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Breaking in, breaking out, changing direction…

Women in Media is pleased to offer a unique mentoring and networking opportunity.

Wherever you are at in your career, come along to hear from a fantastic panel who will share insights from decades of experience in media and communications.

This is a wonderful opportunity for early and mid-career professionals, as well as students, to gather hints and tips to help guide your career or advice on how to break into the media and communications industry how to move around and how to stay in it.

Following the panel discussion, there will be break-out groups with each of our panel members for you to ask questions and make connections.

Join ABC Focus presenter Nadia Mitsopoulos, on Wednesday 5 September as she leads a panel discussion with Lisa Barnes, News Director, 6PR, Karen Brown, National Director, Cannings Purple, Geoff Hutchinson, ABC Drive Presenter and Marina Valmadre, Principal, Oakridge Communication Group.

Wednesday 5 September 2018
Networking 6-7pm
Panel discussion, break out and networking 7-9pm
Get a group together and Book now.
$35: MEAA/WAJA members
$45: non-members
$25: students (full time)

With many thanks to Cannings Purple for hosting this event at their CBD headquarters: Boardroom 1,
Ground floor, Brookfield Place Tower 2,
123 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Nadia Mitsopoulos has worked in the media for 25 years demonstrating her long interest in news and current affairs. She has spent much of that time working in television as a journalist at Ten News, Associated Press TV in London and Nine News where she was the state political reporter. Nadia currently presents WA Focus weekday mornings on ABC Radio Perth. She is on the board of Lifeline WA and AWESOME Arts. She has a passion for travel, food and sport and is a loyal member of the Fremantle Dockers and Perth Scorchers.

As a Director at Cannings Purple, Karen Brown is a strategic thinker and expert communicator who has worked at the very highest levels of politics, media and business. Karen joined Cannings Purple in 2014 after a successful career in the media, having served as Chief of Staff and Deputy Editor at The West Australian and WA Editor at The Australian. She went on to work at both the State and Federal level of politics, serving in senior advisory roles. She works as a Director for several not-for-profits, community and charitable organisations. Away from the office, Karen is a keen cyclist, an average banjo player and enthusiastic Eagles supporter.

Lisa Barnes is the News Director of 6PR, where she’s worked for more than 10 years. She describes herself as just a ‘bogan from the bush’ who always dreamed of becoming a journalist. She still pinches herself daily that she gets to come to work and do something she loves and is passionate about. Life became a lot more exciting with the arrival of her son last year, and when she’s not chasing stories, she’s either chasing either him or the dog. When she’s not doing any of that, she likes to pull on the sneakers and pound the footpath.

Geoff Hutchison has been in the media since he was a teenager and that is a long time ago. He began as a cadet in country WA, moved back to Perth to work with Channel Nine and then went to London and Los Angeles where he worked for British breakfast television and the Nine Network, primarily as a sports reporter. Upon his return to Melbourne, he became a feature reporter for Wide World Of Sports and then Sports Sunday. Eventually, he was drawn to the ABC and the 7.30 Report, later becoming the Europe Correspondent based in Brussels. In 2006 Geoff was invited to become the new host of the Morning Show on ABC radio Perth and he has been occupying the studio almost every day, ever since – bringing news analysis to a diverse audience and more importantly, seeking to be a good conduit of community conversation.

Marina Valmadre is the principal of Oakridge Communication Group. Following senior management and communication roles in business and media in the UK and US, and the running of her successful Michigan based marketing and public relations consultancy Marina established Oakridge Communication Group in Perth in 1991. The consultancy has been responsible for enhancing opportunities for clients with reputation management, positioning, branding, issues management and strategic communication programs. She has chaired the Registered Consultancies Group of PRIA and served as chair of the Australia Day Council amongst other community activities.