Inspiring Australian women to international success


Welcome to Women in Global Business

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Businesses owned and operated by women are one of Australia’s fastest growing business segments.

Women in Global Business (WIGB) supports and inspires Australian businesswomen in taking their products and services to the world. It is a national program that offers women a central source of information and resources, support and connection.

WIGB is a joint Australian, State and Territory government initiative supported by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade). 

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WIGB Mentoring Winter intake is now closed


WIGB Mentoring aims to connect businesswomen with little or no international experience with businesswomen who already have substantial experience in international trade and investment.


WIGB announces appointment of WIGB Champion for International Women's Day 2016

Margie Warrell

Congratulations to Margie Warrell, international businesswoman, author and speaker on her appointment as WIGB Champion and Ambassador.

Read more about Margie here.


Success Stories


WIGB members, who have been profiled as featured case studies in WIGB Lore, have practical knowledge that comes from first-hand experience in achieving substantial success in international business. Read their answers to 10 questions about their experiences.


 The Beryl Wilson Scholarship 

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Austrade established the Beryl Wilson Scholarship for Women in International Business in 2013 in recognition of Mrs Beryl Wilson, the first woman to be appointed as a trade commissioner in 1963. Beryl Wilson was appointed as Assistant Trade Commissioner in the Los Angeles office in 1963. She was later appointed the Deputy Director of the Department of Trade and Industry (now Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade).

The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage, support and advance the involvement of women in international business. The scholarship will also contribute towards building Asia-capable staff and leaders.

The Beryl Wilson Austrade Scholarship for Women in International Business is for women enrolled full time in the final year of a master’s degree, by coursework, in international business or a Master of Business Administration with an international business specialisation.

The scholarship is not available to students undertaking a master’s degree by research.

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We congratulate Ms Fei Li from Melbourne on her receipt of the 2015 Beryl Wilson Austrade Scholarship for Women in International Business. 


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Speaker Series 2015

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India and China

Presentations from the Speaker Series 2015 will be available for download from this website in early November 2015


More women for trade missions


Discover commercial opportunities in overseas markets accompanying Ministers and the Prime Minister.  An online registration facility is now available for trade missions. Trade missions provide opportunities to explore new markets, network with peers and identify potential business partners. Sign up now!

Australian Export Awards 2015


The 53rd Australian Export Awards Ceremony held in Melbourne on Friday 27th November 2015 has recognized 12 national winners and all 74 finalists. 

Advanced manufacturer ANCA has been named Exporter of the Year.

Congratulations to the winners and all Australian exporters!

Do not miss important news and dates on the 2016 Export Awards Program. Register here.

Cynthia's Blog

We are half way through the year and the calendar for the rest of 2015 is filling up with key opportunities to assist and support women led businesses to grow...

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Education and Training

Education & Training

Are you ready to export? What information and resources are available to you?

Visit our events page to equip yourself for your next venture. We provide links to workshops, seminars and summits, run across Australia and internationally.

Click here for more information.

Austrade's International Readiness Indicator

Austrade's International Readiness Indicator

Don't know if you are ready to export?

Austrade's International Readiness Indicator is an online tool for new exporters and has been designed to help Australian businesses determine whether their business is ready for exporting. Click here for more.

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Pulse Survey

Women and men have equal access to business- critical roles

Yes - 0%
No - 93.3%
Don't Know - 6.7%

Research Survey

 University of Melbourne 

WIGB and the University of  Melbourne are collaborating on a five year longitudinal research project to investigate the experiences of Australia’s businesswomen engaging with international markets.

Women, global trade and what it takes to succeed, 2015
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Australia’s underestimated resource: women doing business globally, 2013
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