Women in Leadership - Mildura

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Facilitated by Professor Amalia Di Iorio, join us to hear from a diverse panel of female leaders who are working in the financial literacy space, creating better outcomes for women.

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Tuesday 17 March 2020 06:00 pm until Tuesday 17 March 2020 07:30 pm (Add to calendar)
Rebecca Crossling
r.crossling@latrobe.edu.au; (03) 5051 4000
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La Trobe University
Type of Event:
Community Event

Presented by Professor Amalia Di Iorio, the Women in Leadership event in Mildura offers a forum designed to stimulate a conversation around the topic of women in senior and leadership roles in business, government and community and explore types of leadership and different leadership journeys.  This year’s event brings together a panel of women from diverse career backgrounds, whom all have a passion for financial literacy and are working in this area to create better outcomes for women.

All monies from ticket sales goes to the Regional Women in Leadership Bursary.  The purpose of the fund is to provide bursaries to female La Trobe students in regional Victoria who are aspiring to leadership positions but are experiencing some disadvantage during the course of their studies.

2020 represents our fifth year of presenting these events at our regional campuses in Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Shepparton and Mildura.  Since its inception, close to $60,000 has been raised, awarding 57 bursaries to female students.  In Mildura, we’ve raised over $14,000 and have awarded fourteen $1000 bursaries to local students.

This event is proudly supported by The Art Vault, Mallee Family Care, Mildura Senior College and Sunraysia Community Health Services.

As we all strive together to work towards gender equality, we’d warmly welcome and encourage men to attend our event.

The event will conclude with drinks and canapés and an opportunity for networking.

Our MC

Amalia Di Iorio is a Professor of Finance at La Trobe University with an active international research profile and numerous highly regarded publications. Amalia has a particular interest in women’s financial literacy and other factors that influence positive outcomes for women.


Michelle Commandeur has played a senior role in ANZ’s corporate sustainability, financial inclusion and community relations functions since 2005. As the Group Head of Financial Inclusion at ANZ, she is responsible for the  Saver Plus MoneyMinded and MoneyBusiness programs, supporting people at risk of financial exclusion to build financial wellbeing. Since 2003, the programs have reached over 600,000 participants in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific. Recently, Michelle has led major surveys of  financial wellbeing in Australia and New Zealand and has played a key role in development of ANZ’s strategy to build financial wellbeing for customers, employees and the community. Michelle has also overseen range of ANZ’s community engagement initiatives including staff volunteering and giving and emergency response, most recently ANZ’s response to the recent bushfire emergency.

Robyn Erskine is a board director of CPA Australia, one of the world’s largest accounting bodies with more than 160,000 members working in 150 countries and regions around the world.  She was also one of the first women in Australia to be a Registered Liquidator and a Registered Trustee.  Robyn is a partner in Brooke Birda Melbourne based Turnaround, Advisory and Insolvency Specialist firm. In 2011 Robyn became the first female to be appointed as the National President of The Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA) the professional body for insolvency & restructuring professionals in Australia. Robyn advocates the importance of financial literacy with various regulators and the accounting profession here in Australia and globally.  She believes accountants play a very important role in “telling the story of the numbers” and demystifying the financial statements in order for business owners to make timely and informed decisions.

Julie Kun is a white settler of migrant refugee parentage and lives on the land of the Kulin Nation.  She is a feminist, social worker and activist and is currently the CEO of WIRE (Women’s Information and Referral Exchange).  WIRE is Victoria’s only free support referral and information service on any issue for women, gender diverse and non-binary people. Being able to lead an organisation like WIRE is a privilege that enables Julie to live out her values and hopes for her community in her daily work. WIRE is a leader in the gendered financial wellbeing space, understanding and taking action on financial abuse and family violence, including providing support to individuals, research and training.  WIRE run a range of financial capacity programs and in 2017 won the Financial Literacy Australia’s national award for the success of their ‘Women Talk Money’ website.  Julie is often quoted in national media on women and financial abuse and recently presented “Women Talk Money” at the Stop Domestic Violence Conference in the Gold Coast.  Julie is an alum of La Trobe University.

Regional Women in Leadership bursary

The Women in Leadership forums, held across La Trobe's regional campuses, raise funds for the Regional Women in Leadership bursaries.  These bursaries are awarded to female students studying at our regional campuses, demonstrating leadership qualities in our local community but perhaps experiencing financial disadvantage.  Since its inception, we've awarded fourteen $1000 bursaries to Mildura students.

"The financial support from the bursary meant I did not have to seek as much casual employment outside of university, which can take up valuable study time and also create a great deal of stress.  This meant I could focus more on my assignments and not have as much financial worry. I believe we all have skills and ideas that can benefit our community and I love sharing these with others to empower or elevate them.  I started volunteering at university in my second year and from then put my hand up for anything and everything. I want to continue to live and work in the Mildura region.  I am passionate about educating children not only academically, but also socially and emotionally.  I believe it is incredibly important today to create open-minded and resilient students who are able to problem solve as they continue through their schooling and also in their chosen careers."
-Joan Lord, 2019 recipient of the Regional Women in Leadership bursary


Brian Grogan Lecture Theatre, La Trobe University

471 Benetook Avenue Mildura



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