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Q and A2040: Women, power and the future of work presented by Spence Club

Friday 6 October, Open State Dome (Victoria Square), from 6pm


Join Spence Club for our annual Q&A session, held in partnership with Open State.

An all-star panel of industry leaders will discuss what the Australian workforce will look like in 2040:
* Tory Shepherd, State Editor, The Advertiser
* Robert Simms, Former Greens Senator for SA
* Daniel Gannon, SA Executive Director, Property Council of Australia
* Kate Gould, Arts Consultant & Digital Entrepreneur
(see full bios below)

This event is open to ALL, so please share, tell your friends (men and women) and book your seat early so you don’t miss out!

Join us as we explore: What does the Australian workforce look like in 2040? How have advancements in technology changed the social and geographical make up of the workplace? How has gender balance progressed? What are our concerns for the future beyond 2040?

Part proceeds from this event will be donated to Endometriosis Australia.

Ticket includes drinks and canapés upon arrival from 6pm.

Tickets available here:



Tory shepherdTory Shepherd (State Editor, The Advertiser)

Tory Shepherd is the State Editor and a senior columnist at The Advertiser. After an Honours degree in anthropology and a Masters in communication, she was working at an art magazine when she won a cadetship at quite a ripe old age.
She covered police, health, and state politics before going national for a few years, working for The Punch and Today Tory fronts The Advertiser’s political team from Adelaide and regularly appears on SkyNews and The Project.


robert simmsRobert Simms (Former Greens Senator for SA)

Robert Simms is a former Greens Senator for South Australia. He became one of the youngest serving senators and the second-youngest sitting MP at the time in September 2015, serving in the Parliament until July 2016. Robert was elected as a Councillor in the City of Adelaide in 2014 and prior to that worked in the community sector as a policy advocate, serving on the boards of a number of community organisations including the Youth Affairs Council and AIDS Council of South Australia. He is also a freelance writer.

Speaker_Daniel Gannon

Daniel Gannon (SA Executive Director, Property Council of Australia)

Daniel Gannon is the Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia (South Australia). He champions the Property Council’s policy and advocacy settings, and leads the commercial activities in South Australia. He also has experience as the Director of Media & Communications to the State Leader of the Opposition plus a background in corporate affairs, media, communications and the property sector at state and local government level.

unnamedKate Gould (Arts Consultant & Digital Entrepreneur)

As Chief Executive of the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Kate Gould was instrumental in shifting Australia’s major Arts Festival from a biennial to an annual event. She was the winner of her category of the 2009 Telstra Business Women’s Award (SA), and in 2012 lectured in the MBA program at the University of South Australia. From 2009-14 she was the Chair of South Australia’s Premier’s Council for Women. Kate has also been a director on the board of the Adelaide Football Club (AFL – the Crows), and a principal consultant at Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).



Spence Club would like to thank event sponsors Penfolds, our official wine sponsor, and Craig Linke Bespoke Building.