Julia Campbell, founder and CEO of Women in Hospitality

A new organisation, Women in Hospitality (WOHO), will champion and support women in the industry.

WOHO is a not-for-profit organisation that supports women working in the many facets of the hospitality industry – restaurateurs, chefs, waiters, sommeliers and business managers – throughout all stages of their careers.

The WOHO vision is to give women access to a supportive network that educates and provides access to mentors and forums to share information and experiences, discuss issues, find solutions and support one another to help nurture their careers and encourage longevity in the hospitality industry. According to Workplace Gender Equality Agency, women in Australia represent 51.8 percent of workers in the hospitality industry but only 15.4 percent of CEOs in the industry are women.

“It is a very exciting time for Australian hospitality which is now getting more recognition on the world stage,” said WOHO founder and chair Julia Campbell. “While our forward-thinking approach to food and concepts is well-recognised, it is imperative that we face the issue of female under-representation at a senior level in the industry. WOHO is a vehicle for us to inspire, recruit and retain more females and to give them the confidence to support themselves and each other in their professional development.”

There will be a program of year-round events, and also member created meet ups. The mentoring program is led by accomplished industry members and high-profile women in hospitality including Christine Manfield, Danielle Alvarez and Nadine Ingram.

Members will pay $10 per month – apprentices will receive complimentary membership – for access to the WOHO website, events, access to mentors and discussions.

WOHO’s goal is to grow nationally and stand alongside other like-minded organisations to represent Australian hospitality on the international stage, as well as locally.

WOHO’s board is made up of pioneering women whose aim is to create a voice for female hospitality professionals and to facilitate a successful and rewarding career.

The board is comprised of Julia Campbell (Founder & Chair), Anna Pavoni (Ormeggio), Jane Hyland (4fourteen), Claire van Vuuren (Bloodwood), Jane Strode (Bistrode CBD), Lisa Hobbs (Dedes Group), Lisa Margan (Margan Estate), Kerrie McCallum (delicious and Stellar), Lyndey Milan (OAM) and Michelle Maiale (A Tavola).

Hospitality workers and supporters are encouraged to attend the first official event to launch WOHO on 29 May.

Event details are:

6–9pm, Monday 29 May

Three Blue Ducks Rosebery

1/85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery

Food by Bloodwood, 4Fourteen, Pastry Project and Bistrode CBD

Beverages by Printhie, Lisa McGuigan, Margan Estate, Young Henry’s and Santa Vittoria

Tickets available for $25 for members, $30 for non members

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