Our affirmative team of influential women

The Annual Great Debate this year is all about TAKING CARE OF THEMSELVES – a topic which is at the forefront of everybody’s mind.

When we came up with this annual theme, we had no idea that it would become so crucial.  The topic came about because we felt that many women tend to put others before themselves and that we could learn a thing or two about taking better care of ourselves physically and mentally.

Our three amazing ladies who will be supporting the notion THAT WOMEN ARE BETTER AT LOOKING AFTER THEMSLEVES THAN MEN, are well placed to argue the topic.

Felicity Cohen is a wellness warrior, Founder and CEO of WLSA; Yvette Mason is a women of Influence committee member, lawyer and Mum; and Petrina Macpherson is a lawyer, outspoken MC, speaker and stand up comedian.

Together they will bring experience, research, humour and a whole lot of passion to the Women of Influence Annual Great Debate 2020.


Felicity Cohen is a CEO, business pioneer, advocate of research and Wellness Warrior.  She leads WLSA, the business she founded, over 20 years ago by example as the fit and healthy figurehead for national and international conferences, events and education programs to empower people to make great choices when it comes to their long term health.

More recently Project GRIT evolved as Felicity saw the ever-growing number of obese adults in Australia with mental health comorbidities, starting with the importance of establishing healthy

lifestyle behaviours in childhood and adolescents.

Felicity grew up in Melbourne; has lived in France and has lived on the Gold Coast for the past 20 years. She has 2 amazing adult kids aged 25 and 22.


Yvette Mason is a Women of Influence Committee Member, Lawyer and Mum.

Yvette is a thoughtful and loving person who is quite until she has something to say, then she speaks with meaning, intelligence and honesty. 

Yvette brings to her debating team the experience of her years as a lawyer, speaker for human rights and Committee member.

She is also a Mum to our little Woman of Influence, Chloe who is lucky to be growing up under the guidance of her formidable Mum and loving parents.


Petrina Macpherson is a Lawyer and Stand Up Comedian, and if you were at The Women of Influence Annual Great Debate last year, then you will remember her as the one who received a standing ovation and brought the room down in surprise and fits of laughter.

On a day to day basis, Petrina specialises in construction and infrastructure disputes, she has a diverse range of experience in all aspects of commercial litigation and is currently undertaking a master’s in construction law at the University of Melbourne.

Petrina loves spending time with her boys DM and Gomez as they make the most of all things WFH.


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