Women in Print breakfast’s crack record

Women in Print organisers are celebrating after a successful run of national breakfasts were held throughout May with 449 women turning out, a 20 per cent jump on the 2019 series.

In a year interspersed with COVID lockdowns, it was fortuitous that each breakfast was able to be held without a hitch.

Mental health was the key theme of the breakfasts with Wo/Man Anchor founder Steven Gamble and Liz Whyte, of Life Foundations, providing solid insights into mental health awareness. The key message was that “health is health”. Attendees can also access a 25 per cent discount on a mental health first aid certificate if you would like to learn more.

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Wo/Man Anchor founder Steven Gamble addresses the Melbourne breakfast.

“The Women in Print community is strong and committed to the Breakfast Series events, the increased attendance reflects this and I couldn’t be happier to see the historically smaller States really increase in numbers. South Australia and Western Australia have been the stand-outs, both more than doubling attendance over the past five years, this year filling rooms with some 70 people in each,” commented Kellie Northwood, Women in Print.

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Sandy Aspinall, Women in Print SA Patron; with Cheryl Burgess, Alice Toone and Danni McKerron of MCC at the Adelaide event.

Ovato was among the sponsors of the series and brought 50 staff and clients along.

“Ovato hosted over 50 staff and client attendees across Australia, and all spoke very highly of the event, presenters and content. A timely, much-needed industry networking series providing the opportunity to gather and focus on the importance of mental health wellness. An excellent industry initiative. Well done all,” said Katie Ashford, GM – Marketing and Communications, Ovato.

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Ovato’s Sonya Beers, Katie Ashford, Julia Farrant, Toafa Filoa Kaushani, Bhattacharjee Monique Lockington and Verlie Hodgson attended the Sydney breakfast.

Coming up next for Women in Print is a ‘Bridging the Gender Communication Gap’ webinar on June 10. There will also be a Women in Print morning at PacPrint in Melbourne on September 30.

“With growth in attendance to the breakfast series, as well as the opportunity to run more engagement windows across webinars, trade show appearances and more is a key focus for the Women in Print Board to achieve greater empowerment, knowledge sharing and community building,” said Northwood.

Women in Print is now registered as an independent entity with The Real Media Collective taking over the Secretariat in 2020.

Women in Print has been going for 15 years with Susan Heaney, Queensland’s Women in Print Patron, a founding Patron and current Chair of the Board. Karen Goldsmith, originally under GAMAA and later Visual Connections, also led the charge of Women in Print for over a decade before stepping down and handing the reins to Sarah Moore of Visual Connections.

Women in Print thank our generous partners and sponsors for their support in bringing this series to fruition – Media Super, Centrum Printing, DIC, Heidelberg, IVE Group, Ovato and The Real Media Collective for their platinum, partner and secretariat support and the enormous team of other sponsor partners – Advance, Australia Post, Ball & Doggett, Bright Print Group, Cactus Imaging, Creative Juice, Heaney’s Performers in Print, HP, Konica Minolta, Lamson Paragon, Spicers, Taylor’d Press, and Visual Connections.

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Sigiriya Brown, BOTH with Ball Doggett’s Zaidee Jackson, Claire Newman, Lynn Quigg, Colleen Opie, Jane Jackson and Sofia Cerros attend the Melbourne event.
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Liz Whyte, Life Foundations, Steven Gamble, Wo/Man Anchor, Lisa Blachut, WA’s Women in Print Patron, and The Real Media Collective’s Kellie Northwood in Perth.
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Kirsten Taylor with her daughter Jesseca, Jenny Neumann, Taylor’d Press, Steven Gamble of Man Anchor and Kellie Northwood in Melbourne.
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Adelaide enjoyed a record turnout this year
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Sarah Moore, Visual Connections; Michelle Lees, HP; Debbie Burgess, Bright Print Group and Carmen Ciappara, Printer Media Group in Sydney

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