WE are so pleased to announce our first round of speakers for the WIAA national forum being hosted by Emerald Grain and Fairfax Agricultural Media in Melbourne on Tuesday 7 October 2014.


Speakers at the WIAA national forum will include:

  • WIAA Outstanding contributor to rural Australia recipient Georgie Somerset who will deliver the keynote address
  • RIRDC 2014 Rural Woman of the Year Pip Job
  • Lucinda Corrigan, WIAA Outstanding leader in agribusiness recipient, Rennylea Angus, director of Meat and Livestock Australia and chair of several groups including the NSW Primary Industries Ministerial Advisory Council
  • Su McCluskey, Regional Australia Institute chief executive and national competition policy review panel member
  • Shu Shu Zheng from crowdfunding initiative, Pozible
  • Alison Penfold, Australian Livestock Exporters Council chief executive
  • Professor Julie Cotter, director of the Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development
  • Chad Watson, editor of the Newcastle Herald
  • Fiona Simson, NSW Farmers president
  • Georgie Aley, Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council managing director
  • Elizabeth Brennan, WIAA Outstanding emerging leader recipient, Australian Women in Agriculture president
  • Hayley Olsson, Sydney based film-maker
  • John Murray, Emerald Grain managing director
  • Kate Brabin, Certified Australian Angus Beef
  • Margot Black, WIAA outstanding leader on-farm recipient and Ruby Red Farming
  • Kylie Taylor, Baldwin Boyle Group
  • Patrick McClelland, Porter Novelli
  • Kristen Knight, Monsanto
  • What’s planned

    THE day will kick off with breakfast at 8am and will follow with a series of short, sharp presentations from innovators and in-depth discussions with panels of experts.

    The day will also include lots of networking opportunities over delicious food throughout the day and wrap up with networking drinks hosted by the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award.

    A full conference agenda will be available shortly that will include sessions about:

  • Australian agribusiness vs global counterparts
  • Dealing with crisis in agribusiness – from the farm gate to the end user
  • Leadership in agribusiness
  • Crowd-funding and other leading innovations that will help you get your projects off the ground
  • Q&A – Should agribusiness companies be actively seeking to put women on boards?
  • Presentations from the WIAA 100
  • Presentation from the soon to be announced RIRDC Rural Women’s Award recipient
  • Agribusiness in the digital age – the technologies, trends and tools you need to know about to keep up with the times
  • Our goal is to make this forum leading-edge, interactive and results driven – with a focus to collectively identify key actions that the WIAA network can take to make a difference in the Australian agribusiness industry.

    To help us formulate our actions and facilitate the day’s proceedings, we are pleased to announce that Peter Williams, the Chief Edge Officer at Deloitte Digital’s Centre of the Edge will be our MC for the day.

    Peter and his team will be analysing the discussions and feedback we receive throughout the day through a variety of mediums to help us to define our direction for WIAA over the next 12 months.

    Join us – register now!

    Tickets are on sale now for $99 through the Melbourne Recital Centre website . Places are strictly limited so get in quick!!

    Click here

    The venue – and where to stay

    The Melbourne Recital Centre is conveniently located in the heart of Melbourne in the Southbank precinct.

    Wrap on Southbank, part of the Oaks Hotels & Resorts group is offering a special discount on accommodation for anyone attending the conference. To book click here and enter the code 2014WIAA ‘Corporate/Group/PromoCode’ section of the Reservations panel.

    Stick around – Emerald is also hosting a great grain day

    Emerald Grain is hosting a second day on October 8 specific for female growers and women in the grain industry.

    This day will take place at the Melbourne Port Terminal and will include a tour of the Port and sessions from grain marketing, quality and safety experts who will explain the many facets of the grain industry from farm-gate to end user.

    For more information about the grain day or any general enquiries about the WIAA conference please contact

  • Jenelle Backman, Emerald Grain jbackman @emeraldgrain.com or 03 9274 8857 or 0432 272 822

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