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Events are free for Folio Members and discounted for their guests. They include planned activities that cater to different interests and schedules, including virtual and in person events. 

Bi-weekly ‘Friday Imbibo' social gatherings will take place, as well as monthly flagship events, such as ‘Folio Conversations’ (think TED Talks that you can participate in) and ‘Upskill Workshops’ with members sharing their talents and experience.

Register below for upcoming events. 

Upcoming events

    • 20 Feb 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • East Melbourne Library Meeting Room - 122 George St East Melbourne
    • 34

    The Australian Human Rights Commission declares that Australia is a vibrant, multicultural country. Our First Nations people are recognised as the world's oldest continuous cultures and Australians identify with more than 270 ancestries. Our most recent Census also confirmed that the majority of Australians are women. By all accounts, our population abounds in diversity.  

    Yet, positions of senior leadership and power across Australia in government, business, and beyond — paint a very different picture. While a quarter of the Australian population is estimated to have a non-European or Indigenous background, such backgrounds only account for 5 per cent of senior leadership positions (AHRC). And despite significant strides toward gender equality in recent decades, women remain significantly underrepresented in key decision-making roles. Women make up half of employees, but only 33% of board members and 18% of board chairs, 32.5% of key management positions, and 19.4% of CEOs (WGEA). 

    This disparity is also reflected in the people making decisions on behalf of all Australians. After the 2022 Australian federal election, we have the most diverse federal parliament on record. But there is still a long way to go before the gender and multicultural composition of Australia is represented by our elected representatives in Parliament.

    This Folio Conversation will explore the state of representation in Australia and its impacts, and the barriers and opportunities for greater diversity in positions of leadership and power.  

    Conversation Leader bios

    Caitlin Figueiredo 

    Caitlin Figueiredo is a proud Goan-Australian, social entrepreneur and gender equality activist. She has nine years of professional experience spanning international, federal and state, non-government and the private sector and specialises in organisation and policy transformation, campaign development, and strategic human-centred design.

    From a young age, Caitlin has been passionate about strengthening representative democracies. She is the Founder & CEO of Jasiri Australia, a youth-led social enterprise on a mission to unleash a fearless generation of women and girls. At 22, she was listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 for co-founding the Girls Takeover Parliament Program, a Jasiri Australia bipartisan program that promotes representational democracy and increasing female political participation across the Asia-Pacific region. Her advocacy efforts in youth development and gender equality have seen her named as the youngest winner of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence Young Leader category’, Women’s Weekly ‘Women of the Future’ and Queens Young Leader.

    In 2019, Forbes recognised Caitlin as a ‘visionary change maker, whose actions create change throughout all levels of society’ by inviting her as one of Australia’s only invitees to the first Under 30 Global Women’s summit. In 2022, she was recognised by the Museum of Australian Democracy as one of the ‘50 most important changemakers to change the face of Australia.’

    Caitlin currently represents 4.5 million young Australians nationally as the Co-Chair of the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC). Through AYAC, Caitlin works strategically around the country to promote young people’s voices, rights and issues through public policy and civic engagement. She has sat on three United Nations Task Forces, one of which helped launch the United Nations Commission of the Status of Women Youth Conference in New York City. Caitlin is a trusted non-partisan voice within government, frequently advising Ministers and senior political leaders across the aisle on various topics and Commonwealth priorities, including the formation of the Australian Youth Development Index.

    Caitlin currently works at Deloitte Australia’s Indigenous Services Group as a Senior Consultant and is completing her Masters in National Security Policy at the Australian National University.

    Tharini Rouwette

    Tharini Rouwette is the CEO and founder of COMPELL, an organisation dedicated to advancing multicultural Australia in politics and positively impacting the lives of marginalised communities in Australia. 

    At a professional level, Tharini hails from a strong media and tech background, having worked in a digital media capacity with companies such as Amazon, Adobe, Singtel/Optus and Google. At a personal level, she used her skills to campaign for political parties and grassroots organisations across Australia, Singapore and the US. As an experienced political campaigner, she has worked on campaigns including Barnie Sanders' in the US where she managed a 500-strong volunteer team to campaign for the 2020 presidential candidate all the way from Australia. Bernie Sanders may not have become POTUS but Tharini's team won him the Democrats Abroad votes for him to become a significant influence in the Biden-Harris Administration.

    Tharini also established Allies in Colour, the first networking group for multicultural Australians interested in understanding Australian politics and potentially running for office. She's also hosts the podcast 'Allies in Politics - A Person of Colour's Rough Guide to Australian Politics', dedicated to helping its listeners better understand our political landscape. Tharini also conducts numerous workshops that delve into multicultural issues. 

    As a daughter of migrants and coming from a multicultural background, Tharini is always identifying ways to improve outcomes for multicultural Australia through brave and innovative ideas. 

Past events

27 Nov 2022 Folio End of Year Social - Paella and Barefoot Bowls
23 Nov 2022 Rediscovering our role in community
19 Oct 2022 Public integrity, trust and democracy
20 Sep 2022 The Pilgrim’s Guide to the Workplace
25 Aug 2022 Social Enterprise: from local to global
30 Jun 2022 Keeping Mental Health Front of Mind - with Emily Unity & Dr Stephen Carbone
18 Jun 2022 June Folio Social @ Captain's of Industry
24 May 2022 The Future of Work - with Jan Owen and Professor Leah Ruppanner
13 May 2022 Ballers Clubhouse - Folio's May Social Event
28 Apr 2022 Planning for future pandemics, with Peter Doherty & Professor Wendy Stone
22 Apr 2022 The April Folio Social @Beneath Driver Lane
24 Mar 2022 The March Conversation Event: Can technology solve climate change?
18 Mar 2022 The March Folio Social @Journal Cafe
5 Mar 2022 Coffee Muster - Board Games @ Temple Arden
26 Feb 2022 Imbibo: Barefoot Bowls
19 Feb 2022 Theme Club: Space: it’s out there
15 Feb 2022 Folio Members Meeting
12 Dec 2021 Folio Christmas Party
26 Nov 2021 The November Folio Social @Journal Cafe
21 Oct 2021 It's the CANCELLED Folio Freedom Quiz!
23 Sep 2021 Reimagining business and finance, with Dan Madhavan and Jo Barraket
17 Sep 2021 Folio's Great Escape Trivia
13 Aug 2021 Folio's Bitter Sweet Team Trivia and Cocktails - Aug 13
20 Jul 2021 CANCELLED - Planning for future pandemics, with Peter Doherty and Danielle Wood
30 Apr 2021 Folio Social - Friday 30th April - from 6pm - Captains of Industry
12 Mar 2021 ShuffleBoard & Social Drinks 12th March
10 Mar 2021 Midday Meditation on Zoom
5 Feb 2021 Join us for Folio Friday drinks 5th Feb

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