Annual International Women’s Day Talk with Kate Roffey,

Gender Equality in Sport (Virtual Event)


Tuesday 8th March, 9.30am Perth,

12 noon Adelaide,

12.30pm Melb/Syd/Canberra


The Harvard Club of Australia is delighted to announce our Second Annual International Women’s Day talk. We are pleased to have Kate Roffey, President of the Melbourne Football Club as the guest speaker, to talk on the topic of Gender Equality in Sport. Kate has broken many barriers throughout her career and has been iconic figure through leadership of various sporting organisations and businesses.

This event will be hosted virtually and moderated by Samantha Goerling, ABC Reporter.



Kate Roffey Bio

Kate is the President of the Melbourne Football Club, the first female to hold this position in the 160-year history of the Club, and in 2021 was the first President to lead the Club to a Premiership Flag in 57 years. She is also a well-respected business leader, who has extensive experience as a Senior Executive and Non-Executive Director within the commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors.

She is also a member of the Victoria University Council, the Chair of the Metro Trains Advisory Board and former Chair of the Victorian Regional Channels Authority that oversees the operations of shipping

Kate was a former CEO of the Committee for Melbourne.  She successfully led a broad cross-section of Melbourne’s most influential companies and institutions, developing initiatives that ensured Melbourne continued to grow as a prosperous globally connected city, this included retaining its mantle as the ‘World’s most liveable city’. She also held an executive position at Tennis Australia as Manager of the Melbourne Park Redevelopment  channels.


Samantha Goerling. Samantha Goerling is a journalist and a language teacher, currently working as a reporter for the ABC covering the Pilbara region of WA. She's a strong believer that sport is a powerful way of bringing people together and has previously organised a community fun run to fundraise for the Syrian refugee crisis appeal. She has also ran across the Samoa to fundraise for educational supplies for a shelter school and has taught English alongside swimming lessons for people from a refugee background.