Women in the Chain Event

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Women in the Chain Event

Women in the Chain: International Womens Day 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Jane Caro hosted the IWD Melbourne lunch along with a panel of authorities, to discuss why women are excluded from supply chains and how we can change the statistics. Those who believe self-employed women deserve a fair go in business were there.

 World Bank data illustrates that women procure only 1% of all contracts even though women own around 40% of businesses. And although supply chains are made up of providers that deliver information, resources, products and/or services to other businesses, the majority of women in business don't have access to contracts. 

In the USA, 5% of all Federal Government contracts must go to women business owners. In Australia our Federal Treasury refuses to provide information on how much of the $9 Billion worth of contracts are obtained by women each year.

Join the conversation; send your letter today and ask the Abbott government and the Male Champions of Change why the minority get the majority!

Panellist included: 


Jane Caro is a successful author, social commentator and award winning advertising writer. Jane's successful career is extensive and diverse: lecturer, columnist, workshop facilitator, and award winning advertising writer, to name a few. Today she runs her own communications consultancy and lectures at The School of Communication Arts at UWS. Jane has published four books and is a weekly regular on Channel 7 Weekend Sunrise and Mornings on Channel 9.



Andy Coleman is the General Manager of Operations at Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd. In the past years, Coles has undertaken significant work to improve sustainability in their supply chain by creating environmentally friendly logistic solutions. The focus is put on working closely with suppliers to take effective measures towards continuous improvement and have discussions with suppliers about opportunities and areas for improvement.   


Chris Gallagher is the strategic development director at the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply. CIPS is the world's largest procurement and supply professional organisation. With more than 65,000 members in 150 different countries, including senior business people, high-ranking civil servants and leading academics. The activities performed by CIPS have a major impact on the profitability and efficiency of all types of organisation. 


Lynette Mayne is the founder and executive chair at Work Wear World and a member of Chief Executive Women. She is also part of Women Chiefs of Enterprise International and we are proud to say an Ambassador for the Australian Women Chamber of Commerce. Lynette has written two books, has been Chair of the NSW Health Industry Council and attends APEC where she received an innovation award in the USA in 2011. 


Yolanda Vega is an Executive Director at AWCCI and works diligently to promote the importance and value-add of women-owned firms to the economy. Yolanda represented Australian at the first Women's Economic Summit at APEC. She has owned several small businesses and sits on the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) Small Business Consultative Committee. Yolanda appears regularly on TV and radio and has featured in BRW, SMH, The Australian Financial Review, The Telegraph, The Australian Women's Weekly, The Age, The Australian and QandA, to name a few.


The event was supported by misschu, Endota, Sasy n Savy, Oliver's TarangaColes, Skyendor, Womens Network Austraila and the Queen Victoria Women's Centre. Test

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