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International Women’s Day, a day where we
celebrate the social, economic, cultural and
political achievement of women was the perfect
day to launch the AHA (Vic) Women’s Network.
The AHA (Vic) Women’s Network was born
out of a love of sharing stories, celebrating wins
and supporting each other through the tougher
times. The network is a new initiative for the
AHA, creating occasions for like-minded
women to come together to listen, to speak, to
garner new ideas and to meet new people.
The Honourable Marlene Kairouz, Minister
for Gaming and Liquor, launched the network
over breakfast at The Langham Hotel and
acknowledged the commitment of the
Australian Hotels Association in supporting
women in the workforce.
“This support is not only evident through
wonderful events like today’s launch. In
November, I was honoured to attend the
Association’s awards night at Crown Palladium.
I was delighted to see that a significant
proportion of attendees were women. I was
also impressed by the number of women who
won an award on the night.
This speaks volumes of the Association’s
commitment to fostering the career development
of women and I congratulate the organisation on
establishing this superb culture.”
We were delighted to have Tabcorp partner
with us for the event. Given Tabcorp was
recently named Employer of Choice for Gender
Equality by the Federal Government, it was
a natural fit to have them partner with us.
Merryl Dooley, Executive GM People, Culture
and Communications; and Sharon Broadley,
GM Talent and Organisational Development,
spoke to the group of 125 women in hospitality
about their approach in promoting equality and
diversity in the workplace.
“We are thrilled to support AHA Victoria’s
inaugural Women’s Breakfast. We have
partnered with the AHA for many years with our
products enjoyed at venues across the country.
It was inspiring to see so many passionate
women celebrate the launch of the Women’s
Network on International Women’s Day.
“Gender equality is close to our heart at
Tabcorp. Last year we were the only gambling
company to receive citation from the Federal
Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency
as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality, a
citation we worked hard to achieve. I’m delighted
to see the AHA putting formal processes in
place for women in the hotel industry. The
establishment of the Women’s Network is
fantastic and we look forward to continuing to
support our partners at the AHA on this journey.”
Carolyn Creswell, founder of Carmen’s Fine
Foods was the keynote speaker at the launch.
Over 20 years ago, Carolyn purchased a tiny
muesli bar business for $1000 and today
Carmen’s is the number one selling muesli
and bar brand on our supermarket shelves.
Carolyn shared with us her story of growing her
small muesli business to now exporting to 32
countries worldwide through funny anecdotes,
wonderful pearls of wisdom and inspiring
quotes she lives by.
As Rebecca McDonald, Victorian Retail and
On-Course Coordinator at Tabcorp told me
“Carolyn was fantastic! So relatable, some of
the tips really hit home.”
After speaking with some women after the
breakfast it was clear the word “no” hit home
to many in the room. First of all, Carolyn told
us “It’s okay to say a graceful ‘no’”. We can’t
be all things to all people and its best just to tell
the truth. Saying no gracefully is the first step
if we are being asked to do something we just
cannot commit to. How about when we hear
no? Well as Carolyn pointed out, that no isn’t
forever, reminding us that being persistent,
passionate and believing in oneself are important
characteristics when running your own business.
The breakfast was an inspiring kick start
to what we hope will be a successful and
supportive network of women within the
We look forward to seeing you at one of our
next Women’s Network events.
Manager Member Services
AHA (VIC) WOMEN’S
L-R: Hon Marlene Kairouz,
Carolyn Cresswell and
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