Our local business enterprise centre hosted a dinner at Home Hill Winery for International Women's Day on 8 March. How lucky we were to have a panel of speakers of this calibre tell their stories and provide realistic and practical advice for other women in business.
From left to right:
Frances Bender, executive director of ASX-listed salmon producer Huon Aquaculture. One of things she talked about was the impact of technology on women's lives, now that the ability to work from home allows many the flexibility they need to continue in their careers.
Diane Tompson, managing director of the Powercom Group of companies. She said it was important to "just ask!" if you don't know something and to put your hand up for roles and opportunities even if you don't believe you are the perfect candidate. Chances are, that person doesn't exist.
Adriana Taylor, Commissioner of the Huon Valley Council. Adriana mentioned the existence of "two glass ceilings" - one that can be overcome, and one imposed by women on themselves.
Rosie Martin, speech pathologist, founder of the charity Chatter Matters and 2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year. One sage piece of advice Rosie had when asked if she had any regrets or things she would do differently was "start earlier!" Good point...
Panel moderator Polly Venning did an awesome job of asking insightful questions that got everyone thinking. And you can't beat Home Hill for beautiful surroundings and great food and wine. Who knows, it may become a feature on the annual calendar.