Speakers Profile - Georgie Dent

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Georgie Dent is a journalist, editor, author, MC, facilitator and prominent advocate for women's empowerment, gender equality and mental health. She is the executive director of The Parenthood, a not-for-profit parent advocacy group with a reach of over 68,000 parents, carers and supporters, and a contributing editor at Women's Agenda.

Her best-selling memoir, Breaking Badly, was published by Affirm Press in May 2019 to critical acclaim.

Annabel Crabb described it as funny, shocking, beautifully written, a fascinating account of one woman's hand-to-hand combat with her own mind.

It documents her decline towards the total breakdown that saw her admitted to a psychiatric hospital at age 24, as well as her recovery.

The book, described as brutally honest and warmly engaging, covers chronic illness, mental health, the toxic pursuit of perfectionism and needed to be reprinted 24 hours after being officially published.

Georgie is a regular television commentator on The Drum and ABC Weekend Breakfast and has made appearances on Q&A, The Project, The Drum, The Today Show, Weekend Sunrise, Studio 10 and Sky News.

She has 30,000 followers between Twitter, Facebook & Instagram who enjoy her sharp and witty commentary on women, politics, health, money, family and everything in between.

In 2005 Georgie graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a double degree in business and law, with distinction. She was a joint recipient of the Thompson Media Law Prize.

At the completion of her tertiary studies Georgie joined Minter Ellison lawyers in Sydney and was admitted as a solicitor in 2006. In 2008, after recovering from a nervous breakdown, she pursued a career in journalism, joining BRW magazine as a reporter.

While there she developed a particularly keen interest in the subject of women and business, in particular, where were they all? It's a question she's remained focused on answering.

Having children of her own proved illuminating in a practical sense around the barriers that can and do impede women's participation in the workforce. It fuelled her determination to have Australia's problem with women and work recognised and addressed.

That passion and determination led to her being headhunted and appointed acting editor of Women's Agenda back in 2013. She has remained a vocal and passionate advocate for the advancement of women since.

She was recognised for her advocacy in the inaugural Women's Empowerment Journalism Awards in Singapore in 2014, where she was a finalist in the journalist of the year category. In 2015 she was a finalist in the inaugural Our Watch Walkley Awards to recognise excellent reporting of domestic violence.

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In 2018, at the invitation of the Swedish Government, Georgie attended the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality. She was identified as a global change maker who could help intensify efforts for a gender equal world.

She lives in Sydney with her husband and their three daughters.