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Conservation breakfast to celebrate women’s leadership

Published 26 Feb 2024

Moving beyond divisions to create a united approach to address climate change and nature loss will be the focus of the 13th annual Celebrating Women in Conservation Breakfast on Friday 1 March at the Glasshouse on Wurundjeri Country.

Keynote speaker Anna Rose, CEO and founder of Environmental Leadership Australia, will discuss how communication and leadership styles must adapt as Australia aims to protect 30% of land area for conservation by 2030 and transition to net zero emissions. 

Hosted by Corinne Proske, CEO at Trust for Nature, and Rachel Lowry, CEO at Bush Heritage Australia, the event will explore the crucial role women and gender-diverse people can play in the conservation sector.

Minister for Environment Steve Dimopoulos will also be joining to celebrate women in conservation at the breakfast event. The breakfast tie-in with International Women’s Day has become a not-to-be-missed event in the conservation sector’s calendar, with tickets to the in-person event selling out within days. 

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is focused on improving economic inclusion for women.

“This event is an opportunity to champion the role that women and gender-diverse people play in conservation,” said Corinne Proske. “At Trust for Nature I’m proud to work alongside hundreds of women across the sector, whether they are part of our incredible team, landholders, First Nations women, generous donors or business and conservation leaders. Together we’re creating a future where nature is valued, and nature and people can thrive together.”

Rachel Lowry, Bush Heritage’s new CEO, emphasised the importance of collaboration in the conservation sector:

"I join Bush Heritage at a time when Australia’s rich and biodiverse landscapes have never needed our protection more. Through events like these, we can come together around a shared goal to protect our magnificent landscapes and the plants, animals and people within them.”

Tickets to the in-person event at The Glasshouse are sold out. Virtual tickets are available at Humanitix.

For more information, please contact:

James Whitmore
Communications Coordinator
Trust for Nature
0450 653 811 /

Coco McGrath
Social Media & PR Coordinator
Bush Heritage Australia
0455 635 035 / Email:

Trust for Nature

Trust for Nature works with Victorian landholders to protect habitat for wildlife on private land. We are one of Australia’s oldest conservation organisations, and since 1972 have protected more than 110,000 ha of native habitat. Our vision is a future in which Victoria’s nature is valued, protected and thriving, and we work with over 1,500 landholders across the state to protect and restore places in Victoria where wildlife and native plants can thrive.

Trust for Nature’s work is made possible through the generosity of our partners, supporters and donors who together want to make a difference to Victoria’s natural environment. We acknowledge the support of the Victorian Government.

Bush Heritage Australia

Bush Heritage Australia is a leading not-for-profit conservation organisation that protects ecosystems and wildlife across the continent. We use the best science, conservation and right-way knowledge to deliver landscape-scale impact. We’re on the ground, working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the agricultural sector to make sure our impact is deep, sustainable and collaborative.

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