Inspiring Female Leaders


History is dotted with inspiring and successful female leaders, all of whom were/are prominent and continue to make an impact.

Successful women. Successful female leaders. Empowered women. 

They are not necessarily in the upper ranks of politics or at the top of organisations, but ordinary women like you and me who make a difference in some way. Female leadership, strong women.

Three Inspiring Female Leaders

To recognise female trailblazers and leaders in their field, we have chosen three local women who are leading the way in their chosen professions. Let these legends inspire you today.

Kathy Lyons, Senior Manager Forest Stewardship, Forestry Corporation NSW.
Kathy has been a professional forester for over 35 years in various roles within native forestry. Kathy's current role sees her lead the management of Aboriginal cultural heritage, tourism, community partnerships, fire, pests, weeds, commercial quarries, apiary, grazing and strategic access roads across around 1.5million ha of coastal and tableland state forests from the Queensland to the Victorian border.  Kathy is based in Wauchope and has raised two wonderful daughters during her career. Kathy will present on her most challenging role to date, which was leading the fire response for Forestry Corporations native forests during the 2019-20 fire season.


Jenny Pursehouse, Covid Conqueror
Of all the industries devastated by COVID-19, two stand out as being the most heavily impacted; Travel and Events (tourism). Both of these industries were not only Jenny's livelihood, but also her passion. As a local Travel Consultant for over 30 years, Jenny went from making people's travel dreams come true to watching those same dreams torn apart. In a complete change of direction, Jenny has shown incredible resilience and is now retraining in Education Support so she can work with children. 

Jenny is also Coordinator of the highly successful Wauchope MotorCycle Friendly initiative, which has had to adapt to the ever-changing COVID world we now live in. With the cancellation of this event in 2020, Jenny and her team have managed to re-invent the Motofest event and reached over 60,000 people. Jenny will share her inspiring story of resilience and personal leadership during unprecented times.


Dr Willhemina Wahlin, Lecturer in Design and Acting Associate Head of School, Charles Sturt University School of Communication and Creative Industries.

Willhemina is also Creative Director for the New York-based non-profit organisation, PROOF: Media for Social Justice, which uses visual storytelling for social justice and human rights advocacy.

Willhemina's research focuses on the role that design plays in promoting civic engagement, upstander behaviour and social cohesion. She has designed over 15 travelling exhibitions that have been displayed internationally, including the Washington Institute of Peace, Columbia and Yale Universities, and the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Willhemina was recently invited to join SEGD's 2020-2021 Academic Task Force and is currently undertaking subjects in Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Leadership Credential.


Ticket includes light refreshments on arrival.

Please note: times, venues and style of events may change based on COVID restrictions closer to the date.

Venue Address:1 Hay Street, Port Macquarie
Starting:5:30 PM
Wednesday 28th October 2020
Ending:7:30 PM

Inspiring Female Leaders