International Women’s Day: Break the Bias with Richmond AFLW and Sunshine Coast Lightning

In partnership with Richmond AFLW and Sunshine Coast Lightning, WISE is proud to present a panel session for International Women’s Day 2022.

Join us virtually on Tuesday, 8 March 2022 at 11:45am (AEDT) to hear from three inspirational leaders on their journey to leadership and how to #breakthebias for future generations of women.

Hosted by journalist Sam Lane, the event will discuss the journey to leadership for our panellists, the barriers they faced and how we can all work to #breakthebias and bring more women into leadership roles in the future.

This year we’re excited to hear from Kylee Byrne (Sunshine Coast Lightning), Monique Conti (Richmond AFLW) and Ellie McKenzie (Richmond AFLW).

Our free virtual panel will be hosted on Zoom. We will be emailing the link one hour before the event starts.

Click here to join the event at 11:45am AEDT.

Meet our panellists

Image of Sam Lane smiling at the camera wearing a blue dressSamantha Lane

Sam Lane is a pioneering broadcast journalist and author. Her award-winning work spans print, television, podcast and radio. Her first book, ROAR was launched by Australian luminary Natasha Stott-Despoja, and formally endorsed by Australia’s only woman Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.

A trailblazing television broadcaster, Sam covered men’s AFL on Channels Seven and Ten over 15 years. She joined Channel Seven’s prime time Saturday Night Footy team in 2013. She was also part of Seven’s record-breaking broadcast of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Sam has delivered keynote presentations on the topic in Australia and abroad, including at the Australian Embassy in Paris.

Sam is a co-host and boundary rider for Channel Seven broadcasts of AFL women’s matches, covering every season since the AFLW launched in 2017. She hosts a weekly Australian Broadcasting Corporation podcast -‘The W – with Sharni and Sam’ – with former Australian netball captain turned AFLW star Sharni Norder.

Sam sits on the Australian Institute of Sport’s Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement Advisory Committee, chaired by Ian Thorpe. Australian of the Year Patrick McGorry and Richmond Football Club president Peggy O’Neal are fellow members.

She joined the Board of Directors of The Chappell Foundation – which fundraises for homeless youth and has Dame Quentin Bryce among its patrons – in September 2021. Sam also sits on the steering committee for the Sydney Swans AFL women’s team; an advisory group created in 2021. Sam was selected for the inaugural Sport Australia-Australian Institute of Sport Executive Talent program in 2019; one of 16 inaugural alumnae.

She has been an ambassador for the Basil Sellers Art Prize, Move in May, Run Melbourne, Beyond Blue and Breast Cancer Network Australia.

Kylee Byrne
Kylee Byrne

Head Coach Kylee Byrne has over 15 years’ experience coaching elite netball programs. In her first season in the role she led Lightning to finish second to qualify for their fourth consecutive finals’ series. Byrne was promoted to Head Coach of Sunshine Coast Lightning at the conclusion of the 2019 season after playing a pivotal role in Lightning’s 2017 and 2018 Premierships and 2019 Grand Final as Assistant Coach.

The Queensland native joined Lightning as Assistant Coach ahead of the inaugural 2017 season. In 2019 she was also appointed Head Coach of the Under 21 Australian team, a position that she still holds currently.
Previous to her role on the Sunshine Coast, Byrne was Netball Queensland’s Elite Development Coach, where she oversaw the state’s program to identify and develop the next generation of netballers. Byrne has also held coaching positions with Queensland Firebirds, Queensland Fusion, Australian Institute of Sport and Netball Australia.

Kylee has a keen eye to identify and develop talent, as well as help transition players into high-performing elite teams.

Ellie McKenzieEllie McKenzie

Ellie joined Richmond in the 2020 NAB AFL Women’s Draft. She is a powerful athlete that can play as a forward or midfielder. The 18-year-old was outstanding in her debut AFLW season, finishing runner-up in the NAB Rising Star and Richmond’s AFLW best and fairest. Ellie has also been voted as the AFLPA and Richmond’s best first-year player and was a member of the 2021 40-woman AFLW All Australian squad.



Monique ContiMonique Conti

Monique was also selected to play for Richmond’s AFLW team in 2020. The 21-year-old has not let the Club down, winning two best and fairests in the last two years. The cross-code star is a dual All Australian and was named best on ground in the Western Bulldogs’ 2018 AFLW Grand Final win.




Event details:

When: Tuesday, 8 March 2022 from 11:45am – 12:30pm AEDT

Where: Online via Zoom (it’s free!)

RSVP: By signing up to our WISE mailing list.




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