We are saying goodbye to 2017 with an evening of good food, good company and an inspiring conversation with our founder, Melina Georgousakis.
If you have ever considered taking a risk in your career, or had the seed for an idea but were just not sure how to take the next step, or are just interested in the life and career lessons of one of your peers, we’re sure Melina’s journey will offer you plenty of insights, perspectives and experiences to laugh and learn from.
We are lucky to be joined by ABC reporter Meredith Griffiths who will lead the conversation with Melina about her career journey – from the lab, to health policy and now to working for one of Australia’s leading health insurers. But most importantly, Melina will share what inspired her to take a risk and start a social enterprise that invests in the careers of women working in the health research sector (an idea that popped into her head when on a plan to Brisbane!). She will also chat about how she stays motivated to keep driving it while navigating her own medical research career and having her first child, and how it has taught her a lot about herself along the way.
There will be plenty of time to ask Melina questions as well as for networking and conversation with other guests.
Our host Meredith Griffiths
Meredith has been a TV and radio journalist for 12 years, mainly with the ABC but also with the BBC in London. For the past 2 years she has been specialising in health and science news and investigations. She is passionate about developing career opportunities for women.
You can connect with Meredith on Twitter @meremuses
Our speaker Dr Melina Georgousakis
Melina is now the Research and Policy Manager within the Bupa Health Foundation, after a 10-year career as a health and medical researcher in the fields of vaccine development and public health policy. Her career began with her honours degree and PhD at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research where she researched novel approaches to vaccine design and delivery. After a sabbatical in India, Melina became interested in the intersect between vaccine development and the design, implementation and evaluation of immunisation programs. She joined the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, providing policy advice to the Commonwealth Department of Health on Australia’s immunisation policies through technical support to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation. She was also the Technical Editor of The Australian Immunisation Handbook which provides evidence-based clinical advice on the safest and most effective use of vaccines in Australia. Melina is an advocate for diversity, collaboration and innovation within the health and medical research sector. She is the founder of a social enterprise, Franklin Women. She has authored peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and opinion pieces, as well as presented her research at conferences in Australia and overseas, and delivered keynote presentations to schools, universities, and research and corporate organisations. In 2008, Melina was a Queensland Finalist for Young Australian of the Year, and in 2015 received the Women in Technology Rising Star Award.
You can connect with Melina on Twitter @Melina_Gee
Date(s) - 28/11/2017
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Drinks and canapés provided
Bistrode CBD, Fourth Floor
1/52 King St,
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