When a group of visionary and determined women unite with a common goal, magic unfolds.

This is exactly what’s happening as the dedicated volunteer committee of the Food for Thought Network spearheads the creation of the most exceptional Global Conference for Women of Diaspora to date.

Their ambitious project is in full swing, with plans underway for the inaugural conference set to take place in Ioannina, Greece, this September.

The goal is to bring together women of Greek heritage to share knowledge and ideas to shape the future of Hellenic culture.

Women of Greek heritage from across the globe will converge – comprising enthusiasts, community influencers, scholars, legal professionals, medical practitioners, entrepreneurs, and pioneers. Varvara Athanasiou-Ioannou, the visionary behind Food for Thought Network, describes the event as a vibrant empowerment journey spanning four days and five nights: “think keynote speakers, panel discussions, business opportunities, exploring Epirus and loads of knowledge-sharing with like-minded souls. Participants will have the chance to network with inspiring individuals from all walks of life, explore business opportunities, and discover ways to keep our language and culture alive. A remarkable experience you wouldn’t want to miss!”

Zagorochoria Ioannina Grand Serai Hotel. Photo: Supplied

Over the course of four days, the Women and Hellenism Global Conference will host esteemed speakers who will share their expertise with attendees. Topics will range widely, touching on issues affecting women of Hellenic descent both presently and in the future. Networking opportunities will abound, offering a chance to connect with women across different industries and continents, fostering both new and existing relationships. The conference will culminate in a celebratory evening, honoring the resilient Hellenic spirit and the achievements of women in the diaspora. Early bird registration has been extended until the end of April for those interested in joining.

Meeting Room. Photo: Supplied

But just like all projects it needs funding. The organisers, Food for Thought Network is currently fundraising to subsidize some of the conference costs, ensuring accessibility to all women who want to be part of the unique event. For this reason, a Tavern Night has been planned on the 19th of April at the Philhellene Restaurant in Moonee Ponds. A night filled with inspiration, networking, and entertainment with a special menu that has been prepared from the region of Ipeiros and Greek wines, bespoke cocktails, raffles and music will complement the evening.

Attending the Fundraising Tavern Night, themed “His/Her Voice” is more than just showing support.

It’s a chance for our community to come together, enjoy a great time and contribute to a worthy cause. The Inaugural Global Women and Hellenism Conference promises to be a groundbreaking event, bringing together voices and perspectives to celebrate and advance women’s contributions within the Hellenic communities worldwide. It’s events like these that help foster community spirit, raise awareness, and generate the necessary resources to make meaningful change. By joining us, you’ll not only gain knowledge and entertainment but also help lay the foundation for something historic: the Inaugural Global Women and Hellenism Conference, set to take place at the Grand Serai Hotel in Ioannina, Greece, from September 2-6, 2024. Your presence and support will truly make a difference.

Grand Serai Ioannina Greece. Photo: Supplied

When: Friday April 19, 2024, 6pm-10pm

Where: Philellene Restaurant, 551-553 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds Victoria 3039

Bookings: here