Embracing women's leadership diversity



Connecting generations, professions and cultures.


Since 2001 the Food for Thought Network, founded by Varvara Ioannou, has raised awareness about what helps and what hinders women’s development.


To make a difference and build understading through supportive and empowering networks.


As a non-profit Women’s Network, our mission is to promote awareness about the barriers and enablers to women’s development inspiring positive change in individuals and the community in general.

We do this through:

  • Networking forums 
  • Inspiring People Series
  • Mentoring
  • Fundraising Events
  • 9 Muses Café


  • We are a voice for women
  • We connect and empower women
  • We organise events that have a developmental focus
  • We mentor women 
  • We sponsor women

From the outset, the Food for Thought Network has also welcomed men as participants, speakers and mentors.



2017- International Women’s Day  


Where: Manningham Function Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster

Date / Time: Sunday 5 March, 11:30 am - 3:30 pm

Cost: $60 per person (includes a delicious two course lunch and beverages with local entertainment and prizes)

Bookings: Bookings are essential and available until Monday 27 February or until sold out. 

Last year’s IWD event sold out. Please book early so you don’t miss out. 

Book now 


Distinguished Speakers

Alana Johnson  Dr Jackie Huggins AM
Evelyn Tadros Cr Michelle Kleinert
Maria Dimopoulos Anthea Sidiropoulos



For further details please  check our events page












If you want to change the world, be resilient

Food For Thought Network in partnership with Myriad consultants proudly present visiting academics  from University of Western  Macedonia, School of Pedagogy, located in Florina. Associate Professor Dr Catherine Dimitriadou and Agapi Vrantsi, teacher and PhD candidate are currently investigating resilience in children.  Host MP Maria Vamvakinou, Moderator – Maria Dimopoulos 








Resilience is considered the most important leadership competency in the world, according to leaders around the world.  This competency becomes a key priority in countries that are undergoing through economic crises especially for vulnerable and marginalised members of society, such as people from poor backgrounds, refugees, women and people with disabilities. 

Date : Sunday 15 January 2017

Time: 6.30 pm

Venue: Moroccan Delicacy, 313 Lygon Street, Brunswick East .



2016 International Women’s Day  Sell-Out Special Event

International Women’s Day Celebration in partnership with Manningham City Council

Keynote Speaker – Professor Gillian Triggs – More info on our events page and the newsletter.

Event sponsoree and guest speaker Alexandra Douros