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  • Collaboration is Key: Women in Print 2018

    More than a hundred industry leaders attend Sydney’s Women in Print.

    More than a hundred print industry leaders were gathered in the heart of Sydney city this morning for the penultimate session in this year’s Women in Print series.

    Set in the Tea Room in Queen Victoria Building, the morning kicked off with Mahlab Media founder Bobbi Mahlab and Blackwood general manager for marketing Melissa Hayes discussing how print continues to lead their businesses.

    With more than 20 years’ experience in journalism and content marketing, Mahlab said despite the enormous digital disruption across media, the evolution of her business still sees print media account for half of it.

    “[Our clients] see print as the lifeblood of how they communicate with their members,” she said.

    “It’s the changeability and visibility of print as an experience that we recognise print as important to the work we do.”

    The discussion shifted from print to women in industry, as Mahlab and Hayes expressed the importance of mentoring and encouraging women both within the workplace and in their personal lives.

    “I firmly believe good women help good women, and good people help good people,” said Mahlab.

    “If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission,” says keynote speaker Amna Karra-Hassan.

    With collaboration echoing as the core tenet of this event, the audience turned to keynote speaker Amna Karra-Hassan who inspired the crowd with her vision, work ethic, and achievements in bringing women to the forefront both on the sports field and in industry.

    In an articulate address, Karra-Hassan’s personal story in overcoming adversity was filled with humour and insight, and further demonstrated how her local women’s AFL team rose to the elite, professional level alongside the Greater Western Sydney Giants team.

    Karra-Hassan sparked a number of empowering messages for the audience, leaving us with the standout idea that, “If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission.”

    The Women in Print series has travelled around the country for two weeks, with events held in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney, and will end its final leg in Melbourne on Thursday, August 23.


  • Women in Print sessions underway

    Two of this year’s Women in Print breakfast events have just taken place, with the remaining three slated for next week.

    The event – sponsored by IVE, Kwik Kopy and Media Super – kicked off in Perth on Wednesday, with a record crowd in Adelaide on Thursday. It moves onto Brisbane on Tuesday, Sydney on Wednesday and Melbourne on Thursday.

    This year’s guest speaker is Amna Karra-Hassan, an activist and advocate for diversity, inclusion and gender parity. At the events she is addressing the role of gender in leadership and how women working in the print industry can benefit from this understanding.

    Karra-Hassan works for the Australian Federal Police in the Reform, Culture and Standards portfolio, which is responsible for engaging the workforce in cultural change. She is also the founder and president of the Auburn Giants Australian Football Club and has pioneered programmes for women of minority communities in Western Sydney.

    Women in Print has grown from humble beginnings in 2007 to become one of the leading events on the local industry calendar. Patrons include Susan Heaney, Heaney’s Performers in Print (QLD), Natalie Taylor, Ive Group (NSW), Kirsten Taylor, Taylor’d Press (VIC), Lisa Blachut, Advance Press (WA), Marisa Rossi, Graphic Print Group, and Sandy Aspinall, Adelaide University (SA).

    Bookings are still open for the events next week. The Brisbane breakfast is at Ovolo Inchcolm from 7.15am-10am on Tuesday, in Sydney it will be at The Tea Room in the Queen Victoria Building in the CBD at 7.30am-9.30am on Wednesday, with the final event in Elwood, Vic, at Sails on the Bay on Thursday 7.30am-9.30am.

    Tickets for all three breakfasts next week are all $70+gst and available to book at

  • Tickets selling fast for Women in Print

    Women in Print in Sydney, 2017.

    Organisers of this year’s national Women in Print (WiP) series say tickets are selling fast and there’s only a limited number still available.

    “Everyone seems to be really excited about it and it’s been the best-selling year for some time,” says Karen Goldsmith, GM association, Visual Connections. “We’re well over 100 tickets sold for the bigger events in Sydney and Melbourne and smaller venues like the one in Adelaide are also doing really well with ticket sales already a record.”

    The five-event series will take place around the country this month, beginning next week in Western Australia and South Australia, before moving on to Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

    The event has grown from humble beginnings in 2006 to become one of the leading events on the local industry calendar. “We’ve never had any trouble getting sponsorship and the industry has really embraced it by sending their people along to events,” says Goldsmith. “The people who attend cover such broad job descriptions and they really value it as a time to get together to network and listen to some very interesting speakers.”

    This year’s guest speaker is Amna Karra-Hassan, an activist and advocate for diversity, inclusion and gender parity. Karra-Hassan works for the Australian Federal Police in the Reform, Culture and Standards portfolio, which is responsible for engaging the workforce in cultural change. She is also the founder and president of the Auburn Giants Australian Football Club and has pioneered programs for women of minority communities in Western Sydney.

    Women in Print is already looking towards next year and is considering more inclusive events.

    “Philosophically, the biggest challenge is trying to balance inclusion,” Goldsmith says. “A lot of men in the industry say they want to attend or they want to hear a guest speaker, so we’re considering some more inclusive events for next year, which would remain branded as Women in Print events. I think the exclusive element was necessary when we launched in 2006 because women really didn’t have much of a voice in the industry, but that is slowly changing.”

    This year’s events will be held at:

    Perth – Wednesday 15th August

    Adelaide – Thursday 16th August

    Brisbane – Tuesday 21st August

    Sydney – Wednesday 22nd August

    Melbourne – Thursday 23rd August

    Tickets are $70 +GST per head. Book and pay online at


  • Women in Print remembers Olivia Grida

    Women in Print has announced an annual donation to an up-and-coming WA female print professional in remembrance of Olivia Grida of Advance Press.

    “In 2017, the Women in Print community was shocked and saddened by the untimely passing of their Western Australian Patron, Olivia Grida,” says Karen Goldsmith, GM Visual Connections and NSW Women in Print patron. “Olivia, the business development manager for Advance Press, had worked tirelessly and enthusiastically since 2013 to grow our events in WA.

    Olivia Grida.

    “Olivia was passionate about print, leadership and women’s contribution to the dynamic industry that we work in. Everyone that met her felt that passion in her vibrant smile, her energetic personality and in her actions.”

    The State Patrons for Women in Print have set up an annual donation to be made available to up-and-coming female print professionals in Western Australia. Each year the donation will cover three complimentary tickets to the Perth event, to be made available to applicants who otherwise may not be able to attend.

    For information to how to apply for your free ticket to the 2018 Perth event, please contact Lisa Blachut (WA Patron) on


  • Heidelberg Women in Print PacPrint Breakfast open for registration

    Registration is now open for the Women in Print (WIP) Breakfast at PacPrint13, with the meet-and-greet following close behind a series of breakfast networking events which wrapped up in late April.

    The event organiser says the event will be a great opportunity for women in the local printing industry to interact with a high calibre of panel members.

    WIP at PacPrint provides attendees with a forum through which to listen to how women are adapting to the transitions in the industry. The women in the Heidelberg Women in Print panel bring a vast variety of experience and rounded view of the industry from print buyer/user to print provider to supplier, including the importance of focusing on Women in Print members.

    Below are the details of the panel members:

    Catherine Doggett is the National Marketing Manager at K.W.Doggett Fine Paper. She is the second generation of Doggett’s to enter the business, so you could say paper’s in her blood. Catherine will share her views on marketing in a tough price driven industry, and how Doggett’s looks to create value and return out of a commodity based product. 

    Jacqueline Flint is the Senior Marketing Consultant at Telstra Super, responsible for managing the delivery of marketing campaigns and key corporate documents to over 100,000 members. She will provide insights from the client perspective.

    Joan Grace is the General Manager, Innovation, Training and Projects for PIAA. She has recently joined the Association from New Zealand. Joan will lead our panel ensuring we hear all the stories, take on board the advice and maximise our learning from this event.

    Susan Heaney (pictured) is the owner and Managing Director of Heaneys (HPIP) Gold Coast & National Chairman of PIAA. Susan will bring an owner’s perspective on how, over 25 years, Heaneys has maintained relevance and customer loyalty in an ever changing industry environment.

    Leigh Russell has many high profile roles including work with the AFLPA and Melbourne Vixens. She is a coach and mentor to people in a variety of industries and we will gain insights from her about how coaching/mentoring can assist in career development.

    WHEN: Wednesday 22 May, 7.30am – 9.30am

    WHERE: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Level 5 Clarendon Room A 2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf

    TICKETS: $55 per person. While seats last! Registrations Now Open

    Book and pay online at:

    ‘Like’ Heidelberg Women in Print on Facebook to keep up to date.

  • Muesli mogul wraps up Heidelberg Women in Print breakfast series

    Over 350 women joined in the popular Heidelberg Women in Print networking events in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide to hear this year’s keynote speaker, Carolyn Creswell, founder of Carman’s Muesli.

    The event series wrapped up in Adelaide on Friday 29 April.

    Tapping into the theme of ‘muesli’, events this year were held as pre-work breakfasts as opposed to the evening soirees of the past. Once again audiences were diverse comprising women working in print and related industries as well as women who are customers or guests of companies operating across the print media spectrum. It was a broad and interesting mix of attendees from senior managers through to those working on the production floor demonstrating the diversity of our industry and of the women who work in it.

    Heidelberg Women in Print keynote speaker Carolyn Creswell gave an engaging and honest speech that canvassed the personal and professional challenges of working in a highly competitive market. Carolyn’s humble story was relatable, entertaining and most of all, inspiring. Her popularity was evidenced by the queue of women wanting to chat and take photos with Carolyn after her presentation.

    (L-R) Deb Holst Heidelberg Patron, Belinda Baker WIP Victorian Patron, Carolyn Creswell Founder Carmans Muesli, Diandra Gavillucci WIP Coordinator.

    Heidelberg Women in Print Coordinator, Diandra Gavillucci, said, “I was pleased to see that we had good attendee numbers this year, despite the tough times our industry has experienced recently. There was a great vibe this year at all events and I think this was due to the inspiring presentation given by our Keynote Speaker Carolyn Creswell. Kudos to the women in our industry – they understand and appreciate the importance of Women in Print and they support it year after year with their time and money.

    “Heidelberg is the driver and Major Sponsor for the event however I would also like to thank our Associate and Patron Sponsors; Canon, Fuji Xerox, GAMAA, Heaney’s Performers in Print, Kodak, Media Super, Printing Industries Association of Australia and Ricoh and for their on-going support of this great initiative. Without all of our sponsors these events would not be possible. A full list of our sponsors can be found on our website.

    “The five Heidelberg Women in Print state patrons also work very hard at their local levels to ensure that the event in their capital city runs smoothly and is well-promoted to local attendees. Our patrons volunteer their time and resources which adds invaluable support to the initiative.”

    Our next event will be at the Women in Print Breakfast at PacPrint. Save the Date: May 22nd at Melbourne Convention Centre Clarendon Room.

    Any companies wishing to enquire about becoming a Women in Print sponsor should contact Heidelberg Women in Print coordinator Diandra Gavillucci on 03 9263 3314

    For more information please visit and ‘like’ Heidelberg Women in Print on Facebook.

    Feedback from attendees (from WIP Facebook):

    “Fantastic guest speaker this morning at breakfast. Was nice to hear someone speak about how business has bound with there home and family life. Thank you Carolyn & Women in Print.”

    “Fabulous breakfast in Perth this morning ladies! Absolutely LOVED Carolyn as a guest speaker”

    “Great job ladies, by far the best WIP event”

    “Best speaker yet, I could have listened to many more of her anecdotes, tips and advice”

    “WIP breakfast went really well. Carolyn is an amazing speaker! Thanks for all the goodies.”

  • Heidelberg Women in Print breakfast series 2013

    It’s where the brightest and the best of the better half of our industry will gather to snaffle cornflakes and toast, drink fruit juice and coffee and chart the future destiny of printing in Australia.

    The 7th Heidelberg Women in Print event series is slipping into a sunrise timetable for a power breakfast in capital cities around the nation. The increasing turnout at these popular events is expected to be even greater this year with the new format. The affairs have a justified reputation as great networking events for professional women who work in our male dominated industry.

    Celebrity speaker this time around may even bring her own breakfast cereals. Certainly she has experience in providing many of us with snacks whenever we fly.

    Carolyn Creswell runs Melbourne-based Carman’s Fine Foods, which wholesales muesli, muesli bars and most recently, a range of snacks for airlines Australia-wide and 32 countries internationally.

    The company came from small beginnings in 1992 when Carolyn Creswell, at age 18 bought the muesli business. Today, the company Carolyn started is a thriving business, with customers including Qantas, Coles, Woolworths and Lite n’ Easy.

    Carolyn’s way of running Carman’s has achieved recognition across a number of awards most recently Carolyn was named 2012 Australian Telstra Business Women of the Year, and also received the Commonwealth Bank Business Owner Award. Carolyn was also a finalist in the 2009 InStyle Women of Style Awards, 2008 Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award and the 2008 Veuve Clicquot Award. She was also named Ernst & Young’s “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2007.

    Event details are:

    Wednesday 10 April
     – Emporium Hotel
    1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
    Time: 7.15–10am, Cocktail Breakfast,
    $60 per head

    Friday 12 April
     – Crown Perth
    Botanical Room – One and Two
    Great Eastern Highway, Perth.
    Time: 7–10am, Sit Down Breakfast,
    $55 per head

    Tuesday 16 April
     – Establishment
    Ballroom 252 George Street, Sydney.
    Time: 7.30– 10am, Sit Down Breakfast
    $55 per head

    Thursday 18 April
     – Leonda by the Yarra
    Garden Room, 2 Wallen Road, Hawthorn.
    Time: 7.30 –10am, Sit Down Breakfast
    $55 per head

    Friday 19 April
     – InterContinental Hotel
    Grevillea Room, 120 North Terrace, Adelaide.
    Time: 7.15 – 9.30am, Sit Down Breakfast,
    $55 per head

    Visit book and pay online.
    For more information please contact Diandra Gavillucci
     PS: By the way two points are worth noting; only women are invited to attend and …
    despite the early hour ‘bubbles’ are provided on arrival. Go girls!