Each year the Sydney Women’s Fund Saluting Sydney Women special event celebrates a Sydney woman who has contributed to social justice and the advancement of women in this city and beyond.
A highly anticipated occasion, Saluting Sydney Women attracts women in leadership from all walks of life, coming together to recognise the achievements of other great Sydney women.
The guest list includes leaders in business, politics, media, the arts, philanthropy, community and the grassroots organisations that Sydney Women’s Fund supports.
The occasion pays tribute to a great Sydney woman each year who has been a trailblazer and role model contributing to the advancement of women’s lives in Sydney and beyond. Together we have saluted:
2018 – Carla Zampatti AC OMRI
2017 – Ita Buttrose AO OBE
2016 – Wendy McCarthy AO
2015 – The Hon. Elizabeth Evatt AC
2014 – Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO, former Governor of New South Wales
Led and supported by a community of Sydney’s leading professional and business women in philanthropy, this unique and elegant collective giving event raises funds to invest, inspire and create opportunities for local women and girls to thrive.
Jane Jose CEO and Michael Lynch AO CBE Chair Sydney Community Foundation (Image: Yann Le Berre)
Inaugural Saluting Sydney Women (Image: Yann Le Berre)
Saluting Sydney Women
2018 Saluting Carla Zampatti AC OMRI
Jillian Broadbent AO with Carla Zampatti. (Image: Yann Le Berre)
Carla Zampatti AC, OMRI is one of Australia’s most recognisable fashion icons, a successful business women and philanthropist. With over 50 years experience in the global fashion industry, Carla is one of Australia’s most influential and successful designers.
Recognised internationally for her exceptional business acumen, Carla currently holds a number of leadership positions including Executive Chairman of Carla Zampatti Pty Limited, Trustee of the Sydney Theatre Company Foundation Trust, Board Member of the Australian Multicultural Foundation and Board Member of European Australian Business Council.
Moreover, Carla has contributed broadly to Australian society and industry through appointments such as Chairman of the SBS Corporation, Director of the Westfield Group and a Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW.
2017 Saluting Ita Buttrose AO OBE
Ita Buttrose AO OBE
As one of Australia’s most recognisable media personalities, Ita Buttrose AO OBE is no stranger to being called a trailblazer. As a businesswoman, she’s earned a distinguished career in the Australian media with several notable achievements. She was the founding editor of Cleo magazine, the youngest ever editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly, the first woman to ever edit a major metropolitan newspaper in Australia as Editor-in-Chief of the Daily & Sunday Telegraphs, and the first woman director of News Ltd Australia.
She’s twice been voted Australia’s most
admired woman, and for good reason as her sharp wit and no-nonsense style has inspired women across the country. She’s even been likened to the Australian version of Oprah.
2016 Saluting Wendy McCarthy AO
Wendy MCarthy AO
Wendy McCarthy AO is a woman of kindness and strength and a feminist who has helped the careers and lives of so many strangers and many dear friends. She is a bright star in the Sydney community. A woman who believes in life-long learning and is not afraid to take risks.
In a career spanning five decades and most continents, Wendy McCarthy AO has remained committed to the belief that education for women and children is the best investment any nation can make. Teacher, educator, writer, social advocate, business woman and executive, she is also mother of three, grandmother of five and a friend, mentor and role model to many.
2015 Saluting The Hon. Elizabeth Evatt AC
The Hon. Elizabeth Evatt AC
The Hon Elizabeth Evatt AC is an eminent Australian reformist lawyer and jurist. A leader in her support of women’s civil and human rights her work leaves a significant and lasting legacy.
Evatt became the first Chief Judge of the Family Court of Australia, the first female judge of an Australian Federal Court, the first female Member of the Federal Conciliation and Arbitration Commission and the first Australian to be elected to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
In this position she presided over major development in Australian law and achieved
outstanding social reform.
2014 Saluting Dame Marie Roslyn Bashir AD CVO
From left – Rosalind Strong AM, Deanne Weir, Dame Marie Roslyn Bashir AD CVO, Wendy McCarthy AO, Jane Jose, Lucinda Brogden AM (Image: Yann Le Berre)
Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO, Governor of New South Wales was appointed as Governor of NSW in 2001, the first woman to hold this position. “Marie Bashir governed NSW from the grassroots up”. This is how the Sydney Morning Herald described our Patron on the announcement of her retirement as Governor of NSW, and her appointment as Dame in the Order of Australia, the highest Australian Civic Honour.
She has served New South Wales for 13 years as Governor, loved by people from all walks of life. On her retirement she will have been the state’s second longest serving Governor, but has remained an advocate for the disadvantaged and marginalised in the community, and a strong advocate for reconciliation.
Professor Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO has been the Patron of Sydney Community Foundation since its inception in 2004.
Westpac Ruby Connection for their continuing support of Saluting Sydney Women as a Major Event Partner.
Dermalogica our Major Sponsor Sydney Women’s Fund
To our loyal table hosts and gift supporters throughout the years, thank you.