Our successful luncheon and discussion series, Women of Influence, returns to The Prince Hotel in 2020.

Join us for our first event of the year on Friday 21 February, featuring leading ladies from the Australian travel and tourism industry. 

Jackalope Hotel’s General Manager Tracy Atherton, Lake House’s Brand Manager Larissa Wolf-Tasker, Barnbougle’s Managing Director Penelope Sattler, and Visit Victoria’s General Manager of Marketing Nicki Kenyon will join MC Angie Bradbury (Dig+Fish) for a no holds-barred discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing the tourism and hospitality industry, as well as common obstacles women face as they seek to carve out a career in this dynamic industry.

A celebration of female leadership, learning, collaboration and community, this lunch and discussion forum is aimed at female hospitality professionals across every sector of the industry and every level of experience – from those who have already carved a successful career to those who aspire to do so.

Tickets are $90+ booking fee and include a three-course lunch, drinks and panel discussion.

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Jackalope Hotels

Tracy Atherton

Tracy’s career began with Hyatt International, working in London and Sydney before joining the pre-opening team at the celebrated Park Hyatt Melbourne.

In 2003 Tracy joined Aman Resorts as GM of the 34-suite luxury hotel, Amankila nestled on Bali’s East Coast.  One of the world’s premier luxury resorts, she directed a world-class accommodation, wellness, dining, and events program. 

After nine years with Aman Resorts, she returned to Australia to open Canberra’s Hotel Hotel.  With Tracy at the helm it was named “Australia’s best boutique hotel” by Gourmet Traveller in 2014 and 2015.

In 2016, Tracy joined Jackalope Hotels, overseeing the successful opening of Jackalope’s debut property on the Mornington Peninsula. As Group GM Tracy is now focused on the build of the second Jackalope Hotel set to open on Flinders Lane in 2022.


Lake House

Larissa Wolf-Tasker

The daughter of Lake House visionaries Alla and Alan Wolf-Tasker, it seems Larissa was destined for a career in hospitality

As a key member of the Lake House team Larissa has helped Lake House achieve global recognition as one of Australia’s finest regional restaurants and luxury hotels. In 2011, the Wolf-Taskers expanded their business with the opening of Wombat Hill House Cafe and Kitchen Garden, in the Daylesford Botanical Gardens.

Never ones to rest on their laurels, the Wolf-Tasker family opened Dairy Flat Farm late last year, a regenerative farm following organic practises set on almost 40 acres. Herb & vegetable gardens already supply the multi award winning Lake House kitchens and the property also includes orchards, a bakehouse and a concierge-serviced private Lodge.

Larissa’s experience sees her uniquely placed to discuss the nature of culinary tourism in Australia, and the important role it plays in Victoria’s tourism landscape.



Penelope Sattler

Born and bred in Tasmania, Penelope was raised on a farm that later became home to two World Top 100 Golf Courses. 

After completing a degree in International Hotel Management at ICHM in Adelaide, the first Swiss Hotel Association (SHA) school outside of Europe, Penelope moved back to Tasmania. She spent time working in reservations, food and beverage, housekeeping and admin at Barnbougle before taking her current role as Managing Director of the two courses, 50 room lodge, 22 two-bedroom cottages, 4 luxury villas, three food and beverage outlets and the day spa.

In 2015 Penelope established the Barnbougle Polo, an event played at the complex, with the aim of further developing awareness of the facility and amplifying the brand in the lifestyle sector. In addition to managing the 150 staff and 30 000 guests that pass through the doors each year, Penelope is the sole event manager of the Barnbougle Polo. She also loves champagne, skiing and the family puppy, a cavoodle named Lola!

Nicki Kenyon hi-res

Visit Victoria

Nicki Kenyon

Nicki Kenyon’s career to date has included roles throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific working for global brands such as Facebook, Visa and Cathay Pacific. Her innate ability to create meaningful connections between brands and consumers in a digitally connected world has proven invaluable in her role as GM of Marketing for Visit Victoria. 

As a senior leader at Visit Victoria, Nicki  is responsible for devising and implementing critically important strategies to grow the visitor economy, working closely with industry and government, to position Melbourne and Victoria as Australia’s premier tourism and major events destination. 

She has also held Executive Board positions, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and is currently a non-Executive board member of Shootsta, a next-generation video production company.



Angie Bradbury

With a reputation as a straight forward, direct and pragmatic strategist who always pushes for the better answer or solution, Angie Bradbury is well placed to guide the conversation at our first Women in Hospitality event of 2020.

Angie started her first agency in 2000 specialising in wine and food communications. Several iterations later, Dig&Fish is now a full-service creative agency, and part of the global Network Project Worldwide, delivering brand strategies, advertising, brand activation, PR and social media for a diverse portfolio of local and global brands.

Angie is a highly respected and sought-after marketing strategist with close to two decades working with leading brands in hospitality, leisure, tourism and agriculture. She is also the Chair of Wine Victoria, the peak body representing the industry.

In 2019 Angie received the Woman of Inspiration award at the inaugural Australian Women in Wine Awards