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Meat Business Women Australia Conference

October 26, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

$160 – $210

Meat Business Women Australia Conference

Wednesday 26th October, 09:00am – 18:00pm AEDT

RECONNECT: Join Meat Business Women for our first in-person Australia conference in three years as we all reconnect.
  • Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport Hotel and Conference Centre
  • Conference Programme will run from 09:00am – 4:00pm (AEDT)
  • Networking reception will follow from 4:00pm – 6:00pm

About this event

Hosted by the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) as the Territory Partner for Meat Business Women in Australia, the MBW Australia conference will deliver a great line-up of speakers, panel sessions and networking.

The conference will be facilitated by Giaan Rooney, OAM. The full program will be published shortly, in the meantime we are excited to announce our initial line-up of speakers:

Dr Temple Grandin

→ Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University (pre-recorded interview followed by a live Q&A cross to Dr Grandin in Colorado, USA)

Natalie Sommerville

→ President, Australian Women in Agriculture, and Board member of Motherland Australia

The Hon Dugald Saunders

→ Minister for Agriculture NSW

Harriet Mellish

→ Head of Strategy and Transformation, Coles

Veneta Chapple

→ Industry and Government Relations Director, AMPC

The conference will conclude with a networking cocktail reception allowing time to catch up with your existing network and make new connections within the Meat Business Women community.

You’ll also have the chance to get a professional headshot taken by our photographer which you can use to update your LinkedIn profile, corporate bio, CV etc.


We are offering an early bird discount rate until 5.00pm (AEDT), Friday 30 September 2022.

  • EARLY BIRD MEMBER: $160 (excl GST and booking fee)
  • EARLY BIRD NON-MEMBER: $185 (excl GST and booking fee)
  • Full ticket price after early bird closes is $185 member / $210 non-member.
Member Discount

Meat Business Women members can find their member discount code on the MBW members portal – simply login to your account.


Not yet a member? Sign up via the below button

Giaan Rooney_Head Shot
About Giaan…

Giaan Rooney’s memorable smile, natural beauty and ability to engage are almost trumped by her enormous energy for work. An adept speaker and presenter, Giaan is a person of enormous talent and professionalism.

As a former darling of Australian Swimming, Giaan holds medals at every level of competition, including an Olympic Gold. In 2006, Giaan retired from swimming to forge a successful career as an Australian TV presenter.

Giaan’s high profile broadcast involvement with Channel 7 has included the Brisbane News team, 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2016 Rio Olympics, Australian Open coverage, commentator for the Australian Swimming
Championships, and presenter on the House of Wellness.

Giaan has previously spent years with Channel Nine where she was involved across a range of shows including a
co-anchor of Wide World of Sports, presenting stories on Getaway, Postcards, the 2010 Winter Olympics, 2012 London
Olympics, Nine’s Spring Racing Coverage and the Today Show weather.

Giaan is an Ambassador for CareSuper, Life Space Probiotics, Amazon Prime Video and PetStock National Adpotion Day. She is also an avid supporter of her chosen charities, the Nelune Foundation, Lort Smith Animal Hospital, Sony
Foundation and Baby Give Back.

Additionally, after a very successful launch, Giaan has released her fifth lifestyle clothing collection, GR by Giaan Rooney, in partnership with Harris Scarfe.

In 2021, Giaan relocated from the Gold Coast to her macadamia property in Northern NSW with her husband Sam, and two children Zander & Alexa.


Temple Grandin headshot
About Temple…

Temple Grandin is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.  Facilities she has designed for handling livestock are used by many companies around the world.  She has also been instrumental in implementing animal welfare auditing programs that are used by McDonalds, Wendy’s, Whole Foods, and other corporations.

Temple has appeared on numerous TV shows such as 20/20. Larry King Live, and Prime Time.

Her books include: Thinking in Pictures, Livestock Handling and Transport and The Autistic Brain. Her book Animals in Translation has been on the New York Times Bestseller List.

Temple was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in September 2017 and in 2022 was named a Colorado State University Distinguished Professor.


Natalie Somerville_AWiA President
About Natalie…

Nat Sommerville, lives and works on Ngadjuri Country in South Australia’s Mid North. She is a farmer, mother, mentor and Wagadagam descendant of Mabuyag island of the Torres Strait providing a cultural lens to all that she does. Nat specialises in sustainable agriculture, natural resource management and First Nations engagement.

Nat, together with partner Dane, manage their farming business Windjara Ag along with their 2 children. They have been farming for over 17 years in collaboration with Danes family farm and their separate farming businesses focusing on grain and livestock production.

Driven by her passion for sustainable agriculture, the environment and social justice, Nat’s focus is on influencing positive change in rural Australia and seeing greater innovation, inclusion of gender and age, and respect for diverse backgrounds. She is passionate about sharing her farming, cultural and social knowledge and experiences to improve outcomes for both current and future generations.

When Nat is not farming you will find her mentoring Aboriginal students in local schools or volunteering on community and industry boards at local, state and national levels.  Currently representing industry as President of Australian Women in Agriculture and vice chair of SA Ag Excellence Alliance committee whilst also representing GPSA PPSA and NFF committees.

Nat gives back locally to her regional community as President of her local sports association, Landcare Assoc SA committee member and the regional NAIDOC committee.

Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) is the exclusive Australian Territory Partner of Meat Business Women.

Thank you to our Australian corporate members



October 26, 2022
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
$160 – $210
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Stamford Plaza
Sydney Airport Hotel
Sydney, Australia