Inspiring Women in Hospitality
The Prince Hotel is proud to present our very first Women of Influence: Inspiring Women in Hospitality event on Monday 3rd June.
A celebration of female leadership and excellence in the hospitality industry, 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.
We’ll be serving up fabulous food and wine with a side of sparkling conversation led by MC Angie Bradbury (Dig & Fish) featuring hospitality heroes Vicki Wild (Sepia), Katherine Brown (Brown Family Wines), Fleur Studd (Melbourne Coffee Merchants), Jo Corrigan, (Mushrooms Anonymous) and our very own Jessica Harker (The Prince Hotel).
Our aim is simple: to build a special community that supports and inspires females working in hospitality, a career path that is both rewarding and challenging in equal measure.
Tickets include a 3-course lunch, cocktails, wine and beer.
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An experienced and respected hospitality executive, Vicki Wild has established a reputation as one of Australia’s leading food and beverage influencers.
Following a career in advertising Vicki pursued her love of food and wine and established a niche catering business, The Wild Gourmet, before managing Sydney’s most successful cooking school, The Sydney Seafood School.
In 1997 Vicki began working with one of Australia’s most acclaimed chefs, Tetsuya Wakuda, and spent the next decade as his ‘right-hand’, co-writing cook books, assisting with day to day restaurant operations and handling all PR.
In 2009 she and her partner, chef Martin Benn opened their own restaurant Sepia, which received the prestigious SMH Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year, and 3 Chefs Hats in 2012, a meteoric rise in just over two years.
While Melburnians have always been coffee-obsessed, Fleur Studd has helped take that obsession to the next level.
She founded coffee importer Melbourne Coffee Merchants over a decade ago, with the aim of sourcing the very best coffees from around the world and sharing the extraordinary stories of the producers behind them.
Studd is also co-founder of Market Lane Coffee, a roaster and retailer with 6 outlets and over 50 staff, that’s part of the daily routine of thousands of Melbourne coffee-lovers.
Studd’s mission is to redefine what coffee is and can be, and to build a market for, and appreciation of, specialty coffee. In doing so she hopes to ignite positive and lasting change in the coffee industry and build a more sustainable future for coffee producers and their communities.
Katherine Brown is part of the next generation of leaders in Australia’s Wine Industry.
Katherine joined her family business in time for the 2009 vintage where she gained experience as a cellar hand before travelling to work in Bordeaux and Champagne later in the same year. From this experience Katherine stepped into the positions of Public Relations Manager and Brand Manager, looking after both domestic and export markets. In 2012, Katherine was accepted as one of 15 candidates into the Australian Wine Industry Future Leaders program, a 12 month course which worked on industry issues and solution processes.
The 2015 vintage welcomed Katherine into the Brown Brothers winemaking team, making her mark as the first female winemaker in the four generations of the Brown family. Outside the busy vintage period, Katherine works as the family Brand Ambassador for the business in an export and domestic capacity.
Professional chef and restauranteur turned forager, Jocelyn Corrigan, is one half of Mushrooms Anonymous, a Macedon Ranges producer known for supplying rare and unusual items such as Fennel Pollen, Fermented Black garlic, wild Fungi and unusual herbs to Melbourne’s best kitchens.
But Jo’s hospitality career began as an apprentice chef, working under Tony Bilson in Sydney in the late 1980s. From there, Jo moved to London where she cooked at ‘The Brackenbury Restaurant’ under chef Adam Robinson, before opening her own restaurant in West London, with Robinson’s encouragement.
After 13 years abroad, the idea of opening a restaurant close to home beckoned and Jo moved to Melbourne and opened ‘The Commoner’, a simple Fitzroy affair in 2007. Proudly Modern British, The Commoner was an ode to childhood and to travel, inspired by carefully grown and reared produce and the nose-to-tail food movement.
During the final year, and eventual sale, of The Commoner in 2016 Jo and her partner Matt Donnelly totally redesigned their life, moving permanently to the Macedon Ranges to focus on Mushrooms Anonymous.
Although just 28 years of age, Jess Harker boasts an impressive CV, having worked or run the floor at some of the city’s most distinctly “Melbourne venues” – Kisume, Madame Brussels, Newmarket Hotel and Circa.
As Operations Manager at The Prince Hotel, Jess plays a critical role in the continued evolution of the business focused on processes and procedures but also staff development. Her passion for people has seen her champion a new ethos in hospitality training and recruitment which focuses on professional and personal development in a bid to ensure employees maintain their passion for the industry.
“Professional (and personal) mentors like Madeleine Morgan and Miss Pearls have redefined the role of women in the industry,” says Jess. They have shown that our abilities as managers, chefs, business owners – anything (!) – are not determined or masked by our gender.”
Our MC Angie started her first agency in 2000 which specialised in wine and food communications.
Several iterations later, Dig&Fish is now a full service creative agency, developing and delivering brand strategies for clients including advertising, brand activation, PR and social media.
The agency was sold to the independent global network Project Worldwide in 2017 and Angie remains the Managing Director.
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.
With a reputation as a straight forward, direct and pragmatic strategist who always pushes for the better answer or solution, Angie is the brains-trust for Dig&Fish, instilling best-practice operations and leadership across the entire way the agency does business.
Angie is also Chair of Wine Victoria, Chair of the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards and a member of the Steering Committee for the establishment and implementation of the Diversity and Equality in Wine Charter for the National Wine Industry.
In fostering emerging female talent within the hospitality space.