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    Franklin Women events are different. In our day-to-day jobs we have ample opportunities to hear from the successful men and women in our field. We want to bring you speakers and workshops that you don't normally have access to.

2018 Events


Our events are all about broadening your networks and your skills, in a relaxed, fun environment (and will usually involve some great food!).

If you’ve attended one of our events or you’re yet to attend and would like to see one of our events in action, pictures from the previous event are available via the menu to the left.

Members can also access resources from these events, such as presentation slides, by logging into your account.

Loud and Proud: the art of self promotion

Perfecting Your Personal Pitch

Lessons from Leaders

Let’s Meet Newcastle

In Conversation With Elizabeth Koff

Loud and Proud: the art of self-promotion.


We started 2018 with an event dedicated to developing the skill of self-promotion.

Over 100 women in diverse careers across the health and medical research sector came together at the Australian Museum to hear from our guest speaker Prof Amanda Salis. Amanda is an expert on how to ‘toot your own horn’ and talked through 12 practical tips for incorporating self-promotion into your career as of today.

We also learnt from the experiences of our panellists Dr Caroline Ford, Prof Maria Kavallaris and Prof Minoti Apte, on being nominated, and nominating themselves, for an award. At the event we asked attendees to make a #FWpledge to do the same this year and we prepared a 2018 Award Cheat Sheet to help.

We are declaring 2018 for being #loudandproud – maybe you would like to make a nomination too?

Amanda generously made her slides outline 12 practical ways to incorporate self-promotion in to your career available for our members.

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We would like to thank AbbVie for generously sponsoring this event allowing us to deliver quality and impactful initiatives that women in our sector deserve.

Perfecting Your Personal Pitch


We all know how often professionals in our sector need to justify what they do and why it is important, from writing grant applications and job promotions to pitching ideas to managers or potential collaborators.

Even so, this is not an easy skill! This event was dedicated to perfecting our personal elevator pitch to call upon next time we need to communicate our value to others.

We were very grateful to have Nicole Hatherly from the Happiness Concierge who talked us through a simple framework for creating our own soundbite and provided us lots of practical feedback as we practiced our Personal Pitches with a room full of 100 women working across the health and medical research sector.

The Happiness Concierge generously made their slides available to Franklin Women members. These slides provide a simple framework to help you put together a soundbite that communicates your value clearly and effectively!

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Lessons From Leaders


This breakfast event was all about how to identify, enter and thrive in career paths not traditionally considered by health researchers.

Ten leaders from across the health and medical sector joined us as Table Leaders to talk about opportunities in their respective organisations as well as lessons learnt from their own career journey on how to thrive in such roles.

Thank you to Annette Schmiede, Executive Leader, Bupa Health Foundation; Dominic Tilden, Thema Consulting; Heather Catchpole, Refraction Media; Kathryn Refshauge, USyd; Kerry Doyle, Heart Foundation (NSW); Marie Dziadek, Chief Scientific Officer, Garvan Institute of Medical Research; Sarah Neville, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority; Tony Penna, NSW Health; Jodie Wilson, Abbvie, for sharing your expertise and experiences with a nearly 100 women working in diverse roles across the health and medical research sector!

Let’s Meet Newcastle


The team were thrilled to travel up north to Newcastle for our first event outside of Sydney.

We welcomed 90 women at Longworth House for an evening of Networking – the fun way! Our guest speaker Relationship Strategist, Julia Palmer, took us through the art of building meaningful professional relationships followed by an activity to help us meet the other amazing women in the room.

It was a great evening connecting professionals working in diverse roles in the health and medical research sector in the Hunter Region – the room literally did not stop buzzing. Thank you to HMRI Ignite for partnering with us to deliver this event.

Julia generously made her slides available to Franklin Women members. These slides provide a an overview of the value of networking in your career and some practical tips to do it well!

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In Conversation With Elizabeth Koff


For our last event for 2018, Franklin Women was thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Koff, Secretary of NSW Health, as our guest.

Elizabeth sat down with ABC Journalist Meredith Griffiths for a frank and fabulous conversation on her career journey starting as an allied health professional and now leading the largest public health system in NSW. Her authenticity was humbling, as she shared with the room the set-backs she faced, the opportunities she pursued and her reflections along the way.

Speaking to a diverse mix of women working in the health and medical research sector, her comments on the importance of health research as part of the health system of the future was not lost. Her inspiring words were a great way to see out the year while surrounded by great company and enjoying great food.

If you couldn’t join us on the night, you can follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #FWInConversation. Or enjoy this great article written by event attendee, Laura Parr, summarising the 8 pieces of career advice she took home from the event.

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