International Women’s Day: Women in Gin

International Women’s Day: Women in Gin

Friday 8th March 2019 is International Women‘s Day and to celebrate the contribution of female gin distillers in Australia, Caroline Childerley ~The Gin Queen will be hosting a Women in Gin event at Brogan’s Way Distillery in Richmond. It is another sell out event from one of the greatest supporters of Australian distillers, the proceeds from which will go to Fitted for Work, a charity helping disadvantaged women back into employment.

The three inspiring women who will be on Caroline’s Q&A panel are:

Dr Dervilla McGowan ~ Anther Spirits

Derv left bartending to become a Scientist and like the rest of her scientific breed she enjoys mucking about with things to see how they work. This means making an amazing gin by exploring the science of flavour and running Anther Gin in a way that helps to support the craft distilling community. Derv holds a PhD in Microbiology, loves working on gin recipes and distilling, and in her spare time enjoys learning about the exquisite complexity of soil biology and recycling.

Holly Klintworth ~ Bass & Flinders Distillery

Holly is the Managing Director and Head Distiller at Bass and Flinders Distillery, overseeing all areas of the business, from sales and marketing through to distillation and product creation.
Over the past 2 years Holly has helped transform the business from a small batch and passion driven focus, to a national brand and with sustainable growth in distillery production, cellar door and Gin Masterclasses. During this time Bass and Flinders has maintained an artisanal focus and premium product offering. It has also managed the relocation to new and larger facilities at Dromana.

Brogan Carr ~ Brogan’s Way Distillery

Brogan is qualified as a medical laboratory scientist. She loves the precision of science and investigative nature of the work but working in labs wasn’t enough. So she retrained as a distiller, recently finishing a Master of Science Brewing & Distilling at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Distilling allows her to bring all her different ideas to life and create gins across the full sensory experience.

About Fitted for Work

Fitted for Work is a not-for-profit dedicated to helping women experiencing disadvantage to regain their confidence and secure and maintain employment. We support women from varied backgrounds. For example, they may be older women; survivors of domestic violence; single mothers; experiencing homelessness; recently released from prison; transgender or gender diverse; a newly arrived migrant or refugee woman; or have a disability.

We develop each woman’s confidence and self-esteem as well as her skills and knowledge to obtain work through a suite of tailored pre-and post-employment services, including personal outfitting, resume assistance, interview preparation, mock interview practice and mentor placements.

Since 2005 we have helped over 30,000 women. 64% of the women sampled who access our suite of services find work within just 4 months and 100% report increased confidence and job readiness after completing our WomanKind program.

We focus specifically on helping women gain employment not only because work provides financial security but also a sense of social connectedness, dignity and pride. We believe that when a woman is fitted for work, she is fitted for life.


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