The Exchange Tamworth June 2022

Women’s Forum Faces the Future with Optimism

Fascinating stories of success and loss and everything in between were shared by two extraordinary panels of women at two HealthWISE hosted events in Ipswich and Tamworth this month. 

A ‘meeting of minds’, the Exchange is an opportunity for women to explore future opportunities for networking, share leadership ideas, skills and experiences and link with like-minded women to share their experiences of business.

The panel members explored the theme ‘What is going to happen next?’, a question that is sure to be in the forefront of many minds following the last few years of global upheaval.In Ipswich, Aunty Jill Davidson, Yuggera/ Kullili Elder shared her thoughts on resilience as part of her powerful Welcome to Country.

Ann Houston shared some of her experiences across her diverse career, which included education, agriculture, retail and management consulting sectors, and owning and managing businesses since her twenties. She had a positive perspective on the theme and expressed her view that we all have a responsibility to make the world a better place.

“The world could be a garden, family or business, or leading societal change, but, you can make a change in your world,” she said.
“I have wanted to start my own business and listening to Ann has made me realise I can do that. I’m so glad I came,” one participant said. 

Aboriginal Australian Language historian Nola Turner-Jensen, who has been a vital consultant for our Cultural Inclusion Framework, shared her experiences as a Wiradjuri woman, writer and researcher. Jane Trindall spoke on the complexities of her career, building a sustainable competitive food and agricultural sector through research and innovation.

“Making a change involves getting out of your comfort zone,” she said.

Sisters Pearl and Rona Slater gave the Welcome to Country in Tamworth, where attendees heard from TAFE Digital, TAFE NSW general manager Lyn Rickard, who has held many executive roles and managed teams through organisational change.

Joblink Plus’ Executive General Manager for Training and Trauma Informed Practice Emily Roy shared her career experiences from completing an honours degree in film and literature to her current executive role. Fiona Burns spoke on her 20 years’ experience in the legal industry, and becoming director of Fiona Burns Legal & Mediation in Tamworth. “It was a privilege to listen to these ladies,” an attendee commented on the Exchange Facebook page

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