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The Women in Print association has marked International Women's Day by revealing the dates of its popular annual Breakfast Series, which will be in May this year, and for the first time Hobart will be one of the capital city locations.

Breaking the Gender Code: Danielle Dobson
Breaking the Gender Code: Danielle Dobson

The 2023 keynote speaker will be Danielle Dobson who will headline the Series in all locations, exploring her book Breaking the Gender Code. Danielle is a speaker, author, facilitator and mother.

The Breakfast Series dates are: 16 May, Sydney; 17 May, Melbourne; 18 May, Brisbane; 23 May, Adelaide, 24 May, Perth; and 30 May, Hobart. Click here to book tickets.

The Patron for Tasmania will be well-known industry identity, Sam Dobie, former Diemen Awards chair and creative director of Inclusive Creatives, has been formally endorsed by the Women in Print Board and will take up the reigns of the new Tasmanian chapter.

Dobie said, “The opportunity to champion the exceptional women in our industry is not one I take lightly. I was honoured and humbled to be offered the role, and I hope to work closely with both our current leaders and future stars to foster our community. Tasmania punches so far above its weight in so many sectors, that it’s time for our industry to step confidently into the light, and who better to lead that growth than the extraordinary women who live and breathe it every day.”

The keynote speaker at the Breakfast Series, Danielle Dobson, is a CPA with extensive corporate experience, and wanted to make a difference, and commenced a two-year research piece across male and female leaders coping with professional work-life balance. Her findings formed a book, Breaking the Gender Code, which will be the topic for discussion.

She will focus on how the Gender Code can hold back women in their professional and personal lives, as well as unpacking why women feel the constant pressure to keep so many balls up in the air without seeking support or assistance.

Susan Heaney, chair, Women in Print, said, “Often women feel they are failing if they reach out for support and approach their professional lives with an invincible attitude. Breaking the Gender Code is about assessing that and looking to how we can equip ourselves with skills to feel empowered, recognising our contributions and feeling valued in what we do. I think it is topical, our Women in Print community will be able to walk away from the events with skills they can start using immediately.” 

Tasmania Patron: Sam Dobie
Tasmania Patron: Sam Dobie

Commenting on having a Breakfast in Tasmania, Kellie Northwood, CEO, PVCA, and Women in Print, Honorary Secretary said, “Women across our industry are growing in numbers which allows a wonderful opportunity to offer the Breakfast Series to each and every State. I could not be happier to be part of this announcement and look forward to sharing the Women in Print programme with our industry in Hobart.”

Confirmed Partner sponsors for the Breakfast Series are ongoing and long-standing supporters, Cactus Imaging, Media Super, IVE Group, Heidelberg, and the Print and Visual Communication Association. With the newest Platinum Partner supporter, Ricoh, joining the list of industry leaders behind the programme this year. “Ricoh is a firm supporter of programs empowering women and supporting these industry initiatives that give so much back into the industry is something we are very proud to be part of,” commented Tina Economou, GM – Sales and Marketing, Ricoh Australia.

Associate sponsors include Advance Press, Ball & Doggett, Bright Print Group, Boettcher Systems, Creative Juice SA, Future Now, Heaney’s Performers in Print, HP (Brain Sells), Konica Minolta, The Lamson Group, QLM Label Makers, Rocking Rose and Spicers. Media partners include Print21, Image Magazine, PMG, and Visual Impact.

“I cannot thank our sponsors enough, Women in Print is a not-for-profit, grass-roots industry programme delivering real support, knowledge and a sense of community for women in print. Every dollar invested by our sponsors goes towards our next initiative and we cannot do it without the sponsors and partners. There are so many organisations who have been supporting Women in Print for many years, and I tip my hat in deep respect to you all,” concluded Northwood.

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