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March 23, 2018






A FASCINATING line-up of speakers will inform and inspire at the Albany Chamber of Commerce 2018 Women’s Leadership Forum next week. 


Keynote speaker at the event to be staged at the new Beryl Grant Community Centre in Lockyer on March 23 is Alannah MacTiernan.


Ms MacTiernan is State Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Food and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade.


As Minister for Planning and Infrastructure from 2001 to 2008, Ms MacTiernan was responsible for major projects across the State including the Mandurah rail line, Forrest Highway and the Geraldton port and rail expansion.


In 2011 she was elected Mayor of the City of Vincent. In 2013 she was elected as the Federal Member for Perth and became Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Western Australia and Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia. 


Other presenters include international speaker Lisa Evans, Indigenous entrepreneur Tahn Donovan, radio programmer Erica McGee, Waxiwraps creator Mary Jane Gibbs, photographer Hazel Blake, South West MLC Colin Holt and ACCI president and commercial trainer Caroline Hayes.


Lisa Evans is known as The Story Midwife. She is an international speaker, author, speechwriter and TEDx speaker coach.


She will share some of the stories that have made her who she is today - the stories that she has chosen to leave behind, and the scripts she has decided to edit from her life to make way for new ones.


Her story “Daring to be Different” and “Boldly Belonging” is about the journey of stepping into our stories to own them.


Mary Jane Gibbs’s cotton and beeswax food wraps – Waxiwraps –  have achieved phenomenal sales since the launch in late 2016. 


“MJ” has a varied resume from bank teller in the 1980s to stints as a station cook, farm manager, chaplain and women’s leader - including a mid-life moment as hotel owner and publican. 


She will share her stories with humour, candour and the wisdom of hindsight.


Tahn Donovan is a Wardandi Yok woman from Busselton and has a deep understanding of Western Australian biodiversity values and wide variety of landscapes, people and experiences.


Ms Donovan is the creator of Max’s Black Gourmet Bush Foods, an Australian bush herb-infused sauce. She also established the label Deadly Divas Clothing and Deadly Divas Tours.


Her volunteer work includes State, National and International participation with YWCA. 


Erica McGee is one of only a handful of female programmers in Australian commercial radio. She has worked in the industry for the past 25 years, starting in newsrooms.


She moved to on-air show co-hosting roles before producing and finally programming as the Content Director at mix94.5.


In her presentation to the Women’s Leadership Forum, Ms McGee will speak about women in all aspects of media – from performance to management – to gain insight to their journey through a still male-dominated industry.


Women’s portrait photographer Hazel Blake is a committed body love crusader. Ms Blake loves women - big, small, young, old - and enjoys photographing and empowering women.


Colin Holt MLC represents the South West Region and currently serves as The Nationals WA spokesperson for Women’s Interests. He is passionate about building the capacity of regional people to overcome challenges and build thriving communities.


Commercial trainer Caroline Hayes has enjoyed an extensive and rewarding career in a variety of industries. She will present a motivational journey to unlock the secrets on how to get from where you are to where you want to be.


The ACCI 2018 Women’s Leadership Forum has been made possible with support from major sponsors including the City of Albany, Mt Romance, NAB and the Small Business Centre Great Southern.


For event bookings and more information about the Women’s Leadership Forum at the Beryl Grant Community Centre on Friday, March 23, call Event Coordinator Roz Buktenica at the Albany Chamber of Commerce on 9845 7812 or email