By Tatiana Carter
Lisa Millar is no stranger to change, in fact, it’s always been in her blood.
From her early days of covering regional Queensland news to joining the ABC as their North American correspondent, the co-host of ABC’s News Breakfast has worn many hats throughout her impressive career in the media industry.
Now, celebrating almost three years as co-host of the popular ABC breakfast program, Ms Millar is using her platform to give back to other women in the industry.
Speaking at the 2022 Women in Media National Conference, Ms Millar is excited to connect with like-minded people and discuss important issues affecting the media industry.
What three things are you looking forward to most at this year’s Women in Media National Conference?
Without a doubt the conviviality of being with like-minded professionals who are keen to see improvements for women in the industry.
Hearing what young women who are new to the industry have to say about what someone like me can do to help mentor them and make the pathway smoother.
Can I say, as a Queenslander who’s spent the past few years in Melbourne, the warmth of the Gold Coast in September?
How have you managed or mastered change in the past two years?
Being in Melbourne during lockdown meant I was still doing my job every day, going to the studio, but was cut off from the production team.
I had to learn to keep my professional circle of contacts while not ever being in the same room as them.
What change needs to happen in the media sector?
The impact of social media on women and diverse communities worries me. I’m not sure we’re doing enough to protect people.
What advice do you have for people who might be experiencing trolling or hatred on social media?
This is a tough question for me after the week I’ve just had. Step away from the accounts, take the apps off the phone and know that a ‘storm’ will usually pass in a few days.
What changes would you like to see made to social media platforms to make it a safer, less angry place?
I don’t know what the answer is but I’d love us to discuss it more. Some organisations are being proactive, taking down any hate comments that appear on posts that they have put up.
What advice do you have for people attending the Women in Media National Conference? How can they make the most of it?
I haven’t been to a WiM conference before, so I’m excited to make the most of it myself.
I’ve never met a woman in the media who has turned someone away seeking advice or mentorship so I’d say – ask the question and meet as many people as possible.
What does the immediate future hold?
I’m coming up on my three years at News Breakfast so I’m going to enjoy marking that milestone and we’ll see what comes next.
Meet the Speakers
The must-hear speakers revealed so far.
Natalie Barr is co-host of Australia’s hit breakfast TV show Sunrise. Before being appointed co-host alongside David Koch early last year, she was the Sunrise newsreader for 18 years where she travelled the globe reporting on some of the world’s biggest stories.
Natalie was born and raised in the small West Australian city of Bunbury. After graduating Bunbury Catholic College, she moved to Perth to study journalism at Curtin University. From there she secured a cadetship on the community newspaper The Wanneroo Times for a couple of years before being lured to television and the Golden West Network in Kalgoorlie.
From regional newspaper and television work, Natalie returned to Perth where she worked on breakfast radio for six months and freelanced for the Nine Network.
She then moved to the US where she worked for several years in Los Angeles at stations KABC, KTLA and KCOP. She won a Golden Mic for Best Newscast Writing in 1994 and a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award nomination for her work on KCOP’s coverage of the OJ Simpson car chase.
On returning home to Australia, Natalie started as the Sunrise newsreader in 2003.
During nearly two decades she has covered Australia’s headline stories from fires and floods to heartwarming stories which captured the nation. The role also meant she had a bag packed ready to jump on a plane to report on the world’s biggest news stories from the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami and the Nice terror attack to the Manchester bombing and the inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States.
She also covered the past couple of US presidential elections live from Washington – with the 2020 trip during the height of the pandemic – and returned to the US this year for the Oscars Red Carpet!
When not at work Natalie, spends her time with her husband and two children.
ABC News Breakfast Co-host
Lisa Millar is the co-host of ABC TV’s News Breakfast. She returned to the ABC in Australia after finishing a decade-long posting as bureau chief in both London and Washington DC, covering some of the world’s biggest stories.
She began her career at the Gympie Times in 1988 and has worked in print, TV and radio.
She won a Walkley Award in 2005 for investigative reporting.
Tangiora Hinaki hails from renowned families of the eastern tribes of the North Island – Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Porou and is a citizen of both Aotearoa (NZ) and Australia.
In the 90s, Tangiora worked as a wool-classer across Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, and Western Australia.
She finally settled down in WA, where she and her husband ran Awesome Shearing Services in Dalwallinu.
In 2005, she and her husband traveled in a bus with six children to explore Australia but only got as far as the Pilbara.
It was here where she found her dream job – “chasing story narratives” across the North West and it all started at Ngaarda Media.
She then went on to work at ABC Pilbara in Karratha for eight years as a content creator and her passion for telling Aboriginal stories of the Dreaming, lead her back to Ngaarda Media, as CEO of the only indigenous media hub in the Pilbara.
Tangiora received a scholarship to attend the Leadership WA Rising program in 2020 which has added to her skillset of overseeing 20 volunteers and six employees.
In 2014, Tangiora’s first documentary that she created with Yindjibarndi women was released and screened on NITV in 2020 and 2021 called ‘Gifts of the Marrga’.
Narelda Jacobs is a Whadjuk Noongar journalist and presenter at Network 10’s Studio 10 and 10 News First Perth. She’s also the co-host of The Point at NITV.
Narelda has been a fixture at Network 10 since 2000, spending 19 years in the Perth newsroom as a reporter and news presenter before heading to Sydney in 2020.
Narelda has shared the stage with prime ministers, international leaders and humanitarian advocates.
She’s passionate about promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and is on the board of the Walkley Foundation and Dame Changer
She’s an adviser for Football Australia, an Ambassador of MND Assoc of WA, The Pinnacle Foundation, and WAALI Foundation.
Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer
With more than 25 years’ experience in television internationally and in Australia, Beverley McGarvey was appointed Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President of ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand in March 2020.
Beverley possesses vast experience as an Australian media business and creative leader.
She is responsible for all content and creative activities related to the company’s networks and digital properties in Australia and New Zealand including 10, 10 Peach, 10 Bold, 10 Shake, 10 Play, 10 Speaks, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and streaming service Paramount+.
Beverley started her career in the creative team at UTV in Belfast before working in programming and production at TV3 Ireland and at ITV’s Meridian Television in England.
She later joined TV3 New Zealand, where she was Director of Programming for several years.
Before she was appointed Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President, Beverley had been Chief Content Officer at Network 10 since 2016 and Chief Programming Officer since 2012, after joining the company as Head of Programming in 2006.
Since joining Network 10, Beverley has been responsible for the successful launch of many franchise series, including MasterChef Australia, Have You Been Paying Attention?, Gogglebox Australia, Australian Survivor, The Masked Singer Australia, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, The Living Room, Ambulance Australia, Hughesy, We Have a Problem, The Project, The Bachelor Australia, The Bachelorette Australia and Bachelor In Paradise.
With a strong and successful catalogue of Australian produced drama, under the direction of Beverley, the network has also launched successful drama series including Offspring, The Wrong Girl, Five Bedrooms, My Life Is Murder and, most recently, The Secrets She Keeps.
Beverley has encouraged and implemented several internal campaigns since taking on the role of EVP.
Beverley was responsible for driving and implementing a gender neutral paid parental leave policy. Both parents are eligible for this leave, including if both parents work at 10 ViacomCBS. She also champions the company’s All Roles Are Flex policy.
In late 2020, Beverley implemented a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for 10 ViacomCBS. Not only was 10 ViacomCBS the first commercial television network to implement a RAP, but it further cemented its commitment towards reconciliation with Australia’s First Peoples
In April 2021, along with co-lead Jarrod Villani, Beverley launched the 10 ViacomCBS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy, which has been shaped by a diverse group of employees across the organisation.
The action plan which celebrates diversity, fosters inclusion and builds belonging also includes making series efforts to push for areas of the industry that are less public, visible and accountable – in particular, in off-screen representation.
Adele Ferguson is a multi-award winning senior business writer and columnist for The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian Financial Review.
She is a regular guest reporter on ABC’s Four Corners ,7.30 and 60 Minutes.
She is the author of the best selling unauthorised biography on Gina Rinehart, the richest woman in Australia, and Banking Bad: One journalist’s fight for the truth.
She is a strong advocate for improving whistleblower protections and giving vulnerable people a voice.
Her investigations into the banks helped bring about a royal commission into the sector and her investigation into wage fraud resulted in changes to the law and companies to compensate workers. 7 Eleven paid workers more than $150 million in backpay. Her cosmetic cowboys expose into the cosmetic surgery industry triggered a series of inquiries.
Adele started her career in journalism at The Advertiser in Adelaide.
She is chair of the Walkley Foundation and was previously president of the Melbourne Press Club.
Adele has a Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Arts (Honors) from Adelaide University.
Her journalism awards include eight Walkley awards including the Gold Walkley, a series of Quill awards including two Gold Quill Awards, a series of Kennedy Awards including two Gold Kennedy Awards, a Logie, National Press Club awards including Journalist of the year and the Graham Perkin Journalist of the year.
In 2019, Adele was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
Managing Director Nine QLD & Northern NSW
After more than 25 years working in the television and radio industry, Kylie Blucher has gained extensive knowledge of the Australian media landscape.
Working with both Southern Cross Austereo Radio Network and the Nine Entertainment Company, Kylie has held various sales, marketing, promotions and publicity positions to become a knowledgeable, highly respected and sought-after authority within the media industry.
Prior to Kylie’s tenure with Nine, Blucher moved through the ranks within the Southern Cross Austereo Radio Network, holding executive roles in Brisbane at B105 and in Sydney at 2Day FM and Triple M.
Returning to Brisbane in 1997, Kylie began her career in television at Nine Queensland as the Marketing Director.
She swiftly moved through the programming and marketing ranks, before taking on her current position as Managing Director in 2010.
Six years later, Kylie took the helm of NBN Television in Newcastle and now holds the position of Managing Director.
Kylie has held several board positions over the past 10 years, including Major Brisbane Festival (Deputy Chair), Surf Lifesaving Queensland Foundation, the Queensland Eye Institute Foundation, Youngcare, the Queensland Performing Arts Trust and currently sits on the Tourism & Events Queensland Board and is the President of the Committee for Brisbane.
Director of Indigenous Content, SBS
Tanya Denning-Orman, a proud Birri and Guugu Yimidhirr woman from Central and North Queensland, has led NITV since it joined SBS in 2012, and more recently became SBS’s first Director of Indigenous Content.
Tanya manages NITV as a channel dedicated to Indigenous voices, overseeing its diverse and innovative multiplatform content.
She also plays an instrumental role in the development and delivery of First Nations storytelling across the SBS network.
With more than 20 years’ experience working in media, Tanya has previously held positions as a journalist and producer for ABC and SBS, and a number of different roles at NITV since its inception in 2007.
As a champion for strong Indigenous media, she also holds a number of industry Board positions including with Media Diversity Australia, First Nations Media Australia, and the World Indigenous Television Broadcast Network.
Editor-in-chief and Publisher
Annabelle HIckson is Editor-in-Chief and publisher of Galah. She started her writing career as a news reporter for The Australian newspaper in
Sydney and Brisbane before a handsome farmer in a small aircraft lured her out west to a grazing farm which they transformed into Australia’s second largest pecan orchard.
During this time, Annabelle wrote a regular monthly column at Country Style magazine, she co-created a podcast called Dispatch to a Friend that was named as one of iTunes Australia’s Top 10 podcasts for 2018 and published a book called A Tree in the House (Hardie Grant), which has been translated into German, Dutch and Chinese.
Now Galah is her focus. Galah is an award-winning cultural magazine for people who care about regional Australia. Over three issues each year, Galah celebrates regional Australia and the creative, diverse and innovative people who live here.
Annabelle brings together a first-hand understanding of life in both regional Australia and the city, as well as proven expertise in journalism and community-building.
And most of all, Annabelle brings passion to this project to tell diverse and exciting stories from regional Australia.
Karen Koh is an international television and radio journalist and presenter. She has worked in TV and radio in Singapore, London and Hong Kong, and is a familiar face and voice to viewers and listeners in Asia.
Her background is in news and current affairs, and she has reported and anchored for BBC World, CNBC Asia, CNN International, Thomson Reuters, WSJ Digital and RTHK (Radio Television Hong Kong).
She is the producer and co-host of The Agender Café on RTHK, an award-winning radio show focused on a wide range of issues around gender, sex, sexuality and society.
Karen is also a professional MC, and frequently hosts a variety of events, including The Women’s Foundation HK’s Annual Gala, the Mind HK Mental Health conference, the Asian Financial Forum, the WHO’s Global Vaccine and Immunization Research Forum, and Euronext’s ESG Summit.
She also moderates private events for clients in the financial services, luxury and consulting sectors.
Karen is also employed as a Communications Specialist with New York-based Clarity Media Group, and runs presentation and media training skills courses for a wide range of international corporate clients.
She also coaches TEDx speakers for TEDxTinHauWomen’s annual speaker events.
She is on the board of directors of EngenderHealth, a Washington DC based NGO that works in the field of global women’s and girls sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Karen is also a certified yoga instructor, and standup paddle (SUP) and SUP Yoga instructor. She is married with three sons.
Lisa Muxworthy is the editor-in-chief of Australia’s leading news site news.com.au.
She began her career in community journalism more than 20 years ago. After years of reporting on politics, health and general news,
Ms Muxworthy edited The Southern Courier, The Mosman Daily and The Manly Daily before joining news.com.au as deputy editor in 2012.
She became editor in 2017 and moved into her new role in late 2020.
Karleen Minney has been a news photographer for more than 20 years, working in Tasmania before moving to The Canberra Times where she was appointed Photographic Editor.
She has won a number of industry awards – the Joseph Coulter Media Awards, photographic (2002), the Tasmanian MEAA Photographer of the Year award (2006), a Walkley awards photographic finalist (2006), and an OPSO award, Best Photo Spread (2015).
With a passion for sport, Karleen is a gym-junkie, mud-runner and recently climbed to Everest Base camp – she has been an Australian Sports commission photographic finalist in both 2016 and 2017.
She was a World Shorthand Storytelling Awards finalist in 2017 for the most compelling photo spread.
Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour
Dr Libby Sander is Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Bond University, an Agenda Contributor at the World Economic Forum and the founder and director of the Future of Work Project and Rethink.
Libby is regularly featured on radio and in national and international media including for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, BBC, The Guardian, ABC, SBS, Channel 7 and 3AW Melbourne commenting on issues on work, the workplace, society and future trends in organisations.
Libby has appeared on Al Jazeera World News, Sunrise on Channel 7, ABC TV’s science program Catalyst, ABC TV’s The Drum and ABC news featuring her research. She has also spoken at TEDx .
She is a feature writer for The Conversation and her articles have had more than 2.1 million readers. Libby’s articles have been published in the Harvard Business Review, Newsweek, Fast Company, The Guardian, the BBC, the ABC, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and on SBS.
Senior Teaching Fellow
Rob Layton is a career journalist-turned-educator who specialises in mobile journalism at Bond University, where he is also undertaking a PhD in mojo via a video documentary on Gold Coast surf culture.
He trains journalists and content creators around the world on how to use their phones professionally, which has led him to work with Apple, Google, Al Jazeera, News Corp, and others.
Strategist & Negotiator
Sam Trattles is the Founder and Lead Strategist at Other Side of the Table.
She empowers founders, CMOs, and deal negotiators — helping them to redefine their mindset towards negotiating and unlock their true potential.
With an additional 17 years’ experience in senior corporate marketing and sponsorship roles across Australia and the UK and as a Commercial Deals Negotiator, she loves negotiating and sharing this with others.
Sam’s books, I Love Negotiating and Negotiate Your Worth, are both practical guides to transform the way people feel and approach negotiations.
Margot Andersen is the Director of talentinsight Australia, a career management and leadership consultancy that specialises in the optimisation of careers, performance and workforce planning solutions; and the founder of Insync Network Group, a membership community for Australian expats who are navigating the return ‘home’ to Australia.
In both businesses, she helps people to confidently and successfully manage transition: be it leading businesses and people through change; managing the transition to management or leadership; navigating a new job or career path; or relocating lives and careers around the world.
Margot is also the host of the highly successful Boomeranging, a podcast that shares the stories of returned Aussie expats and explores the question – What could be so hard about returning home after years living overseas?
Margot works with businesses and individuals as an adviser, trainer and executive coach.
Glynis Traill-Nash is the fashion editor of The Australian and one of the country’s most highly regarded fashion writers and commentators.
She has previously held fashion editor roles at The Sunday Telegraph, The Sun Herald and In Style.
Her engaging, informative – and opinionated – writing has also appeared in titles including Vogue Australia, Vogue Business, Vogue China, The Sydney Morning Herald and Harper’s Bazaar.
She has long led a double life as a jazz singer, performing in clubs, venues and events in Sydney and Perth.
While living in London, she performed at Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza on the Park, and took her one-woman show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
She also sang at Val Doonican’s 70th birthday party, which possibly pleased her parents more than any other achievements.
Victoria Laurie is a senior reporter and feature writer for The Australian newspaper.
She worked in current affairs for ABC TV and radio and freelanced for The Bulletin, The Monthly, HQ, Australian Geographic and The Weekend Australian Magazine.
She has been a three-time Walkley feature writing finalist.
Victoria is national co-patron of Women in Media with Caroline Jones AO.
She is the author of natural history books The Kimberley: Australia’s Last Great Wilderness and The Southwest: Australia’s Biodiversity Hotspot (UWAP).
Senior Teaching Fellow
Jennifer St George
Jennifer St George is a multi-award winning professional with 30 years’ experience in marketing, public relations, social media and management consulting across a broad range of corporate, government, not-for-profit and consulting organisations.
She worked in senior positions at Ford Australia, McKinsey & Co, Brisbane City Council (ourbrisbane.com), RedChilli Marketing, Guinness Brewing Worldwide (London) and Burson-Marsteller (London).
Internationally, Jennifer developed and implemented strategies for Sainsbury’s, Portuguese National Tourist Office, Expo’92, Caterpillar Fork Lift Trucks, Guinness Brewing Worldwide, Walls Ice-cream, Scott Paper and more.
She has experience with internet start-ups including winning a PRIA QLD Golden Target Award for an online retail campaign.
Her extensive work with not-for-profit organisations include Chair of Byron Writers Festival where she led the organisation to be a finalist in the 2017 NSW Tourism Awards.
Jennifer is the author of seven novels published with Penguin Books and managed her own marketing and social media to become an Amazon, iBooks and Google Play best-selling author.
Jennifer also taught at Griffith University and the University of the Sunshine Coast.
She completed an MBA at the Melbourne Business School and Duke University (USA) and was awarded the MBA Award of Distinction and the Rupert Murdoch Fellowship.
In 2020, Jennifer was awarded the Bond University Faculty of Society and Design Faculty Early Career Teaching Excellence Commendation.
Assistant Professor Communication and Media
Michele Clark joined Bond University to pursue an academic career with extensive professional expertise in public relations, underpinned by more than 25 years working in strategic communication and management.
Michele’s experience in diverse storytelling across multi-platforms plays a major role in all her work.
She has had a parallel volunteer career providing extensive communication professional advice and expertise including securing significant grant funding for not-for-profit organisations.
Michele’s teaching, professional, and community service have been acknowledged through many awards including: Australian, university, and student awards for teaching excellence and outstanding contribution to student learning, academic excellence, and volunteer contributions to community organisations.
Michele also taught at Griffith University where she completed her Master of Arts by Research with academic excellence.
Her PhD research is in pro bono public relations at the University of Queensland.
Senior Lecturer in Journalism
Dr Kathryn Shine is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Curtin University, where she has worked since 2005. Dr Shine’s recent research has focused on the inclusion and portrayal of women in the news.
She is currently collaborating with the ABC on a project to support and encourage more women to provide media commentary.
Dr Shine has previously worked at news outlets including The Sunday Times Magazine (STM), The Sun Herald and The Australian, and she continues to work as a freelance journalist and moderator.
She teaches news and feature writing and edits the Curtin Journalism news site, Western Independent.
Dr Shine is regularly interviewed by the news media and received the Most Prolific Media Commentator award for Curtin’s Faculty of Humanities in 2020.
Meditation and mindfulness guide and teacher
2021 was a big year for me. I was very honoured to receive the Clarion Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism.
But after more than three decades in journalism and journalism education, I decided it was time for a change and started to focus my attention on something else I am passionate about – meditation and mindfulness.
I’m now a fully qualified meditation and mindfulness guide and teacher and loving this new role, still teaching and mentoring, but in a very different direction.
I know from personal experience how high pressured and stressful it can be working in a newsroom or news environment.
But how often as journalists do we get the chance to stop and actually ask ourselves: how am I doing?
When I talk to people (especially journalists) about this, there’s usually interest but then there’s the ‘I don’t have time’ or ‘I’m too mind-full, rather than mindful’.
One of my aims is to try to bring more meditation and mindfulness into this arena – whether that’s through journalism schools, directly in the workplace, one-on-one or via groups and clubs where journalists meet.