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Embrace Difference SA event: embracing vulnerability in the workplace

Embrace Difference SA event: embracing vulnerability in the workplace

The South Australian Chapter of Embrace Difference will hold an inspiring panel discussion in November on embracing vulnerability in the workplace.

The event will featuring prominent drinks industry panellists Melanie Cooper, Andreas Clark and Gemma West, who will share their stories of how embracing vulnerability in the workplace has improved their relationships, adversities they have faced and how they juggle work-life balance.

The panel will be facilitated by Wine Australia’s Rachel Triggs and will includes a Q&A session, providing advice to the audience on embracing their own vulnerability.

Coopers Brewery Director of Finance Melanie Cooper became the first female and the first of the fifth generation to be employed at Coopers Brewery on a permanent basis. In 2017 she received the Member of the Order of Australia Medal (AM) for significant service to the community through her philanthropic work with charitable foundations.

Andreas Clark has led Wine Australia since its inception in 2014. Before joining the wine sector, Andreas served as a diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra and Brunei and has also worked as a lawyer.

Gemma West is Program Manager of Treasury Wine Estates’ Simplify for Growth Program, a global business transformation program that commenced in 2017. She has been with TWE for seven years, prior to that she was a winemaker, completing 10 vintages in various regions across Australia and in California.

The Embrace Difference Council is an evolution of prior industry Councils Women in Drinks and Diversity & Inclusion at Drinks. It looks to support organisations and have a positive impact across industry through the fostering of diverse and inclusive practices.

Led by a SteerCo, the Council's new operating structure features three workstreams – Create Difference (Gender), See Difference (Diverse Workforce) and Leverage Difference (Inclusive Workplace) - which focus on delivering tangible outcomes that members can take back to benefit their organisations.to establish the drinks industry as a destination of choice by facilitating awareness, challenging perceptions and building practices that attract, develop and retain diverse talent.


When: 4-6pm, Thursday, November 14, 2019

Where: Coopers Pavilion, Coopers Brewery, 461 South Road, Regency Park, SA, 5010

(Complimentary brewery tour available at 2:45pm - meet at Coopers Pavilion. Closed shoes - no high heels - must be worn. High visibility vests will be provided.)

Cost: $35/person, includes canapés and drinks

Tickets are limited. Free car parking is available on site adjacent to the function room (please proceed through security). $5 from every ticket goes to WomenCan (previously ANZGOG).