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March 8, 2019 Business News No Comments Email Email

Over 300 guests tomorrow will join FCM Travel Solutions and Corporate Traveller in Melbourne to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of females for International Women’s Day.

“As both companies boast a workforce that is approximately 75% female, we are committed to supporting female development within our organisations and across industries,” Melissa Elf, General Manager of FCM Australia said.

“For FCM and the broader Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG), there is a lot of work underway to strengthen our support networks, career development and mentoring opportunities to help women achieve their goals.”

Melissa is part of a growing group of senior female leaders across FCTG, where there is a concerted effort to encourage more women to apply for leadership roles, to connect with and learn from mentors and to upskill.

“Women across industries can actively support each other by creating networks with their customers, industry partners and within our own businesses to ensure we are equally represented and heard,” Melissa said. “We are delighted to have so many of our customers joining us tomorrow to celebrate our collective achievements.”

FCM and Corporate Traveller, as part of FCTG, are proud to offer female employees access to initiatives including Womenwise – to champion gender diversity and equality, flexible working conditions, unconscious bias training, equal gender representation for all senior leadership interview panels, a financial literacy program and the FCTG Parental Allowance.

Tomorrow’s International Women’s Day event for FCTG brands FCM and Corporate Traveller, is another opportunity for women to network and hear from a number of inspirational speakers. Guests will also be introduced to one of FCTG’s not-for-profit partners SolarBuddy.

“The spectacular glass Aviary at Crown Hotel will be the backdrop for the event, with all funds raised going to support SolarBuddy,” Julie McLean, FCM’s Director of Global Enterprise Sales Strategy, said. As the M.C for the event, Julie will be introducing the guest speakers, including coach and mentor Donny Walford, Billie Murphy from SolarBuddy and another surprise guest.

Donny Walford, the founder of Behind Closed Doors and Bottom Line, specialises in professional development, peer coaching and mentoring. Donny knows what it takes for women to attain greater professional and personal success and will be sharing the key insights to her success.

Billie Murphy, SolarBuddy General Manager of Education, will be shining a light on energy poverty and the fact that an estimated 18% of the world’s population has no access to electricity. FCTG has been supporting SolarBuddy for a number of years and it’s a cause that is particularly relevant on International Women’s Day, as according to SolarBuddy it’s women and children who are mostly impacted by energy poverty. Attendees will be invited to help build a SolarBuddy kit, which takes around 15-20 minutes.

“Our event on Friday will be a mix of inspiring presentations, great networking opportunities, a heartwarming group activity and importantly, a time for guests to reflect on how far women have come when it comes to gender parity in the workforce and broader community, and what we have all achieved,” Julie said.

“We are looking forward to celebrating the cause with our customers, colleagues and industry partners. Additionally, I’d also like to thank our International Women’s Day major sponsors Crown Hotels and Virgin Australia, with Virgin providing our major prize. All funds raised are going to SolarBuddy.”

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