Ms Crabb was the keynote speaker at a lunch event held by the Coleman Greig Lawyers Women in Business Forum on 29 November.
The respected journalist and commentator is the ABC’s chief online political writer and hosts the popular TV series Kitchen Cabinet, in which she speaks to politicians in their houses over a home-cooked meal.
The Women in Business event, dubbed “The Power of Storytelling”, was organised to connect Australian women and raise money for the Sydney Story Factory, which delivers free creative writing classes to disadvantaged children.
Ms Crabb shared her journey from keen childhood reader to leading journalist, emphasising the importance of storytelling as a powerful way to affect change. She also revealed that she once aspired to be a lawyer, and even graduated from law school before pursuing a career in journalism.
The lunch raised $7,280 for the Sydney Story Factory’s Parramatta hub, which is set to open in 2018.
Year 2017 marked the 10th anniversary of the Coleman Greig Women in Business Forum. During the last decade, it has raised over $250,000 for charity.
The forum’s first major event in 2018 will celebrate International Women’s Day (8 March) and the Women of the West Awards with keynote speaker Tara Moss.
Pictured top, L-R: Caroline Hutchinson, MC, Coleman Greig Lawyers; Dr Catherine Keenan, founder, Sydney Story Factory; Annabel Crabb; Liz Giblett, marketing consultant, Coleman Greig Lawyers