Our International Women’s Day Breakfast is about celebrating the rich and diverse experiences of our alumnae. Today we heard from three incredible women – Dr Pip Karoly, Professor Sherene Loi and Kara Henderson – who each shared their experiences of breaking the bias within their professional fields. 

Dr Karoly (Class of 2007) is a senior research fellow at The University of Melbourne working to develop an innovative, patient-specific approach to seizure forecasting. She was also a 2021 recipient of a L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship. 

Professor Loi (Class of 1990) is the Head of the Translational Breast Cancer Laboratory at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and received the Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year in the 2021 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. 

Kara Henderson (Class of 2105) is a biomed graduate, paramedicine student and player with Hawthorn FC AFLW x VFLW team. We are also fortunate to have her as a current Caulfield Grammar School staff member. Kara shared her favourite quote – “You can’t be what you can’t see” – and talked about her passion for gender diversity in sport and the importance of role modelling for young athletes.    

These three leaders answered our students’ questions with honesty and compassion and their conversation about gender bias was an illuminating, and ultimately inspiring, message for all those present.