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Women in Conservation Breakfast: Archive

The Women in Conservation Breakfast is an annual event hosted by Bush Heritage Australia and the Trust for Nature and sponsored by NAB.

Catch up on some of the highlights from past events below.


Anna Rose

The 2024 Celebrating Women in Conservation breakfast featuring hosts Rachel Lowry, CEO Bush Heritage, Corinne Proske, CEO Trust for Nature, and keynote speaker Anna Rose, CEO Environmental Leadership Australia, speaking on 'Leadership for Climate and Nature: A New Approach'.

Nicola Toki

Nicola Toki is a New Zealand conservationist and head of the country’s largest conservation organisation, Forest and Bird. Nicola has an impressive history of conservation leadership and advocacy for wildlife and wild place in New Zealand, having worked in a range of roles across the private and public sector for almost 20 years.

Keelen Mailman and Melia Benn

Keelen Mailman is a Bidjara woman. She became the first Aboriginal woman to run a commercial cattle station at age 30 when she took over Mt Tabor, in western Queensland. Keelen won Barnardos Mother of the Year Award in 2016 and was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to the Indigenous community in Queensland in 2020. She's also a best-selling author. Melia Benn is a descendent of the Mamu and Gunggandii peoples. Melia was called to the Bar in 2018 and is one of only two First Nation women at the Bar in Queensland.

Tanya Ha, Victoria McKenzie-McHarg and Linh Do

Our host Tanya Ha in conversation with Victoria McKenzie-McHarg who is the Strategic Director of Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia, and Linh Do, who is the director of the Wattle Fellowship at the University of Melbourne and a board member at Climate Action Network Australia. Full event recording below.

Dr Jenny Gray

Dr Jenny Gray, CEO of Zoos Victoria, spoke at the 8th Women in Conservation Breakfast in Melbourne about how zoo-based conservation programs are seeing species back in the wild.

Professor Lesley Hughes

In 2018 the keynote address at the Women in Conservation Breakfast was from renowned climate change ecologist Professor Lesley Hughes, looking at some of the inspiring female scientists who have shaped our world through the ages, the challenges of climate change and what we can all do to help the environment.

Molly Harris Olson

The fourth annual Celebrating Women in Conservation Breakfast, held in partnership with Trust for Nature, saw Molly Harriss Olson as the keynote speaker, sharing her transformative ideas for decision making in conservation. Highlights below.

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