About our Club
BPW Adelaide advocates for women and develops leadership through building women's competence, capacity and confidence in their personal and professional arenas. Members work to take action for women's equality at work, on boards and in the economy.
The Club was established in 1952 and is still going strong. Our members are drawn from a range of business and professional backgrounds, and most have leadership experience within BPW and on public and community boards. Three BPW Adelaide members serve on the BPW Australia Board and one has served on the BPW International Board.
BPW International works for global gender equality in power and decision-making through our advocacy and UN participation. BPW develops the business, professional and leadership potential of women through its advocacy, mentoring, networking, skill building and economic empowerment programs and projects around the world.
BPW Adelaide holds regular events open to non-members, with expert speakers on topics relevant to modern working women. We focus on the personal and professional development of our members and on advocating for changes that improve opportunities for women to engage in work and in business and to take up leadership roles.
Meeting Date and Place
1st Wednesday of every month (unless otherwise notified)
La Scala Cafe, 169 Unley Road, Unley
Club Contact Details
Angela Vaughan firstname.lastname@example.org
PO Box 3201
Club email: email@example.com
Honouring SA Women
BPW Adelaide nominated Sandra Dann, Director of the Working Women's Centre, for the Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award - and members were thrilled that she won.
Four Past and present BPW Adelaide members have been inducted onto the SA Women's Honour Roll:
Julie Menadue in 2008
Heather Southcott AM in 2013
Sheila Evans OAM in 2015
Gillian Lewis in 2015
Other members have been nominated. We congratulate them all.
International Night Dinner 2017
We welcome you
If you are interested in finding out more about BPW in your local area, you are invited to join us at one of our meetings. Please check the events sections above to find out what's on this month. You can book online to attend. You will find out more about us, meet some of our wonderful members and enjoy a topical guest speaker.
From the Club President
Welcome to BPW Adelaide.
We are a diverse group of passionate women, working towards improving the working lives we and future generations will experience in Australia and globally.
Professional interests and expertise across our membership include areas as diverse as ethics and governance, health policy and practice, small business in a range of industries and service sectors, representative government, finance and accounting, local government services and community services.
Women’s issues of interest include pay equity, access to affordable and appropriate child care, discrimination in the work place, financial security over a woman’s life-cycle and domestic/family violence.
We hold 3-4 networking events per year for the women of Adelaide, with our regular member meetings used to plan these events, contribute to BPW Australia projects and submissions and undertake personal development activities. I hope you’re able to join us at our next public event, or as a new member at our regular meeting.
In BPW, members matter most. We focus on issues and personal or professional development that is relevant to our own club.
We enjoy different types of meetings, including dinner with a speaker, workshops to enhance our skills and social events where lifelong friendships are made.
Our Special Projects
On 1st July 2016, a combined women's groups function hosted by BPW Adelaide celebrated 120 years of women's suffrage in SA. An amazing night with Frances Bedford MP dressed as inspiring suffragette Muriel Matters who was an absolute pleasure to have amidst us, telling us the history behind the day. Well done to everyone who organised this hugely successful dinner - the money raised is going to BPW Nepal and PNG. Great women and wonderful energy at the Adelaide Parliament House tonight!
Our Past Events
Take a look at some of our club's past dinner meetings, workshops and social events. Read more...
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We choose the local, national and international projects that our club members will support our club members have chosen to focus currently on these:
White Ribbon Breakfast
BPW Adelaide, along with BPW Adelaide Hills, spearheaded the inauguration of the White Ribbon Breakfast in Adelaide, working with a number of other women’s organisations in the first instance.
This event is still led by BPW and is now organised by a committee of passionate men and women.
They have grown the breakfast into a highly successful event over 8 years, emulating the popularity of the International Women’s Day Breakfast.
The White Ribbon Breakfast committee succeeds in attracting high calibre speakers year on year, most recently (then) Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison.
To view the videos of the events, please click ont the images.
BPW in South Australia initiated the ThinkFertility project as a result of a presentation by fertility specialist Dr Christine Kirby at a club meeting where members and guests displayed a surprising lack of awareness of reproductive biology, and it was apparent that there is a lack of available information about how fertility declines with age.
Christine joined three BPW members, Dr Jean Murray, Gillian Lewis and Sheila Evans, to research and develop a website that presents information from a non-medical perspective, with a $34,200 federal government grant. Lee McClusky came on board later to offer her marketing insights.
The ThinkFertility website is maintained through sponsorship and can be accessed at thinkfertility.com.au.