The Australian Open Inspirational Series is a celebration of leadership and diversity to be held at Australian Open 2018, followed by the Women’s Semifinals on Thursday January 25.
Jo Burston, serial entrepreneur and Founder of Inspiring Rare Birds is excited to once again be in attendance, having been a speaker at the event last year when she was awarded for her contribution to women’s equality in Australia. “Craig Tiley, CEO of Tennis Australia, is a man that 100% walks the talk when it comes to equality and the celebration of women,” Jo says. “Tennis as a sport, offers equal prize money to both men and women. This symposium is particularly exciting for me because I will be in the company of men and women, of all business demographics, who are passionate about the equality and celebration of women, not just in tennis, but in their chosen field. It is CEO’s like Craig that ensure change is sustainable and supported and I believe the Australian Open is a brilliant channel to shine a light on the progressiveness in Australia.”
Tiley has been a generous supporter of Inspiring Rare Birds, as both an Ambassador and as a member of the selection committee for the Office for Women 100 scholarship recipients last year, which saw Inspiring Rare Birds match 100 geographically and or socio-economically disadvantaged women entrepreneurs will high caliber mentors for an intensive and impactful 12-month program.
The AO Inspirational Series Symposium aims to connect and empower leaders in all industries to drive change and promote gender equality within their own network.
The inspirational Billie Jean King, human rights activist, co-founder of the WTA and 1968 Australian Open champion, will lead a line-up of special guests to explore a range of issues, including gender equality, both in sport and across society.