Wollongong born best selling Australian author Nikki Gemmell proved one of the best speakers in The Illawarra Connection’s 25 year history on Tuesday night when she had more than 200 business and civic leaders captivated with her life story.
In an interview conducted by former Illawarra Mercury editor Nick Hartgerink the author of 13 fiction and five non-fiction books willingly talked about everything.
No matter what the question she spoke openly and what went for nearly an hour seemed like 15 minutres.
Gemmell covered everything from the story behing her best-selling "The Bride Stripped Bare" and the process of writing it. To sharing her deeply personal story about the relationship with and the loss of her mother, which has been formative in her views on euthanasia.
The impressive lineup of speakers continues as The Illawarra Connection heads towards its Silver Anniversary black-tie dinner on August 7 at the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach. Mark Bouris, of Yellow Brick Road and The Mentor, is the special guest speaker for the celebration.
Prior to that Retail Doctor Group chief executive Brian Walker will speak at the annual TIC lunch on July 11
Mr Walker will talk about some of the major upheaval in the retail industry with players such as Amazon entering the Australian market, and changes in consumer behaviour that impact on all businesses, not only retail.
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