Venue details for #MissRepresentation screening tonight at COFA

If you’ve signed up to attend the screening of Miss Representation and the panel discussion, here is a map of the venue at COFA.

We will be in Lecture Theatre EG02 at COFA, corner of Greens Road and Oxford Street Paddington NSW 2121.

If you aren’t able to join us please follow the conversation on Twitter via @sibsyd and hashtags #sibsyd #missrepresentation

COFA Lecture Theatre EG02 Map (400x269)

This is going to be an interesting discussion about women & media on 29 Feb #MissRepresentation

It is important that we have a discussion about the representation of women in the media with media practitioners at the table. We’re delighted that two media practitioners, Kate Southam and John Bergin, can join us for the Miss Representation Panel at COFA on 29 February 2012 (you can still register here).

Kate Southam - from Southam has been a journalist for more than twenty years including news and feature roles at ninemsn, the Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Radio, the Sunday edition of the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and as a court reporter and then media adviser in London.

For the last decade Kate has specialised in careers and employment reporting on issues including the lack of women in senior roles in private sector organisations. She has also been amazed by the level of anger from blog audiences – both men and women – whenever she writes about equal pay and access to promotions as well as gender diversity generally.

Kate contributes regular articles across News Ltd including a blog on, essays for The Punch and weekly columns in News Ltd’s metropolitan newspapers and regional publications.

Kate is also a public speaker, presenter and regular commentator for radio, television, websites and magazines.

You can find her on Twitter @katesoutham

John Bergin - Sky News AustraliaJohn Bergin is the Social Media & Digital News Director at Sky News, where he is responsible for editorial control across and Sky News Active.

He studied English and Political Science at the University of New South Wales, and also holds qualifications in advertising and marketing.

When he is not working, reading, writing or tweeting, John sleeps.

You can find him on Twitter @theburgerman

International Women’s Day: Women Empowering Women In Need event

Just wanted to let you know about an interesting International Women’s Day even in Sydney:

“You are invited to attend WE WIN, a celebration of International Women’s Day presented by Women as Entrepreneurs.

This is an awareness event – a celebration of successes of women with a focus on enabling change for women as entrepreneurs, both here and in the third world. Profit will go towards empowering women living in poverty in developing countries. We would like to extend our offer to you to join us for drinks and light refreshments for our event. Partners are welcome to attend. In addition to the generosity of the speakers, our sponsors have arranged to put together a gift bag for all attendees to ensure that they can take a little bit of the WE WIN event home with them. Looking forward to seeing you there!

WIN: Women Empowering Women In Need
Date: Thursday March 8th 2012
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: Level 20, 2 Market Street, Sydney
Early bird: $45 (Ends 26 February 2012)
General admission: $65

Keynote speakers:

Orsi Parkanyi – Women As Entrepreneurs
Hannah Schwartz – Ninefold
Maria Padisetti – Digital Armour and RedHands non-profit  Topic: empowerment of women entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Panel discussion with:

Catriona Pollard – CP Communications and Social Media Women (@CatrionaPollard)
Kim McGuinness – Network Central and The Businesswomen’s Breakfast Series (@kimmcguinness)
Nicole Kersh – 4Cabling (@4Cabling)
Lisa Messenger – The Messenger Group (@LisaMessenger)


Women as Entrepreneurs, or WE, provides a supportive community where likeminded aspiring and accomplished female entrepreneurs can learn, connect, and share ideas.

With her new video blog,, Founder Orsi Parkanyi is on a mission to find out what drives entrepreneurial women and how exactly they achieve success as women. Her personal belief, “women leaders have the power to shape a better world”, drives her to inspire and foster entrepreneurship in those around her.”

International Women's Day 2012If you are hosting an International Women’s Day event please let us know – we’re happy to help get the news out. Email us on

Community Management Evening Workshop with Kate Kendall

Kate Kendall has been doing interesting things in the community management space for a long while and she’s bringing her Community Management workshop to Sydney this time.
“In celebration of the annual Community Manager Appreciation Day and after two maxed-out 30-person events in Melbourne, Kate Kendall will be running another workshop to discuss current happenings in community management.”
When: Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Venue: TBC, Sydney

Announcing Miss Representation panel: @evacox @KateSoutham @AWCCI @theburgerman

We are kicking off our 2012 events with a film screening – Miss Representation – which explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the under representation of women in positions of power and influence.

The screening will be at COFA in Paddington at 6pm on 29 February 2012 > register here.

After the film we’re honourd have a feisty and well qualified panel to discuss the representation of women in media. Our panel includes:

  • Eva Cox AO (@evacox) – is a highly respected feminist, academic, and activist, whose work has informed and inspired a generation of women. She has been an active advocate for creating more civil societies.
  • Kate Southam (@KateSoutham)- is a journalist with News Corporation, with the popular Cube Farmer career blog
  • Yolanda Vega (@AWCCI) – is CEO of the Australian Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • John Bergin (@theburgerman) -is Director of Social Media and Digital News, Sky News Australia

Register for Miss Representation Screening in Paddington, Australia  on Eventbrite

2012 Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Program

The Centre for Sustainability Leadership is currently recruiting participants for the 2012 Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Programs.

They’re looking for 25 participants in Sydney and Melbourne, who have the passion, potential and commitment to lead effective change for sustainability. Applications close 26 February 2012.

Sign up for the Sydney info night: 6pm, Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Harts Pub, Corner of Essex St and Gloucester St in the Rocks, Sydney
RSVP here:

Big Issue: Representation of women in media

The representation of women in media is an important issue for our times. To kick off in 2012 we’re screening a film to get us thinking, talking, and acting on the issue of women and how we are portrayed in the media.

Join us for a screening of the film and a panel discussion following.

Register for Miss Representation Screening in Paddington, Australia  on Eventbrite

The documentary Miss Representation, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in October.

The film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.

Find out more at

Register for Miss Representation Screening in Paddington, Australia  on Eventbrite

Extraordinary Women? There’s a League for that. Sydney launch event 9 Feb

We’ve just been advised of a new group starting up in Sydney – The League of Extraordinary Women – who are focused on “empowering entrepreneurial women in Australia”. They’re hosting a kick off event in Sydney on 9 February 2012:

A League of Extraordinary Women to support, empower, motivate and inspire!

“This event is for all women looking to connect with other like-minded women!

We are all about like-minded females coming together to share, support, encourage and inspire each other. Initially starting off as casual monthly events between friends, now, the enthusiasm of a ‘league’ of extraordinary women has spun into action one of the most exciting and largest groups for empowering entrepreneurial women in Australia.

At the incredibly successful launch event in Melbourne, the energy in the room was incredible. The speakers on the night were more than inspirational and left all attendees feeling as though, with a bit of determination, anything is possible.

On 9th February 2012, the largest group of female entrepreneurs will be meeting in Sydney for the first time. After an AMAZING turnout for the launch in Melbourne we have set up an exciting evening here in Sydney, and our aim is to make it even bigger and better than our first!

The goal is to support, empower, motivate and inspire!

We have an amazing line up of speakers, you check out our website to get this first hand info…

On the night however, you will get the opportunity to be inspired and to learn from one of Australia’s most famous female entrepreneurs ‘Jodie Fox’ , Co-Founder of Shoes of Prey and Sneaking Duck. Jodie is the national winner of the 2011 Telstra NSW Business Woman of the Year, Hudson corporate award. She blogs about all things fashion and shoes on the Shoes of Prey blog, and can be found on Twitter.

Another amazing speaker, Samantha Gash, was only at the age of 25, having only ever completed one full marathon, she set out on a journey to complete the 4 Deserts Grand Slam. Four 250km foot races in 2010, in the driest, windiest, hottest and coldest deserts on earth. A feat which had only ever been achieved by two people before, both of whom were professional athletes. Samantha will take you on her journey, where everything was against her, and remind us all that everything and anything is possible.

You will meet and hear from, other extraordinary women. Come along, we can’t wait to meet you!

Be inspired, be empowered, be extraordinary.

Date: Thursday 9th February 2012
Time: Arrive 6.30pm for 7pm start, finishes 9pm
Venue: Bar 100, Level 3, 100 George St, The Rocks”

Some really interesting events with: The Social Innovator Dialogues

The Social Innovator DialoguesASIX and the Centre for Social Impact do lots of interesting things, and we think that their Social Innovator Dialogues is a great opportunity to learn something new and to contribute your ideas, your experience and your expertise.
Check out this collaborative effort between ASIX and the Centre for Social Impact:

“The Social Innovator Dialogues bring internationally renowned leaders in social innovation together with local changemakers, with a view to fostering a dialogue about social innovation in Australia.

The Social Innovator Dialogues bring internationally renowned leaders in social innovation together with local changemakers.

The Social Innovator Dialogues aim to challenge us to think differently about the big issues affecting our nations and communities and to find practical ways to integrate innovative approaches into our responses to unmet social needs.”

The Social Innovator Dialogues: February 2012 Tour Venues

MASTERCLASS: Participate: the new tools of digital engagement with Richard Wilson

Wed 15th February, 2012
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Thu 16th February, 2012
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Mon 20th February, 2012
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FREE LECTURE: The Arab Spring: What Happened, What Happens Next? with Tarik Yousef

Tue 21st February, 2012
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FORUM: What’s Working? A forum on young people, skills and jobs – Presented by: Jonty Olliff-Cooper & Tarik Yousef

Mon 27th February, 2012
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Tue 28th February, 2012
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TBC: Serving Beyond the Predictable: A New Frame for 21st Century Public Service with Jocelyne Bourgon

Wed 22nd February, 2012
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