Chamber Change event coming to Geelong – Geelong Times

THE Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is bringing its internationally acclaimed women-in-business program Chamber Change to Geelong next week.

Chamber Change, a pioneering initiative launched in July 2022, was one of only four finalists in the 2023 World Chambers Competition in the Gender Equity category.

With a mission to mentor, network, empower and foster growth among women in business, the program has had 380 participants so far.

The program’s success has garnered attention not only domestically but internationally as well, with state and international chambers expressing interest in replicating its model.

The Geelong session will feature distinguished speakers, including:

Former Netball Victoria and Melbourne Vixens chief executive officer and now advisor at the Geelong Cats Rosie King, who will give the keynote address

Two Chamber Change champions – Kylie Warne, founder of Brand Bureau and Victorian Chamber board member; and Clare McCartin, national managing partner of search and advisory at Davidson, and

Presentations from Victorian Chamber representatives Antoinette Truda, executive director of commercial services, and Kate McGrath, general manager of media and communications.

Participants will also enjoy an informal networking workshop, morning tea and lunch.

According to the Chamber Change’s program survey, 100 per cent of participants said their organisations had benefited from their involvement, 100 per cent reported an increase in their networking circle as a result of participating in the Chamber Change program, and 98 per cent acknowledged Chamber Change has empowered them and set them up for business success.

“Chamber Change is more than just a program; it’s a movement towards gender equality and empowerment in the business realm,” Victorian Chamber chief of staff Chanelle Pearson said.

“We are committed to fostering an environment where women can thrive, succeed and inspire others to do the same.”

Geelong Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer Jeremy Crawford said his organisation was a supporting partner of the event and was promoting it as an excellent opportunity to members of both the Geelong Chamber of Commerce and the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

He said there were also several fantastic door prizes donated by local businesses up for grabs on the day.

Chamber Change will be held at GMHBA Stadium, Geelong on Wednesday, February 21 from 9am-2.30pm.

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