BPW Melbourne

About our Club

Join a dynamic club that connects a diverse range of professional women. Be part of a global network promoting equal opportunity, participation and representation of women in the workplace and marketplace.

BPW Melbourne 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.

BPW Melbourne is the only women’s club representing women in both business and professional careers.

Our members represent women in all walks of business life, at all stages of their careers. Our members are small business owners and public servants. Some are at the beginning of their careers, and others are chief executives, directors and corporate managers.  Our professionals include lawyers and journalists, and represent education, government, and community organisations.

Younger members especially benefit from the skills development that supporting our activities can offer.

Join us on the first Tuesday of the month in a creative and modern setting conducive to an exchange of bold ideas and entrepreneurial wisdom. 

Our Next Meeting:  

Tuesday, April 4 at 6.00pm

at Adelphi Hotel, 187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

Join us for our Committee Meeting at 6.00pm, when we will be discussing and planning events and themes for 2017. At approx 7.30 we will have a networking dinner ... at a venue still to be named ! Please let us know you are coming via this link: https://www.trybooking.com/PNUF

Our Most Recent Event:  

Making the Invisible Visible

Recognising the impact and effects of non-physical violence on women's work choices.

To commemorate White Ribbon Day, we hosted an informative panel discussion with guest speakers:

  • Koraly Dimitriades - author, poet and opinion writer
  • Gaynor Witt - Associate Director of Organisational Development at Swinburne University, and
  • Jacqueline Graham who was recently appointed Director of Marketing and Vice President of BPW Australia

(L-R) MC and Club Secretary Michelle Wareham, Jaqueline Graham, Gaynor Witt, President Caroline Bayliss, and Koraly Dimitriadis.

And previously....:

Great news  from the BPWA National Conference that was held mid-October in Geelong, which was hosted by our friends and colleagues at BPW Geelong and BPW South-West Victoria !


Our Club President, Caroline Bayliss, was awarded the National Pat Harrison Award for Outstanding Leadership of a Club President .

BPW Melbourne's Jacqueline Graham was elected as Director of Marketing of BPW Australia, as well as Vice President of BPW Australia, which means that she will assume Presidential responsibilities in the event that the President vacates her office for any reason . 

Our Club's Freda Miriklis was awarded a Life Membership of BPW Australia, a fitting recognition of Freda's many years of service to the organisation at local, national and international level, not least as Immediate Past BPW International President.

Judith van Unen acquitted herself admirably as the Chief Parliamentarian for the Conference Proceedings, that is, managing the complexities of voting at Conference.

All Victorian clubs unanimously nominated an eminent Victorian colleague, Anne Daniel (immediate past President of BPW Swan Hill) as the Victorian State Representative

 Congratulations from us all, Caroline, to you and to all these inspiring women !

On August 31, we held a stimulating event, 'Women in Science', to mark Equal Pay Day. Last year, we focussed on pay disparity in the legal profession, and this year we concentrated on inequality in STEM.

Here are some comments from those who attended:

"It was confronting to hear of the impact that 'taking a break' can have on careers in science.

It was inspiring to hear of the role that career teachers and mentors can have in challenging and expanding the career dreams of young women". (Michelle)

L-R Assoc. Prof. Bill Petreski, Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea, Karen Delvin (BPW), Dr Jesse E Olsen, Dr Leonie Walsh.


"Bill's comments about disruption being a driver for equality was extremely thought provoking.… I was shocked to learn that the pay gap starts from graduation…. The venue and food was terrific, loved the terrace". (Karen) 



'The speaker that impressed me the most was Maggie, she has such a heavy load and exhibits infectious energy and passion with her large task – I hope that many women in science get behind what she does, and that funding really is linked to diversity. Eventually future generations will benefit at whatever range of work they wish to contribute. Perhaps even Maggie's daughter.  Jesse's salad bowl analogy was 'delicious', and referred to several times afterwards - I believe the panel will take that away.' (Victoria)

'The speaker who impressed me the most was Jesse E Olsen, as I was intrigued by his broader diversity research'. (Bron) 

 Two Special Guests

At our meeting, forum and dinner on June 7, we were delighted to be joined by two special guests: Janis Shaw, President BPWA, and Patricia Francis, Secretariat Representative of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. Both had come to Melbourne to attend the UN Women’s Economic Empowerment consultation, hosted by Tennis Australia. Despite their heavy schedule, they had been inveigled by Melbourne member Freda Miriklis into joining us, and giving their valuable insights into that important meeting.





'Can 2016 Be the Year of Womens' Ascent ?'

To celebrate IWD this year, BPW Melbourne booked a table at a fantastic event,  hosted by Women in Rotary.

The guest panel included Ahmed Fahour (Australia Post), Sally Warhaft (Melbourne broadcaster and anthropologist), Mark Woods (past president, Law Institute), and Marie Turner (Executive Director, Mitsubishi).  MC for the breakfast was Tom Gleisner, and the Moderator Maxine McKew.

Here are some comments from those who attended: 

" For me, the thing that really stuck in my mind was a message from Mitsubishi Aus executive director Marie Turner on career progression. One thing I come across quite often with my friends is their doubting of their own ability or worthiness in taking a promotion, let alone asking for it unprompted. Marie was talking about “stepping up” and not waiting to be tapped on the shoulder, which is something that is very difficult to do. We need to encourage confidence and identifying self-worth among women and girls so we can make the most of our abilities and get more of us in the top tiers of business! " (Emma)  












"in my opinion, the stand-out was from Ahmed Fahour of Australia Post that diversity is not just the right thing to do, it is good for business". (Bron)

"The message I took home was.... how committed CEO's in our top corporates can make a difference to the gender balance in senior leadership.  Ahmed Fahour, CEO of Australia Post asked for the names of the thirty most capable women in the business, and personally mentored them into Executive roles.  As a result, Christine Corbett, jumped four levels to become the Executive General Manager for Postal & eCommerce Services". (Karen)

White Ribbon Day 2015

'Breaking the Silence: Perspectives on Ending Violence Against Women'.

Guest speakers (L-R) Advocate Kirsty Mc Kellar, White Ribbon Ambassador and Telstra legal counsellor Luke Goldstein, and Janice Munt, senior advisor to Fiona Richardson, MP


Club Contact Details

Email: melbourne@bpw.com.au
Phone:0408 142 050 Caroline Bayliss, Club President

Upcoming events

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Join our Discussion Forum

BPW Australia National Conference Ettalong 2013
BPW International Conference Helsinki 2011
BPW South Asia Sub-regional meeting Nepal 2015
BPW International Congress Korea 2014
BPW International President Freda Miriklis 2011-14
BPW National Conference - Time to Speak Up
BPW International COngress - Time to Listen
BPW Australia National Conference Perth 2010
Conference makes great connections.
BPW International Congress Helsinki 2011
Conference is a time for Awards. Past President Beryl Nashar presents the inaugural Beryl Nashar award to Mary-Louise Clifford for her outstanding contribution to BPW Australia.
BPW Northern Territory members, Heather Veal and Julie Ross at the BPW Australia Masked Gala Dinner, BPW Australia National Conference 2007
BPW Australia Delegates Carol Hanlon, Sandra Cook and Past President Marilyn Forsyth at BPW International Congress Helsinki 2011
Sheila Turnbull accepts the Power to Make a Difference Award on behalf of BPW Cessnock at the BPW Australia National Conference 2013
BPW Cessnock - Power to Make a Difference Award BPW Australia National Conference 2013
Young BPW Presentation Evening BPW Australia National Conference Perth 2010

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.

President Caroline Bayliss

From the Club President

Dear Members and Friends of BPW Melbourne,

My name is Caroline Bayliss, and as President of BPW Melbourne, I would like to welcome you to our Club.  Our members are small business owners, chief executives, directors, corporate managers, lawyers, journalists and other professionals. We have members in education, government and community organizations.  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, because we believe that equality makes good business sense.

I look forward to seeing you in the very near future at one of our events.

Caroline Bayliss
President BPW Melbourne

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About our club

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.

Club Committee Members

Back row (L-R) Denise Patience, Bronwyn Williams, Michelle Wareham,  Tracie Andrews, Jacqueline Graham.

Front row (L-R) Stephanie Ziersch,Caroline Bayliss (Club President), Karen Delvin, Annie McCaig. (Absent: Barbara Ould, Victoria Whelan).

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Club Projects

We choose the local, national and international projects that our club members will support our club members have chosen to focus currently on these:

Women Making Dreams Happen

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2015, in March, BPW Melbourne convened an event reflecting   the IWD 2015 theme, “Make It Happen”, encouragingeffective action for advancing and recognising women. our event featured prominent women from diverse cultural backgrounds, each of whom has pursued her dream with passion and determination – and definitely “made it happen”.

Award-winning author Hanifa Deen, and Melbourne lawyer turned Bollywood actress Pallavi Sharda, provided great insight and inspiration to the audience of around 80 people about their own “light bulb moment” that changed the course of their working and private lives – and the importance of acting on that moment, in order to realise their own dream of professional success and personal fulfilment.

In addition to our wonderful speakers, our event was enriched by the creative contributions of two young female artists, each of whom provided a thought provoking backdrop to the proceedings and a deeper context for our discussion:

  • performance poet Ebony MonCrief captivated and engaged our audience with a piece that portrayed the  inspiration derived by a woman on her own physical and metaphysical journey to self-discovery and fulfilment.
  • VCA graduate Natalie Sun kindly provided a number of her unconventional, yet compelling, artworks for sale. 

BPW Melbourne would like to thank our event partner, the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, for  hosting our event at the iconic Queen Victorian Women’s Centre in Melbourne’s CBD and advertising “Women Making Dreams Happen” as part of the QVWC’s high profile International Women’s Day program.

Empowering Women – Breaking the Cycle

In support of White Ribbon Day, BPW Melbourne held a breakfast event on 18th November 2014 titled Empowering Women – Breaking the Cycle.  

For this event, we partnered with The Big Issue which provides employment and hope to hundreds of homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people each year.

To explore the topics of empowerment, homelessness and family violence, Michelle Wareham, BPW Melbourne presented a panel of three speakers: 

  • Karen Delvin, Vice President BPW Melbourne, who spoke about the work of BPW internationally in promoting and driving the uptake of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) .
  • Suzanne Schuitman from The Big Issue who described the range of employment programs provided by The Big Issue for disadvantaged women, including the Women’s Subscription Enterprise (WSE); and 
  • Cheryl, an employee of the WSE, who provided a hands-on perspective of the issues of homelessness, the challenges of being a woman in those circumstances and how she has been able to apply the WSE programs to break the cycle.

The passion, openness and insights of all thee speakers contributed to a unique and thought-provoking morning, appreciated by all who attended.

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