Flinders Celebrates International Women’s Day on Friday, 8 March 

Senior students and their parents at Matthew Flinders Anglican College are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day at our inspiring IWD Breakfast commencing at 7:00am in the Flinders Performance Centre Upper Foyer on Friday, 8 March. 

College Principal, Ms Michelle Carroll, together with Flinders College Captain, Stephanie Ktenidis and Vice Captain, Samantha Lovely, look forward to hosting a panel discussion to encourage students to pursue their passion for tertiary study, chart a rewarding career and make a positive impact in the world. 

The panel guests include three remarkable Sunshine Coast women forging careers in industries across sports and business, innovation and mechatronic engineering. 

Hear from Old Flinderians Gemma Smallfield (Class of 2008) and Claudia McPherson (Class of 2021) as well as businesswoman and entrepreneur, Emma Greenhatch.

Tickets to the Flinders IWD breakfast event are limited and available at https://www.trybooking.com/CPOPP

The breakfast menu features pastries, yoghurt pots and fruit as well as tea, coffee and juice. 

The theme of IWD 2024 is to #InspireInclusion because “when we inspire others to understand and value women's inclusion, we forge a better world. And when women themselves are inspired to be included, there's a sense of belonging, relevance and empowerment.”

Our Guest Panellists

Gemma Smallfield (Flinders Class of 2008) will share her study and career journey since graduating from Flinders. Gemma played college soccer in Mississippi and returned home with a degree in Management & Marketing. Her career has since included working in small business across a variety of industries and in football where she gained significant experience across commercial partnerships, marketing, business development, sales and stakeholder management. Gemma is currently the Business Development Manager for VETO Sports and is passionate about integrating businesses and individuals to jointly achieve great things.

Claudia McPherson (Flinders Class of 2021) is studying a double degree in Mechatronic Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Queensland. In her Year 12 graduating year, Claudia was one of only 32 students in Queensland in 2021 to receive the very highest possible ATAR of 99.95. She will share her experiences of uni life (including how she started her own UQ society...) and reveal her recent internships in a start-up and with none other than Google! Now in her third year of her degree, Claudia is excited to share her experiences, learnings, mistakes and successes, and show how fulfilling a tech degree and career can be!

Emma Greenhatch has more than 20 years' experience in executive and management roles across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, from start-ups through to large institutions. Emma is the Director of Generation Innovation, which supports young people to become entrepreneurs by helping to unleash their innovative genius. She also works for Pyrocal, an Australian engineering company at the forefront of carbon dioxide removal, transforming biomass and biosolids into biochar and carbon credits. Under her recent leadership, the Food and Agribusiness Network was inducted into the Sunshine Coast Business Awards Hall of Fame in 2022, and in 2021 Emma won Sunshine Coast Outstanding Business Woman of the Year. A Tasmanian at heart, Emma has an adventurous spirit that has seen her live and work around Australia and overseas. 


IWD belongs to everyone, everywhere: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

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