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Fri 21 June 2024 @ 11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Cairns Convention Centre

Women in Leadership & Innovation Lunch and Symposium at Cairns Convention Centre

With thanks to our partners Launch Y(E)P | RDA Tropical | Australian Government: Department of Industry, Science & Resources.


As a beautiful end to the Tropical Innovation Festival, Cairns will be welcoming inspiring women in leadership and innovation to share with us over two back-to-back events.


Over lunch, guests will be introduced to women in leadership and innovation over the generations. Local Singer and song writer, Grace Jones will support female leaders from diverse industries to share their wisdom around leadership from their generational view in a collaborative keynote followed by a Fireside chat with the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce, former Australian Governor General.


Following a networking break, Cathie Reid, founder of EPIC pharmacy and ICON cancer and medical group, future astronaut, investor, director and philanthropist will share her story of success through leadership. A facilitated session to help audience members break barriers in their own careers and industries will be followed by an innovators and investors panel, and the day will be rounded out by hearing from new innovative businesses with lightening pitches.


This event is suited to men and women of all ages, within a variety of sectors. If you’re looking for inspiration, motivation, practical tools on applying innovation to your organisation, this event is for you.


Lunch Session:

For full speaker biographies, please refer to the Tropical Innovation Festival website. https://www.tropicalinnovation…

Collaborative keynote

* Grace Jones | Singer and Musician recently voted by The Cairns Post as FNQ’s most loved musician

* Tionne Young | Co-founder @ Australian School of Entrepreneurship

* Jessy Wu | Partner @ Afterwork Ventures

* Kavindi De Silva | Space Educator @ Inovor Technologies

* Julia Spicer | 5th Queensland Chief Entrepreneur

* Fiona Jose | CEO @ Cape York Partnerships

* Michelle Pascoe | Founder & CEO – OOPS

* Wendy Morris | ASX Non-executive Director – tourism and Great Barrier Reef leader, advocate and entrepreneur

Keynote Fireside Chat

* Hon Dame Quentin Bryce | Former Governor General of Australia.



Keynote – “What if… There was no limit for Women in Innovation and Leadership?” | Cathie Reid | Founder EPIC and ICON

Facilitated, interactive session – Taking up Space and making space for women’s place in leadership

* Jessy Wu | Afterwork

* Dianah Ward | Muse

* Lucy Wark | Fuzzy & Normal

Panel – Female Founders and Investors: Building the future with female leaders in innovation

* Cheryl Mack | Aussie Angels

* Niamh Mooney | Software

* Yas Grigaliunas | Circonomy

* Jodie Imam | Tractor Ventures


This event is sold as Lunch + Symposium from 1st June – June 10th, with remaining tickets sold as lunch only if availability allows.


Book your tickets through Humanitix.


* Note this is a separate event and not included in the SILVER and GOLD Tropical Innovation Festival Passes



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Fri 21 June 2024
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Launch Y(E)P
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Cairns Convention Centre
Sheridan St & Wharf St
Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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