Bethwyn to speak at Zonta luncheon

Bethwyn Todd. Image supplied.
Bethwyn Todd. Image supplied.

A PASSION for helping women and girls reach their full potential will bring Bethwyn Todd back to Beaudesert as guest speaker at Zonta’s International Women’s Day luncheon.

Bethwyn will speak at the event on March 8 at midday at The Club, Beaudesert.

The accomplished business leader and board director is an advocate of seeing more women in leadership positions.

“I think that gender balance around the leadership tables of business, government and organizations in general is so important,” she said.

“This all takes on greater significance for me of course in being able to share some of my story and insights in my hometown.”

Bethwyn proudly hails from Laravale, went to Beaudesert State School and has more than 25 years of executive leadership experience in the USA, Asia and Australia, including a six-year appointment at the Federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in Canberra.

“My childhood years and upbringing in the Beaudesert district definitely shaped who I am, how my life unfolded and also how I lead,” she said.

“My very first leadership experiences occurred at the Beaudesert primary school. I was given many opportunities there that I probably didn’t appreciate at the time but certainly do now. One of the things I’m most proud of in my professional career is being able to demonstrate that leadership doesn’t have to be about command and control, but that an inclusive, authentic and caring style can cut it in the toughest business environments and in fact deliver great commercial success.

“I credit my country background and values for this success. They define me, and they have served me well through all my career and life experiences around the world.”

Bethwyn is on the board of the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association, Chair of the Somerville House Foundation and a member of the University of Queensland Change Makers Board.

She is also a mentor with the Minerva Network, which is a group of senior Australian businesswomen supporting female athletes.

Tickets to the Zonta luncheon cost $45 per person and there will be a multi-draw raffle and lucky door prize. For ticketing information contact Samantha on 0419 718 085. RSVPs close March 1.

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