Professionals from across the Australian meat industry will come together for the upcoming Meat Business Women Conference in Sydney on Wednesday 26 October. Hosted by the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) as the Australian Territory Partner, the twice-annual conference took a three-year hiatus due to COVID, with virtual events having replaced the in-person networking events that attract around 300 attendees.

Aptly, the theme of the conference is ‘Reconnect’. Facilitated by Giaan Rooney, OAM and Olympian, delegates will hear from Dr Temple Grandin, Distinguished Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University; Natalie Sommerville, President Australian Women in Agriculture; Robyn Verrall, 2022 SA AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award Winner; Harriet Mellish, Head of Strategy and Transformation, Coles, The Hon Dugald Saunders MP, NSW Agriculture Minister; with a global update from MBW Founder and Global Chair Laura Ryan; along with other industry speakers and panellists.

An industry panel session will have panellists talk about the challenges they faced at different stages of their career and give delegates insights and tips, generating discussion.

The program also includes facilitated networking sessions throughout the day, followed by a cocktail reception, allowing delegates to connect with new and existing contacts across the meat supply chain.

“We are looking forward to being able to come together again for an Australian conference,” said MBW Australia Chair, Stacey McKenna.

“Women and men from all aspects of the meat industry, from producers, processors, manufacturers, wholesalers, suppliers, retailers, food service – anyone who is affiliated with the meat industry is welcome.

“Meat Business Women events aim to provide its members and delegates with networking opportunities and access to useful information that they can use in their personal and professional life, help them navigate the challenges they may come across, and accelerate their career path within their chosen industry, even aligning mentors and mentees through the mentorship program.

“We hope to see a great turnout from the across the industry in Sydney this month.”

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