Women in Hospitality (WOHO) is set to begin its interstate expansion, inviting industry professionals to their inaugural Queensland event at Baedeker in Brisbane on Monday 24 February.

The not-for-profit launched in New South Wales in 2017, with aim of rectifying the under-representation of women in senior positions throughout the hospitality industry. WOHO has since implemented a mentorship program, as well as a regular roster of networking events.

The hope is to extend these opportunities to women in Queensland’s hospitality industry. With the growing number high calibre of venues in Queensland, the need to create a centralised community for the state’s professionals was apparent.

“We have such an incredible and supportive community in New South Wales and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate and support the amazing female talent in Queensland,” says Campbell. “This event is for anyone who wants to network within the industry, understand more about who we are and what we do and of course learn how to get involved from the Queensland committee.

“We receive a huge amount of support participating in Noosa Food and Wine each year so it was very fitting that QLD will be the first WOHO chapter outside of NSW on the journey to growing nationally.”

The Queensland committee members are: Bekk Millwood, director at BM&Co Hospitality; Ceri Kidby-Salom, bar manager at ARC Dining; Ammie Watts, general manager at Wine & Dine’m Catering, Donna Di Santo, managing director at RMS Group; De-Arne Wicks owner at Billykart; Naomi Herzog business development manager at IQ Construct; and Fiona Franklin from Restaurant & Catering.

Tickets for the launch event are available now.

WOHO NSW launches new Mentor Program

Back in Sydney, WOHO’s new Mentor Program will kick off on Thursday 20 February. While applications have closed, there’ll be another intake for the three-month program in August. WOHO has partnered with JRM Hospitality for the first time for the February intake, which will see mentees paired with a successful mentor, such as Christine Manfield, Danielle Alvarez (Fred’s) and Nadine Ingram (Flour and Stone).

Participants can join the program as either a Mentee or Mentor and can send an email to to get involved. More information is available via WOHO’s Facebook.

Tickets for the launch of WOHO’s new Mentor Program are available now.

International Women’s Day event at Bloodwood Newtown

On Sunday 8 March, WOHO will celebrate International Women’s Day at Bloodwood Newtown by showcasing emerging Australian craft distillers with Dervilla McGowan, owner and distiller at Anther Spirits in Geelong Victoria and Heather Tillott, head distiller at Sullivans Cove Whisky in Cambridge Tasmania attending alongside many more inspirational women.

Tickets are $95pp and include a cocktail on arrival, food, spirit flights, wine and beer. Spaces are limited so guests are encouraged to book early by emailing Bloodwood or calling (+61 2) 9557 7699 to secure a spot.


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