The Women of Australian Motor Sport (WAMS) will welcome one of the most prominent women in Formula One to its second annual luncheon at the 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
Bringing together many leaders in the sports, business and media fields, the WAMS luncheon on Thursday March 14 is thrilled to welcome as its special guest speaker Monisha Kaltenborn, an Ambassador for the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission and Sauber Formula One team principal.
Born in India, Kaltenborn was formally Sauber’s legal counsel before becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2010, the first woman to do so in F1. Today, the 41-year-old is not only team principal but also part owner, and sets a great example of the heights women can achieve in motor sport.
“To have someone of Monisha’s experience and standing within the motor sport community speak at the luncheon is a huge benefit to WAMS and all women involved in the sport,” said Belinda Taylor, Chairperson of Women of Australian Motor Sport, and Australia’s delegate to the FIA’s Women and Motor Sport Commission.
“With so few women at the top end of the sport, to learn from her life and career experience will be invaluable.There’s so many great contirbutions made by women in this sport and WAMS is excited to host such a great event to encourage and recognise that. Hopefully being able to share Monisha’s story will inspire more women to participate in all sorts of roles within Australian motor sport” concluded Taylor.
The WAMS committee, supported by the Confederatin of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) was founded in 2010 to help promote and encourage participation among women and girls in the sport. Last year, seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher lent his support to the inaugural luncheon by speaking to the invited guests, and Taylor added that the event has now grown into one of the most important occasions on the WAMS calender.
“The luncheon is all about bringing together the most successful and prominent people in all sorts of industries – from government, various sporting bodies, business and the media – so that we can educate others on all the great work that women do within motor sport in Australia, and showcase what WAMS has in store to support those women in the coming season,” said Taylor. “To have Michael Schumacher make a guest appearance last year, and now Monisha next week, we’re thrilled to get that level of support.”
The 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix will be held at Albert park from March 14-17.
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