Women in Focus invites you to join us at a lunch to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Throughout our national series we will share the stories of women who are changing the world through business and discuss how we can create sustainable business models to support and empower our future generations.
At our inaugural Launceston event we will hear the stories of three local business women committed to building a brighter future.
All proceeds from this event will be donated to St Giles family support services.
12:00pm Guests arrive and network
12:15pm Opening remarks from Women in Focus
Karen James, GM Affiliate Business Banking, Commonwealth Bank
12:30pm Lunch served
Main course, dessert, tea and coffee
1:00pm Panel discussion – Building sustainable business
Jane Bennett, Board Director and Former Managing Director, Ashgrove Cheeses
Sarah Hirst, Co-Owner, Leaning Church Vineyard
Penelope Dodd, Founder, Produce to the People Tasmania
1:55pm Summary and closing remarks
2:00pm Event close
Former Managing Director of Ashgrove Cheese, Chairs the Food Industry Advisory Council in Tasmania and is a Board Member of the Brand Tasmania Council. Jane’s other directorships include the CSIRO, Australian Farm Institute, Tasmanian Ports Corporation. Jane was the 1994 Tasmanian Rural Achiever of the year and in 2010, she was named Tasmanian Telstra Business Woman of the Year.
After a career in PR and journalism which took her to Melbourne, Canberra and London, Sarah Hirst has worked as Director of Public Relations for the National Farmers Federation in Canberra and CEO of the Wine Industry Association of Western Australia. After returning to Tasmania, Sarah and her husband purchased Leaning Church Vineyard at Lalla where they manage the 23-year-old vineyard, a wine, whisky and food tastings centre, a weddings venue and a conference dinner marquee.
After a monstrous tomato harvest from her backyard garden Penelope founded Produce to the People Tasmania in the summer of 2009. Produce to the People now gathers on average up to 2000 kilos of fresh, locally grown, seasonal produce per month and delivers it to 25 relief agencies, primary schools and community houses. Penelope’s past experience includes managing high end muesli manufacturer Whisk & Pin, owner of Elevenses a niche cake mix business that was sold in gourmet food stores around Australia and as a consultant to small food producers based at some of the very successful Farmers Markets in NSW.