Inspirational Women's Breakfast 2022
A rare opportunity to hear from inspiring and motivating women about overcoming the challenges faced in life, family, workplace and modern Australian society.
Wednesday 2 March 2022
7am - 9am
Tea Rooms, QVB
Inspirational Women’s Breakfast is Special Olympics Australia’s annual networking breakfast celebrating the inspirational and powerful women from Australian society. Join us to meet and hear from iconic women who will share insights on their life and our times and help us raise funds for people with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympics-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Simone Wilkie AO
Australian Commanding Officer
Simone retired as a Major General after an exceptional military career spanning 35 years with operational service in Cambodia, Iraq, and as the Commander in Afghanistan. Other roles included Commander of the Australian Defence College and Chief of Staff in Army Headquarters. She Chaired the Australian Defence Force Sports Council and established our Invictus Games teams. Simone Wilkie is now a professional executive leader and plays an integral role with the AFL Commission.
Elizabeth Broderick AO
Australian Discrimination Lawyer and founder of ‘Champions of Change’
Elizabeth Broderick AO is an Australian lawyer, who was the Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner for over eight years from 2007 to 2015. Elizabeth is highly recognised by the United Nations for her work on Discrimination against Women and Girls, she is a global leader in gender equality, a social innovator and advocate. Elizabeth founded and convenes the ‘Champions of Change’ strategy, this has led to 13 major cultural reviews in leading national institutions, activating influential men to take action on gender equality.
Master of Ceremonies
Peter Overton AM
Australian Television Journalist
Respected journalist Peter Overton joined Special Olympics Australia as our first ambassador in 2001 and today he is a regular at events. Peter says, ‘Special Olympics Australia is a great organisation that makes a difference to the lives of so many people. I'm always inspired by the achievements of athletes, amazed at the skills of my fellow volunteers and proud of the great sponsors and donors that share their support. I’m pleased to have found a rewarding role at Special Olympics Australia and I hope more people do too.’