Professional Women's Network

2019 Professional Women's Network (PWN) Breakfast Series 

PWN#1 Thursday 21 March 2019 
7.00am arrival for 7.15am start - 8.45am finish
Arts Centre Foyer | St Margaret's Anglican Girls School | 11 Petrie St | Ascot

Guest Speaker: Susan McDonald. Susan is managing director of Super Butcher, a retail group of five stores and online butchers, serving 6,000 people a week in South East Queensland. With degrees in commerce and economics, and a registered CPA, Susan has over 20 years of experience in accountancy and business management and served as chief of staff to the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines in the Queensland Government.  Susan is a director of Beef Australia, a Queensland divisional councillor of the Retail and General Industry Group of Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) and is treasurer of the Queensland RNA.

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Susan McDonald will speak at a business networking breakfast hosted by St Margaret 


2018 PWN#4 Guest Speaker Dr Lavinia Codd

After a career as a Chartered Accountant at leading international firms, Dr Codd suffered a stroke at the age of 31. As part of her cognitive recovery, Dr  Codd resumed her Bachelor of Science degree, before completing her PhD at Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) in 2015. In 2018, Dr Codd was appointed as the Advancement Manager at QBI. She also established the QBI Stroke Advisory Board to raise awareness of, and funds to support, vital research into stroke. Listen to Dr Codd's inspiring story.

Dr Lavinia Codd



Did you miss PWN#3 and our inspiring guest speaker Alison Quinn ('83) or would like to listen to her speak again?

Enjoy the recording below of Alison's address.

Alison Quinn
Alison Quinn is the Chief Executive Officer of RetireAustralia, the largest privately owned retirement village operator in Australia. As one of Australia’s most experienced property executives with an extensive track record of success, Alison has extensive development and investment experience in the seniors housing, property and constructions sector. A proud St Margaret’s Old Girl, Alison holds a degree in Commerce from The University of Queensland, and is currently the National President of the Retirement Living Council. 

St Margaret's Professional Women’s Network (PWN) series is developing a strong and steady identity among Brisbane professional women as a place where they come to be inspired by our guest speakers, meet new friends, and build and develop positive business relationships.

From humble beginnings in April 2012,  the PWN series now has a loyal following of guests who use this event to meet and foster new business contacts. True to the motto – Share, Support, Inspire – our guests experience one, if not all, of what makes PWN so unique. They come away with a new perspective from the wise words of our candid and captivating guest speakers. 

PWN is attracting professionals at various stages of their career – from career professionals at the peak of their given industry, those returning to the workforce, to dedicated university students. Students from Years 10, 11 and 12 are also encouraged to attend. Immersing young women in an environment where they can build their networking capacity and be given the opportunity to foster relationships sits at the heart of St Margaret’s value in empowering young women through education.

Professional Women’s Network events are usually business breakfasts, although do look out for an occasional CBD outing. When held at St Margaret's, the breakfasts take place in the Arts Centre Foyer (ACF) and are catered for by our in-house caterers. The panoramic view from the ACF stretches down to the Brisbane River and the city; it is one of the best in Brisbane and is a wonderful venue for the PWN series. Free street parking is available within close walking distance to the venue.

We would like to thank the 2018 PWN event sponsors which have included:

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