How Diversity Can Supercharge Your Retail Performance
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How Diversity Can Supercharge Your Retail Performance

 Export to Your Calendar 10/05/2017
When: 10 May 2017
Where: Beta Bar and Gallery
Level 1
238 Castlereagh Street
Contact: NORA

Online registration is available until: 10/05/2017
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With 85% of household buying decisions in the hands of females, why do we not have more brands lead by females nor more female executives across established brands?

Is this a question of diversity in the workplace and how can leading brands tackle this public issue?

As part of our ‘Women in Retail Tech Breakfast’, leading retail executives will share their views on retail, advice on how to grow your brand and career and how to best tackle diversity in the marketplace.


Christine is an accomplished and highly versatile senior executive with extensive experience in delivering strong financial and people outcomes in the retail, eCommerce, consumer services and logistics sectors.

She is an experienced professional with a successful track record in managing large and complex teams to drive a balance of commercial, customer and stakeholder results.

Christine is a business strategist with demonstrated capability to deliver an enhanced customer experience across multiple channels and to deliver new revenue streams in both mature and emerging markets. She is also a multi-faceted stakeholder executive with a proven capacity for building strong relationships across industry bodies, unions and government.




Beauty advocate Kate Morris, CEO and founder of Adore Beauty started Australia’s first beauty e-commerce site in 1999 from a garage in Melbourne at the age of 21. Starting with just $12,000 and two little known cosmetic companies on board, Adore Beauty has since grown to more than 160 brands, 12,000 products, and hundreds of thousands of customers.

A university job on the cosmetic counters led Kate to realise that most women found department stores intimidating and unpleasant. Kate was inspired to create a disruptive beauty shopping experience that empowered consumers.

In May 2015, Adore Beauty announced an investment from retail giant Woolworths Limited. Kate was awarded the Business Innovation Award for Victoria at the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in 2014, and was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Network Hall of Fame in 2015.

Adore Beauty has been scooping up accolades, making the lists for Deloitte’s Tech Fast 50 Australia and Tech Fast 500 Asia-Pacific for the last three years in a row, as well as the SmartCompany Smart50 in 2016.


Multi award-winning Lana Hopkins is CEO and Founder of Mon Purse, the world's first design-your-own leather handbag and accessories brand to scale mass customization.

Lana founded Mon Purse in early 2015. The company was born out of Lana’s inability to find the kind of handbag quality and design to satisfy her. She saw an opportunity to create a disruptive model to provide fully customisable leather handbags that target the affordable luxury handbag market. Lana was previously at News Ltd, and a Founder of an e-commerce start-up which was sold prior to Mon Purse.

Mon Purse sells to over 35 countries globally and online and has partnered with iconic global retailers Bloomingdale's, Selfridges and MYER as well as Laura Brown (Editor in Chief, InStyle USA) who created her own custom collection. The latest Mon gallery has recently launched in San Francisco, being the largest store yet at 850 sq ft opposite Louis Vuitton, replacing Dior in the iconic department store Bloomingdale's.


Amanda Green’s passion for eCommerce started when moving to Sweden in the late 1990’s during the Internet boom. After a career as a Financial Controller she changed focus and gained her Masters of Science (eCommerce) in Ireland. She then relocated to the Netherlands to work on the establishment, and later production, of the first Nike Online store for Europe incorporating both NikeStore and NikeID and covering multiple languages and currencies.
A move back to her home country of Australia saw Amanda work in various online roles with market leaders in Financial Services and Marketplaces. But it was the role at Nike Australia managing the Online business that established her as an eCommerce leader, and saw her grow the business nearly 15 times over in the space of 4 years.
Since leaving Nike, Amanda has taken on a new challenge to develop the Luxury Division of L’Oreal Australia’s eCommerce business and since joining in June 2016 she has launched two new websites with two more to come in 2017. Globally, L’Oréal is focused on a Digital Transformation and within L’Oréal Australia, Amanda’s knowledge and leadership on eCommerce is key to the positive changes that have already been seen as well as the future strategy.


Mark is the CEO of Temple & Webster and co-founded the business in 2011. Mark has a background in digital media from his previous role at News Limited. He was also one of the founding directors of NORA. Temple & Webster is a homewares and furniture retailer which acquired the Australian arm of Wayfair and Milan Direct in 2015 and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange that same year.


Wendy is a senior marketing leader with over 20 years experience in driving high performance integrated marketing teams in EMEA and APAC with leading technology companies like IBM, EMC and now Salesforce. In her current role, Wendy leads the marketing team across Asia Pacific for Salesforce - the enterprise cloud computing leader and one of the World’s most innovative companies (according to Forbes Magazine). In her role Wendy helps CMOs across APAC put the customer at the heart of their business and to drive digital transformation in their organisations. With a strong passion for workplace diversity & inclusion Wendy is also the APAC executive sponsor for gender diversity at Salesforce. She is passionate about driving gender diversity, equality and inclusion in the technology sector and at Salesforce. Wendy has two children - a boy and a girl - with husband Scott.


Carolyn has been actively involved in digital commerce with a focus on user experience and conversion for over 5 years. Carolyn has refined her craft whilst working within eBay, Vodafone, and Telstra. Carolyn has a strong sales and marketing background and is passionate about creating opportunities for Braintree partners. Her current focus is on building lasting partnerships to help drive and improve customer experiences in a fast paced and ever changing industry. Carolyn is a passionate advocate within the industry with a focus on knowledge sharing, mentoring and coaching new talent. In her free time, she enjoys gourmet adventures with her partner, live music and the hanging with her kids at the beach.



$30 for NORA Members; $60 for non-members. 100% of the proceeds go to the McGrath Foundation.


Register before 30 April and receive a personalised gift from Mon Purse. Choose from either a black card holder, or a small black pouch. (Registrations after this date will receive a voucher to claim their gift in-store).