09 March 2021 -Online

This International Women’s Day Choose to Challenge with Consult Australia

Can we challenge ourselves, as individuals and organisations, to truly understand the barriers that women are still facing to a thriving and fulfilling career and life?

These challenges range from systemic issues, such as the gender pay gap and outdated childcare practices, to limited access to flexible work in all its forms.

Join us this year for an impactful online event on March 9, 2021, where we will be exploring, in a raw and honest way, the real challenges that both women and men are facing to an equal and equitable industry.

Georgie Dent 

Keynote Speaker

Georgie Dent is a writer and advocate for women’s empowerment, gender equality and families. She is the executive director of The Parenthood, a not-for-profit parent advocacy group with a reach of over 68,000 parents, carers and supporters, and a contributing editor at Women's Agenda, Australia's leading publication for career-minded women. 

The former lawyer is also an author, an experienced keynote speaker and a regular TV commentator. She has made appearances on Q&A, the Today Show, The Project, The Drum, Weekend Sunrise, Studio 10 and Sky News. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Financial Review, Sunday Life, Marie Claire, The New Daily and Harpers Bazaar. She has researched and published work on subjects from parental leave equality, violence against women, childcare, sexism, pay equity and women in leadership.

Coleen MacKinnon 

Panel Moderator 

Coleen MacKinnon is the Founder of Inclusivity Quotient (InQ), a consultancy dedicated to creating more diverse and inclusive companies and communities. She serves as Advisor to the Consult Australia Champions of Change and is co-creator of #Engaging Men – a human-centred approach to authentically involve male leaders in engendering workplace gender equality. She is a Board member with Women for Election Australia and an active ally and advocate for LGBTQI rights in Australia. 

Ryan Andriessen 


Ryan Andriessen is a Principal of Arup and is the leader of Arup’s Sydney office while also overseeing operations for the NSW & ACT Infrastructure group. 

He is chair of Arup's NSW & ACT Diversity and Inclusion Committee, a member of Arup’s Regional Diversity and Inclusion Executive and was recently appointed a member of the Property Council of Australia’s NSW Diversity and Inclusion Committee. 

The father of a two year old daughter, Ryan is a strong advocate for the importance of sharing parenting responsibilities. In 2019 he took 12 weeks parental leave to care for his daughter. 

Ryan has been a passionate participant of Arup’s Sponsorship Program since 2019, a key element of Arup’s gender equity portfolio within their Australasia inclusion strategy.

Tanya Elliott 


Tanya is an environmental engineer with over twenty years’ experience in the water and services industry gained in Australia, United Kingdom and the United States. As a design consultant at Jacobs, Tanya has managed the delivery of a range of water and wastewater projects from strategy and planning through to detailed design. Tanya has successfully governed the delivery of complex renewal projects with ‘no surprises’. She applies a robust design process coupled with strong stakeholder engagement in options selection and design development, finding solutions with the best outcomes for the community.

Tanya has held a number of leadership roles within the Water group including Section Leader and Contract Manager for the Jacobs YVW Design Services Contract. Currently Tanya job shares the leadership of the Water Infrastructure section in Victoria, leading a team of 90 people delivering design services to our clients.  

Event Details

Date: Tuesday 9 March 2021

Time: 12.00pm - 1.30pm (AEDT)

Venue: Online - a link will be emailed to registrants prior to the event 

Cost: $80 (Members); $120 (Non-Members) (ex GST)

Please contact tessa@consultaustralia.com.au with any queries.

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