Community & Leadership

International Women’s Day 2019 In Conversation

The Mercedes me Store Melbourne were thrilled to once again welcome a panel of inspiring and successful women to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019.


With tickets sold out in record time, Jackie Frank hosted the panel of four trailblazing women, talking guests through their own personal stories, trials and tribulations as well as the encompassing importance of #BalanceForBetter.

Alongside Jackie, guests delved into a great variety of stories and learnings from panelists:

Alma Besserdin: Founder and Director of Wimmigrants of Australia, an AHRI Victorian Councillor and a Fellow member, Alma spoke of the importance of women mentoring other women in order to create a culture of inclusive leadership and diversity in the workplace.

Jelena Dokic: Australian former world no 4. Tennis player, commentator and author of bestselling autobiography Unbreakable, Jelena gave an honest and frank recollection of the ups and downs of her life so far including her global success on the tennis court and history as a victim of domestic abuse & journey through challenges of body image.

Noelene Lever: Barnardo’s 2018 Mother of the Year, who has informally fostered more than 50 children, Noelene gave an incredibly unique and selfless insight into motherhood and an incredible sense of selfless purpose.

Lucy Feagins: Founder and editor of Australia’s most popular design blog –The Design Files, Lucy shone a light on what it takes to grow a passion into a full time, successful career and explained how her personal family approach to raising children does strongly down the path of shared parenting as opposed to a more traditional blueprint of the father following career paths & the mother acting as the primary carer when raising children.

An incredibly inspiring evening in which the audience were invited to interact with the panel not only in a Q&A session but also face to face following the panel discussion.

Guests were also invited to sign the bonnet of a Mercedes-Benz C 300 Cabriolet in support of the 2019 International Women’s Day message #BalanceForBetter.

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