International Women’s Day 2023: Raising a glass to women in hospo

3 min April 17th, 2023
Celebrating and empowering women at AVC

International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on March 8th, is an opportunity to reflect on the progress made towards gender equality, call for change, and celebrate the incredible achievements of women all over the world. At Australian Venue Co, we celebrated International Women’s Day 2023 with the launch of our new Her Hospo program and 13 events across Australia & New Zealand for women leaders in our team.

Her Hospo is about creating a supportive, safe and inspiring community that empowers our team of women and fosters change in our industry, and will offer events for our team members throughout the year.

Each of our IWD events was led by women in senior roles at AVC and was hosted at our pubs and bars across Australia and New Zealand. Each event kicked off with a discussion led by our event host, a delicious meal from our kitchen teams, and a live, online panel discussion which connected all of our event attendees in one inspiring conversation.

, including our Chief Training & Development Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, Chief People & Culture Officer, GM of Licensing, GM of Senior Operations Manager to Group Kitchen & Training Manager to General Manager of Licensing, and more. The events was held at Henley’s Bar & Kitchen, The Espy, State Of Grace, The Regatta Hotel, The Crown Hotel, Wallaby Hotel, Trinity Beach Tavern, Mick O’Sheas, The Globe, St John’s, Saint Alice, Telegraph Hotel, and Smith Street Social.

International Women’s Day provided an opportunity for our team to come together, enjoy some delicious food and beverages, and celebrate the achievements of our emerging and established women leaders. The day also featured an interactive panel with our senior team members from across the country, aimed at inspiring attendees and discussing the challenges that women face in the workplace.

One of the highlights of the events was a panel discussion led by our Chief Training & Development Officer, Bianca Dawson. Bianca delved into how AVC and the hospitality industry promote diversity and equity within the workplace, while also addressing the specific challenges that women encounter. This discussion not only provided valuable insights for our team members but also demonstrated AVC’s commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace culture that empowers women to thrive.

Overall, our International Women’s Day events were a huge success, and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate and empower our women team members. We remain committed to promoting diversity and equity within our organisation and in the wider hospitality industry, and look forward to continuing our efforts to support women in all aspects of their lives.



Our 2023 Events

We hosted 300+ women in our team at 13 events across Australia and New Zealand, from Auckland to Perth!

  • Sydney: Chief Training & Development Officer Bianca Dawson hosted at Henley’s
  • Melbourne: Chief People & Culture Officer Rachel Checinski hosted at The Espy
  • Melbourne: Chief Marketing Officer Kylie Moncur hosted at State of Grace
  • Brisbane: Chief Experience Officer Marianne Mewett hosted at The Regatta
  • Brisbane: GM of Development Yvette Nielson hosted at Crown Hotel
  • Gold Coast: Group People & Culture Manager Jacqueline Griffin hosted at Wallaby Hotel
  • Cairns: Senior Operations Manager Emma Finlayson & Venue Manager Karla Barker hosted at Trinity Beach Tavern
  • Adelaide: Group Kitchen & Training Manager Mel Falson & Senior Operations Manager Hannah Simm hosted at Mick O’Shea’s
  • Perth: People & Culture Lead Zoe Coolbear hosted at The Globe
  • Darwin: Venue Manager Rachel Attley hosted at Smith St Social
  • Wellington: Senior Operations Manager Kushla Mathie hosted at St John’s
  • Auckland: Venue Manager Branna Dawson hosted at Saint Alice
Meal at State of Grace in Melbourne

Embrace Equity

One of the themes for International Women’s Day this year is #EmbraceEquity, bringing to light the difference between equality and equity and the power of inclusion. We believe that by embracing diversity and empowering women, we can create a stronger and more equitable workforce where everyone feels valued and supported in their career.

This year, our Advance Women program re-launch as Her Hospo, for our next chapter in embracing diversity and empowering women in the workplace.

Read more about our Her Hospo:

Her Hospo

What our team members had to say about the event

Natalia Pinto Suarez, Assistant Venue Manager at the Auburn Hotel

“Thanks to everyone who organised this meeting of women! The team at Auburn Hotel are well represented!”

Melissa Falson, Group Kitchen Training Manager

“A fantastic day discussing excellent topics. Thanks Hannah Simm & team for a wonderful event!”

Camila Chamorro Aranda, Training Facilitator

“Big thanks to our Executive Chef, Telina Menzies, every single bite was an explosion of flavour. The team at State Of Grace provided exceptional service, the attention to detail and warmth was second to none!”

Rebecca Christiansen, Regional Marketing Manager

“A great day celebrating with all the Wellington ladies!”

Katherine Marson, Business Development Manager

“Celebrating some of our fabulous women leaders in NSW, thanks for hosting Henleys!”

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In the spirit of reconciliation, Australian Venue Co. acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

Australian Venue Co. is a place free from discrimination, where everyone belongs. We respect and celebrate the diversity of our communities, including people of all cultural and faith backgrounds, classes, gender and sexual identities, ages and abilities and we are committed to creating a safe and welcoming space for all.