2019 WITH Tas Leaders Breakfast

2019 Industry Leaders Breakfast

This is a stellar line up for our 2019 Breakfast

We're confident, like 2017 and 2018, it will be another great morning of inspiration, humour and insight.  Well and truly worthwhile rising with the sun!

When: 7.00am - 8.30am, Thursday 17th October
Where: RACV/RACT Hobart Hotel, 154 Collins Street, Hobart
Tickets: Bookings here >

These three women all come from very different aspects of our industry and each brings a great depth of experience. Let's introduce them:

Fiona Weaver of Wild Island Women and Tassie Bound Adventures

Fiona Weaver

Wild Island Women is Tasmania's first female adventure community founded by Fiona Weaver in 2017.

Her first two decades were spent in the Blue Mountains of NSW and after graduating high school she climbed quickly up the corporate ladder. It didn’t take long to decide to deconstruct the more traditional life and cool off her itchy feet travelling and adventuring across the globe.

Fiona now calls the Derwent Valley home and for the last decade has birthed, built and operated the multi award-winning adventure tourism business, Tassie Bound Adventures with her husband Liam.

Fiona hopes to connect and celebrate women in the Wild Island Women community and cheer them on to complete adventures (big and small) in the their own backyard.

Kim Seagram

Kim Seagram is Co Owner and Co Developer of the award winning Stillwater Restaurant, SEVEN rooms and Black Cow Bistro in Launceston.

Her passion to support local producers and build the Tasmanian brand led her to help found Harvest Launceston in 2011 where she currently sits as President.

Prior to opening Stillwater in 2000, Kim and her husband Rod Ascui developed and operated Launceston’s Ripples Cafe as well as Lalla Gully Vineyard in North-East Tasmania (sold in 1998 to the Clover Hill/Taltarni group).

In 1997 Kim was elected to the Vineyards Association of Tasmania’s Committee of Management and made a significant contribution to state and national strategy and marketing development over the following decade. During this time she was also on the working group to develop the National Wine Tourism Strategy and sat on the resulting Australian Wine Tourism Alliance.

For over a decade Kim was Deputy Chair of the Brand Tasmania Council and sat on the Board of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce where she was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2017.

Sitting as a Director on the Tourism Tasmania Board for over 8 years she also chaired the Launceston Tamar and the North, Zone Marketing Group and served as Deputy Chair of the Northern Regional Reference Group for Economic Development. She currently sits on the Global Advisory Board for the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics at the University of Tasmania and Chairs the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Committee and received the 2016 UTas TSBE Distinguished Business Leader Award.

Rod and Kim joined forces with highly respected wine maker Natalie Fryar for the Abel Distillery project releasing their first two Native Tasmanian Gins into the market in December 2016.

Serving on the Industry Reference group for the Centre for Food Innovation, a collaboration between the University of Tasmania, the CSIRO and the DSTO, led her on a journey with fellow group member Tom Lewis, where they are driving the FermenTasmania project for Northern Tasmania with CEO Pip Dawson.

Prior to living in Tasmania, Kim held a number of positions in the Canadian Tourism Industry in operations, sales and promotion with the Fairmont Rocky Mountain Hotel and Resort Properties. Kim also has a BSC Honours in Biology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada followed by work as a research assistant in Molecular Genetics.

Kim has a passion for good food and wine, exemplary service, great friends and life itself!

Tracey Leitch - Impressions Marketing Commnications

Tracey Leitch

Tracey is the director of Sydney marketing communications firm Impressions Marketing Communications. Impressions offers a broad range of pr/communications strategy and project implementation services. Raised in Hobart, Tracey has called the beachside suburb of Balmoral her home for the past 20 years and in recent years, also enjoys spending time in her Hobart apartment.

A Bachelor Of Education and a Post Graduate Business Degree were gained at Tas Uni prior to moving interstate.

Tracey approaches projects from a strategic view point and is renowned for her efficiency, enthusiasm and substantial Australia wide ‘travel media and influencer’ network.

Impressions has been operating for over 17 years and is well connected throughout the national travel industry, media and influencer circles.

Current clients in the travel world include Likuliku Lagoon Resort Fiji, Malolo Island Resort Fiji, White Grass Ocean Resort & Spa Vanuatu, 3 London boutique hotels, Cockatoo Island Sydney Harbour, and a dozen or so unique and fabulous Tasmanian stay experiences.

Other past clients have included high profile brands as Dilmah Tea, Taylors Wines, Piper Heidsieck Champagne, Remy Martin Cognac, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, Nikon, Sunbeam and Obela Hommus.

Significant results have been generated for all clients across print, broadcast, web, social media and key influencer platforms which have in turn contributed significantly to their business profile, growth and success.

In a past life Tracey was Marketing Manager at Tourism Tasmania based in Sydney.

Tracey is a current member of the The Australian Society Of Travel Writers. The Travmedia network and the national PR hub The Social Diary.

Her current passions are living green, ocean swimming, yoga, sharing her wellness coaching tips and long bush walks.