This year’s speaker is author, presenter and political commentator Jamila Rizvi.
Jamila wrote the best-selling Not Just Lucky, a career manifesto for millennial women, and The Motherhood, an anthology of letters about the first three months of life with a newborn.
She is Editor-at-Large of the Nine Network’s Future Women and host of their podcast Future Women Weekly. She is also a regular commentator on The Project, Today, The Drum, Q & A, an occasional host on ABC Melbourne and co-founder of the popular event series, Tea with Jam and Clare.
Jamila holds bachelor degrees in law and commerce and has previously worked in politics for the Rudd and Gillard Governments advising on issues including media, women, child care, and employment.
She is a board member of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, as well as an Ambassador for CARE Australia, to which she has donated $15,000 in proceeds from her book The Motherhood to help give women and girls in the developing world a better life.
Named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review, Jamila lives in Melbourne with her husband, Jeremy, three-year-old son, Rafi, and many loads of clean but regrettably unfolded washing.