Brisbane’s Tourism Industry to Celebrate International Women’s Day 2021

Media Release

The full details of the upcoming Women in Tourism (Australia) Queensland event have been released this week with the Brisbane tourism industry invited to celebrate International Women’s Day with a special event on Friday 5 March 2021

The 2-course lunch event will be held at Sofitel Brisbane Central from 12 noon and take place just a few days ahead of International Women’s Day (Monday 8 March 2021). 

A panel of inspiring speakers will discuss career changes, career resilience and ways we can adapt and evolve our work life now and into the future.

The three panellists include Mary-Clare Power, Brisbane based consultant and industry mentor, and ex CEO of Southern Queensland Country Tourism; Leonie Vandeven, Director at StormBirds Organisational Strategies, ex senior roles with Brisbane Airport Corporation and Virgin Blue; and Karyn Ross, Head of Experiences at Welcome to Country, ex roles with Tourism Victoria and Aboriginal Affairs Taskforce.

The panel will be facilitated by Jane Hedger. In addition to her role as Director at StormBirds Organisational Strategies – a specialist change, crisis and communications consultancy – Jane is currently Board Director for Volunteering Queensland and Board Chair of Australia’s CEO Challenge. 

“Uncertainty is our new normal.” explains Jane Hedger “Even if a business seems secure now – the rapid pivoting of everyone else will change the game. There is always opportunity in crisis, but you have to find it. Tourism and hospitality professionals must urgently reinvent themselves and their way of working to survive. Doing nothing is not an option – for anyone.”

The lunch event includes a welcome drink on arrival and a 2-course sit down lunch in the exclusive Club Millesime on Level 30 of Sofitel Brisbane Central.

“This is Women in Tourism (Australia) seventh year in a row of celebrating International Women’s Day for the tourism industry,” says Holly Galbraith, Co-founder of Women in Tourism (Australia).

“This year we are encouraging more men to get involved as we know Male Champions of Change are critical in evoking change, leading to more women and diversity in senior roles in our industry.” 

Holly said men working in the tourism industry are also encouraged to attend the inclusive event, and can access a 5% discount on the cost of their ticket. 

Event information

12.00pm – 2.30pm

Friday 5 March 2021

Sofitel Brisbane Central 249 Turbot Street Brisbane City

Tickets $99 including 2 course lunch, taxes & booking fees 

More information and tickets go to

Media contact: Holly Galbraith / / 0432 274 846

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