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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.


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.

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.