New month, new opportunities to get out and about.

We’ve compiled a snapshot of activities to ensure a cracking August!


Melbourne Women in Business lunch @ Melbourne Town Hall.

Facilitated by Engaging Women founder Martine Harte.


2017 Melbourne Women in Business Lunch


Thursday 24th August.

You’re invited to The City of Melbourne’s annual Melbourne Women in Business lunch.

Snap up your tickets here.

Running a business, want to make the leap? This lunch is for you.

Join us as we acknowledge the achievements of women and the important role they play in Melbourne’s business community.

The best part? It’s also a brilliant networking platform!.

This year’s theme is Champions of Change: Strength and Value from Diversity.

An inspiring and engaging panel will draw on their experience across various industry sectors and discuss the value of diversity and flexibility in the modern workforce. How important is gender balance? What does diversity bring to the workplace and how do we influence positive change?

Find out from the 2017 Women in Business panel:

Ben Rimmer
Chief Executive Officer, City of Melbourne

Jacinta Carboon
Chief Executive Officer, Squareweave

Craig Tiley
Chief Executive Officer, Tennis Australia and Australian Open Tournament Director

Caitlin Iles
Chief Executive Officer, XCHANGE

There’s also fabulous entertainment and food on offer so if you can make it be sure to say hi!

Snap up your tickets here.

The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture

One for all you fashion lovers.

The exhibition narrates the rich history of the fashion house.

Highlights include examples from Christian Dior’s iconic spring 1947 New Look collection, magnificent displays of Dior’s signature ball gowns and evening dresses, as well as designs from the inaugural couture collection of the House’s first female head designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri.


NGV International
180 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3004

Contact details



27/08/2017 to 07/11/2017

Melbourne International Film Festival

Get ready for international premieres, red carpet glamour and the best global cinema.

Established in 1952, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the most significant screen event in Australia. An iconic Melbourne event, the festival takes place annually in the heart of the city, presenting an acclaimed screening program alongside industry and celebratory events.


Forum Theatre
150-162 Flinders Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Contact details

03 8660 4888


03/08/2017 to 20/08/2017


Did someone say, ‘Night at the Museum?’

Melbourne Museum is being transformed after dark.

There’ll be curated cocktails, delicious bites, spot talks, expert demonstrations and plenty of live music.

Also on the bill:
-After-hours access to museum galleries.
-Pop-up talks from museum experts.
-Exclusive back-of-house collections displays not usually seen by the general public.
-Trophy Wife Nail art bar.
-Food and pop-up bars.

Definitely one for the adults.

The museum will be transformed into the ultimate adult playground with a full program of entertainment including feature live performances from Gold Class and RGV, plus a DJ set from Millú.


Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton VIC 3053

Contact details

13 1102



Fri: 6pm – 11pm



8 August 2017 – 20 August 2017

Love Sherlock Holmes? Fan of CSI? Dream of cracking cases wide open with your detective skills? Find out how the real experts do it by joining Professor Shari Forbes, world leading forensics expert, in a Friday night talk on forensics, death and decomposition.Professor Shari Forbes works in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and is a core member of the Centre for Forensic Science (CFS). She heads the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research (AFTER).


Powerhouse Museum


For more than three decades, the Melbourne Writers Festival has connected readers, writers and thinkers in a winter celebration ‘for everyone who reads’.

This year the festival will bring together hundreds of the best writers from Australia and around the world, to take part in storytelling, conversation, debate, live performance, music and art events for readers of all ages.


Federation Square
Corner of Swanston & Flinders Streets
Melbourne VIC 3000


25/08/2017 to 03/09/2017

Visit the festival website.

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week

Melbourne Fashion Week (MFW) kicks off on 1 September with a week-long celebration of the best in Melbourne fashion.

Featuring a huge designer line-up and exciting new additions, MFW 2017 presents over 150 events across the city – including Premium Runways with the country’s leading designers, industry workshops, exhibitions, parties, films, music, and free fashion experiences.

Melbourne Town Hall will be a hub of activity throughout the entire week. As well as the Premium and Garage runways, the historic space will feature live music and DJ sets, pop-ups, fashion showcases, a designer market, workshops and the Creative Collective Exhibition.

As part of Melbourne Fashion Week’s Opening Night celebrations, MFW teams up with Vogue Australia and Emporium Melbourne for a full night of fashion, shopping and entertainment. Get along to the free Emporium Melbourne Opening Night Runway on Little Bourke Street’s open-air runway, then take advantage of exclusive offers at the city’s leading retailers as part of Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out (VAEFNO).

Melbourne Fashion Week is presented by City of Melbourne.


Melbourne Town Hall.
90-130 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC 3000
This event takes place at various venues across the city.

Contact details

03 9658 8739


01/09/2017 to 08/09/2017 (all day)


Undoubtedly one of the most glamorous, purposeful events on Melbourne’s calendar.

Once again held at the magnificent Carousel restaurant, guests are able to do their bit to support the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan.

Guest speakers are yet to be announced.

Hagar Ambassador actor, Rachel Griffiths is always on hand to make it a memorable occasion!

Engaging Women is delighted to be involved with this year’s event. M


Friday, 8 September – midday


We’ll put up the link when tickets go on sale.

 Join 400 women for an afternoon of elegance and inspiration, while raising funds to support women and girls who have overcome unimaginable hardship in Afghanistan.

Limited tickets on sale soon – stayed tuned for your invitation!

Pic from Lunch to Liberate, 2016.

Round She goes Market

If you’re into hunting for pre-loved fashion this is the market for you.

Round she goes showcases 60 stallholders, selling designer labels including Louis Vuitton, Zimmerman, Ralph Lauren, Dior… need we say more?


Box Hill Town Hall

1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill


Sunday 2 August – 10am – 3pm

This market features 60 handpicked stallholders who will be selling women’s pre-loved designer fashion—brands like Louis Vuitton, Gorman, Christian Dior, Zimmerman, Ralph Lauren, Mimco, Dolce & Gabbana and a truck load more.

If you’re super snappy and are one of those practiced bargain divers, you’ll be able to nab a heap of quality vintage and retro fashion, handmade jewellery and accessories. Round She Goes will also feature racks and racks of beautiful, quality vintage Japanese kimonos on sale for just $20.

Box Hill Town Hall | 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
Sunday 2 August | 10am-3pm



Saturday 5 August


Woodville Town Hall – 10am – 3pm

Entry is $2

Check out website for next Sydney market.



Run by one of our empowering Ambassadors for Good, Melissa Jeffcott.

A Celebration Day for Girls is a one-day workshop for 10-12 years old girls with their mother or female carer.

This carefully crafted workshop was designed by Jane Bennett to support girls and mothers at this special threshold in both their lives, and to provide an affirming, grounded and connected celebration of the journey to womanhood.

At the Celebration Day girls enjoy lively discussion, fun craft activities, women’s stories and gentle celebration of the magical threshold of puberty and menarche.

Many participants report that their mother-daughter relationship is enriched and enlivened as the doors of communication in this key area of female experience and development are opened.

More information can be found here at Melissa’s website.


First Sunday of every month, kids of all ages will be able to take part in fun activities from creating YouTube videos, singing Frozen songs in a round of karaoke, to painting a 3D masterpiece in virtual reality with Google’s Tilt Brush tool.

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