On Tuesday 31 July, the night prior to the Conference, there will be a networking and cocktail function. With a highly limited number of tickets, this networking event provides attendees with the exclusive opportunity to socialise with like-minded people prior to attending the Conference.

The function, held on the new and luxurious Rex Hotel rooftop bar, includes complimentary drinks and canapés, and attendees will also be treated to a comedy show by two leading Canberra comedians: Laura Campbell and Francis McNair. Now a Conference tradition, the Function is best suited to women looking to meet like-minded individuals and speak to the Conference speakers – many of whom also attend.

You can expect the Function to provide you with an exclusive networking opportunity with incredible and high-profile women leaders in Canberra, particularly from government and corporate backgrounds.


Frances McNair

Frances (Frankie) McNair is a comedy loving, anxiety ridden, rent scrounging optimist who is currently growing her hair out (#brave). Her comedy is combination of personal experience, unnecessary musical bursts, absurd voice overs and truth bombs that everyone was already aware of. She has performed all over Canberra and interstate including; Floriade Fringe Festival, Canberra Comedy Festival, and Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Laura Campbell

Laura Campbell is a local disability activist, feminist, and comedian. During her time as an ANU Psychology/Law student, Laura was the ANUSA Disabilities Officer, and later the Executive ANUSA Education Officer. In 2016, Laura began performing stand-up comedy, and came runner-up in 2017’s Triple J’s RAW state finals, has sold out runs in the Canberra and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and performing with the likes of Matt Okine, David Hughes, Josh Earl, Nazeem Hussain, Akmal, and Kirsty Webeck.


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