International Women's Day Business Lunch

Resource Industry Network continues to celebrate successful women each year as part of its International Women's Day Business Lunch. The 2022 event will once again feature inspirational leaders and diversity champions who provide insight on their careers, the importance of diversity in the workforce, and how to create balance.




International Women’s Day is an incredibly important opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements and those who have championed change around diversity and inclusion. Resource Industry Network hosts its popular International Women’s Day Business Lunch on March 8 each year and facilitates discussions around diversity in the sector and in business! Last year's event SOLD OUT weeks in advance so register early to avoid disappointment.


Resource Industry Network is excited to welcome two amazing women to our 2022 International Women's Day Business Lunch on March 8.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: "Queen of the Channel" marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel

EMCEE & PANEL HOST: Karen Jacobsen (or as you may know her, "Siri")


"Queen of the Channel" marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel is locked in as our keynote speaker, and will be joined by "The GPS Girl" Karen Jacobsen as our MC and panel host for the exciting 2022 event to be held at the MECC.

The accomplishments of both women are simply incredible. Chloe holds the world record for the longest ocean swim (124.4km) as well as the world record for the greatest number of solo crossings (male and female) of the English Channel (a whopping 44 times!). Just imagine the mental, physical and emotional strategies Chloe possesses, not to mention the preparation skills, motivation, endurance, focus, and resilience. All traits which can be related back to businesses.

Then there is Karen who has become known world-wide as the voice of "Siri" and catapulted her into a unique pop culture status. Karen, who hails from Mackay, is heard in more than a billion GPS and smartphone devices around the world. As a result, Karen developed her own brand known as "The GPS Girl" and is a sought-after international speaker focusing on "Recalculating" and providing directions for life and business.

But wait, there's more! The event will also feature a valuable panel session which will include Chloe and three local business leaders - Metarock managing director Tony Caruso, KickAss Women founder Jody Sainsbury, and Linked Group Services managing director Jason Sharam. Facilitated by Karen, the panel will discuss their own experiences and contribute to the discussions on inclusion and diversity. They will also take questions from the audience via an online platform available on the day.

The team at RIN is proud to be delivering this outstanding opportunity for the Mackay business community to be inspired by two amazing women, and we encourage you to secure tickets early for your teams to avoid disappointment. We've also listened to your feedback from previous years and extended the event time to make sure there is plenty of networking opportunities!

WHEN: Tuesday, March 8th
TIME: 12pm - 3pm (registrations from 11:30am)
Exclusive member ticket price: $75pp
Non member ticket price: $95pp
Table of 10: Buy a table of 10 and pay for 9!


Resource Industry Network is also offering complimentary tickets to local high school students thanks to a partnership with our student ticket sponsor, Local Buying Foundation. This has been a huge success in previous years, and we look forward to welcoming the students to the conversation on the day.



MAJOR PARTNER                                                                    

              KEYNOTE SPEAKER PARTNER                                                                    

MAJOR PARTNER                                                                    


STUDENT TICKET SPONSOR                                                       

If you would like to partner with Resource Industry Network at this very popular event, contact our events and projects manager Sonia Andersen -