Saluting Sydney Women

An annual celebration of a trailblazing Sydney woman

About the event

Each year the Sydney Women's Fund’s Saluting Sydney Women event celebrates a trailblazing Sydney woman, a role model and contributor to social justice and the advancement of women in this city and beyond.


Jennifer Westacott AO

On 18 September 2024 we will come together to recognise the achievements of Jennifer Westacott AO.

Jennifer Westacott AO

Professor Jennifer Westacott AO is Chancellor of Western Sydney University, the University’s fourth Chancellor and the first woman to serve in the role.

Register your interest

To secure your table and to explore sponsorship opportunities please contact Lisa Grinham, Head of Sydney Women’s Fund on (02) 8030 7050 or

Our celebrated leaders

2023 Professor Larissa Behrendt AO
2022 Ann Sherry AO
2021 Postponed due to Covid 19
2020 Saluting Sydney Women ‘at home’
2019 The Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore
2018 Carla Zampatti AC OMRI
2017 Ita Buttrose AO OBE
2016 Wendy McCarthy AO
2015 The Hon. Elizabeth Evatt AC
2014 Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO, former Governor of NSW


Larissa Behrendt AO

Saluting Professor
Behrendt AO

Eualayai/Gamillaroi woman Larissa Behrendt AO is the Laureate Fellow at the Jumbunna Institute at the University of Technology, Sydney 

In 2023 we celebrated Professor Larissa Behrendt AO at our annual Saluting Sydney Women event at the Museum of Contemporary Art. In addition to her incredible academic and creative career, Larissa is a former board member of the Sydney Community Foundation and understands the importance for Foundations to actively listen to communities and provide them with the support they need to heal and thrive. Larissa was in conversation with her close friend Philippa McDermott and spoke about her work, the amazing women who have supported her throughout her life and the importance of giving back.


Ann Sherry AO

Ann Sherry AO

Ann Sherry AO is an influential corporate leader and outstanding community changemaker thanks to her groundbreaking work in women’s rights, disability reform and social justice.

In 2022, after a break due to Covid restrictions, the annual Saluting Sydney Women event was back. In early September 2022, Sydney Women’s Fund gathered a group of powerful women and men to celebrate a true trailblazer – Ann Sherry AO – at the spectacular Sydney Opera House. This was a fitting backdrop to pay tribute to Ann as one of our city’s truly iconic women, who credits her time in Sydney in the mid-90s as giving her the “greatest platform to create the greatest change.”

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