.
Spicer will be on the national WIM steering committee after five years of spearheading the expansion of the movement founded in Perth, which now includes metropolitan and regional groups across the country.
“I am immensely proud of leading a team of hard-working, passionate and generous committee members, to connect hundreds of young and mid-career women with the mentoring and networking support they need,” Spicer said.
“But I am completely swamped with #metoo disclosures and building NOW Australia, so it’s time to step aside.”
Spicer will continue to work alongside patrons Caroline Jones AO and Vicki Laurie and members of the national steering committee when time permits.
Kathy McLeish and Cath Webber are delighted to be taking over as joint national convenors, after being involved with Women in Media Queensland since it began in 2014.
“Women in Media has gone from strength to strength, driven by an extraordinary team of professionals who have come together from across the country,” McLeish said.
“Tracey Spicer has led the organisation through a period of strong growth and has created real momentum for change in our industry, and I’m thrilled to be working with the talented and dynamic Cath Webber to build on that work.”
Webber said it was incredibly exciting to be working with a powerhouse of women in all the states and on the national committee.
“Being part of this positive movement is close to my heart, and being able to do it alongside award-winning journalist and all-round Wonder Woman Kathy McLeish is the icing on the cake,’’ Webber said.
“Tracey has done an enormous amount of work and we are looking forward to continuing that, though they’re big shoes to fill.’’
Women in Media aims to equip, inspire and empower women by addressing inequality in pay, conditions, opportunity and promotion. It is a nationwide MEAA initiative for women in all facets of the media, with a goal of reaching equality in the number of women working and represented in the media.