Port of Newcastle provided the perfect backdrop to kickstart the 2021 Valley2Valley Women Leaders Study tour on Monday 31 May.Hosted by the Trans-Tasman Business Circle -a preeminent business organisation in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore-thesix-day study tour of the Hunter Valley brings together women working in C-Suite roles from some of the country’s most dynamic businesses.

Between May 30 and June 4, the group will experience the Hunter region and what its diverse business community has to offer through mix of local and international speakers, virtual visits, learnings, interactive workshops, and experiences.

This year’s event follows the first Women Leader’s Study Tour in 2019 where 35 women visited San Francisco and Silicon Valley to learn about the technology, capability and leadership that is grown out of this global innovation hub.

Port of Newcastle Executive Manager Corporate Services Marie Omark said Port of Newcastle was thrilled to welcome female leaders from across the country to gain insights into both the operation and organisational culture behind Port of Newcastle.

“As we continue to diversify our trade and transform our business to create a safe, sustainable and environmentally and socially responsible future, it is a fabulous opportunity to seek ideas and perspectives from a diverse range of femaleleaders,” said Ms Omark.

“The Port is actively advancing equity and diversity amongst its workforce in order to develop a robust culture and attract talent that will enable us to deliver these ambitious goals. We are proud to be showcasing these initiatives as part of our partnership with the Trans-Tasman Business Circle for this year’s Valley2Valley Women Leaders Study tour.”

Monday’s full day agenda, hosted by Port of Newcastle, featured a water-side tour of Port of Newcastle, panel discussion with key female leaders of the Port -Jennifer Anderson, Wendy West, Gabrielle Redmond, Jackie Spiteri and Gabriella Sainsbury.

Following the panel, Mark Fitzgibbon, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, nib Holdings offered a keynote address and Q&A, moderated by Red Balloon Group Co-founder Naomi Simpson.

Find out more about the Trans-Tasman Business Circle here.

Pictured: Samantha Martin-Williams, Naomi Simpson and Gabriella Sainsbury.

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