Panel listening to our MC
01 November 2019

Joining the creative conversation

‚ÄčThe 'Women Creatives' networking event provided women from the St Catherine's community with a fascinating discussion about the changing landscape for professionals with creative careers. The annual networking evening was held at the Randwick Ritz cinema.

Keynote speaker Rachael Coopes OG1992 is a self-described 'jack of all trades', having worked in corporate roles, as well as acting, writing, presenting and teaching yoga. In the context of a creative career, Rachael considers her diverse experience an advantage, opening unexpected doors to amazing professional opportunities. In a lovely aside, Rachael credited her ongoing love of writing to her St Catherine's Year 12 English teacher Ann Nadge.

Rachael was joined on the Q&A panel by parents Jacqui Strecker, head of curatorial at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and Deanne Tyrrell, designer, architect and psychologist. Wendy Gray OG1981 facilitated a dynamic conversation covering everything from the psychology of creativity, unconscious gender bias in creative industries and the influence of motherhood on the creative process (increased efficiency, in case you were wondering). 

The professional women's networking program is an initiative of the St Catherine's Foundation and is now in its sixth year. This was the 14th professional women's networking event for the program, which also facilitates events for women in corporate and STEM careers. If you would like to join the invitation list for future events, please email the St Catherine's Foundation.


Mrs Lyndall Stewart

Foundations Coordinator