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The Women in the Forests and Timber Network has had an extremely active year to date.
Please see below for an overview of the activity!
Finding support and opportunities for the women in our industry is fundamental to the network. We encourage professional development and leadership mentoring and connect members across Australia – and we are able to do this with the generous sponsorship from our major supporter Healthcare Insurance.
 Activity round up
With the leadership and guidance of the WFTN National Advisory Group, we have held a number of successful meetings in the Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. Events included:
It was a fantastic turn-out at the recent industry networking gathering in Brisbane, themed “Inspiration for Success.” Network and industry supporter Kate Carnell, CEO of Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), was the guest speaker. Her presentation and views on successful leadership outlined the 5 E’S 'Enthusiasm, Engagement; Ethics, Entrepreneurialism, and Enemies.' 
View the article published in Timber & Forestry Enews

From left to right: Jacinta Colley (Simmonds Lumber), Alicia Olkers (TABMA), Kate Carnell (ACCI), Clarissa Brandt (Timber Queensland) and Jenni Day (Versace Timber).
Taking a different approach, the local NSW network organised an outing to the Blowering Nursery in Tumut on 21 May. The women were given a detailed and informative tour by the Nursery manager who explained the full process in dispatching the 6.5 million young Radiate Pinus trees that the nursery aims to produce throughout the year. The successful excursion was the first of many planned for the region.
Suzette Weeding, Assistant General Manager of Certification at Forestry Tasmania, was host to a meeting in Hobart on 8 May, inviting women to "reconnect". It provided the opportunity to do just that and, importantly, attendees were able to discuss and plan another major regional event for Launceston later in the year.
The Role of Women in Leadership forum was held in Canberra on 4 March, alongside the ForestWorks ISC Industry Development Conference. At the national gathering, three key industry women discussed their roles in the industry and their journey. The network also launched their social media capabilities via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Visit the event page to read more
Two networking dinners were held in SA this year. The first dinner focused on social media and Meredith Phillips from Kimberly Clark Australia shared insights from an influential women workshop that focused on building confidence, capacity and skills in women. Mandy Wallace, from the Department of Primary Industries, also shared an update on the industry consultation taking place in the state which is a major initiative for the region (specifically regarding the draft blueprint and forestry policy conducted by the SA forestry industry advisory board).  More recently, the regional women held their second dinner. Helen Strickland, Manager of Skill Career Workforce Development at Regional Development Australia, spoke about how life experiences and events can shape career choices, and reminded us that change is constant.
Albany hosted its first WFTN breakfast on 30 April, with two successful industry women addressing attendees. Executive Director for Forest Industries Federation WA (FIFWA), Melissa Haslam, spoke of the challenges she experienced as a leader in a male dominated industry. She also pointed out the vital importance of self-confidence and communication. She was followed by Kerry Chapman, local Human Resource Manager at Plantation Export Company, who gave her perspective about working with different cultures and why she is working to increase the number of women employed at her organisation.
All WFTN events are sponsored by Healthcare Insurance and supported by many other organisations. We look forward to sharing more 2014 events and activities with you!

National Advisory Group meeting
22 July 2014

A quarterly meeting to plan and look at ways to strengthen the network, across all industry sectors and regions.

High Tea Charity Fundraiser, Brisbane
13 September 2014
Join Queensland WFTN members, industry participants and supporters for an afternoon of networking to raise funds for Destiny Rescue.

Industry Network Meeting, Tasmania

Further details coming soon

 Contact us

If you would like more information, or you are interested in joining the Women in Forests and Timber Network, please contact: 

Michelle Ingley-Smith
WFTN Coordinator 
  1800 177 001

Thank you to our network host ForestWorks and our sponsor Healthcare Insurance.


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