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THE THEME OF THE NIGHT IS “no going back: Stories of Moments that Changed Everything”

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Sometimes change happens gradually. And sometimes, life turns on a dime. This month, we’re asking our performers to tell us a story about a moment that irrevocably put their lives in a different direction. Maybe it was a moment they said “no”. Or “yes”. Or “make me a blonde!”. Whatever it is, they’ll be telling us the truth, their truth, and telling us how it changed them forever. You can expect our usual blend of heart-warming and hilarious, raw and real stories from ladies of all ages. 

Team 20s: Lane Sinclair has over 10 years experience in the music industry. She graduated from the Talent Development Project, opened the ICC Sydney and was placed 10th on The Voice Australia. Lane will soon be launching a support network project to help young musicians struggling in the industry.

Team 30s: Kristal Kinsela-Christie is a proud Aboriginal role model, a descendant of both the Jawoyn and Wiradjuri nations with more than 15 years of experience in education and training, organisational and workforce development, and supplier diversity working across Government, Corporate and Not-for-Profit sectors. A multiple award winner, Kristal was awarded the 2017 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year and 2017 Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year. She was also a finalist in the Women’s Agenda, 2017 Agenda Setter of the Year, and was featured in The Agenda 30, an e-book highlighting 30 women redefining business in 2018 and was 1 of 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women featured in the National NAIDOC ‘Because of her, we can’ E-Book celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in business. 

Team 40s: LuLu Wilkinson believes in the power of excellent storytelling - whether its mission is to sell a product or just spend a great afternoon in the sun, having a banter over a damn good glass of wine. She has an obsession with Netflix and is a great trivia night asset when it comes to the category of "celebrity junk no brain should retain." Her husband and "two peas" Paddy and Piper keep her busy - and very happy. Lulu is currently working with Channel 9 and WTFN (production company) on shows including Married at First Sight, The Living Room, The Block, LEGO Masters and Love Island.

Team 50s: Stella Topaz is a sexological bodyworker, backed by over thirty five years in nursing, sexual health, advocacy, health policy and management. As a queer lesbian femme, she is socially and politically active in LGBTIQ communities, organising events, guest speaking, facilitating, writing, voicing opinions, costume making and performing. Her body is her best vehicle, so she feeds it cake and loves it well.

Team 60s: Kerry Chikarovski is a former NSW Liberal Leader and first woman to lead a major political party in New South Wales. She is also the founder and Director of Chikarovski & Associates, a government relations, community engagement and stakeholder relations consultancy, which she founded in 2003, whose expertise spans a wide range of industries including financial, government, community, property and technology startups. Kerry holds a number of board positions, which include, NSW Waratahs Rugby Union, Our Watch, Adopt Change, Road Safety Education and the Humpty Dumpty Foundation.

Team 80s: Andreea Kindryd is a sassy Octogenarian. Her family history of slavery taught a lesson of love rather than hate and equipped her to be one of the first two black staff hired by a major television studio, though she jokes that it took a riot to get her the job. A young militant black woman, who hung out with Malcolm X and ran errands for Martin Luther King, Jr, she faced the challenges of a journey on the starship Enterprise, as Production Assistant for a Klansman’s son, named Gene Coon. When Gene died Hollywood was no place for a black woman without a mentor and Australia provided her a home, a chance to make films, and support Indigenous arts. NSW has been her home for almost 45 years now. She has worked with Black Theatre, NAISDA Dance College and helped launch Bangarra Dance Theatre. A suicide saw her first on stage at the age of 68 trying to make sense of it, and discovering her love and natural talent for storytelling.

Generation Women is a cross-generational storytelling night founded in New York City in 2017, and in Sydney in 2018. Each month, five women of note read an original piece on a theme. Of those women, one is in her 20s, her 30s, her 40s, her 50s, her 60s, and her 70s+. Generation Women celebrates and amplifies women’s voices and creativity. Our diverse line-ups will make you laugh, cry, and think. We’re a unique, intimate female literary salon that brings together women of all ages. 

GIANT DWARF

199 Cleveland St, Redfern NSW 2016

DOORS AT 6 pm, SHOW AT 7 PM

 

Our last show was Thursday, May 23rd at Giant Dwarf, Redfern.

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THE THEME OF THE NIGHT iS “fake news”

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Only a small amount of fake news is needed to disrupt and mislead so this month we've invited our storytellers to explore the process of unlearning something harmful or simply untrue about the person they really are, their beliefs or potential. Whatever they choose to share, humorous or heartfelt, we know it's going to inspire and delight.

Team 20s: Vicky X Xu is a standup comedian and former ABC journalist. She was born and raised in China and much of her work is focused on human rights abuses in China and China's interference in Australian politics. Vicky describes herself as a news bitch that will make you laugh.

Team 30s: Alison Callan is a bestselling author and an empathic and heart-led global Success and Clarity coach to aspiring female entrepreneurs. Her mission is to champion the introverted and intuitive women starting in business or taking their professions by storm, to ensure they step up to be seen, and heard.

Team 40s: Shane LadyMoon co-owns and operates Illawarra’s longest running comedy business, founded Wollongong’s biggest annual clothes swap, runs an event management & production company, volunteers at a huge range of community events, trains and mentors aspiring female standup comedians, belly dances, drums and even has a chainsaw license. A finger in every pie. A Shane of all trades.

Team 50s: Jane Mathews worked in advertising selling everything from deodorant to diamonds, swanning about all over the world before settling in Sydney and happily calling Paddo home. She is the proud (and slightly flabbergasted) author of two books, “The Art of Living Alone and Loving It” and “Midlife Manifesto”. She remains cheerfully flawed but has Reinvention up her sleeve as her superpower. Jane loves her life as an advocate for solo living and her new career as a Not-Your-Ordinary tour guide.

Team 60s: Jenna Price is an academic at the University of Technology Sydney and a Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times columnist who has worked as a journalist for 40 years. She has a BA and a masters by research and is in the midst of a PhD. Married, three adult kids. One of the cofounders of Destroy the Joint, which runs the Counting Dead Women campaign. Is spending about half the time on social media that she did 12 months ago.

Team 70s: Christine Greenough is an Actor/Director/Producer with over 40 years experience in theatre film and TV. She has studied at Maggie Haber studios and with Howard Fine in LA and Australia. She is a stand-up storyteller who has told throughout Australia, Asia and US. Christine loves all genres of story and has performed/told in all venues from pubs to main stage.

Hosted by Dr. Elaine Laforteza

 

Our last show was Thursday, April 18th at Giant Dwarf, Redfern.

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THE THEME OF THE NIGHT IS “The skin i’m in”

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As women, we experience a complicated, life-long relationship with our bodies. Our society has strict if often unspoken guidelines as to how a woman must present herself and monitor her body. Weight is a constant source of anxiety for many of us as we walk the tightrope of pleasure and discipline in a world where thin privilege and fat prejudice is undeniable. The colour of our skin affects so much of our experience and identity, often coming with an entire universe of preconceived notions. Some of us will have children, where the biological functions of the body reign supreme. All of us are ageing, transforming our skin with brushstrokes of wrinkles, another strange experience we must face in the mirror every single day. Maybe our storytellers will dive deep or maybe they'll just make us laugh. Whatever they choose to share, this April, we’ll be keeping you warm with inspiring and insightful stories from women of all ages.

Team 20s: Angelica Osuji was born in Brazil and moved to New Zealand in 2002. In 2007 she was in Auckland for Renu o Te Ra ( The Edge of the Sun). After graduating from her Bachelor of performing Arts degree majoring in Contemporary dance in 2012, Angelica joined New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance group founded by Neil Ieremia Black Grace. Angelica has travelled and worked professionally in New York dancing with Swedish electropop duo Icona Pop.  

Team 30s: Hannah Rodger originally from Manchester, moved to Sydney with only a backpack in 2014. She is now the regional sales director for a global software company and the founder of Frankie Loves Lavender, a company focused on educating and empowering women to use natural solutions for their emotional, physical and environmental wellbeing every day. Sobriety is her superpower and she knows we are all more capable than we believe.

Team 40s: Lisa Rose is the Festival Director of Queer Screen, a not for profit charity that produces the Mardi Gras Film Festival and Queer Screen Film Fest as well as supporting filmmakers creating LGBTIQ+ storytelling on screen. Lisa volunteered as a Board Director for 5 years before making the leap and turning her passion into a new career when she was appointed in May 2017. Lisa is passionate about driving female engagement and works tirelessly to advocate for diversity and inclusion.

Team 50s: Marina Go is Chair of Ovarian Cancer Australia, a non-executive director of Energy Australia, Autosports Group, 7-Eleven, Pro-Pac, and The Walkley Foundation, Chair of the Advisory Board for the Centre For Media Transition at the University of Technology Sydney, a director of PWC’s Diversity Advisory Board, and author of the business book for women, Break Through: 20 Success Strategies for Female Leaders. She was the first female Chair of Wests Tigers NRL club and is the club’s Diversity Champion.

Team 60s: Beverly Baker served as the President of the Federation of Parents and Citizens Associations (NSW) advocating for parents with students in public schools. She has been instrumental in the establishment and running of a number of charities, notably the FSHD Global Research Foundation. Bev is a committed feminist. She is current CEO of the Aboriginal Education Council. Beverly brings her energy and enthusiasm to assisting older women retain their dignity and relevance in a society that too easily marginalises them. Beverly is currently Chair of the Board for the Older Women's Network in NSW.

Team 80s: Eva Cox has been a lifetime social activist because her early experiences taught her the dangers of being an outsider. She was born into a Jewish family in Austria, just as Hitler marched in. She became a refugee in England during WW2 and arrived in Australia in 1948, as a 10 year old migrant with her mother. These early experiences influenced a longterm commitment to addressing social injustice. This includes feminist changes to policies and power to make societies fairer, and reminding those in power we are citizens with social responsibilities, not just customers driven by self-interest, who want to live in a society, not an economy. At 81 years of age, Eva says her "skin" is pushing feminist utopian options to undermine the increasing level of macho economic bullshit!

Hosted by Dr. Elaine Laforteza

 

Our last show was Thursday, March 28th at Giant Dwarf, Redfern.

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THE THEME OF THE NIGHT IS “NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED”

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This month we spotlight stories of persistence in the face of resistance. Think the personal and the political. Think a persistence that paid off (or didn’t) or a comic look at a persistence that perhaps shouldn’t have been undertaken. This month on International Women's Day, we celebrate the courage and persistence of women across the globe. Next show we explore the passions, obsession, and beliefs that merited efforts, sacrifices, and dogged pursuit. All extraordinary women persist. 

Team 20s: Victoria Anthony is a well known Oxford Street DJ, showgirl and Trans Glamoré hostess who is living her life happily and fabulously as a proud transgender woman in Sydney.  

Team 30s: Edwina Trenchard-Smith is a diversity and inclusion enthusiast and has worked within/consulted to several ASX top 100 companies on inclusion and more. As a mother of two she tries to practise what she preaches and hopes to change the world, one person at a time.

Team 40s: Melanie Notaras is a storyteller, mum, children’s author and founder of My School Adventure, customised adventure novels for schools. One of her best writing moments was winning the Sydney Writers Festival’s ‘Tell A Story To Stay Alive’ competition in 2001 with her 9 minute rhyming story ‘The Big Cheese’.

Team 50s: Monika Tu is Founder and Director of the Black Diamondz Group. As a multiple award-winning agent Monika is highly regarded as Sydney’s number one real estate agent for luxury properties and a leading industry expert on the future of Australian luxury real estate. Monika is an Honorary Ambassador for MCA, a top fundraiser for Vinnie’s 2018 CEO Sleepout and is also an ambassador for BMW Australia and FOMA.

Team 60s: Kiran Shah was born and raised in Singapore and has a varied career as a social worker and early childhood educator who's lived and worked in the U.S., Japan and Sri Lanka. She became a professional storyteller 20 years ago, performing to all age groups and conducting workshops to teach others to tell stories. She reckons she has the best job in the world as she gets to travel and meet wonderful people. She has attended storytelling festivals in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, India and Iran. When she's not storytelling, she enjoys growing vegetables and herbs in her garden in the Blue Mountains, a place she now calls home.

Team 70s: Eileen Pittaway has dedicated her life to the prevention of and response to the rape, sexual abuse and gender-based violence experienced by refugee women, both overseas, and following resettlement to Australia.Over the past thirty years, she has conducted research, provided training to refugees, UN and NGO staff in refugee camps and urban settings. She has acted as technical advisor to a number of projects, and evaluated humanitarian and development projects in 18 countries. In 2001 Eileen was awarded a Human Rights Medal by the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission for her work with Refugee Women and Children. In 2005 she received a NSW Premiers Award for services to Refugee Education. In 2011, on the centenary of International Women’s Day, she was named one of the hundred women who have shaped Australia. In 2012 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her work with refugee women and girls. She is now working on a project to implement gender aspects of that Compact in Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia.

Hosted by Dr. Elaine Laforteza

 

Our last show was Thursday, February 28th at Giant Dwarf, Redfern.

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THE THEME OF THE NIGHT was “my biggest secret”

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Team 20s: Teniola Komolafe is a photographer and creative director. Teniola runs the photography house, TENIKOMO and has had work in Vogue, Edge Agency and Workshop Australia. While Teniola has worked with many well-known clients and her work has been featured in popular publications, it is her love for people and the human story that drive her to continue working. Although she lives in one of the best coffee cities in the world, she's an avid tea drinker and would love to pick your brain over a cup any day. 

Team 30s: Samantha Dybac is the founder of The PR Hub, a public relations and talent management agency which represents clients including former politicians, celebrities, CEOs, young richlisters, entrepreneurs and Olympians. Samantha was a finalist in the 2018 B&T Women in Media awards and has represented Australia at global conferences including the UN International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day and the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance summit.

Team 40s: Claire Ashman has given four powerful TED talks and is a self published author. Claire’s story is one of strength, resilience and courage. After breaking away from 30 years of religious indoctrination and life in two strict sect's, Claire set about understanding a world she had never lived in to create a new life for her eight children. Claire now teaches women to discover their own strength to live a life of joy.

Team 50s: Rebecca Lister works as a playwright, arts producer and social worker. She grew up in Mount Isa and now lives in Melbourne. Rebecca is the co-artistic director of Anvil Productions and is the Education Coordinator at Eating Disorders Victoria.  She is currently working on a memoir about caring for her elderly mother, two film scripts and a tour of her latest play 2:20AM.

Team 60s: Patsy Cadell is a ballet teacher and fashion designer. Patsy dedicated 25 years working in charity and corporate co-ordination prior to designing Caddara a fabulous multiway travel garment that enables women of all ages to travel with just a carry-on case. 

Team 70s: Lyn Maciver is a Board member for the Older Women’s Network NSW. Lyn’s career in education, communication and management has demonstrated deep concern for socio-economic justice and gender equity. Lyn has been an affirmative action advisor in industries as diverse as banking, cosmetics, mining, taxation and telecommunications. Lyn hopes to bring goodwill, humour and diverse past experience to influence progressive public policies affecting older women whose strength and wisdom nourishes many others but is often undervalued.

Hosted by singer-songwriter Athésia

 

Our last show was Thursday, January 31st, 2019 at Giant Dwarf, Redfern

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THE THEME OF THE NIGHT waS “What I Truly Desire”

Think a sexy story, or a story about sex that isn’t sexy at all. Or maybe passion: when you discovered it, or when it discovered you. Think your desire—for the physical, the emotional, the calorie-ridden, the overpriced: whatever makes you think I MUST MAKE YOU MINE. Or maybe a first kiss, or a last kiss, or the kiss that never was, or the kiss that was everything. Next year is all about desire: for whatever, whoever, whenever. It will be a truly sizzling evening.

Team 20s: Nina Oyama is a stand up comedian best known for her work on Tonightly and Utopia. In 2018, Nina wrote, directed and starred in a TV pilot called The Angus Project which you can watch on ABC iView now.

Team 30s: Ally Garrett has been writing and speaking on body politics and fat activism for the past decade, with her writing featured on platforms including The Guardian, Daily Life, Jezebel and ABC Life. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @allygarrett.

Team 40s: Julie Masters has spent a career decoding influence. Co-Founder of ODE Management, the world’s largest dedicated speaker management agency, with offices across the USA and Australia, Julie is now the Founder and CEO of Influence Nation. She works with business leaders and organisations to become the voice of authority in their space. She also hosts the newly launched podcast, Inside Influence, that dives into the nuts and bolts of how to own your voice – and then use it to drive a movement, a conversation, an industry or a nation.

Team 50s: Jacqueline Hellyer is an educator, speaker, author, blogger and sex and relationship guru who is influencing minds and bedrooms across the globe. In a world where fake sex sells anything but real sex is hard to know, Jacqueline brings her depth of knowledge, wisdom and genuine love to help people access their real, positive, life-enhancing sexuality, for greater well-being, closer relationships and happier lives. Her LoveLife Blog contains around 300 articles, all of which are available as podcasts on iTunes.

Team 60s: Moya Sayer-Jones is known for her insightful but tender thinking. She leads Only Human Stories, working with NFP’s to use their real stories to make a difference.  In her first career as a comic novelist and commentator, Moya observed the funny side of life for Australian women in the 20th century. (Yes, there was one!) And was well-loved as the original Modern Guru in the Good Weekend magazine. 

Team 70s: Shirley Randell is an award-winning global mentor, educator, trainer, author, company director, public speaker, change activist, ambassador, patron, and campaigner for gender equality and human rights. Dr Randell was recognised in the 2012 Inaugural Australian 100 Women of Influence Awards – global category, and 100 World of Difference Awardees – community category for 2013 by The International Alliance of Women. She is an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Hosted by Dr. Elaine Laforteza

 

Our last show was Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Giant Dwarf, Redfern

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THE THEME OF THE NIGHT IS “THE ART OF RISK-TAKING

Team 20s: Moreblessing Maturure is a Zimbabwean/Australian inter-disciplinary artist, activist and Creative Director of FOLK Magazine. She has written, directed, produced and performed for stage and film including, Playwriting Australia, Australian Theatre for Young People, and the Sydney Theatre Company (STC). She is currently developing a play with the STC and a dramedy series, ‘Afrosistahs’ (2018) with the Information and Cultural Exchange. 

Sharing Team 20s: Ellie Hewitt works in digital media strategy for the ABC, using data to help plan audience journeys to discover content. Working primarily across Facebook and Google ads, she has worked on campaigns for Triple J and popular programs such as, War on WasteMystery Roadand Gruen. Ellie is passionate about women in business and has a side hustle hosting a weekly pub trivia night.

Team 30s: Anna Kochetkova is a Russian born Aussie, social media strategist and a Good Social Ambassador. She has been helping women grow and scale their businesses using Facebook Ads and social media for the last 10 years. Anna wants to shift the way we use social media to help businesses making a difference, cut through the market.

Team 40sDr. Jane Chi Hyun Park is a senior lecturer in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. She works in Asian and Asian diasporic film and media and cultural studies. She is second-generation Korean American, grew up in the Bible Belt, was educated on the East and West coasts, and moved to Sydney in 2008.

Team 50s: Dee Smart is an internationally acclaimed painter and actor. She is an Archibald finalist for her work: ’The Mayor of Bondi’ (2017) and ’Lunch in the Outback’ (2018). One of her biggest risks was leaving Adelaide at 16, to pursue a dancing career at the Victorian College of the Arts Ballet school. Her career kicked off after starring in ‘Home and Away’ (1991). She is best known for her role in ‘Water Rats’ (2001) and recently, ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ (2018) directed by Mel Gibson.

Team 60s: Sue Woolfe is an internationally acclaimed, multi- award winning author of four novels: Painted Woman (1989), Leaning Towards Infinity (1996), The Secret Cure (2003),  The Oldest Song in the World (2012) and her latest collection of short stories, Do You Love Me or Not? (2017). She is a bookworm, a sleuther of neuroscience and Researcher in Creativity. Sue teaches her findings to her students at NIDA and at international writing retreats.Our last show was Friday, September 28, 2018 at Giant Dwarf, Redfern

Hosted by Dr. Elaine Laforteza.

 

Our last show was Friday, September 28, 2018 at Giant Dwarf, Redfern

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THE THEME OF THE NIGHT WAS “LITTLE WHITE LIES”

We’ve all told them. And this month, we're inviting our performers to tell us their little white lies. Maybe it's a lie they were caught out in, or one they've maintained for years. Maybe it’s a lie they tell or told someone close to them, or a stranger… or even themselves. Why did they feel the need to lie? When we dig deep, what’s really going on there? And most importantly: what is their truth? This month at Caveat we want to know how you're REALLY feeling!

Special Guest: Georgia Clark is an author and screenwriter, and the founder of Generation Women. She wrote the critically acclaimed novels, The Regulars, and The Bucket List, as well as two Young Adult novels. She is currently developing The Regulars as a TV show for E!. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her girlfriend and a fridge full of cheese.

Team 20s: Airlie Dodds is an actor known for her film roles in Book Week (2018) and The Furies (2018) as well as her TV roles in Hiding (2015) Ready for This (2015), Neighbours (2014-15) and Rake (2012). Airlie has performed in Flight Paths (2018) at Parramatta Riverside Theatre, Ivanov (2018), The Bleeding Tree (2017) and Australian Graffiti (2017) at the Sydney Theatre Company.

Team 30s: Alexandra Havas is an avid storyteller and black belt in Goju-ryu karate. She is co-founder and editor-in-chief at The QUO, an online media platform helping people and organisations change the status quo. In her spare time, she advocates for her LGBTQIA+ community and only uses her black belt if need be.

Team 40s: Susan Lennox was one of the first women to hold a senior operational position with BHP, working as a Superintendent where she was responsible for the Infrastructure at Cannington mine, the world’s largest single producer of silver, lead and zinc. A Mother and Grandmother, Byron Bay is her home base as she spends her time between travelling and studying a degree in Psychological Science.

Team 50s: Faith Agugu has worked as a professional model, a teacher at 'FBI Fashion College' and founder of the PR Company, 'Raw Fashion Agency'. Faith has a Bachelor in Social Science, majoring in Counselling and is the Director of her new business, 'The Healing Process'. Faith offers counselling, energy healing and mindfulness coaching to women tackling the challenges of midlife.

Hosted by Dr. Elaine Laforteza.

 

Our last show was Friday, August 17, 2018 at Giant Dwarf, Redfern

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THE THEME of the night WAS "SCIENTISTS SMASHING THE GLASS CEILING'

Generation Women is a cross-generational storytelling night in New York City in 2017, and in Sydney in 2018 Each month, six women of note read an original piece on a theme. Of those women, one is in her 20s, her 30s, her 40s, her 50s, her 60s, and her 70s+. Generation Women celebrates and amplifies women's voices and creativity. We're a unique, intimate female literary salon that brings together women of all ages.

Team 20s: Kirsten Banks, a Wiradjuri woman, a physicist, an Astronomy Educator at Sydney Observatory, a passionate science communicator and an avid Twitter user.

Team 30s: Dr Nural Cokcetin, a microbiologist who studies honey, awarded best science communicator in Famelab Australia 2017, and self-confessed pun-lover.

Team 40s: Associate Professor Adriana Vergés. Her research focuses on marine ecology and conservation. She is interested in the ecological impacts of climate change and the conservation of the world’s algal forests and seagrass meadows, which are increasingly under threat. She has worked in tropical coral reefs and temperate ecosystems around the world with much of her research taking place underwater. Adriana's current project is Ocean Warming and the Tropicalisation of Temperate Marine Ecosystems, an investigation into the causes of climate-mediated declines of algal forests; seaweeds that support major fisheries and coastal recreation. The project provides innovative, multidisciplinary training for postgraduate students in experimental marine ecology, advanced molecular microbiology and physical oceanography.

Team 40s: Associate Professor Arti Agrawal, a physicist and Director of the Women in Engineering and IT programme at UTS. She is passionate about promoting diversity in STEMM, particularly surrounding race and sexuality.

Team 50s: Professor Jane Latimer, a medical researcher and STEMM advisor, working with the federal government and the Academies of Science to develop strategies to increase the representation of female research leaders in STEMM.

Team 60s: Professor Elizabeth Elliott is an academic paediatrician whose focus is improving health and emotional well-being for disadvantaged children through research, education and clinical care. This includes Aboriginal children in remote communities, children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, those living in immigration detention and in low-middle income settings. Elizabeth's research has been incorporated into government policy and influenced clinical practice, advocacy and education. She is a champion for gender equity in medicine and STEMM.

Hosted by Dr. Elaine Laforteza.

 

Our last show was Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Giant Dwarf, Redfern

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THE THEME of the night WAS "nature vs. nurture'

Generation Women is a cross-generational storytelling night founded in New York City in 2017, and in Sydney in 2018. Each month, six women of note read an original piece on a theme. Of those women, one is in her 20s, her 30s, her 40s, her 50s, her 60s, and her 70s+. Generation Women celebrates and amplifies women's voices and creativity. We're a unique, intimate female literary salon that brings together women of all ages.

Team 20s: Georgia Grace is a sex educator and intimacy coach. She aims to bring mindfulness to sex and empower people to love their sensuality through intimate, authentic and fun connections with self and others. She offers coaching for individuals, couples and groups and help people to meet or reclaim their sensual identity. With training in direct experiential learning, Georgia applies a client-centred approach to educate and support people to become more aware of their bodies, sex and sexuality.

Team 30s: Wendy Mocke is a Papua New Guinean NIDA Acting graduate and an emerging playwright. She is a resident writer at Jute Theatre Company (Cairns) and in August this year, Wendy will be undertaking an Artist Residency program at the University of Sydney in work that she has created & developed.

Team 40s: Jacqueline Maley is a columnist and senior writer for the Sydney Morning Herald and Age newspapers, where she writes about politics, people and social affairs. She has also worked on staff at The Guardian in London and The Australian Financial Review, as well as contributing to numerous other publications including Gourmet Traveller and Marie Claire. In 2016 she won the Kennedy Award for Outstanding Columnist and was nominated for a Walkley Award.

Team 50s: Kathy Kelly is an Inspirational speaker and advocate for self-harm prevention, violence prevention such as “The One Punch Law” as well as the “Financial Hardship Program” for victims of domestic and non-domestic violence. After experiencing unimaginable tragedy, she draws on her resilience and strength to empower others; the ultimate gift.

Team 70s: Libby Hathorn is an award-winning author of more than eighty books for young people. Translated and adapted for stage and screen,her work has won honours in Australia, United States, Great Britain and Holland. Her most recent awards include the Alice Award, 2014 for a body of work, and the Asher Literary Award, 2017, a peace prize.

Hosted by Dr. Elaine Laforteza.

 

Our last show was Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Giant Dwarf, Redfern

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THE THEME of the night WAS "MY SLIDING DOOR MOMENT"

Decisions: we make a bunch of 'em every day (gym or nap? seltzer or wine?). Most are small. Some are bigger. And over the course of a lifetime, some are quite literally life-changing. This month, we explored the one decision that changed our lives, forever.

Generation Women is a cross-generational storytelling night founded in New York City in 2017, and in Sydney in 2018. Each month, six women of note read an original piece on a theme. Of those women, one is in her 20s, her 30s, her 40s, her 50s, her 60s, and her 70s+. Generation Women celebrates and amplifies women's voices and creativity. We're a unique, intimate female literary salon that brings together women of all ages.

Team 20s: Yve Blake, award winning playwright, composer and musical comedian. She is known for ‘FANGIRLS’ (2019) Barbican Centre, London. ‘Women of the World Festival’ (2018) Southbank Centre, London. ‘Lie Collector’ (2015) The Vaults Festival, London. ‘THEN’ (2014) Australian New Zealand Festival.

Team 20s: Teniola Komolafe, a photographer and art director. Teniola runs the photography house, TENIKOM and has had work in Vogue, Edge Agency and Workshop Australia.

Team 40s: Nicole T. Harcourt Voychak, entrepreneur, life coach, best-selling author as well as a mother, daughter, sister and wife. Nicole runs ‘Sanctuary Housing’, purpose built shelters for women escaping domestic violence and homelessness. She is the author of ‘A Divergent Path’ published by Difference Press, a No. 1 bestseller in the US, UK & Aus. Nicole believes she holds the true answer to a happy fulfilling life:- coffee, red wine and a dedicated scream space.

Team 50s: Bem Le Hunte, international best-selling author and Creative Intelligence expert. Author of The Seduction of Silence (2000), There, Where the Pepper Grows (2005), Heads Up (2011) and Dandelions and Helicopters (2012).

Team 60s: Karen Stanton, a Physical Education Teacher from Byron Bay. Karen has worked as a dancer, choreographer, director, actor, painter, business woman and writer. Karen describes herself as a hippy and runway. Karen is a Burlesque Performer at London’s Soho Club, a mother of five and a grandmother.

Team 60s: Uma Kali Shakti a director/writer/actor/stage-manager/producer/filmmaker. Uma tutors at the Martian Embassy with Sydney Story Factory. She is a lifelong social justice and human rights warrior, is of kiwi of Fiji-Indian descent, a member of the Jerrinja Wadi Wadi South Coast Koori community and identifies as a Blak/Wog Disabled Dyke Elder.

Hosted by Dr. Elaine Laforteza.

 

Our last show was Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Giant Dwarf, Redfern

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THE THEME of the night WAS "time’s up"

Generation Women is a cross-generational storytelling night founded in New York City in 2017, and in Sydney in 2018. Each month, six women of note read an original piece on a theme. Of those women, one is in her 20s, her 30s, her 40s, her 50s, her 60s, and her 70s+. Generation Women celebrates and amplifies women's voices and creativity. We're a unique, intimate female literary salon that brings together women of all ages.

Storytellers include actor Chika Ikogwe (literary manager of the Sydney Theatre Company), Polly Rowe (author and poet), Fiona Wright (writer and social commentator), Jane Caro (entertainer) and Lillian De Los Reyes. Hosted by Dr. Elaine Laforteza.

Hosted by Dr. Elaine Laforteza.

 

Our last show was Monday, December 11, 2018 at Giant Dwarf, Redfern

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THE THEME of the night WAS "my first time saying no"

For the kickoff event, guests will be regaled with stories on “my first time saying no” from a carefully curated line-up that includes: Team 20s: Nakkiah Lui (Black Comedy, Kiki and Kitty), Team 30s: Sarah Oakes (Gourmet Traveller), Team 40s: Jacqueline Maley (Sydney Morning Herald); Team 50s: Melina Marchetta (Looking for Alibrandi, On the Jellicoe Road) and Team 70s: Eva Cox (Humanist of the Year)

Hosted by Georgia Clark