Claire Hooper

Claire Hooper started on the stage – crafting engaging, innovative live shows that blended stand-up, theatre and some hammer dancing. Her 2006 show, ‘Oh’, earned her both critical acclaim and a nomination for the Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Best Newcomer award. A born storyteller with a sharp wit, Claire has gone on to regularly perform at festivals and comedy rooms all over the country. All The Rage, Claire’s brand new live show will be touring to all the major festivals in 2018.

For four years Claire shared a set with Paul McDermott and Mikey Robbins on the iconic comedy show Good News Week as a team captain. She has also appeared on Rove and The Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Great Debate and Opening Night Gala.

In 2015 Claire scored her dream job as co-host of The Great Australian Bake Off for Foxtel’s LifeStyle Channel alongside the seriously funny Mel Buttle, as well as judges Maggie Beer and Matt Moran. The third series of Bake Off aired at the start of 2018, and Claire will be returning to set in the middle of the year for season four.

Judith Lucy

Since 1995 Judith Lucy has been performing shows – all of them have been utterly, achingly, ‘provide warnings to asthmatics’ funny. Rivetingly honest, with a gatling gun gag rate – no one sees just one Judith Lucy show. She’s the best-selling author of two devastatingly honest, hilarious books and created two of her own ABC series Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey and Judith Lucy Is All Woman both of which were nominated for Best Light Entertainment series at the AACTA awards.

After being nominated for a third time, Judith became the proud owner of the 2015 Best Comedy Performer Helpmann Award for Ask No Questions of the Moth.

Judith teamed up with good friend Denise Scott and created the critically acclaimed, smash hit stage show Disappointments. Together they won the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s People’s Choice Award, performed a run at London’s Soho Theatre and sold out shows all over Australia.

So basically she is really funny, anyone who sees or reads her agrees and they keep coming back. A simple but effective formula.

Tracey Spicer

Tracey Spicer AM is an award-winning author, journalist and broadcaster who has anchored programs for ABC TV and radio, Network Ten, Sky News and 2UE.

Tracey is the national co-founder of Women in Media, Outspoken Women and NOW Australia, and works as a presentation and media trainer for the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

In 2018, she was named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence, winning the Social Enterprise and Not-For-Profit category. She was also named Agenda Setter of the Year by Women’s Agenda. For her 30 years of media and charity work, Tracey has been awarded the Order of Australia.

Highlights of her outstanding career include writing, producing and presenting documentaries on women and girls in Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Papua New Guinea and India, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Australia. She is an Ambassador for ActionAid, World Vision, NSW Cancel Council, QUT’s Learning Potential Fund and SISTER2sister, and Patron of the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance.

Her first book, the Good Girl Stripped Bare, became a bestseller within weeks of publication, while her TEDx Talk, the Lady Stripped Bare, has attracted more than five million views worldwide.

Tracey’s essays have appeared in dozens of books including Women of Letters, She’s Having a Laugh, Father Figures, Unbreakable, and Bewitched & Bedevilled: Women Write the Gillard Years.

She is currently working on a book and documentary about the #metoo movement, which she spearheaded in Australia through tireless investigative journalism. But her greatest joy is spending time with her husband, Jason, and children Taj and Grace.

Arise Fund Leadership Circle

The Arise Leadership Circle encompasses women leaders from a variety of backgrounds. It exists to drive the objectives of the Fund and meet the visionary target of empowering 1 million women by 2023.

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