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Tuesday 14 March

This full day event has been designed to provide an opportunity for the women of Albany and the Great Southern to network in an atmosphere of learning and laughter as well as explore solutions to the challenges of leadership and lifestyle facing today’s modern regional women. 

Our Speakers

Toni Hunter - Managing Director & Dealer Principal at Albany World of Cars
There’s no one set of rules to achieve success.
Since the first Australian car dealership opened its doors in the early 1900’s, the industry has been male dominated. Even today, there are only a handful of female Dealer Principals who run dealerships. Why is this so? Toni shares the qualities that have contributed to her success as a Dealer Principal in today’s cut throat world.

Silas Masih - Chef & Owner of Pepper & Salt Restaurant
If it doesn’t come from the inner depths of your heart, then your work as a chef is not done.
Growing up in an Indian community in Fiji, Silas’ love affair with food began in his grandmother’s kitchen where he spent many afternoons grinding spice in a mortar while his grandmother prepared meals for the household. His dream of owning his own restaurant has resulted in Pepper & Salt where his passion for food hasn’t stopped yet! For Silas, being a chef isn’t a job, it’s a way of life and this will be apparent when he demonstrates his favourite Chicken Curry recipe for us.

Nicolette Mulcahy - City of Albany Councillor
Women in local government continue to be a minority. Approximately 35% of elected representatives are women statewide. Those that work and have children are an even smaller minority, yet have so much to offer.

Fiona Palmer - Best Selling Rural Author
Write what you love, what you know and just keep writing.
I get Dory’s line from Nemo stuck in my head all the time, but change it to ‘just keep writing, just keep writing…’

Ailan Tran - Owner of Banksia Gardens
A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everyone else.
Ailan, a passionate volunteer has a message for all: start volunteering in your own backyard.

Gemma Hay - NAB Retail Banking Executive
A career banker currently leading the Retail Branch Business for NAB in the South West, Gemma is passionate about seeing others succeed and helping build their careers. Juggling the balance between work and personal life is one of the many challenges that face women in the workplace.

Janice De Cosham - Owner and Trainer at Ageless Health Centre
Empowering people of all ages and conditions through the science of strength and fitness training.

Iris Thomas - Senior Regional Officer
and Investigator at the Department of Commerce - Consumer Protection
Albany’s own ‘Consumer Protection Guru’ will talk about the latest ‘hot topics’.

Nicola Edwards - Circumnavigator
The sea does not distinguish, there is nowhere to hide. If Mother Nature throws down the gauntlet, you must be ready.
Nicola offers insights into teamwork, leadership, courage, tolerance and the focus required to achieve the circumnavigation. Insights also useful when dealing with the challenges we face in business.