About

Our story

Marketing Women Inc. provides a fun, inspiring, and supportive environment where marketers have the opportunity to network, learn and grow in their profession.

We engage female marketers through events with well-regarded, relevant and interesting speakers, a mentoring program and an ongoing social media presence / blog.

We are different to other networking groups as we are clearly focused on our niche market, and in doing so are more intimate, facilitating smaller gatherings of like-minded professionals. Our approach is relaxed and fun, without pressure or expectation.

Marketing Women Inc is run by a passionate  committee group of volunteers, who work together to support our members’ professional and personal development.  

OUR VISION

A community of female marketers: inspiring, educating and supporting each other’s growth

OUR PURPOSE

To provide platforms that connect and educate marketing women

OUR VALUES

  • Community.
  • Growth
  • Professionalism
  • Fun
  • Inspiration
  • Knowledge
  • Inclusion

OUR COMMITTEE

Established in 2002, this iteration of Marketing Women Vic was conceived and brought to life in 2009 then renamed in 2014 to Marketing Women Inc. A group of marketing and communication professionals who are committed to the advancement of female marketers, our current committee members have a diverse range of experience and cross all sectors and industries. Every member of our hard working committee acts on a purely voluntary basis, giving their time and expertise in order to help women involved in marketing.

Angela Piasente

chair

Angela Piasente is a passionate marketer with over 20 years’ experience across varied Australian FMCG companies and abroad with marketing expertise in both traditional and online environments. She specialises in the turnaround and growth of brands in the dairy industry including Yoplait, Devondale Mini Babybel and The Laughing Cow.

As a Marketing Leader continuously focused on leading a positive team culture and fostering relationships, she participated the MWI mentoring program in 2014 as a mentor. She joined the MWI committee as the Mentoring Program Leader in 2017 and ran three mentoring programs between 2017 and 2018. In 2020, she took on the role of Chair of Marketing Women.

Kate Badgery-Parker

Vice Chair / Treasurer

Kate Badgery-Parker is a senior marketing strategist and manager. She runs her own business as a marketing consultant, mentor and coach. She is passionate about the role of strategy in marketing and finding solutions to the pressures faced by marketers today.

Kate has over 20 years’ marketing experience in medium to large mass-market organisations, primarily in consumer services, and holds a Master of Marketing from Monash University.  

She joined the MWI committee in 2016, after a number of years as a mentor with the MWI Mentoring Program. She held the role of Co-Chair (with Teresa Basile) and Treasurer from 2018 and 2019.  

Renata Kopinski

Committee Member

Renata Kopinski has a decade’s experience in Marketing and PR and is a Senior PR Account Manager at the luxury and lifestyle agency Reymond Communications.

Renata originally joined the MWI Mentor Program in 2014 as a mentee, whilst completing a Masters of Marketing at RMIT. Following her mentorship, she returned one year later as a committee member, where she has been ever since.

Renata is passionate about creating a supportive environment where women empower one another. She truly believes, that when women work together, incredible things happen.

Jana Kuthe

Committee Member

Jana Kuthe is an experienced marketing & communications professional with over 15 years’ experience in B2B marketing. She currently drives the communications and marketing initiatives of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC).

Having completed the MWI Mentoring Program in 2014, Jana recently returned as a committee member to encourage women to connect and support one another and thus shape positive change for women in marketing.

Simone Reginato

Committee Member

Simone Reginato is the Head of Talent at Precision MGMT, a new generation of agency redefining and disrupting what we’ve come to know as fashion and management.

With a background in International Business, she has experience in the fashion, lifestyle, entertainment, sport and automotive industries.

She took part in the Mentor Program in 2018 and joined the committee in 2020. She is honoured to be working with women at the top of their game and is excited to contribute to the MWI success.

Lily Cox

Committee Member

Lily Cox is a Senior Recruitment Consultant, Marketing at Method Recruitment. She has built her network on long lasting relationships and provides industry insights to be a trusted recruitment partner. She truly cares about helping individuals to grow in their career and take logical steps to be at the top of their game. With a particular passion for marketing, she is always looking to learn and grow in this space.

Lily joined the committee in 2020 after having attended  attended many MWI events over the recent years. She is passionate about being part of a committee that empowers and connects like minded women to enable them to thrive in their careers.

Stephanie Gillies

Committee Member

Stephanie Gillies is a B2B marketer with experience in the technology/SaaS sector. She is currently the Head of Marketing & Communications for Trustpilot.

Steph joined the committee in 2021 after participating  in the mentoring program as a mentee, and now is playing a key role in the mentoring program.

Sarah Forbes

Committee Member

Sarah is a Social Media Strategist at Thrive PR Melbourne. Working with national brands for nearly a decade, in-house and agency, Sarah has a wealth of experience in influencer marketing, visual storytelling, and social media advertising campaigns. 

Growing up in the golden age of social media, Sarah has a deep understanding of this digital landscape, including online consumer behaviour and trends. She works with clients to build strategies that build brand love and positive customer sentiment online.

She was first introduced to the committee in 2018 when she attended a MWI panel event. Feeling inspired by the committee’s contribution to supporting the careers of marketers, Sarah joined in 2021 and is excited to support women in achieving their goals and building a strong business network.