Event: What does gender equality mean to you? Perspectives from future female leaders

WISE Employment and Richmond FC invite you to a virtual panel event: What does gender equality mean to you? Perspectives from future female leaders.


Wednesday, 10 March 2021, kicking off at 12:15 pm (AEDT) via Zoom.

WISE Employment is excited to join forces with Richmond Football Club to continue the conversation of International Women’s Day (IWD). This year’s theme is centred around choosing to challenge gender equality and call out bias within our communities.

The panel, hosted by journalist Sam Lane, will share their perspective of what gender equality means to them; and discuss how as future leaders, they are helping to forge a gender-equal world.

The panel features Richmond AFLW player Akec Makur Chuot, REAL Program Lead in the Korin Gamadji Institute (KGI) at the Richmond Football Club Michelle Kerrin, and WISE Employment’s GradWISE Career Coach Grace Mackley.


Meet our panellists


Image of Sam Lane smiling at the camera wearing a blue dress
Samantha Lane

Award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster, Sam Lane is a trailblazer. She has done everything from covering three Summer Olympics and the Tour de France to spending ten years working with Australian comics on Before the Game. She has hosted radio shows and is a Sports Australia Award winner, which only scratches the surface of her vast journalistic experience.

Sam’s first book, ROAR – the stories behind the rise of AFLW, is unparalleled. Launched by Natasha Scott-Despoja AO, ROAR is multi-award winning and has a formal endorsement from Australia’s only woman (former) Prime Minister, Julia Gillard AC.

Since the release of ROAR, Sam has been discussing change within women’s sport, including in 2019 when she delivered a keynote address on the topic at the Australian Embassy in Paris, France.

Sam was selected in the inaugural Sport Australia-Australian Institue of Sports executive program in 2019. She sits on the new AIS Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement Advisory Committee, which retired Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe AM chairs. Australian of the Year, Patrick McGorry AO, and Richmond Football Club president Peggy O’Neal AO are fellow members.

In 2020 Sam presented and executive-produced a podcast series for the Richmond Football Club, The Originals, which hit number one Australian sports podcast in the Apple iTunes charts upon launch.


Image of Akec Makur Chuot smiling at the camera in her Richmond FC uniform

Akec Makur Chuot

Akec Makur Chuot was born in South Sudan, where her single mother raised her in a family of seven. She spent nine years of her childhood in Kakuma, a Kenyan refugee camp, before arriving in Australia at the age of 12.

She moved to Melbourne from Perth in 2018, completing the AFL sports-ready traineeship before graduating with a Certificate IV in Business. Shortly after, Akec gained employment with the AFL Victoria as the Multicultural Development Officer.

Akec joined Carlton’s VFL team in 2018 before moving to Richmond VFL in 2019. She was then elevated to the Tigers’ AFLW list for their inaugural 2020 season.



Michelle Kerrin stands outside in front of a tree. She is wearing a white t-shirt which reads 'she who dares wins' and smiling at the camera

Michelle Kerrin

Michelle Kerrin is a proud Arrernte and Luritja woman from the Northern Territory. After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Melbourne, Michelle was awarded the Menzies Indigenous Mentoring Fellowship, giving her the opportunity to mentor Year 7 students at the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School. Michelle also worked as a Boarding and Pathways Coordinator at MITS, supporting young people’s identities and Cultures across Melbourne schools. Michelle continued this line of work with the Wirrpanda Foundation as the Deadly Sista Girls Coordinator in Melbourne.

Michelle has supported the work of Reconciliation Action Plans and committees across various Melbourne health-related institutes. She has been a strong advocate for young First Nation peoples’ mental health, and continues to create pathways and leadership opportunities for young Aboriginal women.

Michelle is currently working as the REAL Program Lead in the Korin Gamadji Insitute at the Richmond Football Club, continuing to develop culturally-safe programs, leadership opportunities and initiatives for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Grace Mackley

Grace Mackley

Grace Mackley is an advocate for women’s rights and the rights of people living with a disability. In her career so far, she has received an invitation to represent YWCA as a 2021 delegate for the United Nations’ sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women. She has been awarded the 2021 New Colombo Plan Scholarship by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. When travel permits return, Grace will be working in Myanmar with disadvantaged women and people living with a disability.

Grace has worked with a support group for disadvantaged women in Tanzania where she took the the lead on a reusable pad project, and educated women by providing English, business, and health workshops.

She currently works at WISE Employment within their award-winning GradWISE program as the Monash University Lead. Every day, she supports university students who identify as living with a disability, injury or illness to find meaningful employment and live to their full potential.

Grace’s journey so far is a testament to her passion for women’s rights and the rights of all people living with a disability.

Event details:

When: Wednesday, 10 March 2021 at 12:15 pm to 1 pm (AEDT)

Where: Online via Zoom

Click the link to join at the time of event: https://wiseemployment.zoom.us/j/95416380580?pwd=Ymk5OEFnZWFQYkc1aEJTKzkvOW1IUT09

RSVP: There is no need to RSVP. Please join us on Zoom. The event is free, and everyone is welcome.





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