Professionals from across the Australian meat industry came together for the 2022 Meat Business Women Conference in Sydney on Wednesday 26 October. Hosted by the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) as the Australian Territory Partner, the conference was back after a three-year hiatus due to COVID, with virtual events having replaced the in-person networking events.

Aptly, the theme of the conference was ‘Reconnect’. This year’s Meat Business Women’s Conference was facilitated by Giaan Rooney, OAM and Olympian, and delegates heard 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, with a global update from MBW Founder and Global Chair Laura Ryan; along with other industry speakers, panellists and facilitated networking events.

Meat Business Women Australia Chair, Stacey Mckenna was thrilled the event was such a success.

“Our committee works hard to assist in delivering these events and it was fantastic to see it all come together.

“We had 200 attendees from across the supply chain at our sold-out event and the room was just buzzing with excitement.

“The theme for this year’s conference was “Reconnect” and we certainly achieved that.

“Events like this are just so important to promote and celebrate the women within the meat industry, but also to build strong networks and develop the image, culture and landscape of the meat industry to make it more attractive to female talent. As we know, a diverse industry is a healthy and prosperous industry.

“All of our speakers were excellent, Dr Temple Grandin joined us via video link live from Colorado and conducted a fantastic Q&A where she really engaged with the audience on a personal level.  The interview and Q&A really highlighted her expertise as an industry leader as she shared her insights and candid thoughts on being a woman in a male dominated industry.

“The Meat Business Women committee and the Australian Meat Industry Council are looking forward to hosting more Meat Business Women events next year.” Ms Mckenna said.

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Founded in 2015, Meat Business Women is the United Nation’s recognised global professional network for women working across the meat industry. It was created to improve the sustainability of the meat sector and grow the pipeline of female talent in this male dominated arena


Meat Business Women has the strategic backing of major meat processors including ABP Ireland, Cranswick Plc, Pilgrim’s UK, Moy Park, Dunbia, ABP UK, Linden Foods, Hilton Plc, OSI, Kepak, 2SFG, Morrisons, JBS, Coles, Cargill, Coveris, Avara, Kerry and KP; and Australian Country Members in Sheep Producers Australia and Australian Pork Limited.