VICTORIAN freight and ports minister Melissa Horne has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the Victorian Transport Association’s Annual Women’s Lunch, being held on 29 July at The Ivory Elsternwick, in Melbourne’s south east.

The Annual Women’s Lunch – being held this year for the fifth time – is one of the best attended events on the VTA networking calendar, having been established in 2016 in order to help support women in transport and increase participation rates among women in freight and logistics.

Over the years, ministers and shadow ministers and high-profile community and business leaders have addressed the event, providing tips, strategies and their life stories of overcoming personal and professional challenges to carve out successful careers in their chosen profession.

VTA chief executive Peter Anderson said, “Making transport a more attractive career option has been a challenge the VTA and the broader freight and logistics industry has warmly embraced in recent years.

“It makes good business sense to strive towards higher female participation rates in our industry and the Annual Women’s Lunch is but one of the ways we, as an Association, celebrate the many positive contributions women make to what has traditionally been a male-dominated industry.”

Joining Ms Horne is Holly Bailey, a prominent wellness expert, and certified practitioner of several human behavioural tools that helps inspire her clients to excel in life and in business. Holly has more than 14 years of professional experience supporting high-level executives, she has worked as a community builder in several organisations, helping to foster a positive working environment and grow businesses through networking and business development.


Mr Anderson said, “When I first met Holly, I was impressed with her passion and dedication towards inspiring others to excel, as evidenced by her establishment of Play Like a Girl, an initiative dedicated to the empowerment of girls and women through the power of sport.

“She will provide a natural complement to Minister Horne at the Annual Women’s Lunch and I have no doubt will provide an interesting and entertaining story for our guests.”

With over 130 already registered, the VTA encourages those interested in attending to register soon to avoid missing out.

For registration and booking information for the Annual Women’s Lunch visit