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Cheryl Bart AO, AICC (NSW) Annual Dr. Patricia V Kailis AM OBE Women of Achievement Lunch, 13 May 2015


Cheryl Bart AO addressed a private AICC (NSW) Annual Dr. Patricia V Kailis AM OBE Women of Achievement Boardroom Lunch for 20 senior business executives in an engaging discussion “Mind over Mountains” drawing on her experience of the 2008 “Seven Summits” Challenge in which Cheryl and her daughter successfully climbed the highest mountains in each continent.  Cheryl engaged in an interactive discussion about her motivations to consistently challenge herself. This lunch was proudly sponsored by Kailis Australian Pearls and NAB Private Wealth.

Cheryl Bart and Dr Kailis both personify what it means to be a Woman of Achievement.

Cheryl Bart AO is a non-executive director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Spark Infrastructure Ltd, South Australian Power Networks, SG Fleet Ltd, Audio Pixel Holdings, the Australian Himalayan Foundation, the Local Organising Committee Australian Asian Cup 2015 Ltd and the Football Federation of Australia (FFA). She is also a patron of SportsConnect.

Cheryl was the immediate past Chairman of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), ANZ Trustees Limited, the South Australian Film Corporation, the Adelaide Film Festival, and the South Australian Environmental Protection Authority.

On 23 May 2008, Cheryl and her 23 year old daughter Nikki became the first mother-daughter team to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The scaling of Mount Everest also saw them complete the “Seven Summits” challenge: climbing the highest mountain on each continent.

In 2013, Cheryl continued her adventures and became the first Australian woman to complete “The Explorer’s Grand Slam – the Seven Summits” plus skiing to the North and the South Pole.

Dr Patricia Kailis AM OBE is the Co-Founder of the MG Kailis Group which includes Kailis Australian Pearls, a luxury pearl jewellery brand established in the 1970’s in Broome, Western Australia. A philanthropist in the arts and medical research, Dr Kailis is recognised by the scientific and medical community for her outstanding work in genetic counseling – establishing a program for Muscular Dystrophy and Neuro-muscular diseases, resulting in a marked decrease in X-linked muscular dystrophy in Western Australia – the first recorded decrease in the incidence of an inherited disease as a result of genetic counseling.

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