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Breaking through the gender barrier: Women in Innovation

The Innovative Women of the Hunter panel was a popular event held as part of the 2014 Hunter Innovation Forum. The University will host this event in 2015, with a panel of prominent and innovative women who have led in their area of expertise. Hosted by Melinda Smith, Purser Corporate Communication, the event is designed to engage the women of the Hunter in innovative discussions and provide the opportunity to network and hear from inspirational women who have broken through the barrier.

Thursday 16 July 2015, 5.30pm – 8.30pm, Watt St Arc, 45 Watt St, Newcastle.


  • Swati Dave, Executive General Manager, National Australia Bank
  • Belinda Smith, Manager of Commercial Business at Hunter TAFE
  • Lisa McGuigan, Winemaker, Lisa McGuigan Wines
  • Dr Nikola Bowden, Research Fellow, University of Newcastle

The event is sponsored by the University of Newcastle and is part of the Hunter Innovation Festival, a not-for-profit initiative which aims to inspire a culture of innovation in Australian businesses, industries and communities through a series of seminars, presentations and workshops.

Click here to register for this free event.