August 2015 Networking Dinner Meeting

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Date: Tuesday, 4 August 2015
Venue: Grand Ballroom, Novotel Wollongong Northbeach
Speaker: Geraldine Doogue - The Climb: Conversations with Australian Women in Power

PRESENTER, ABC RADIO NATIONAL’S ‘SATURDAY EXTRA’, 7.30-9AM all-round Australia, heard Nationally on Radio National & Internationally via Podcast and the Internet covering Australian Politics and Business, Cultural Trends, Books, Ideas, International Affairs and Business. ABC TV1’S ‘COMPASS’, SUNDAY NIGHTS, covering Religion, Spirituality, Beliefs and Values.

Whilst originally planning a career as a schoolteacher after completing her Arts degree, in 1972 Geraldine applied on an impulse for a journalism cadetship with The West Australian instead. Since then she has thrived on that impulsive decision.

Within the first ten years of her career, Geraldine had carved out a reputation in print, television and radio, including two years at the London Bureau working for the Murdoch group's Australian papers.

Her entrance into television was unexpected. Whilst covering a story for The Australian, an ABC Television reporter interviewed her for a Four Corners program. When the head office executives saw the interview, they were so impressed with her on-camera presence that they offered Geraldine the Perth compere's position for ABC Television's then new program Nationwide.

She soon moved to Sydney to host the NSW edition of the program and established herself as one of the most respected and popular personalities on national television.

Geraldine then worked for a time on commercial radio with 2UE and on commercial television, co-presenting Channel 10's main news bulletin, before returning to the ABC in 1990. She played a major role in ABC TV's coverage of the Gulf War. During this period Geraldine was awarded two Penguin Awards and a United Nations Media Peace Prize.

In 1992 Geraldine began presenting Life Matters, a new ABC Radio National program which set out to cover the full gamut of social issues in everyday life. In 1998, she also became host of ABC TV's Compass program, which looks at issues of spirituality, philosophy and belief every Sunday evening. After 11 years with Life Matters, she moved to Saturday mornings to host a program focusing on international politics, Australia's role on the world stage, and business, called Saturday Extra

In 2000 Geraldine was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for social and cultural reporting. In 2003, she was recognised with an Officer in the Order of Australia for services to the community and media. In March 2011, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by her alma mater, the University of Western Australia and by Macquarie University.

In August 2014 she released a book called The Climb: Conversations with Australian Women in Power, which explores how women are represented at the top levels of power in Australia.

Geraldine's keynote speech will relate to The Climb; the candid and personal discussions held with fourteen women leading the way in fields as wide-ranging as business, politics, religion, education and the armed forces.  A book-signing will be held on the night, with copies of The Climb available to purchase.