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WIREDWomen Innovating Rural Enterprise Development


Michelle Nugan is passionate about supporting the regional youth and women of Australia.

For a decade Michelle has fully sponsored two annual programs, WIRED and Young Achievers, to develop the business skills of Riverina’s young talents and business women.

Michelle, herself, is an inspiration. She took over as Managing Director of Nugan Group in 1986 after the unexpected death of her husband, Ken. She inherited a family business which, at best, was faltering. 20 years later Nugan Group is one of Australia’s greatest family success stories with a turn-over in excess of $80 million.

Last year’s WIRED program took place at the family’s Griffith restaurant, Michelin, on May 17th - with an impressive line-up of inspirational and practical speakers.

Download WIRED 2007 Brochure (PDF)

2006 WIRED Program – 17 May 2006

Michelle leads the inspirational and very personal initiative - WIRED.

WIRED is a business skills development forum for rural women. Now in its eighth year, WIRED has approximately 60 members, who return each year. The topics covered during the one day forum change each year to reflect issues identified as important by WIRED members.

As Michelle explains:
“WIRED provides rural business women with a unique and valuable forum to learn from and interact with experts and inspirational business people on topics that affect them in their daily business. This is critical for many of these women, who otherwise, would not have access to this knowledge”.

“WIRED also allows members to build a network with like minded business women and to feel encouraged to believe in themselves and their ideas to succeed in business”.

This year’s program will focus on ‘Women leading change’ with an impressive line up of inspirational guest speakers including:

  • Marian Tye, Director of Team Works Australasia
  • Jackie Furey, author of Bedrooms to Boardrooms, Work, Life, Balance
  • Kay Hull, Federal Member for the Riverina

And of course Michelle Nugan, herself a former NSW Telstra Business Woman of the Year (Agribusiness), will give her personal insight into the cornerstone issue of “Family Succession”. Michelle is grooming her children, Matthew and Tiffany, to take over the burgeoning family business.