Maureen Frank has been announced as the guest speaker of the next AACS Women in Convenience networking event, to be held in Sydney next month.

Ms Frank is Australia’s pre-eminent expert on gender diversity and women’s advancement, recognised globally for her acumen, initiatives and best practices.

Most recently, Ms Frank, who is passionate about helping men understand women, started the Male CEO Champions of Change organisation in Queensland under the guidance of former Sex Discrimination Commissioner and NSW Australian of the Year 2016, Elizabeth Broderick.

Ms Frank, a former Telstra Business Woman of Year Award winner, will speak about her own personal leadership journey as well as her views on current gender equality gaps and some key initiatives she sees in the market to tackle change, especially the male champions for change programme.

AACS Women in Convenience was established by Caroline Waite of Frucor and Kerry Appathurai of Parmalat in 2014, to attract, retain and support women within the convenience sector. The initiative is geared towards women in both senior and junior roles.

Last month AACS Women in Convenience launched its inaugural awards program, supported by C&I Retailing. Award categories include Women of the Year, Rising Star, and Store Operator of the Year.

All nominees must either work for a retailer, supplier or wholesaler directly serving the convenience industry at the time of nomination. The awards are not exclusive to AACS members and achievements must be within the past 12 months.

Nominations are to be submitted in writing (maximum of 500 words) to [email protected]. Nominations are open until July 15, 2016. Entries will not be considered if submitted after July 15, 2016.

Event information

When: Tuesday, July 19

Where: Bellevue Hotel, 159 Hargrave St Paddington

Time: 3.30pm arrival for 4pm start. Event concludes 6pm

Dress code: Business casual

RSVP: Email [email protected] or [email protected] by July 11.

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