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An industry event you don’t want to miss

With ATA TA24 over – and what an amazing event – it’s now on to what we believe is an event not to be missed; the Transport Women Australia Limited Living The Dream conference in Melbourne from May 30 to June 1.

Our fabulous speakers are lined up and our fantastic sponsors are locked in and super supportive as always, with many long-term ones returning and new ones signing up. 

The nominations for the Young Gunnette Award are closed and the judges are ready, the Trish Pickering Memorial Award recipient has been chosen, as we are going early this year to coincide with our conference. 

Our two speakers from the US have booked their flights and are excited about coming down under. 

Ellen Voie from Women in Trucking USA has joined us several times before, but Cindy Parker from Americold in Arkansas is on her first trip. Your can listen to her interview with Simon Smith on Australian Truck Radio to get a head start on her story. 

We have added Natalie Loughborough to the line-up as Emcee for day one. Natalie is the executive director of the National Transport Research Organisation.

We have several panels including Viva Energy Australia, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, Trish Pickering Memorial Recipients, Wodonga TAFE, and Daimler Truck Australia Pacific to name a few. 

Other speakers include Cara Walsh (NTI), Jane Humphreys (Volvo), Sal Petroccitto OAM (NHVR), Hannah Bloomfield Excellence IT), and Kate Cuthbertson (RT Health).

We have some exciting things to announce at the conference as well as updates on our current projects. A panel from your board including one of our Founders, Samantha Palmer, and a current subcommittee member. We will have Branthem on site to video select parts of the conference and Awards Dinner.

Plus, our coffee, health, juice, and massage booths will be back. We are still looking for a sponsor for the massage booth, but they will be there to keep us calm on the days of conference.

We have our two pre-conference sessions, the PACCAR Factory Tour and Lunch plus the Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds, Managing for Team Wellbeing with the Black Dog Institute. 

These are both open to 25 people and the factory tour especially are filling fast, so do not miss out. Register for the conference and then email with the pre-conference activity of your choice in the subject heading. 

Our Dream Maker Award nominations are open until June 30, and we are hoping for a huge number this year, they will be announced at the Transport Women Unite Red Ball in Alice Springs in August. 

For all TWAL enquiries please contact or visit our website, or give me a call on 0417 422 319. 


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