Professional Women's Network

2018 Professional Women's Network (PWN) Breakfast Series 

PWN#3 Thursday 23 August 2018 
7am | Arts Centre Foyer | St Margaret's

Guest Speaker: Alison Quinn ('83); Chief Executive Officer – Retire Australia | National President – Retirement Living Council | Chair of School Council, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School

 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. Join us for our third exciting breakfast in 2018 and learn how Alison has achieved outstanding success in her long and distinguished career in the property sector.


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Remaining 2018 PWN Events
Thursday 18 October 2018: Thursday 18 October (Cocktail 5:30pm – 7:30pm) | PwC, Queen Street. Guest speaker: Professor Linda Richards, Deputy Director (Research), Queensland Brain Institute


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.


Our 2018 guest speakers so far have been:

Bobbie Brazil
Wendy King

Our 2017 guest speakers were:

Penelope Twemlow
Christine O'Sullivan
Julie Mackay
Marnie McLaren

Our 2016 guest speakers were:
Philippa Spork – Creative Engagement Specialist, Author and Public Speaker
Gwyneth Olsen – Head Winemaker & Australian Young Winemaker of the Year 2014
Sherrill Stivano – Recipient 2015 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award
Suzanne Collins – Strategic Project Manager, EMBA Graduate & Philanthropist

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.