BPW Melbourne

About Our Club

Join a dynamic club that connects a diverse range of professional women. Be part of a global network promoting equal opportunity, participation and representation of women in the workplace and marketplace.

BPW Melbourne believes that equality means business.  That’s why we engage with business and government on the evidence that there is a return on investment when women become top executives and leaders in public life. The global Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs), which promote the advancement of women in public life, are the compass that guides our activities and advocacy. Our objective is to encourage local businesses to sign up to the WEPs.

BPW Melbourne is the only women’s club representing women in both business and professional careers.

Our members represent women in all walks of business life, at all stages of their careers. Our members are small business owners and public servants. Some are at the beginning of their careers, and others are chief executives, directors and corporate managers.  Our professionals include lawyers and journalists, and represent education, government, and community organisations.

Younger members especially benefit from the skills development that supporting our activities can offer.

Join us on the first Tuesday of the month in a creative and modern setting conducive to an exchange of bold ideas and entrepreneurial wisdom. 


 Management Committee   2020/21

President: Emma Manser-- Vice President (Advocacy): Stephanie Ziersch

Treasurer: Denise Patience -- Secretary: Leah Sawell -- Vice President (Membership): Vacant

Thank you to all who attended our Club AGM on August 4. It was fantastic to discuss our achievements as a Club in the past 12 months and to hear the passion and enthusiasm from members looking forward to the future, at what is a very challenging time for us all.

Coronavirus restrictions will continue to change the way Melbourne Club meets for the foreseeable future, but there's already some exciting plans in place to keep us together at this unprecedented time of separation. 

Thank you to the 2019-20 Management Committee for all their hard work in the past 12 months. 

We're thrilled to announce our 2020-21 Management Committee of:

President - Emma Manser

VP Policy - Stephanie Ziersch

Secretary - Leah Sawell

Treasurer - Denise Patience

VP Membership - (vacant)

As well as our past President Caroline Bayliss who will continue to co-ordinate our calendar of events.

A message from BPW Melbourne President, Emma Manser:

"Each and every member has a critical role to play in a thriving future for our Club. This year has been a time of massive upheaval for all of us and, I know for myself, BPW has been a real grounding force amongst all the chaos."

"I am so proud of everything we have achieved in the past year. As is said a lot these days: 'we are all in this together'. I'm looking forward to the next 12 months and continuing to be part of creating an even better future for women at all stages of life."


Our next meeting : Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, August 4

at 6.00 pm

BPW Melbourne invites Club Members to our 

  Annual General Meeting 

to be held via Zoom. 

      Enquiries - email President Emma:  bpwamelbourne@gmail.com

Due to the Pandemic, we are now holding our regular monthly meetings

on the first Tuesday of the month, via Zoom.

Please contact Emma if you would like to attend. 

You would be most welcome !


BPW Melbourne celebrates International Women's Day 2019 - #BalanceForBetter


Members and guests join women around the world marking this year's IWD theme, #BalanceforBetter 

Club Contact Details

Email: bpwamelbourne@gmail.com


We welcome you

If you are interested in finding out more about BPW in your local area, you are invited to join us at one of our meetings.  Please check the events sections above to find out what's on this month. You will find out more about us, meet some of our wonderful members and enjoy special guest speakers.

Past President Caroline Bayliss(L) with current President Emma Manser (R)

Emma Manser
President BPW Melbourne

About our club

In BPW, members matter most.  We focus on issues and personal or professional development that is relevant to our own club.  We enjoy different types of meetings, including dinner with a speaker, workshops to enhance our skills and social events where lifelong friendships are made.

Meet some of our current and past Club Members

Back row (L-R): Denise Patience, Bronwyn Williams, Michelle Wareham, Tracie Andrews, Jacqueline Graham (President, BPW Australia)

Front row (L-R): Stephanie Ziersch,Caroline Bayliss (Club President), Karen Delvin, Annie McCaig

Club Location

Club Projects

We choose the local, national and international projects that our Club members will support. You will find details of current projects below

Policy Position Paper: Leadership at All Career Stages

We are currently updating the website.

Please check back soon for details of the policy projects members of BPW Melbourne are currently leading.

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