International Women's Day

12.00 pm — 2.00 pm AEDT, 08 March 2025
Various locations

IWD will be returning in 2025. We look forward to welcoming you to our nationwide celebration. 

To be notified when registrations open or to find out how your company can get involved in IWD 2025, submit an expression of interest.

IWD 2024 was made possible with the support of


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International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on March 8 in numerous countries worldwide. It's a day to recognise women for their achievements. IWD has gained prominence, reaching women globally. This movement has made IWD a pivotal point for action, fostering support for women’s rights and their full participation in various aspects of life

Keynote speaker
Portrait of Jamil Gordon

Our International Women's Day 2024 event series proudly featured:

Jamila Gordon   
CEO and Founder, Lumachain

Jamila has a deep understanding of the corporate world from both a technology and business perspective, and an extensive network spanning the business, technology, start-up and VC worlds, both in Australia and globally. 

Jamila's professional success is made more remarkable by her personal story. She arrived in Australia at the age of 18 having escaped the Somali civil war alone and being virtually homeless in Kenya. Jamila set about learning English and then studied IT at La Trobe University, before commencing a career that has taken her around the world. She served on the Board of La Trobe University for five years. 

She is deeply committed to helping refugees and others from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed in Australia, and is on the board of CareerSeekers and was formerly on the board of CareerTrackers. 

Jamila is CEO and Founder of Lumachain, a technology platform that disrupts traditional enterprise supply chains globally. Lumachain uses blockchain, AI and a range of other technologies to provide transparency, safety and trust throughout global supply chains.  

She was recently made Microsoft's global Awardee in the 2018 International Women Entrepreneurship Challenge (IWEC). Jamila collected the award in Shanghai, marking a milestone in her transformation from a leading Australian technology executive to globally recognised start-up founder. 

In addition to Lumachain, Gordon is a Non-Executive Director of Jayride Ltd, and an advisory board member of VentureCrowd, Australia's leading crowd funding platform. 

Jamila’s background includes roles as Group Chief Information Officer of Qantas Airways and Leighton Holdings/CIMIC, and prior to this, as a global executive with IBM based in Europe, leading some of IBM's largest transformational 'mega-deals' with Solectron Manufacturing, AXA Insurance and ABN AMRO Bank. 

A video was produced by SBS about Jamila, which is part of a series celebrating people from challenging/refugee backgrounds who have made a significant contribution to Australia's technology and business landscape, as part of the broadcaster's 2018 Australia Day celebrations. 

Master of ceremonies

Portait of Nicola Hazell

Nicola Hazell

Nicola Hazell is a social innovator, board director and tech ecosystem leader committed to placing gender equality at the centre of the global innovation agenda.

Through her company, The Sunshine Effect, Nicola partners with organisations and leaders of change to drive inclusive innovation and achieve social impact at scale.

With a 20-year career spanning start-ups, big tech, government, journalism and civil society, Nicola is a systems thinker who traverses the gap between practitioner and policymaker, bringing together diverse groups of people to create lasting collective impact. She is passionate about backing and building a new wave of leadership in the innovation economy, and is actively working to reimagine the systems that stand in the way of a more inclusive future of work.

Headshot of Susan Kreemer Pickford

Susan Kreemer Pickford FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER

Susan studied civil engineering in Scotland and then emigrated to Australia in 1999. She worked in consulting engineering and led transport projects before moving into senior roles in client management, business development and industry liaison. Susan is the Engineers Australia General Manager WA and the Acting Deputy Chief Engineer. She joined Engineers Australia in 2015 and represents Engineers Australia on a number of government and industry advisory committees. 

Susan was the Chair of the National Science Week WA Coordinating Committee and is currently the Chair of the Curtin University Science and Engineering Faculty Advisory Council and member of the Circular Economy Steering Committee. Last year she was appointed Co-chair of the Gravity Discovery Centre Board. 

In 2018 she won a Women In Technology WA “20 in 20” award for her commitment to advancing the engineering profession. 


Play your part in building more diverse engineering

Our IWD event series has grown in popularity since its inception in 2001, with thousands of engineers and professionals attending every year. 

IWD celebrations provide the perfect platform to engage with industry and discuss the real ways we can address the challenges facing modern women in the workforce.

Sponsorship demonstrates your commitment to increasing the diversity of the profession on a national stage.

How sponsorship can help your brand

  • Demonstrate your commitment to making the profession a better place for women to work.
  • Provide an opportunity for the women in your workplace to grow their supportive network.
  • Show that diversity and inclusion is a priority for your leadership.
  • Take advantage of promotional opportunities through a multi-channel marketing campaign.
  • Gain exposure to Engineers Australia’s 120,000+ members and key stakeholders.

Interested in getting your business involved in IWD 2025? For more information about sponsorship opportunities or tailored packages, contact:

Amanda Rodgers  
National Manager, Corporate Engagement  
03 9321 1716  
[email protected]

Megan Purdy  
Manager, Corporate Engagement  
07 3226 3008  
[email protected]