AHRI's International Women's Day Virtual Event




Special guest: Gretchen Carlson

A journalist, author, TED talk alum, and champion for workplace equality, Carlson was named one of Time Magazine’s "100 Most Influential People in the World" and is a member of the TIME’S UP Global Leadership Board. She’s a PEOPLE TV special contributor and host of the new daily news podcast Get The News With Gretchen Carlson on Quake Media. Carlson is the author of the New York Times bestseller Be Fierce and Getting Real, and recently co-founded the non-profit Lift Our Voices to end the silencing of harassment victims through forced arbitration and non-disclosure agreements.

Carlson’s advocacy for women is a cornerstone of her career, beginning in 1999 with a 30-part, award-winning series on domestic violence she produced and reported in Dallas. Her groundbreaking 2016 complaint against Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes made her the face of workplace harassment and inaugurated her more recent work to support survivors and hold predators accountable.  



Special guest: Leigh Sales

Leigh Sales AM is an award-winning journalist and author who hosts the ABC TV flagship current affairs program 7.30. She's held a range of senior reporting roles at the network, including National Security Correspondent and Washington Correspondent. She has two Walkley awards, Australia's highest journalism honour.

Leigh has interviewed innumerable world leaders and celebrities and also anchors the ABC’s federal election and budget night coverage. Leigh is the author of three critically-acclaimed books, Detainee 002, On Doubt and Any Ordinary Day which was an instant bestseller on release in October 2018. It was highly commended in the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards and deals with what happens when ordinary people are blindsided by the kinds of events that land on the news.

Alongside Annabel Crabb, Leigh is the co-host of the popular podcast Chat 10, Looks 3, which receives hundreds of thousands of downloads per episode.

Panelists for the day

Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Kate Jenkins is Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner and a member of the Australian Human Rights Commission. Her purpose is to advance gender equality, consistent with the Sex Discrimination Act and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.


Libby Lyons, Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency

Libby Lyons was appointed Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in October 2015. She oversees the statutory reporting process that gathers gender equality data from more than 10,000 employers, covering more than 4 million employees.

Miriam Silva, Director, Community for Economic Development Australia and Chair, InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence

Miriam has more than 20 years’ experience across multiple industries including pharmaceuticals, banking and agriculture as well as diverse board experience. Miriam has previously been the Director of TAFE South Australia, Chief Operating Officer for FleetPartners, the General Manager Commercial Operations at Elders and prior to that held a number of roles with ANZ Banking Group. 


Marian Baird AO, Professor, Gender and Employment Relations, University of Sydney

Marian Baird AO became Professor of Gender and Employment Relations in 2009, distinguishing her as the first female professor in industrial relations at the University of Sydney. She is a Presiding Pro-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Head of the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies and Co-Director of the Women, Work and Leadership Research Groupin the University of Sydney Business School.