GWPR launches in Australia; founding committee announced
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GWPR launches in Australia; founding committee announced

The Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) has officially launched Global Women in PR (GWPR) Australia. Operating as a Special Interest Group of the PRIA, GWPR Australia aims to provide a platform and community for women in the PR & Communications industry, and will champion leadership, diversity, and empowerment.

The Founding Committee reads as a who's who of the Australian PR industry, and is chaired by Helen Graney, CEO of Weber Shandwick and Jack Morton.

The full committee comprises:
  • Amber Scotto (Edelman)
  • Angela Scrymgour (ABC)
  • Carden Calder (BlueChip Communication)
  • Dena Vassallo (SOCIETY)
  • EJ Granleese (History Will Be Kind)
  • Elizabeth Greene (Microsoft)
  • Elly Hewitt (alt/shift)
  • Jasmine Mobarek (HP)
  • Joanne Painter (Icon Agency)
  • Karina Durham (Palin Communications)
  • Leilani Abels (Thrive PR)
  • Mandy Galmes (Sefiani)
  • Mel Deacon (Elevate Communication)
  • Nicole Phillips (Havas Red)
  • Pam Klioufis (BCW)
  • Sarah Littlefair (Zeno Group)
  • Sarah Macartney (Domain Group)
  • Simone Gupta (Supermassive)
  • Skye Lambley (Herd MSL)
  • Unjela Kaleem (Miyamoto International)
In addition, Global Chief Client and Growth Officer at BCW Global, Michelle Hutton, will be chairing an advisory group to the committee.

Helen Graney said she is thrilled to be joining as Chair of GWPR Australia: "The phenomenal experience and talent of our committee members signals the serious commitment of senior women in the PR and Communications industry to tackle systemic issues, shift attitudes and drive much-needed change."

PRIA CEO, Louise Harland-Cox, said she looks forward to supporting the committee in effecting change: “The momentum and passion behind this initiative has been tremendous and I’m thankful to have a powerhouse group of women committed to driving change in the industry.

“Next year will be one of enormous change and celebration for us as an industry body as we enter our 75th year and rebrand as Communication and Public Relations Australia.

“It feels fitting to launch GWPR Australia on the cusp of this new era.”

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