Early bird ticket sales for the highly anticipated Thriving Women 2023 Conference will be released at 9am AEST on Wednesday May 3.

Hosted by WoTL, the TW2023 Conference will be held across three days from 13 – 15 August at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.

WoTL have confirmed the keynote speakers will include one of Australia’s most high-profile and respected journalists and author, Leigh Sales AM. Sales is best known for her work with the ABC, particularly as host of current affairs program 7.30 from 2011 – 2022. She is the current presenter of the ABC’s Australian Story program.

Olympia Yarger, the CEO and founder of Canberra-based waste management infrastructure company and 2023 ACT Australian of the Year will also appear in the program. She will be joined by women’s fashion trailblazer, Jane Cay, owner of one of Austalia’s most successful retail businesses, birdsnest.

The TW2023 Conference Program also features fifteen “Toolbox Talk” presenters running in five concurrent sessions enabling delegates to select topics best suited to their needs. Presenters have been carefully chosen to be informative, thought-provoking and all well versed in the realities of women living and working in agricultural communities.

“The TW2023 Conference team is thrilled to be able to bring speakers of such a high calibre to the conference and to Wagga Wagga,” says Thriving Women Conference Co-Convenor and Euberta farmer, Lisa Anderson.

“All of our keynotes have strong connections to the land and to rural communities, and we are confident their messages will resonate with delegates”.

Thriving Women brings together people connected through agriculture and has been run in South Australia in 2018, 2020 and 2022 with each event exceeding expectations with over 200 participants attending from across the agribusiness sector. The event has seen increasing demand for its offerings in other states and event organisers are excited to bring TW2023 to New South Wales.

The theme of Growing and Inspiring Women Connected Through Agriculture will focus on the critical role women play in the day-to-day operation of primary production, natural resource management and rural communities. Additionally, women also play a critical role in agribusiness and related industries including processing, marketing and value adding of agricultural commodities.

“The Thriving Womens Conference is unique in its structure in that many of the presentations are interactive. It’s less about sitting and listening, which also does happen, but delegates are also asked to participate and contribute their thoughts and ideas. By default, a lot of networking occurs which is one of the biggest benefits of attending the event”, says Ms Anderson.

Fostering a safe and welcoming environment, the event encourages the development of networks, knowledge, and skills through participation and contact with other delegates. Participation in TW2023 will empower delegates to be confident, capable, and influential, working towards a sustainable future for agriculture.

The TW2023 Conference will be held at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales and tickets are limited to 200 delegates.