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Footballing legend to headline Hort Connections diversity platform

Veteran Aussie rules footballer and coach Debbie Lee will take the stage at the largest horticulture conference and trade show next month to speak about attracting women to a male-dominated industry.

Ms Lee, the first-ever female inductee to the Australian Football Hall of Fame, will offer unique perspectives honed through years on the playing field and how they can be applied to horticulture. 

AUSVEG National Manager Events and Partnerships Nathan McIntyre said the lessons Lee learned have a lot of relevance in the male-dominated horticulture industry.

“Making horticulture a more attractive career path to women has been a recurring feature of the Hort Connections conference program, and we’re very excited to have a pioneer like Debbie headlining our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Session this year,” said McIntyre.

Ms Lee has more than 30 years of experience in women’s football at the elite and community levels and is a pioneer in the formation of the AFLW.

Ms Lee is a five-time league Helen Lambert best & fairest medallist, seven-time club champion and six-time All-Australian.

She was the president of the Victorian Women’s Football League, head of AFLW operations for the Melbourne Football Club and Western Bulldogs and is in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

The full program for Hort Connections is out now and contains a line-up of local and international horticulture industry experts, regulators, researchers and more.

Alongside Debbie Lee, the program features high-profile speakers such as Olympian Giaan Rooney, Independent Reviewer of the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct Dr Craig Emerson, and many more.

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