Trailblazers: Insights from Women of Influence

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Event Details

8 March 2019 at 7:00 am – 8 March 2019 at 9:00 am
RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000
$60 single ticket, $420 table of 8, $30 student ticket (apply discount code when booking)


International Women's Day Breakfast

Presented by Monash Law, Monash Business School and Monash Arts.

On International Women's Day, Monash University is proud to host a breakfast event featuring an expert panel of women of influence who have blazed their own trails across a diverse range of industries.

Join Rebecca Goddard (Federal Agent and AFLW Premiership coach), Dr Susan Carland (academic, author and social commentator) and Michelle Jablko (Chief Financial Officer, ANZ) as they reflect on their own wins and challenges in their professional lives so far.

They’ll provide invaluable insights into how to overcome obstacles and blaze your own trail, and how to achieve #BalanceForBetter to make a positive impact in the world.

Event Details

Date: Friday 8 March 2019
Time: 7.00am for a 7.30am start - 9.00am finish (plated breakfast included)
Cost: $60 single ticket, $420 table of 8, $30 student ticket (apply discount code when booking)
Register here


Rebecca Goddard

Federal Agent, Australian Federal Police & former AFLW Coach

Bec Goddard is the inaugural AFLW Premiership coach of the Adelaide Crows. Bec coached the Adelaide Crows split across South Australia and the Northern Territory for the first two seasons of the AFLW while working for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) as a sergeant in child protection.

Bec’s career with the AFP has seen her deployed to Bali in the wake of the 2005 bombings and to Thailand following the Tsunami in 2004. She has worked in other portfolios as diverse as people smuggling, victim based crime, ACT Policing and professional standards.

On the football field she has been a premiership-winning player as well as coach in community football, and in 2009 became the first woman to umpire a state league game in the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL).

In 2017, Bec not only won the inaugural AFLW premiership but was also named as AFLW All-Australian coach, South Australian Sports Coach of the Year and the AFL’s Football Woman of the Year.

Bec has returned to Canberra and continues to work in child protection for the AFP while being an Assistant Coach in the WNBL with the University of Canberra Capitals.  Bec is a passionate advocate for diversity and equality in Australian sport.

Dr Susan Carland

Academic, Author and Social Commentator, Monash University

Susan Carland is an academic, author, and social commentator and holds a PhD from Monash University’s School of Social Sciences. Her research and teaching specialities focus on gender, sociology, contemporary Australia, terrorism, and Islam in the modern world. She is also the Director of Monash Arts’ Bachelor of Global Studies program.

Susan is a regular panellist on Australian radio and television. Her first book 'Fighting Hislam’, was published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2017, with her writing appearing in The Guardian, The Age, The Saturday Paper, in academic publications, and numerous anthologies. Susan is also the host of the new SBS series Child Genius.

In 2017, she presented on a panel at the United Nations in Geneva as a guest of The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement.

Susan has received recognition and exposure across many Australian publications including Who Magazine, InStyle, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, the Australian Women’s Weekly and The Age, among others. She has also been named on the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World list, and as a “Muslim Leader of Tomorrow” by the UN Alliance of Civilisations.

Susan is a Monash alumna having completed her PhD in 2015, ambassador of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, and is also a certified scuba diver!

Michelle Jablko

Chief Financial Officer, ANZ

Prior to joining ANZ, Michelle Jablko had a 15 year career in investment banking working across different industries, including financial services, providing advice to Australian companies on strategy, capital management and funding, and investor relations.

Most recently Michelle was at Greenhill Australia where she was the Managing Director and Co-Head jointly responsible for leading its Australian business. She also spent almost 15 years at UBS Australia. Straight out of university, Michelle initially worked as a lawyer at Allens Linklaters focused on M&A, banking, tax and finance law. Michelle graduated with First Class Honours in Law and Honours in Economics from Monash University in Melbourne.

For tickets & more information, please visit the website here.

For all event enquiries, please contact:
Kristy Barrett, 03 9905 5631 or
Jenni Bradley-Cahalan, 03 9905 2630 or

International Women's Day.
Better the balance, better the world.
#BalanceforBetter #IWD2019