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. 


 Management Committee   2019/20

President: Emma Manser-- Vice President (Advocacy): Stephanie Ziersch

Treasurer: Denise Patience -- Secretary: Vacant-- Membership: Helen Sloane

Our next meeting : Tuesday February 4 

at 6.00pm 

Please join us for our regular monthly meeting, followed by dinner (approx 7.00pm) at the Duke of Wellington 

Ground Floor, Duke of Wellington Hotel,

146 Flinders St, Melbourne. 


      Enquiries - email Emma:  bpwamelbourne@gmail.com


BPW Melbourne celebrates International Women's Day 2019 - #BalanceForBetter


Members and guests join women around the world marking this year's IWD theme, #BalanceforBetter 



A selection of our recent events...


Knowing what to say...knowing what to do

November 13 — An informal talk over dinner by Youna Kim, General Manager of Innovation and Development, EDVOS. Our acknowledgement of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Learn more about the important work EDVOS does at: www.edvos.org.au  


Journeying the Antarctic: A night with Rashmi Venkatraman

June 5  Rashmi Venkatraman recently returned from an expedition with over 75 other women of STEMM, from all over the world, to Antarctica. This was the culmination of  a year-long leadership study program. In June, Rashmi came to tell us of her experiences during this 'Homeward Bound' program, and to explain how the expedition had had an impact on her and her colleagues, two of whom came to support her on the night!

Some comments from the attendees:

"My 'take home" was how important it is to keep being environmentally conscious -  even if it sometimes feels like your efforts are insignificant, we have to realise that every little bit counts."

"I was impressed by Rashmi's views on the need to surround oneself with "Critical Friends" and to have constructive conversations, so we can develop personally and professionally. This seems vitally important in the social media age, where we converse in echo chambers and where abuse, rather than respectful debate, is rife." (Caroline)

"Rashmi has such a unique story of learning and success, achieved both independently and with the power of other like-minded women. It was an inspiring night hearing a story I wouldn't have otherwise heard without this opportunity from BPW Melbourne." (Emma)

"My take out was: The power and opportunity to change the world, when a small group of dedicated women get together." (Karen)

 "The message that shot straight through to my heart was ‘Mother Nature needs her daughters’. Such a cry for help." (Denise)

You can learn more about the projects, past and future, here: https://homewardboundprojects.com.au/


Women in Politics: Why does it matter?

June  BPW Melbourne presented a special panel discussion on the importance of greater representation of women in politics, and how to address the challenges in achieving this.

Our speakers were (L-R) Federal Labor Member for Hotham Clare O'Neil, City of Monash Mayor Rebecca Paterson, Deputy Leader of the Victorian Nationals Steph Ryan and, University of Melbourne Pathway to Politics Program for Women Academic Director Dr Andrea Carson 


Making the Invisible Visible: Recognising the impact and effects of non-physical violence on women's work choices

To mark White Ribbon Day in 2016, 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 - currently President of BPW Australia

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

Club Contact Details

Email: bpwamelbourne@gmail.com


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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 will find out more about us, meet some of our wonderful members and enjoy special guest speakers.

Past President Caroline Bayliss(L) with current President Emma Manser (R)

Emma Manser
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.

Meet some of our Club Members

Back row (L-R): Denise Patience, Bronwyn Williams, Michelle Wareham, Tracie Andrews, Jacqueline Graham (President, BPW Australia)

Front row (L-R): Stephanie Ziersch,Caroline Bayliss (Club President), Karen Delvin, Annie McCaig

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Policy Position Paper: Leadership at All Career Stages

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