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Women's Fresh Perspectives Roaming Breakfast

17 May 2017

Who runs the world? GIRLS!

Empowered women are stronger leaders

What defines a female leader in the fresh produce and floral industries? Bold. Accountable. Innovative. Our entire supply chain benefits when we develop and leverage the talents and passion of our female colleagues.

Empowering women in the Australian and New Zealand fresh produce and floral community is about creating opportunities and strengthening connections. Now in its third year running, the Women’s Fresh Perspectives event is a supportive platform built to connect, inform and cultivate women’s potential within our industry.

This year, the acclaimed and celebrated Women’s Fresh Perspectives event will be held in Adelaide as part of Hort Connections, bringing together the largest number of growers, supply chain businesses, government stakeholders and service providers in the Australian and New Zealand horticultural industry.

Held on Wednesday 17 May, the Women's Fresh Perspectives event will be a nourishing, fulfilling and immersive experience with a delicious ‘roaming breakfast’, special guest speakers and a whole lot of female power!

Emma Townsend, the Chair of the Women’s Fresh Perspectives Taskforce, talks about the benefits to businesses who encourage women in leadership positions.

“It’s no secret that diversity in any team is the key to success. In fact, recent studies show that companies with higher levels of diversity in leadership positions perform better financially” she said.

“The theme, ‘Creating a Path to Diversity’ has been chosen so we can reflect on how we improve our entire industry by supporting and encouraging women and creating a more inclusive environment” said Emma.

“Workplace diversity is more than just achieving a workforce that reflects the broader Australian and New Zealand community” said Renee Harrison, Marketing Manager at PMA Australia New Zealand. “It’s about cultural change and the collective genius of different perspectives and experiences and about how diverse values and priorities often lead us to the best and highest outcomes” said Renee. 

Date: Wednesday 17 May 2017
Venue: Adelaide Central Markets Kitchen,  44-60 Gouger Street,
Adelaide SA 5000
Time: 8am – 10am
Cost: $60 per person





Guest Speakers

Senator Anne Ruston

Senator Ruston was appointed Assistant Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources in September 2015. Born and raised in Renmark—which is situated on the River Murray in South Australia’s Riverland region—Anne is a proud member of the community where she still lives and works to this day. She is the only Senator for South Australia based in a regional area. Anne is a primary producer and an irrigator, producing commercial cut flowers and implementing irrigation efficiencies on her property that reduced water use by more than 60%. She is a passionate advocate for rural and regional communities and for a balanced approach to water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin. Her vision for the Murray-Darling is for it to become the world’s best example of an environmentally healthy, sustainable river system supporting efficient irrigation industries and vibrant river communities. 

Zannie Flanagan

 Zannie Flanagan is a passionate promoter of regional produce and in particular that of her ‘hood - the Fleurieu Peninsula. In the early ‘80s she restored and managed two restaurants that became famous in the area; Prewett’s at Kangarilla and later the Salopian Inn in McLaren Vale. Both restaurants were inspired by Zannie’s strong belief that restaurants should reflect the landscape in which they are situated. Menus were seasonal with an emphasis on regional produce. This was when she discovered that olive oil was being produced down the road at the McLaren Vale Olive Groves and her great passion for local oil began. She was the driving force behind South Australia’s first Farmers Markets - starting the Willunga Farmers Market in 2002 then the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market which she ran for many years. In 2009 she was recognised as a Food Legend by the Advertiser and in 2010 she was awarded the order of Australia for services to the food industry.

















Join us at the Adelaide Central Markets Kitchen for a roaming breakfast on Wednesday 17 May at 8am – 10am. Guest speakers will inspire, the food will entice and the space will foster opportunities. Register today and be a part of building an industry that values and promotes diversity and inclusion as a core business and social value.

This event is proudly sponsored by







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Renee Harrison, Marketing Manager at PMA Australia New Zealand
Phone: (03) 8840 0898 E-mail:

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