Thank you for your RSVP to International Women's Day Celebration Fremantle. We look forward to seeing you there.
Date: Thursday 5 March
Time: 6.00pm for bubbles on arrival. Speakers to start at 6.30pm
Venue: The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus
IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Collectively, women and men can make change happen and help each other to create a gender equal world.
This year's theme #EachforEqual encourages us to strive for collective gender balance in all aspects of our daily lives. That's why this year we're excited to host a variety of alumni guest speakers to discuss what equality means to them in our Lightning Talks series.
Hear from Ricky Grace, Carmen Papaluca, Ramya Raman and Conrad Liveris - all Notre Dame alumni working towards greater equality.
There will be cheese, wine and networking after the Lightning Talks.
Will you be in Sydney on 6 March? Join us at our International Women’s Day Breakfast at the Sydney Campus.
Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery
Ramya is an experienced GP with a passion for family medicine and has a special interest in women's and children's health.
She graduated from The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle and was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners after comprehensive hospital and general practice training in Perth.
As a medical educator, Ramya is actively involved in training the next generation of doctors at The University of Notre Dame and WAGPET (training doctors in their chosen specialty of General Practice). She is an elected Council member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Western Australian Faculty where she represents and advocates colleagues on issues that face general practitioners.
“It is a privilege to be both a family physician and medical educator where I can apply my skills across two areas that I thoroughly enjoy,” says Ramya.
Master of Educational Leadership
Ricky Grace is a household name in Western Australia. The Texas-born athlete led the Perth Wildcats to several championships in the 1990s and joined the national team for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
During his Wildcats days, Ricky regularly visited remote WA communities and volunteered his time to mentor Indigenous youth. It was during this period that he developed a deep connection with the kids from these communities. This eventually led to Girls Academy – the flagship program of Role Models and Leaders Australia – which Grace founded in 2004.
The Girls Academy program empowers girls through education, and helps to remove the barriers that prevent girls from reaching their full potential.
He is passionate and dedicated to bringing about positive change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls. In 2019, Ricky was nominated for Western Australian of the Year and awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for significant services to the Indigenous community.
Bachelor of Health & Physical Education (Hons)
Carmen completed her undergraduate honours degree in Health & Physical Education at Notre Dame (Class of 2015), followed by a PhD in Health Sciences (Class of 2019).
She has been lecturing in the School of Health Sciences for the past four years, and is now teaching Health Education at John Curtin College of the Arts in Fremantle.
Her doctoral studies focused on Instagram use, body image and wellbeing in young females. Carmen hopes to provide information for schools and policy makers in order to educate and provide health promotion messages to students in primary and secondary school.
"I am extremely passionate about the wellbeing of adolescents and young adults as I believe that there are increasing pressures and expectations facing the younger generations, particularly in the areas of social media, mental health and body image," she said.
You can read more about Carmen’s research on the Notre Dame website.
Bachelor of Arts - Politics & International Relatiions
Conrad Liveris is a non-profit executive and economist. He previously ran his own consulting firm working with public and private sectors on HR and workplace matters. In this, he focused on diversity and inclusion. Before this, he worked in communications and public policy.
Annually, he releases a report which reviews gender equality in the workplace.
He is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, has completed the US State Department's International Visitors Leadership Program and worked on the United Nation's Sustainable Development goals. He is a regular contributor to The Australian newspaper.