New Co-Chairs appointed for Meat Business Women New Zealand

March 9, 2022 By

Meat Business Women (MBW) New Zealand have appointed two young and upcoming co-chairs to lead the organisation into 2022 and beyond.

The announcement of the new co-chairs is timely as the organisation celebrates International Women’s Day on 8 March.

Julia Gardner, Marketing Manager for Beef + Lamb New Zealand Inc and Abigail Delaney, Communications Advisor for Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ltd are excited to co-chair the organisation which is part of the global Meat Business Women network.

“As a traditionally male-dominated sector, the industry can be tricky to navigate as a woman. Meat Business Women seeks to challenge stereotypes and highlight pathways forward. The Meat Business Women community champions connection and collaboration. It allows women to share knowledge, experiences and find long-term career support,” says Gardner.

“Knowing there is a network of women nationally, not to mention globally, makes Meat Business Women so valuable. Whether you’re looking to be a mentor or be mentored, finding yourself amongst like-minded, inspiring women is extremely empowering. It is exciting to be a part of a global network of women who support each other, and we’re ready to lead it forward for the New Zealand meat sector,” adds Delaney.

Laura Ryan, global chair of Meat Business Women, says that Meat Business Women is there to offer mentorships, masterclasses and networking opportunities, whilst also tackling diversity within the industry.

“The ultimate goal is to assure sustainability of our sector by attracting and retaining the best possible talent. We have three objectives: to improve the image of the industry to women; nurture new entrants through education and mentoring; and improve networking. To achieve a significant, long-term perception shift we need to develop gender and diversity inclusion toolkits and resources. We are absolutely delighted that Julia and Abigail have been appointed and know they will do an excellent job in leading Meat Business Women forward in New Zealand.”

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