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March Greenups: How Women's Leadership and Innovation is Driving Climate Action


It was noted recently in the press (Huffington Post), that whatever success was achieved at the Paris Climate talks in December last year was due in large part to the incredible negotiations of some tenacious female leaders.

So for this months Greenups, in the lead up to International Women's Day (March 8) (#pledgeforparity), it seems fitting to turn our attention to women in sustainability. It's a night to acknowledge and celebrate their achievements and explore what it is specifically that women bring to leadership and social change.

To drive the discussion we've put together an excellent panel of Australian women in leadership. There are so many women doing amazing things in this space, we were spoilt for options (and could have invited so many more). Be prepared to join the conversation and expect a candid discussion about the personal experiences, reflections and insights of some talented 'doers'.


Natalie Isaacs

- Founder, 1 Million Women

Kate Harris

- CEO, Good Environment Choice Australia

Emma Herd

- CEO, Investor Group on Climate Change

Jacqueline Fetchet

- Global Voices Youth Delegate to COP21


Indira Naidoo

- Journalist, Author and Gardener


Charlotte Connell

(MSC) profiling Sustainable Seafood Day (on Friday 11 March)


Join us from 6pm onward at aMBUSH upstairs at level 4 of the Central Park Building 3 on Broadway and grab a delicious organic cocktail care of the talented Trolley'd team while you mingle, nibble and chat. We'll kick the talks off at about 7pm and conclude around 8.30pm. Then you're invited to continue the conversation downstairs at the newly refurbished Old Clare Hotel, or perhaps grab a bite down in Spice Alley with some of your new Sust'y chicas.

Natalie Isaacs - Founder 1 Million Women - 1 Million Women is Australia's largest women's movement acting on climate change, with a community of over 300,000 women and girls, exploring everyday climate solutions with the mission is to inspire a million women to live a low carbon life.

Kate Harris - CEO Good Environment Choice Australia - Kate brings to GECA an extensive background in leadership, capacity building and education aimed at finding sustainable solutions for the future. Kate previously spent six years with the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, including two years as CEO, and now as a non-executive director. She is also the founder of consulting firm Future Ready and a graduate of the Asialink Leaders Program. Kate believes passionately in human potential and draws on her diverse experience in the performing arts, executive coaching, cultural change and organisational development, helping individuals, organisations and communities to create a better future. She has held a variety of management, organisational and coaching roles, and has been an ambassador for 1 Million Women and on the Advisory Board for Pollinate Energy.

Emma Herd - CEO Investor Group on Climate Change - Prior to IGCC, Emma spent 15 years at Westpac where she had a range of roles across carbon finance and emissions trading, ESG Risk assessment, public policy and sustainability strategy development. Emma has participated in a number of key public forums, government and industry bodies relating to climate change and the environment. Emma is a Non-Executive Director of the Carbon Market Institute and a member of the Cornerstone Capital Global Advisory Council.

Indira Naidoo - Journalist, author 'The Edible Balcony' and gardener - Indira television broadcast career has spanned more than two decades. She has anchored and reported for some of the country's most distinguished news and current affair programmes including the ABC's Late Edition nightly news and SBS TV's award-winning World News Tonight. More recently Indira has turned her communication skills to the issues of food security, sustainability and gardening, and is the author of the best selling book 'The Edible Balcony', and just published the follow-up 'The Edible City'

Jacqueline Fetchet - Global Voices - Jacqui is a law graduate currently working in climate change policy. She has been active in the community renewable energy sector and in cycling advocacy. She is a fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership. She is also a member of the Clean Energy Council's Women in Renewables network

Charlotte Connell (MSC) - Charlotte is Marketing manager at The Marine Stewardship Council, an international non-profit organisation established to address the problem of unsustainable fishing and safeguard seafood supplies for the future.

Drinks by Trolley'd - Trolley'd is Sydney's first bar embracing the qualities of sustainability, native and organic ingredients, and local produce in our creations. All Trolley'd cocktails use organic ingredients sourced from local farms, as well as native Australian ingredients, some that are foraged by our team. The Trolley'd boys, Christopher Thomas and Byron Woolfrey are hospitality aficionados with a passion for mixology, classic vibes and the essential ingredients to a great party.

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  • frank

    decided to give you a second chance, and was much happier. the panelists were knowledeable and had interesting and new things to say.

    April 7

  • frank

    I went with high expectations, but after struggling even to find the venue, not only was the food gone and no seats available, I listened to a panel introducing and congratulating each other, and serving platitudes to an audience of the converted. How disappointing! And to think I had handed over $20 sit through this!

    March 5

    • Ben W.

      Hi Frank.

      i'm sorry to hear you had a hard time finding the place last month.

      I'd like to offer you a complimentary ticket to tonight's event, if you'd like to come along? ps. the new venue is The Powerhouse Museum, and we will have a much better sound system available. so hopefully everyone will be able to hear!


      April 5

  • Rebecca L.

    Thank you for welcoming Jonathon and I from CSIRO in Newcastle to come along last night to promote #hackthesun 2016 Solar Hackathon Event. In case anyone missed us, or would like more information on the event jump over to the website

    March 2

  • Natalia I.

    Thank you very much Ben! Wonderful meeting yesterday. I was just a little bit surprised about the presence of MSC. As we know many environment groups protested over various MSC procedures ( The basic principle is good BUT we should also think how to improve standards and save our marine ecosystem…

    1 · March 2

    • Nat R

      Thanks for sharing the link :) agree!!

      March 2

  • Neri D

    Fantastic event as always, Ben! Thanks to you and all the crew-presenters, workers, Trollyd.
    Very inspiring to know these women have achieved so much in the eco world. I'd like to start some government initiatives.. but not really sure how.. be great if we had a think tank where we could take action.

    March 2

  • Nat R

    Thanks Ben for the event! It was very inspired... :-) I am just a bit concerned about the sustainable seafood thing at the event as they still using nets to catch the fish... why not to promote vegan food instead?... we are the ones with capacity to listen Mother Earth needs :)

    2 · March 2

  • Victor

    Awesome event Ben+ friends... See photos...

    March 2

  • Ian C.

    Not in Sydney - See you in April

    February 25

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