International Women’s Day 2009

Most years recently I’ve avoided IWD lunches in Sydney by the simple expedient of being on vacation in north eastern Canada.  But this year it was not possible to squeeze in a late February – early March vacation due to my business trip in December.

But there was one thing that was certain – I did not want my celebration of IWD this year to be a very corporate style expensive lunch at a big hotel.  This year my focus has been on simplicity, frugality and reducing my impact on the planet.

Sharing these feelings recently at lunch with some friends we resolved to create a different kind of IWD celebration.  Something simpler, with a more human face, without experts telling us stuff, and inclusive of girl geeks.

Thus was born the IWD Brown Bag Lunch on 6 March.  It was an experiment to see if we could really get a bunch of women to bring their own lunches and get together to network and raise some money for charity.

The result?  About 20 women & one of my brave male friends turned up to share a meal, talk and share ideas.  It was great fun and we collected some money for IWDA.  Will post some photos of the lunch on Flickr once they’ve been uploaded.

Author: Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is certified in information security and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies terrorism and security. Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. Kate is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection.

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  1. It was a great idea Kate – I really enjoyed the casual sharing of lunch, meeting some new people and catching up with some I haven’t seen for a while.

    Looking forward to IWD Brown Bag Lunch 2010.


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