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Online Lunch with Leaders – Empowering Women, Embracing Inclusion

7 March @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Empowering Women, Embracing Inclusion graphic with Kate Kirwin and Madison Heady

Auspire presents a free and online Lunch with Leaders celebrating International Women’s Day with two inspiring women recognised in the 2024 Australian of the Year Awards.

Tune in to hear from:

  • Kate Kirwin, 2024 WA Young Australian of the Year recipient and founder of She Codes Australia and women in STEM advocate
  • Madison Heady, 2024 WA Young Australian of the Year finalist, para-athlete and disability advocate.

Tune in to learn how Kate and Madison are breaking barriers and bridging gaps to create a more inclusive world for women of all backgrounds and abilities.

From bridging the gender gap in tech to advocating for disability rights, their insights and journeys offer invaluable lessons in resilience, empowerment, and the power of inclusion.

Bring your lunch and join us online to celebrate the outstanding achievements of women like Kate and Madison, and explore how we can collectively inspire inclusion and create a more equitable and inclusive society for all.

This event is free and online. Register now to receive the link to the webinar before the event.

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About the speakers

Kate Kirwin

Kate Kirwin founded She Codes Australia in 2015 with the aim of teaching women coding skills, helping them enter technical careers and building a likeminded community. As a country girl, Kate strongly believes in empowering women from some of Australia’s most remote regions. So far, more than 6000 women from all over the country have learned to code through She Codes.

Kate’s work is closing the gender gap in tech, where only 30 per cent of employees are women. She has sourced more than $1 million from government and industry to support women in STEM.

Kate has also contributed to the growth of Spacecubed, a start-up hub in Perth, and since 2014 has played a pivotal role in building communities and coordinating programs such as Plus Eight and Startup Weekend. Her achievements have been recognised with the Business News 40 Under 40 Award and The West Australian’s Rising Star Award.


Madison Heady

Madison Heady was diagnosed with ataxic cerebral palsy at birth and didn’t walk unassisted until she was eight. But she went on to become a national athletics silver medallist for the 1500m and set a new Australian record for her classification for the 5km race in 2020.

Later that year, Madison was in a serious car accident and had to re-learn to walk a second time. With determination, hard work and a never-give-up attitude, Madison is now back training.

Madison is a passionate advocate, educating the community on disability and the importance of inclusion. For being a strong advocate, Madison received the 2023 Western Australian of the Year award in the Youth Category.

Her dream is for people with disabilities to be given the chance to show others who they truly are and for others to open the opportunity to see the ability, not the disability.


7 March
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Auspire – Australia Day Council WA
0499 111 944
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