National Rural Women’s Conference 2013

In February, Tilma Management, headed to Canberra to co-ordinate the inaugural National Rural Women’s Conference. Held from the 18th to the 20th of February 2013 the 2013 inaugural National Rural Women’s Conference saw over 500 active rural women attend to Learn, Share, Create and Celebrate.

Over the two- day conference more than 30 exceptional presenters shared their experiences of business, community, rural issues and the joys and challenges of rural life. The conference program was bursting with presentations across a range of topics but focusing on Big Inspiration, Big Challenges, Big Business and Big Networks.

Some well known Australian business women attended including Australian leading fashion designer Liz Davenport, Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick and Chief Operating Officer for Fleet Partners Miriam Silva. Federal Member for the Hotham electorate Simon Crean made a special guest appearance as a representative of parliament. Peter Blasina, also known as the gadget guy delivered on The Power of Digital and Future Growth. The two days were bursting with inspiration from some of Australia’s most successful.

On Tuesday the 19th of February, selected delegates attended Parliament House for the ‘Celebrating Vibrant Rural Women’ Dinner. MC’d by the ABC Riverina’s Anne Delaney the dinner saw VIP guest Her Excellency, Governor General Quentin Bryce AC CVO in attendance. This was a rare and wonderful opportunity for the National Rural Women Conference delegates to meet such an inspiring woman. Celebrity Chef Maggie Beer also spoke at the dinner about her journey to success and what rural life means for her. Delegates enjoyed a Maggie Beer inspired dinner while being entertained by Canberra’s Leisa Keen Trio.

The 2013 National Rural Women’s Conference received a wealth of positive media coverage and gave Rural women from all over Australia a platform to voice their concerns. From the two day conference, five important issues were defined to be developed into a paper which will be presented to the Federal Government.

All the members of Tilma Management are rural women, so the 2013 National Rural Women’s Conference was an event that we all felt very passionate about. The conference achieved its desired outcome, to inspire rural women and to bring rural women together to have a collective voice in an effort to bring about change.