Her Say! News, Views & Events – July 2014


Dear Members and Friends,

Thank you for the outstanding response to our membership invitation!

Please note that unless you have already renewed your membership, it has expired as of 30 June 2014.

Join or Renew Today (Memberships 2014/2015): Please download the application form through this link and return it to us at your earliest to ensure you continue to receive membership benefits. 

The Passionate Professional: ‘Immediate Action to Generate Revenue and Cash’ on 19th June at UUSC with Alistair Marshall, provided an informative and somewhat entertaining session, with some great tips and tools to take away. Please click here to view photos from the event.

A lawyers guide to securing the flexible work arrangements you need to support family or caring needs seminars hosted by M+K Lawyers, with speakers Larissa Andelman and Anna Perigo, on 26th & 27th June were booked out. 

And we have a great line up of events for  the remainder of the year!

Complimentary tickets are available to our members for our Inspiration Before Breakfast and Workshops Over Wine series, plus some other select events, and special member rates for other events. Our next events are: 

  • 30 July 2014: Inspiration Before Breakfast SeriesThe Honourable Bronwyn Bishop MP
  • 5 August 2014: Newcastle Chapter, Women Lawyers Network Seminar – ‘Choose your own adventure: Alternative  Careers for Women in Law’  with speakers panel.
  • 28 August 2014: Workshops Over Wine SeriesHow to Invest like a Millionaire’, with Kate McCallum, Director of Multiforte


Kind regards,

Natasha Walls



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Natasha Walls, President WLANSW

Inspiration Before Breakfast Series
The Honourable Bronwyn Bishop MP 

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 from 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM
McCullough Robertson, Level 16, 55 Hunter Street, Sydney

Welcome to the Women Lawyers Network, a thriving community established to empower you to create the career you want. On 30 July 2014, the WLN will host its second “Inspiration before Breakfast” event with the Hon. Bronwyn Bishop MP, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and Member for Mackellar.

Described by the Sydney Morning Herald as “an indefatigable and formidable advocate”, Bronwyn Bishop has earned a strong reputation over her successful political career.

Please click here for further details and registration. 
Members Complimentary;  Non-Members & Guests $20pp. Tickets limited so book early!

The “Inspiration Before Breakfast” event series is proudly hosted by McCullough Robertson Lawyers

Newcastle Chapter Event:
‘Choose your own adventure – Alternative  Careers for Women in Law’ 

5.30pm for 6pm Panel Discussion Tuesday 5 August 2014
Newcastle Club, 40 Newcomen Street, Newcastle
Ever wondered what legal career options are out there?  Want to know what it’s like in house or how to position your career to get on a board? 

Join us for a thought provoking discussion of the different career paths of our illustrious and diverse panel of guest speakers.  Our panel will give insight into different types of legal practice, share their experience in law and the path that lead them to their current roles.  

Our 2014 panel will include: 

  • Jennifer Flinn. Jennifer is the General Counsel of the University of Newcastle legal team and has had a diverse range of experience throughout her career.
  • Jann Gardner. With an accomplished career over 27 years as a lawyer in private practice, 9 as Managing Partner of Sparke Helmore, Jann discovered a new passion and is now building a portfolio of board roles.
  • Anthea Gilmore. From Barrister to Vice President & Legal Counsel Australasia of an international gaming company, Anthea is the quintessential commercial lawyer!
  • Dr Nola Ries.  A prolific researcher and academic, Nola’s career has spanned Canada, Scotland and Australia and includes over 60 articles, book chapters and major reports.

We hope you can join us for an evening of networking and conversations with some leading ladies about your career!

Members $25pp / Non- Members & Guests $35pp. Please click here for further details and registratration.

How to Invest like a Millionaire 

Thursday, 28 August 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM 
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia
Level 18, 225 George Street, Sydney

When you review the Forbes’ list of the richest individuals, you will find that the number one wealth-creating industry is investments. And when you look closely at the world of investing, you will see that millionaires and institutional investors enjoy certain advantages over the investing public.

Maybe this is why many individual investors have had a dissatisfying experience investing. They’ve lost money – or not made as much as they’d hoped – and so have grown disillusioned with what feels like a continuous roller coaster ride that they are not sure they chose to get on in the first place.

In this seminar, Kate McCallum examines the factors that set millionaire investors apart from ordinary investors and offers a different approach you can use to better your own investment results. Kate draws on more than 20 years of experience in investments and advice to provide insights that can help you minimise tax, protect wealth and achieve attractive rates of return.  

Kate McCallum is the Director of independently owned wealth advisory firm, Multiforte, and specialises in working with legal professionals to navigate the complexities that come with managing their wealth.

Please click here for further details and registration. 

Members Complimentary;  Non-Members & Guest $20pp. Tickets limited so book early!


The “Workshops Over Wine” event series is proudly hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright Australia.





Two (2) $11,000 scholarships will be awarded to Women Lawyers Association of NSW Inc members to assist their participation in the Advanced Leadership Program (ALP). Developed by a consortium of educational bodies and industry experts, the ALP is part of a national initiative to support the advancement of high potential women across all sectors and industries. View the course prospectus http://www.wla.com.au/events/14/alp/alp-prospectus-2014.pdf

For further information and to register your interest please contact our office on 03 9270 9000 / 1300 735 904 or kdempsey-dowling@wla.edu.au

AWL 2014 brings together female practitioners, leaders and senior professionals from across the Australian legal sector to form new relationships, discuss ideas and learn from industry leaders. A signature event on the calendar of the Australian legal profession – the Conference will see managing partners, senior counsel, barristers, academics, in house counsel, public sector practitioners and female judicial officers in one place at one time. AWL 2014 will be held in Adelaide, SA from 3 – 5 October and is a fitting location; given South Australia was the first State to give women the right to vote, the first State to enable women to stand for parliament and the first State to appoint a female Justice to the Supreme Court. 

Please click here to register, and save $105 with Early Bird registration before 31st July.

Please click here to view the Australian Women Lawyer’s latest newsletter Themis.

Monday, 28 July 2014 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM
Chauvel Cinema, 249 Oxford St, Paddington
This event has been initiated to support Amnesty’s work to end gender-based violence globally and urge Congress to take action on the International Violence Against Women Act. This event aims to raise $10,000 in support of Amnesty’s #bringbackourgirls campaign.On April 14, 243 school girls were abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok in north-eastern Nigeria by the Islamist armed terrorist group Boko Haram. 

The evening will showcase the inspirational feature length documentary “I am a GIRL” an inspirational. The film paints a clear picture of the reality of what it means to be a girl in the 21st century. Directed by Rebecca Barry, it is also an extraordinary example to other Australian women that they too can power change.

SPEAKERS:Tanya Plibersek, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, will speak on how we can assist in preventing gender-based violence and Ming Yu, Amnesty International women’s rights campaigner, will speak on Amensty’s current international projects in this field. 

COST: Tickets are $50 (non-refundable) and include a drink on arrival. 

Further information and registration: Click here to book online. Click here for the flyer.


Ladies! You’re invited to an inspiring event hosted by the School for Life Foundation featuring a panel of some of Australia’s most influential women. Our women’s luncheon will be held on 28th August at The QVB Tea Rooms from 12 – 2pm.

Hear from our exhilarating panel:
– Jan Owen AM, CEO of Foundation for Young Australians;
– Nadia Badawi AM, Medical Director of Grace Centre for Newborn Care and Macquarie Group – Foundation Professor of Cerebral Palsy Research;
– Linda O’Brien AM, Principal of Granville Boys’ High School; and|
– Cassandra Kelly, CEO of Pottinger.

Come along to network with like-minded women, hear more about the empowerment of women through education and help change communities in Uganda. Click here for further information and registration.


Layne Beachley’s ‘Aim for the Stars’ Foundation’s vision is to be Australia’s leading Foundation that inspires and empowers girls and women to achieve their goals, by enabling them to invest in their future and fulfil their potential.Friday 5th September 2014
Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney
Black Tie, $250 per person or $2,500 for a table 10
Be part of an amazing night! An opportunity to meet our inspiring 2014 grant recipients and help support girls and women across Australia to dare to dream, pursue their passion and aspire to achieve 

To purchase tickets please contact Aim for the Stars office:
phone: 0422 600 733 email: info@aimforthestars.com.au
Click here for further information and to book online.

Cancer Council’s Emeralds & Ivy Ball will be held on Friday 10 October 2014.

Experience a magical evening in the Emerald City as Sydney’s beautiful Town Hall is transformed into the Land of Oz. The Emeralds & Ivy Ball is an annual black tie gala event, hosted by Ronan Keating with a guest list of entertainers as well as fans and supporters of Cancer Council Australia. The evening includes a live and silent auction, whilst guests enjoy a spectacular dinner and performances by some of the hottest acts in town – including Ronan. Click here for further information and to book online.

Who are Australian Women Lawyers (AWL)?

Formed in 1997, AWL is the national body representing and funded by women lawyers associations in Australia. The current AWL Patron is the Honourable Chief Justice Diana Bryant of the Family Court of Australia.

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