Symposium Official Program
17 November 2023

The 2023 Australian Women in Wine National Symposium is proudly brought to you by: 

8:30am Registrations, tea & coffee
9:00am Welcome Jane Thomson OAM

SESSION 1: Gender & Ambition
Presented by vintrace

9:10am Introduction by vintrace
9:15am Women Leadership & Ambition Dr. Chris Wallace, School of Politics, Economics & Society, University of Canberra
9:45am Experiences from the Coalface. Hosted by Shirley Fraser. Featuring:

  • Kate Goodman, Penley Estate,
  • Katherine Brown, Brown Family Wine Group
  • Gabrielle Castelluccio, Accolade Wines

10:15am Morning Tea

SESSION 2: Future Focus
Presented by AWRI

10:30am Introduction by AWRI
10:35am How Women in Wine NZ is closing the gap, gaining more seats around the table and supporting women within the New Zealand wine industry to flourish. Nicky Grandorge, NZ Wine
11:10am Advocating for gender equality and women’s empowerment Q&A, Corrina Davison, Managing Director AMEX Australia & NZ. Hosted by Corrina Wright
11:40am Table Discussions

12:10pm Glassware introduction by Plumm
12:15pm Lunch

SESSION 3: Becoming Empowered
Presented by Australian Grape & Wine

1:00pm Introduction by Australian Grape & Wine
1:05pm How to Build Visibility & Influence: A Practical Workshop presented by Amanda Gome, CEO Notable Media & Vice President Women’s Leadership Institute of Australia
2:05pm Table Discussions

2:30pm Afternoon tea

SESSION 4: Inspiration
Presented by Stanton & Stanton

2:45pm Introduction by Stanton & Stanton
2:50pm How to be what you can’t see. Wendy Harmer, Broadcaster, Author, Journalist & Performer.
3:20pm Final comments. Jane Thomson OAM

3:30pm Symposium Officially Concludes


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The Australian Women in Wine 2023 National Symposium brings together a stellar line up of thought leaders from both within and outside the wine industry who will help empower women to tackle the difficult conversations on gender equality and help propel diversity forward. They are:

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Wendy Harmer

Wendy Harmer is one of Australia’s most versatile entertainers – broadcaster, author, journalist and stage performer. As a stand-up comedian she has performed her one-woman shows at the Melbourne, Edinburgh, Montreal and Glasgow Mayfest Comedy Festivals, in London’s West End and the Sydney Theatre Company. Wendy enjoyed huge popularity leading Sydney radio station 2Day FM’s top-rating Breakfast Show for 11 years and was the co-host of ABC’s 702 Sydney morning show from 2016 -2021. She has hosted, written and appeared in a variety of TV shows including ABC’s The Big Gig.

A former political journalist, Wendy is the author of eight books for adults including her bestselling novels Farewell My Ovaries, Love and Punishment and Nagging for Beginners: A ‘how-to’ guide for women. She has also penned two novels for teens and sold more than 700,000 copies of her children’s book series about Pearlie the Park Fairy, which was adapted into a stage show and animated television series that aired in 12 countries. She produced and wrote the television documentary series Stuff, hosted a 16-part podcast with Angela Catterns called Is it Just Me? and is currently the morning host on ABC Radio Sydney. She has been a columnist on many publications including the Good Weekend, and The Sunday Telegraph.


Amanda Gome

Amanda has more than 30 years’ experience in media and communications, driving transformation in a social age. She has held C-suite and executive positions at ANZ Bank, Fairfax and Private Media (Crikey). She also started her own successful digital media company, SmartCompany and was a former business journalist at BRW.

Currently she is CEO of Notable Media, training CEOs, executives and managers from ASX 100 and government to build profile and influence through her Leadership Communications programs. Amanda also founded the award-winning Notable Women, a program helping thousands of Australia’s leading business women get the top jobs and drive positive change through increased profile and influence and to counter the affects of sexism.

She is Vice President of Women’s Leadership Institute of Australia (WLIA), a mentor on Mentor Walks and a former Adjunct Professor (Business) at RMIT University. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Amanda will host an interactive workshop on how women can build visibility and influence to help smash their goals and counter everyday sexism holding them back.


Nicky Grandorge

Nicky Grandorge is the Leadership and Communities Manager at New Zealand Winegrowers. Originally from the UK, she has worked her entire career in the wine industry in various roles and various countries and for the past 20 years she has called New Zealand home. Nicky has enjoyed working in buying, selling, educating and marketing as well as being a vintage cellar-hand.  In 2007 she was awarded the prestigious Vintners Cup from WSET.

Now working for New Zealand Winegrowers (the industry body) she runs Women in Wine NZ as well as the Young Viticulturist and Young Winemaker of the Year programmes.  Nicky is passionate about wine and the people working in the industry, so loves being part of these initiatives which help others continue to grow and thrive.

Nicky will be sharing how Women in Wine NZ is closing the gap, gaining more seats around the table and supporting women within the New Zealand wine industry to flourish.


Professor Chris Wallace

Professor Chris Wallace is a professor at the School of Politics Economics and Society at the University of Canberra, where she teaches on leadership, equity, policy and gender. Her books include Political Lives: Australian prime ministers and their biographers (2023), How To Win An Election (2020) and Greer, Untamed Shrew (1997). Wallace was formerly a longstanding member of the Canberra Press Gallery, and her political analysis and commentary currently appears in Nikkei Asia, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Saturday Paper and The Conversation.

Professor Wallace will be speaking on Women, Leadership and Ambition 

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Corrina Davison

Corrina Davison is the Managing Director for American Express Australia and New Zealand, Chairman of the American Express Australia Limited Board and Chair of the company’s local Inclusion & Diversity Council.

During her time as Managing Director, Corrina has built upon a strong and purposeful market culture and enhanced efforts to support equality and inclusion in communities. Under her leadership, American Express A/NZ has furthered its Employer of Choice for Gender Equality status, launched its peer-to-peer Real Mates mental health program, committed to Amex Australia’s inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan, completed the first A/NZ Corporate Social Responsibility Report and received silver status in the 2021 Australian Workplace Equality Index. A career highlight has been leading the A/NZ team through the Covid crisis.

Before joining American Express, Corrina held leadership roles at Radisson Hotels Asia Pacific and Air New Zealand.

Corrina is a graduate of Western Sydney University, a member of AmCham’s Council of Governors for NSW and a CEO Council Member for the Australian Business Community Network.

Corrina will offer her perspective on how to advocate for and be an ally for women in achieving equal access and opportunity.

Kate Goodman

Kate Goodman

Kate Goodman is a renowned and award-winning winemaker with a career spanning over two decades. Her journey in winemaking began with early work at Wirra Wirra, Seppelts, and Punt Road Wines, where she honed her skills and developed a deep understanding of the art and science of winemaking.

In addition to her contributions to established wineries, Kate embarked on her own winemaking and consulting venture with Goodman Wines, demonstrating her entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to producing exceptional wines that reflect her unique vision and style.

The past seven years have seen Kate undertake the challenge of reinventing the wine program at Penley Estate, located in Coonawarra. This endeavour showcased her adaptability, innovation, and ability to push the boundaries of winemaking.

Kate’s talent and dedication have not gone unnoticed within the industry. She was awarded a prestigious Len Evans Tutorial scholarship in 2007 and the industry future leaders programme in 2008. In 2019, she was recognized as the Women in Wine Winemaker of the Year,

As a crowning achievement in her illustrious career, Kate Goodman was named the Wine Maker of the Year in the prestigious Halliday Wine Companion for 2024.

Kate will participate in the Experiences from the Coalface Q&A alongside Katherine Brown and Gabrielle Castelluccio, where she will share her experiences of being a woman in the wine industry

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Katherine Brown

Katherine is the first woman winemaker in four generations of the Brown winemaking family from Milawa known, most famously, for Brown Brothers wines.

With six Brown Brothers vintages under her belt, three vintages in France, Master’s degrees in Wine Business, and Oenology and Viticulture, a trophy at the Melbourne Wine Show for best Alternative Red Wine, and being named among the country’s top 50 emerging winemakers in the 2018 Young Gun of Wine awards, Katherine’s winemaking ethos is well developed. As is her standing among the next generation of leaders in Australia’s wine industry.

Much like the generations before her, Katherine’s approach to winemaking brings together the innovation and experimentation Brown Brothers is known for, along with her enthusiasm for new and different grape varieties and the importance she places on speaking with the people who actually drink the wine.

Katherine has sat on boards and committees of national industry and state government wine bodies and plays a key role in Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW) – 10 of Australia’s oldest and most respected family-owned, multi-generational wineries with, collectively, almost 1,400 years of winemaking insight and experience. “I’m focused on a future of business strength for our industry and on encouraging the next generation to be engaged by the amazing product we get to work with every day – and then enjoy with the people we love.”

Katherine will participate in the Experiences from the Coalface Q&A alongside Kate Goodman and Gabrielle Castelluccio, where she will share her experiences of being a woman in the wine industry.  


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Gabrielle Castelluccio

After an undergraduate degree in philosophy and politics and several years of hospitality work, Gabrielle realised she could be paid for her love of wine and growing things.  After completing a Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology, she undertook a brief stint as a vineyard hand in the Yarra Valley, then joined Accolade in late 2020 as a Viticulture Technical Officer in the Barossa.  Now their Viticulturist, she oversees the Barossa portfolio, working with own vineyards and the grower base to deliver premium fruit.  Gabrielle is a passionate advocate for sustainability and innovation in the vineyards and is yet to shut up about either.

Gabrielle will participate in the Experiences from the Coalface Q&A alongside Katherine Brown and Kate Goodman, where she will share her experiences of being a woman in the wine industry. 

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Jane Thomson OAM

Founder of The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society & Australian Women in Wine, Jane is an award winning wine communicator, event host, speaker, global wine tour leader and – most passionately – an advocate for gender equality & diversity in the Australian wine industry. 

Jane has been leading Australian Women in Wine since it’s creation in 2015 and in 2022 AWIW was announced as the inaugural winner of the 2022 McWilliams ‘Excellence in Action Award’. Jane has also been awarded ‘Digital Wine Communicator of the Year’ three times (2013, 2016 & 2019) by Wine Communicators of Australia, and is the only person to have received this award more than once.

In June 2023 Jane was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her services to women in oenology.

Jane will be your MC today 


Corrina Wright

Described by WBM Magazine as a “legend in the making” and by James Halliday as being part of a “remarkable dynasty” Corrina is the Director and Winemaker (and sixth generation member) of her family’s label, Oliver’s Taranga. And has been a foundational board member of Australian Women in Wine since its inception in 2015.

2019 ASVO Winemaker of the Year and 2021 Family Business Australia Leading Women in Family Business Award winner, Corrina is a vocal supporter of women in wine. She graduated from the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial in 2005 and continues to judge at numerous wine shows around Australia. Passionate about her McLaren Vale home, her vocation and local community she has also served on the boards of the Winemakers Federation of Australia, McLaren Vale Grape, Wine & Tourism Association, and the Australian Society of Viticulture & Oenology. A Future Leaders alumni, she is a current board member of the Australian Wine Research Institute and President of the Australian Alternative Varietals Wine Show. Corrina is furious that we are losing women from our wonderful wine community and is determined not to sit back and let it happen.

.Corrina will be interviewing Corrina Davis 

Shirley Fraser

Shirley Fraser

Shirley Fraser is a wine strategy professional based in South Australia. Drawing on over 25 years of wine industry experience to facilitate change that is innovative, relevant and effective. She has been on the Australian Women in Wine Action Board since 2020.

A Roseworthy Wine Marketing graduate and Future Leaders alumni, regular mentor and judge of various awards, Shirley was also a finalist for Marketer of the Year 2018 in the Australian Women in Wine Awards.

Dedicated to unlocking the potential of each business she works with regardless of size or scope, Shirley is a collaborative problem solver. Cultivating authentic stories, value and strategy, to build connections in routes to market to achieve sustainable success. Previous Board member of Riverland Wine Management Committee; National Board member of Wine Communicators Australia; and Chair of the SA Chapter of Wine Communicators of Australia, she was Executive Officer at WISA and is currently working with wine brands and suppliers for the wine sector.

Shirley is energised with the work of the advisory for AWIW, for the encouragement and advocacy of women working in wine, and how she can lean in for anyone in the industry wanting to thrive.

Shirley will be hosting Experiences from the Coalface Q&A 

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