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An amazing line up of speakers has been assembled, and we continue to add to the line-up.

Check back here for updates as more and more incredible women come on board!

Keynote Speaker

Melinda Tankard-Reist

Author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for young people. She is best known for her work addressing sexualisation, objectification, harms of pornography, sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence against women. Melinda is author/editor of six books including Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls (Spinifex Press, 2009), and her new release Broken Bonds: surrogate mothers speak out (Spinifex Press, 2019, co-edited with Dr Jennifer Lahl and Dr Renate Klein. An opinion writer, Melinda has appeared on ABC’s Q&A and The Gruen Sessions as well as many other TV and radio programs. Melinda is co-founder of the grassroots campaigning movement, Collective Shout: for a world free of sexploitation, exposing corporations, advertisers and marketers who objectify women and sexualise girls to sell products and services. An Ambassador for World Vision Australia, Compassion Australia, HagarNZ and the youth mentoring body the Raise Foundation, Melinda is also Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Culture and Ethics, Notre Dame University, Sydney. Melinda is named in the Who’s Who of Australian Women and the World Who’s Who of Women

Keynote Speech: Sunday @ 10:00am

Rebecca Burrows

Rebecca Burrows is General Manager Segment Development and Marketing for Business and Government at Australia Post.

In this role Rebecca is driving a customer-led focus on connecting people, business and government through our unique retail, delivery, identity and payments network capabilities.

This builds on her previous leadership for a strong enterprise focus on the needs of Australian small businesses to create solutions for success in an eCommerce marketplace.

Rebecca drives excellence by harnessing the talents of diverse, highly engaged teams and is well respected as an innovative, authentic leader with strong commercial and operational acumen. She has inspired entrepreneurial women nationwide through speaking engagements, including rural and regional, and active media and social engagement.

Rebecca is a mum to 2 boys, Noah and Jacob, and is on the council at Bialik college.

Panellist, Women in Business Panel: Sunday @ 1.15pm

Lahra Carey

Lahra is an entrepreneurial business builder and experienced non-executive Board Director who specialises in PR, crisis management and media training.

She is the President of The King David School, and in her spare time is writing a book and parenting her three teenaged children.

Moderator, Girls Unlimited Panel: Sunday @ 11.15am

Gabi Crafti

Gabi is a barrister practising predominantly in commercial law. She is a member of the Bar Council of the Victorian Bar Association and Chair of the Bar’s Diversity & Inclusion Working Group. She is also a member of the Executive of the Commercial Bar Association. 


Gabi is the President of the Jewish Professional Women’s Network and the President of the United Jewish Education Board.

Moderator, Women in Business Panel: Sunday @ 1.15pm

Helen Forgasz

Panellist, Girls Unlimited Panel: Sunday @ 11.15am

Sara Kowal

Sara has practiced exclusively in criminal law since 2004 and has extensive experience in the defence of complex prosecutions including major drug matters, large frauds, homicides, violence and sexual assaults. Sara has worked at Galbally Rolfe Barristers and Solicitors since 2006, recently transitioning to the role of Special Counsel to the firm.

Sara is the Vice-President of the Capital Punishment Justice Project (CPJP – formerly Reprieve Australia). 

In 2018, Sara was appointed as the Clinical Supervisor of the Anti-Death Penalty Clinic at Monash University, the first stage of the Anti-Death Penalty Institute, a regional research hub committed to policy, research, advocacy and casework focussed on ending the death penalty. 

Sara’s interest in social justice was solidified in her teens, through her involvement in Hashomer Hatzair. Sara is on the Board of Shira Hadasha, a vibrant orthodox community where women’s leadership and religious participation is integral. 

Panellist, Women in Business Panel: Sunday @ 1.15pm

Rachael Neumann

Panellist, Women in Business Panel: Sunday @ 1.15pm

Anna Serry

Anna Serry has a background in commercial law as well as in public interest law and currently sits on the Board of NCJWA (Vic) while raising her young family.  Anna recently completed the Institute of Community Director’s Diploma in Business Governance. She chairs the NextGen and Advocacy Committees and has recently launched the #makespaceforher campaign, aimed at increasing the participation of women in the leadership of our jewish community and elevating womens voices in our community forums. 

Moderator, Girls Unlimited Panel: Sunday @ 11.15am

Mikki Silverman

Mikki is on the Executive Team at Bellamy’s Organic in the role of Director of Food. Mikki is responsible for growing the Bellamy’s food business across Australia, SEA and China. After graduating from Monash University with an Engineering / Commerce degree, Mikki spent the first six years of her career as a management consultant at Bain & Company. Mikki has also held senior roles at Coles, Goodstart Early learning and was the CEO of a tech start-up for a number of years. In a communal capacity, Mikki served on the board of Maccabi Australia for five years from 2013 to 2018, responsible for sending the Australian delegation to the Maccabiah in Israel. Mikki is still involved in Maccabi Australia in an advisory capacity.

Panellist, Women in Business Panel: Sunday @ 1.15pm

Enza Sgroi

Enza Sgroi commenced her teaching career in 1986 as an English and History teacher. In 1988-1990, she coordinated the Technical Skills for Girls (TSFG) program at Berwick Secondary College. TSFG was a Victorian Government initiative to encourage more females to pursue careers in technical and scientific areas. The TSFG program was delivered through the Women’s Employment Branch of the Department of Labour and the Ministry of Education. Enza also held the position of Equal Opportunity Coordinator at the College and initiated a number of gender inclusive events and reviewed Maths and Science curriculum with the aim of eliminating inherent gender bias in teaching materials and curriculum delivery. She was selected as the College’s Careers Counsellor in 2003. In 2006 she was selected as the Later Years Leader of Pathways and Transitions at Wantirna College, a role she held until 2014. In 2015, Enza was appointed as the Careers Counsellor at Mount Scopus Memorial College where she currently works.

Panellist, Girls Unlimited Panel: Sunday @ 11.15am

Negba Weiss-Dolev 

Negba Weiss-Dolev FAICD, commenced her involvement with NCJWA with long term membership of the Tarbut Group, NCJW-Vic and on the special Women Assisting Refugees and Migrants (WARM) project.  More recently she was elected to the NCJWA National Board and is pleased to be part of its change agenda.

In championing women’s rights, Negba has created and progressed a number of major initiatives in the sphere of Women’s Leadership. These initiatives helped many organisations to change their approach to encouraging and supporting women’s career aspirations and to achieve senior leadership roles in organisations including NAB, ANZ, AXA, TAC, Telstra, Medibank Private, Vic Government departments, local councils and more.

As President of the Jewish Museum of Australia, Negba led and oversaw the selection of the new CEO and the strategic rethinking / rebranding of this award-winning community museum and adult education leader.

A keen supporter of education; Negba has served as a member of Swinburne University of Technology’s Council and various Council sub-committees.

Negba has a proven track record as a Senior Executive and Board Director.  She has worked in leading-edge senior executive roles for Telstra, Adacel Technologies and co-founded and led the innovative Leadership and Change Management company; Resurgence P/L. 

MC and Speaker

Dr Susan Wise

Dr Susan Wise is a specialist periodontist in McKinnon. Susan graduated as a dentist from the University of Melbourne in 1994 and as a periodontist from the University of Queensland in 2002. Susan is a Past President of the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB), was a Councillor on the ADAVB from 2010 to 2019, a Past Chair of the ADAVB Oral Health Committee and Past President of the Australian Society of Periodontology Victorian Branch. Susan is a Councilor on the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and the President of the Korean Adoption Families Victoria.

Girls Unlimited Panel Member: Sunday @ 11.15am

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