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Business Illawarra

Upcoming Events

Business Illawarra presents the region’s leading business events program, bringing high-profile politicians, industry leaders and expert speakers to the region. 


Our comprehensive events program, designed and produced exclusively for members, enables you to network with industry professionals, learn new skills and form vital connections at a range of regular networking, educational and executive-level events and forums.

Join us at our monthly networking series Business Before Hours and Business After Hours to connect with local businesspeople in a relaxed and social atmosphere.

We also collaborate with other organisations to deliver joint events focused on local issues and business development opportunities throughout the year. 

MC at Business before Hours networking event
Women in Executive Leadership Forum

Illawarra First Women in Executive Leadership Forum

Wednesday, 28 April, 12.00pm - 2.00pm

Our annual Illawarra First Women in Executive Leadership Forum luncheon will take place on Wednesday, 28 April, and is proudly sponsored by Mercer.

As excitement builds in the Illawarra ahead of the Wollongong 2022 UCI World Road Championships, we will hear from Marne Fechner, inaugural Chief Executive of AusCycling and outgoing Chief Executive at Netball Australia, who joins us with first class credentials in sports management and is the first-ever female to run the sport of cycling in Australia.

Her views and experiences will make for an insightful discussion with Jo-Anne Bloch, Senior Partner and Head of Superannuation Services at Mercer, herself a highly-regarded member of the financial services sector and mentor to local business women. 

Their conversation will examine the elevation of women to leadership positions and how aspiring women can succeed in rising to executive leadership roles within the sporting industry and beyond. As we stated in an opinion piece at the weekend, there are strong economic reasons for us to recognise the achievements of women, promote female leadership and ultimately support greater workforce participation.

Illawarra First invites all Business Illawarra members to come along and participate in this important discussion and encourage both male and female perspectives from members of the audience.

This event will be held at WIN Stadium in the Victory Room. Doors open at midday, with venue entry and check-in via the corporate entrance on Harbour Street. 

Illawarra First Member Ticket: 2 x FREE
Business Illawarra Member Ticket: $99.00 (+GST)
Business Illawarra Member Table of 8: $750.00 (+GST)

Includes two-course lunch and beverages

Business after Hours hosted by Sage Hotel Wollongong

Thursday, 22 April, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Sage Hotel Wollongong have teamed up with Five Barrels Brewery to give Business Illawarra members a taste of the region.

Enjoy local beer tasting and a chef-designed selection of local-produce canapes and connect with other professionals in a relaxed and social atmosphere.

The friendly team at Sage will also offer a tour of the hotel and will be on hand to assist with your conference and events needs. 

This event will be held in the Waters Edge Room.  Doors open at 5.15pm, with venue entry and check-in via the main entrance on Harbour Street.

Business Illawarra and Illawarra First members: FREE
Business Australia and Local Chamber members: $25.00 (+GST)

Become A Member

Our events are designed and produced exclusively for members. To learn more about the benefits of membership and to consider the advantages it will give your business, please visit our member pages.