Collaborating to Encourage Diversity

SCLAA Women in Logistics 2019
Collaborating to Encourage Diversity

30 August 2019, Leonda by the Yarra, Melbourne


The 4th annual Women in Logistics Luncheon is scheduled to take place on Friday, 30 August at Leonda by the Yarra in Melbourne and the SCLAA is delighted to announce that The Hon Melissa Horne MP, Minister for Public Transport, Minister for Ports and Freight, will officially open the event.

This is genuinely a unique event that challenges thinking, inspires action, encourages diversity and motivates collaborative change. Join the supply chain and logistics community to hear ideas that can be put into practice to encourage diversity in the workplace across the country, highlight the need for men and women to support each other to champion diversity and ensure stronger working relationships between women and men through collaboration.

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The 2019 Women in Logistics Luncheon presenters include The Hon Melissa Horne MP, Samantha Martin-Williams FAICD and Kathleen Walacavage who will each bring a different perspective to the table.

The Hon Melissa Horne MP

Melissa is the Minister for Public Transport, Minister for Ports and Freight and Member for Williamstown in the Andrews Labor Government.

Prior to being appointed as Minister in the Andrews Government immediately following the 2018 Victorian election, Melissa was a senior corporate and public affairs executive.

Melissa has worked in senior roles in both the government and corporate sector for more than 15 years and has significant experience in the transport portfolio, including as an executive director for the Level Crossing Removals Project.



Presenter: Samantha Martin-Williams FAICD

Samantha’s career spans more than 25 years of diverse experience across the financial services, education, health, resources, logistics and supply chain sectors.

An experienced C-Suite Executive with expertise in business transformation, commercial and change leadership, Samantha is General Manager (Corporate Services) and Company Secretary of the Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator – an independent, Member funded end-to-end supply chain and logistics organisation servicing the world’s largest coal export operation.

Samantha is the Non-Executive Director of the Newcastle Permanent Building Society, is a University of Newcastle conjoint lecturer of Law and Business, and a member of the MBA Advisory Board at the University of Newcastle Business School. Samantha currently sits on the SCLAA Advisory Task Force.


Presenter: Kathleen Walacavage

Katie’s career over the last 10 years has been focused on the electrical, mining, civil, rail, robotics and logistics automation, ranging from operations and later transitioning into planning and management fields.

After being exposed to large scale logistical automation in supply chain whilst working on MSRDC, the largest and most technologically advanced distribution centre in the Southern Hemisphere, Katie started a new path into the automation industry.

Currently working with Vanderlande as Operational Project Planner and Vanderlande Australia’s Supply Chain Manager, Katie and the team develop and implement successful projects in large scale automated warehouses both across Australia and New Zealand.


By attending this event you will be showing your support for and diversity in the Australian workplace and contributing to stronger working relationships which will bring immediate economic and social benefits to your organisation. Encouraging diversity in the work place across the country, particularly in non-traditional sectors, while highlighting the need for men and women to support each other through collaboration, is a must. Ask your colleagues to attend so that they too can participate and further facilitate inclusive conversations.

Feedback from previous attendees:

‘Positive discussions, very informative.’
‘Very good mixed participation.’
‘Inspirational. Great company.’
‘Great, talented women.’
‘Very open and well organised.’
‘Love the quality of the presenters, audience and topics.’
‘Great networking opportunity.’

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2018 Women in Logistics Luncheon