RURAL Edge (formerly Partners in Grain WA) are hosting their INSPIRE Summit at the Crown Convention Centre in Perth for more than 300 women on 7-8 April 2020.
Now in its third year, INSPIRE is for rural women who are highly involved in their farm and rural businesses, and are interested in increasing their own skills, capacity and confidence for the benefit of their individual businesses, region, communities and the wider industry.
The program for INSPIRE 2020 includes keynote, panel and general sessions presented by a selection of leading industry and non- agricultural professionals and growers. In recognition of the significant role that rural women play in their communities, the INSPIRE 2020 program also includes speakers, workshops and panel sessions around personal development, health and wellbeing, community sustainability and communication.
Key Note Speakers at INSPIRE 2020 include:
• Toni Barton - Lamb Bacon producer, farmer and entrepreneur.
• Shanna Whan – Founder of Sober in the Country, a national rural alcohol awareness movement teaching Aussies across the outback that ‘ it’s okay to say no to a beer’.
• Tim Hunt – Head of Rabobank Research Food & Agribusiness
• James Williamson – Managing Director of Latitude 28 Produce
• Amanda Williamson - Amanda has served in a range of Government roles at Federal and State level, both as a commissioned officer in the Australian Defence Force and in numerous senior roles in emergency services.
• Andrew Horabin – BullShift author and comedian.
Interactive Panel Discussions feature topics such as:
• Transforming your response to Climate Change and Action
• Implementing Change in your business through leadership
• Managing Decision Making fatigue in your business
• Building Public Support and Trust for your industry and business • Transforming Regional Communities.
Rural Edge Chair Bronwyn Fox, who lives in Dandaragan, said “this is our third INSPIRE Summit and we have again been overwhelmed with the level of interest and early bird registrations - especially at our new Summit location within Crown Perth. This event attracts rural businesswomen from all over Western Australia who come together to learn and improve their business skills and network with other successful agribusiness operators. In addition to the obvious benefits of networking and professional development, this Summit will also provide advice and information on self-investment and self care - important skills and knowledge for everyone.”
This Summit strongly supports the industry’s focus on sustainable businesses and growth. Well managed farm and rural businesses in turn improve the economies of rural and regional areas. The skills required to run a farm business also transfer across to business and leadership skills for small communities and regional industries. The two-day summit is aimed at women who already know the fundamentals of operating a business but are keen to learn more.