Evolution // Revolution 


IWF World Cornerstone Conference took place in Melbourne, Australia. May 2-4, 2018. 



Here's some of the highlights!

We bring together women of diverse accomplishments and provide them with a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences. By thus becoming aware of their counterparts in all fields, and of mutual interests and attitudes, they can, when desired, speak in concert on issues confronting the total community.
— Elinor “Elly” Guggenheimer, founded the New York Women's Forum in 1974, growing to become the International Women's Forum in 1982.
The 2018 IWF Cornerstone Conference was a uniquely produced and professionally crafted idea exchange bringing together more than 600 women leaders from 30 nations to explore global issues in a local context through a women's lens. In Melbourne, IWF convened to discuss evolution and adaptation, the hallmarks of Australia.
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Speakers included...

Select speakers include:

The Honorable Marise Payne, Australian Minister, Defence

The Honorable Kelly O’Dwyer, MP, Australian Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Minister for Women, and IWF Australia member

The Honorable Linda Dessau, Governor, Victoria, Australia

Zoe Daniel, journalist, U.S. Bureau Chief for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and IWF Australia member

Harriet Green, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, IBM Asia Pacific

Donna de Varona, Olympic Gold medalist, sportscaster, IWF Leadership Foundation Board Director, 2015 IWF Hall of Fame Honoree, and IWF Connecticut member

Maria Ressa, Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief, Rappler

Janet Carding, Director, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and IWF Australia member

Ruth Gates, PhD, Director, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

Rick Potts, PhD, Director of Human Origins Program, U.S. National Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian Institution


Presenting Partner


Local Principal Partners

IWF Australia is honoured to welcome as Local Principal Partners: the Victorian State Government; the National Australia Bank; EY Australia; and Australia Post.


diversity and inclusion at ey australia

At EY, we believe that only the highest-performing teams, which maximise the power of different opinions, perspectives and cultural references, will succeed in the global marketplace.

diversity and inclusion at nab

We are committed to continue building a workplace that's as diverse as it's dynamic. The qualities that make each of our people unique aren't just embraced - they're valued. Because we know that when you feel completely comfortable in your own skin, you can fully realise your potential.

equality at victorian state government

The Victorian Government values and celebrates diversity. It affirms the right to equality, fairness and decency for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse, and Intersex (LGBTI) Victorians and is committed to removing discrimination from Victorian laws, services and society.

diversity and inclusion at australia post

We believe a diverse and inclusive workplace brings out the best in our people and helps us to provide a better service to Australian communities.


Global Partners

 We are also privileged to have onboard local sponsors: Tourism Australia, Coca-Cola Amatil, Trade Victoria, Campbell Arnott's, Perfect Events, Yalumba Winery and Imatech. We look forward to creating a wonderful opportunity to express and experience the spirit of IWF on home turf.