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Q&A with Dionne Walsh

6 March 2018

Dionne Walsh,  graduate of the Agribusiness Leadership Program 2017, answers a few questions in celebration of International Women’s Day (Thursday 8 March 2018)

Tell us about you and how you got to where you are today?

I had a pretty idyllic childhood growing up on the River Murray in South Australia where my family had orchards, vineyards and trucking interests. Like most kids growing up on fruit blocks, my sister and I learnt about hard physical work from an early age!

I was lucky enough to go to university in Adelaide where I studied science and natural resource management. I ended up specialising in grazing land management in the pastoral zone.

In 2001 my husband and I moved to the Northern Territory, where I’ve run my own consulting business and worked for the Department of Primary Industry & Resources.

Is there a particular woman you find inspiring and why?

I tend to be inspired by everyday people who have risen above great adversity in their lives and who show us that anything is possible if you have a positive attitude.

One woman that immediately springs to mind is Turia Pitt. I can’t imagine what Turia has endured after being trapped in a bushfire during an ultramarathon event in the Kimberley, having to wait many hours for medical evacuation, and the challenges of her ongoing recovery. In 2016, this inspiring woman trained for and completed an ironman event (3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run) and continues to live life to the absolute max.

What advice do you give to other female leaders?

My advice to other female leaders is: avoid giving unsolicited advice to other female leaders! Generally though, I think a lot of leaders try to do too much themselves. I’ve always admired leaders who surround themselves with excellent people, put effort into developing them, and recognise their contribution.

 

Dionne is part of our inspiring alumni and undertook the Agribusiness Leadership Program.