EMERALD, hidden gems and sparkling nuggets are already on the agenda for the 2017 Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network annual conference — and the search has begun to again unearth the unique quality of keynote speakers and workshop presenters that have been the star attractions of the past 23 conferences.
QRRRWN seeks three kinds of presenters. They are especially keen to hear from potential keynote speakers — those who can deliver to plenary sessions and breakfast or dinner functions for up to 40 minutes. Often, keynote speakers also offer workshops. The workshop presenters enable the conference to offer a number of workshops across business, personal development and youth streams.
Previous conferences have included practical activities offering contrasts between belly dancing and cheese making, drawing and public speaking, or topics as diverse as business planning, digital marketing, grant writing, agriculture or politics.
The workshop scope provides for a mix of the serious through to the more light-hearted — and herein lays enormous opportunity and potential for emerging presenters to deliver to small groups.
With the intent of introducing local inspirational women or projects, conference spotlight speakers give 10 to15 minute main stage presentations.
President of the QRRRWN, Alison Mobbs, said the organising committee is excited about uncovering new and developing talent to showcase alongside experienced speakers.
“They will be our ‘hidden gems’ and ‘sparkling nuggets’ — the nucleus of our speakers, workshops and skill-sharing sessions that will provide food for thought to the hundreds of women from across the state who will this year travel to Emerald in the Central Highlands for a jam-packed program over several days.
The conference is scheduled to run between October 19 and 21. Expressions of Interest are now open for presenters for the 2017 event.
While calling for speakers and presenters for this year’s ‘Building Vibrant Communities: Developing Future Gems’ conference, Alison Mobbs said that in the years of her involvement with QRRRWN, she has seen so many younger women realise their budding capacities by listening to experienced female leaders who inspire them.
“With the encouragement and support of QRRRWN members and associates, they then go on to grow that potential into impressive contributions and leadership in their field. I am so looking forward to see what incredible gemstones we unearth to sparkle at our Emerald Conference in October.
“What is special about our QRRRWN platform is the opportunity we provide for both inspiring participants and building their abilities and networks,” said the cattle farmer and businesswoman from Bell.
QRRRWN’s annual conference is also renowned for its convivial and welcoming atmosphere and for the diversity of interests and opportunities it offers.
Alison Mobbs said that the Emerald Committee encourages interest from both experienced and emerging businesses, producers, creators and professional women and community workers keen to share their passion under the conference theme: Building Vibrant Communities – Developing Future Gems.
“We know there is an incredible array of hidden gems in our rural, regional and remote communities and we’d love to string some of these together to make our conference sparkle.
“We also want to hear from women based in cities who have ideas and initiatives to share. Being based is the suburbs is definitely not a barrier to participation,” Mrs Mobbs said.
“Building vital communities in our regions is something we can all contribute to and participate in, sharing our experience together. That’s the hallmark of the QRRRWN approach.”
Rural women who know of speakers or workshop presenters whose names they would like to see on the program, should email suggestions with contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expressions of interest or further information. Survey monkey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017_QRRRWN_Conference_Speaker_Presenter_EOI