BPW Melbourne

So you want to join a dynamic club?

BPW Melbourne is driven by a shared desire to ensure all women have the opportunity to build confidence in our potential and gather the right life skills to ensure none are left behind.

We meet monthly in the Melbourne CBD for engaging discussion on women’s policy issues, financial wellbeing, to offer unique opportunities for professional development - without the prohibitive corporate price tag - and to share our experiences with gender equality at home and in the workplace.

We are working women, women who aspire to enter the workforce and women who are winding down in life after an extraordinary career.

We are part of a national network of Clubs actively lobbying state governments and the Commonwealth for positive reforms that advance gender equality.

Our members are small business owners, university students and public servants.

Some are at the beginning of their careers, while others are at the decision-making table in their role as chief executives, directors and corporate managers. Our members are a diverse cross-section of the Victorian workforce including human rights advocates, social workers, university students, financial planners, communications advisers, small business owners and lawyers.

Mentoring is a priority for our Club, with both younger and long-term members encouraged to seek out opportunities to share our experiences for the benefit of the women around us.

If this sounds alright, wait til you join us!

We meet on the first Tuesday of the month. Contact Leah for more information at bpwamelbourne@gmail.com


Management Committee   2021/22

President: Emma Manser

Vice President (Advocacy): Tori Foster

Vice President (Membership): Caroline Bayliss

Treasurer: Joanne Corrigan

Secretary: Leah Sawell

2022 National Conference (April 1-3)


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BPW Melbourne members attended the 2022 National Conference in Adelaide in April for a weekend themed on envisioning the future of Business and Professional Women, networking and professional development

Our membership led a presentation on the policy work of Victorian State Clubs and a session detailing work on the special women's social housing project, Probus.

Discussions on current issues on the agenda for Asutralian women were accompanied by an inspiring list of guest speakers, women leaders and workshops to build personal skills and resilience..

The weekend brought together women from all parts of the nation, with updates also coming from BPW's international representatives. The contributions of our Club's membership to advancing BPW's values and ideals were recognised throughout the weekend in the Club and National Awards, including:

2022 JEAN ARNOT AWARD (WINNER) -- Judith van Unen


Member Mentor Award (WINNER) -- Caroline Bayliss

Member Commitment Award (WINNER) -- Judith van Unen

Member Influence Award (FINALIST) -- Kate-Elissah Wilson

New Member Award (FINALIST) -- Leah Sawell

Australian Young BPW Award (WINNER) -- Emma Manser

CONGRATULATIONS to all our club members on their achievements.

THANK YOU to each and every one of our member for the effort you put into our Club.

More Conference updates at www.twitter.com.au/BPWMelb

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BPW Australia President Jacqueline Graham, BPW Melbourne President Emma Manser and Immediate BPW Melbourne Past President Caroline Bayliss

Why BPW Australia?

Be part of a global network promoting equal opportunity, participation and representation of women in the workplace and marketplace. BPW believes that equality means business. That’s why we engage with business and government on the evidence that there is a return on investment when women become top executives and leaders in public life.

The global Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), which promote the advancement of women in public life, are the compass that guides our activities and advocacy. Our objective is to encourage local businesses to sign up to the WEPs. We actively promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in our advocacy and through partnerships with the United Nations, the Australian Gender Equality Council and the global Comission on the Status of Women (CSW).

Meet some of our current and past Club Members

Back row (L-R): Helen Sloan, Karen Delvin, Jacqueline Graham (current BPW Australia President) Carole Shaw, Caroline Bayliss (past BPW Melbourne President)

Front row (L-R): Judith Van Unen (Past BPW Australia President), Usha Sapariya, Emma Manser (current BPW Melbourne President), Michelle Wareham

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