Institute of Managers & Leaders 2019 International Women's Day Event

When: March 8 2019

Where: Sunshine Coast, Australia


International Women's Day Flagship Event - not to be missed!

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With company policies like affirmative action, maternity leave and blind recruitment helping to combat the pay gap and the glass ceiling, Australia is making progress towards equal representation of genders in business. While there is still considerable progress to be made, it seems that the importance of feminism is now more widely embraced than ever. Now, it is not the question of whether we’ll achieve equality in the future, but how we’ll achieve it.

This year’s International Women's Day campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter. From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate it’s presence.

A lively event not to be missed

Attend the International Women's Day Flagship Event for the Sunshine Coast and enjoy excellent networking opportunities and lively discussion.


  • Friday, 8th March 2019, 12.00pm - 2.00pm


  • Maroochy RSL Events Centre

Ticket prices:

  • Member: $80
  • Member Table of 10: $720
  • Non Member: $110
  • Non Member Table of 10: $990
  • Be quick and PURCHASE TICKETS HERE before they sell out 


  • Zoe Sparks, Director of Spectacular Events and Founder & CEO of SHINE Business Women

Zoe Sparks IWD

Zoë Sparks has owned her award-winning travel, conference and event management company - Spectacular Events Pty Ltd - for the past twenty years. Her experience in small business is not only as a business owner but also as a franchisee, Board and committee member (companies and not-for-profit organisations) and volunteer. Recognised twice as a QLD Telstra ‘Business Woman of the Year’ finalist and also a winner of Sunshine Coast Outstanding Business Woman of the Year, Zoë has a proven track record for success and achievement.

Zoë is passionate about, small business, ‘women in business’ and reward and recognition. She relishes her role as a mother to two teenage sons and has worked hard to create a healthy work/life balance while growing a wealthy and successful business. 

  • Debbie Platz, Assistant Commissioner, Australian Federal Police


Debbie Platz joined the Australian Federal Police as an Assistant Commissioner in February 2017 and is currently National Manager of the Crime Operations portfolio. Crime Operations provides a law enforcement investigative response to a diverse range of complex crime types, including sensitive investigations, cybercrime and Commonwealth crimes against the person including child exploitation, human trafficking and people smuggling. Prior to joining the Australian Federal Police, Debbie enjoyed a 30 year career with the Queensland Police Service (QPS), commencing when she was sworn in on 27 September 1985. Between 2000 and 2014, Debbie was heavily involved in the performance review of QPS, an internal review of Information Communications and Technology and the 2011 Flood Crisis Review Group.  Debbie also worked as the Chief of Staff to the Queensland Police Commissioner and was later in charge of the training and development of police, managing two police academies, a leadership centre, recruitment, workplace safety and wellbeing. Debbie has a Masters of Studies (Applied Criminology) from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom; Masters of Business Administration  from the University of the Sunshine Coast; and a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary/VET) from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

  • Amanda Yeates, Deputy Director General, Department of Transport and Main Roads

Amanda Yeates IML

As Deputy Director-General Infrastructure Management and Delivery, Amanda oversees the delivery of the integrated program of infrastructure projects and the maintenance and operation of the state controlled road network. This includes delivery of Transport and Main Roads’ (TMR) record $21.7 billion program of works over four years.

Amanda was appointed to the Deputy Director-General role and the Executive Leadership Team in July 2018. Prior to this appointment, Amanda held the positions of General Manager Program Delivery and Operations, Regional Director North Coast and Wide Bay Burnett, General Manager Integrated Transport Planning and Deputy Regional Director Metropolitan Region. As Deputy Director-General Infrastructure Management and Delivery, Amanda also provides leadership and direction to the four branches – Engineering and Technology, Program Delivery and Operations, RoadTek and New Generation Rollingstock.

Amanda is a passionate advocate and supporter of workforce diversity and is committed to fostering an environment and culture that supports a vibrant, diverse, collaborative, safe, rewarding and high-performing workplace. As Chair of the TMR Safety, Health and Wellbeing Governance Committee, Amanda is dedicated to the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of all staff across the department.


Book your tickets HERE before they sell out. Members and non-members welcome!

IML International Women's Day Australia - Maroochydore, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast

About the Institute of Manager and Leaders

The Institute of Managers and Leaders is a non-profit Membership organisation and the gold standard-setting professional body for management and leadership competence and excellence. They passionately believe that great leadership is the first step towards a better world and for 76 years, they have been supporting professionals on their leadership journey in keeping with thevision – “Creating better managers and leaders for a better society”.

With more than 11,000 Members, the Institute is the essential organisation for professional managers and leaders, for emerging leaders and for students thinking about their leadership future across Australia and New Zealand. The Institute is the principal corporate body for businesses who take management and leadership seriously, and for universities who are looking to gain a competitive edge by accrediting their leadership-focused courses.

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