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Business skills top of the agenda for rural women at Inspire Summit

Western Australia’s Rural Edge is hosting its third INSPIRE Summit at Crown Perth for more than 200 women on 30-31 March 2021. The popular event attracts rural businesswomen eager to raise their communities’ collective strength and drive personal development.

INSPIRE is for rural women who are highly involved in their farm and rural businesses, and are interested in increasing their skills, capacity and confidence for the benefit of their individual businesses, region, communities and the wider industry.

“We’re really excited about INSPIRE 2021,” said Rural Edge board chair and Dandaragan farmer, Bronwyn Fox who is passionate about sustainable farm business and ensuring rural communities thrive.

“After having to postpone the summit at the last minute in April 2020 due to COVID restrictions we know rural women are really looking forward to a fantastic summit in March this year.”

The program for INSPIRE 2021 includes keynote, panel and interactive 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 2021 program also includes sessions around personal development, health and wellbeing, community sustainability and communication.

Keynote speakers at INSPIRE 2021 include:

  • Toni Barton – Lamb Bacon producer, farmer and entrepreneur
  • Tim Hunt – Head of Rabobank Research Food & Agribusiness
  • Andrew Horabin – BullShift author, facilitator and comedian
  • James Williamson – Managing Director of Latitude 28 Produce
  • Dr Jenny Brockis – medical practitioner, author and speaker specialising in brain health, mental wellbeing and social connection.
  • Peter Kenyon – social capitalist and community enthusiast specialising in initiatives to strengthen community building, local economic development and youth empowerment.

Interactive panel discussion topics include:

  • Transforming our 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.

The INSPIRE Summit 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 – essential skills and knowledge for everyone.

Video of PinG at Inspire 2018 Summit

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 and be inspired.

“We are extremely lucky to have the support of DPIRD and Rabobank as INSPIRE’s keynote sponsors,” said Bronwyn.

“Industry has been extremely supportive and we also have partnerships with GRDC, ProcessWorx, Bailiwick Legal, AgriFutures Australia, MLA and CBH who are all actively involved in the delivery of the Summit.”

Registrations for INSPIRE 2021 have extended until Friday, 26 March, due to popular demand – and recently updated COVID capacity restrictions. Please register here or email Sara Hector here.


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