Use of cookies

The evokeAG. website uses cookies to enhance your experience and optimise site functionality.

Please refer to our Cookie Policy for more information on which cookies we use and how we collect and use your personal information through cookies

Skip to Content Skip to Navigation

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.

Enjoyed this story? Want to learn more about the Asia Pacific region’s innovative agrifood tech ecosystem? Sign up for our newsletter here and receive fresh stories about global leaders, farmers, startups and innovators driving collaborative change.

Read more news
Read more news


myFARMSMART helps manage the ‘what if’ scenarios of farm business

Founder of agritech forecasting software, myFARMSMART, Lucy Anderton is empowering farmers to take a calculated approach to business and ‘have more fun’. By using integrated science-based algorithms with individual farm data, this predictive tool is helping WA farmers better manage change and increase profitability – and is now seeking investment to scale operations.

30 Nov 2021
5 min read

evokeAG. 2022 Startup Program cohort announced

Fifteen of Australia’s most promising agrifood tech innovators have been handpicked to join the evokeAG. Startup Program to help them to build their capacity to attract investment and customers at the upcoming evokeAG. 2022 Sydney event.

30 Nov 2021
3 min read
field day Western Australia

New WA Hub seeks innovative solutions to drought

Growers will be at the forefront of innovation with the launch of the South-West WA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub, designed to help manage climate variability and increase productivity on-farm through innovative technologies and grassroots collaboration.

29 Nov 2021
5 min read


40 years in the venture capital game with Andy Ziolkowski

With more than 40 years in the venture capital game, Andy Ziolkowski – the Managing Director of US-based food and agriculture-focused venture capital firm, Cultivian Sandbox and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Cultivian Ventures – knows a good investment when he sees one.

20 Oct 2021
18 min listen

Farmer-founder trials pay off in the paddock

This week we take a close look at a fruitful partnership between farmer and agritech founder. Our regular evokeAG. contributor Judy Kennedy speaks with Dan Winson, Founder and CEO of Zetifi a wireless networking startup and Andrew Dumaresq, a broadacre cropping farmer, both based at Wagga Wagga, NSW. It’s a partnership that's evolved and provided a win-win situation for both Dan and Andrew.

5 Aug 2021
32 min listen

Making sense of blockchain and its value for farmers

This week, we speak to Emma Weston, CEO and Co-Founder of AgriDigital about blockchain technology, how it’s evolved and used across agricultural industries today, specifically grains, and how it’s empowering farmers to access value beyond the farm gate.

5 Aug 2021
19 min listen

Ardrossan Orchards and using the Phytec App

Two years ago, Batlow, NSW was devastated by one of Australia’s worst bushfire seasons on record. Our evokeAG. host and fellow farmer, Stephen Honner caught up with Ian Cathels, Manager of Ardrossan Orchards, at their Woodburn orchard, in the middle of their fruit picking season – to see firsthand their progress and how new technology is driving on-farm efficiencies.

30 Jun 2021
22 min listen