Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Deborra-lee Furness is an internationally acclaimed actress and passionate advocate for children’s rights around the globe. Deborra-lee will be the special guest speaker at a Business Chicks breakfast in November this year at Hotel Realm.

Deborra-lee is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and has gone on to play a variety of roles within the arts industry including actress, director and television host. Taking a step back from acting, Deborra-lee has made humanitarian work for children the driving force in her life and in 2005 she co-founded the Rafiki Society in Vancouver which assists orphanages in Africa. It's Deborra-lee’s wish that children all over the world be given every chance to live a fulfilled life and to reach their full potential. Deborra-lee and her husband Hugh Jackman are the adoptive parents to two beautiful children.

In 2007 Deborra-lee founded a child advocacy foundation focusing on improving adoption programs, procedures and legislation in Australia and raising awareness and understanding of the issues for adoptive children and their families. As a result Deborra-lee founded Australia's National Adoption Awareness Week.

The breakfast will take place during 2013 National Adoption Awareness Week and international experts Dr Karyn Purvis and Dr Jane Aronson will also join Deborra-lee on the morning.

Deborra-lee is a tireless activist - she's Patron of the Lighthouse Foundation for displaced children in Melbourne, Patron of the Bone Marrow Donor Institute for children with leukaemia, and Patron of International Adoption Families for Queensland. Deborra-lee is Executive Director of Worldwide Orphans Foundation Australia and a World Vision ambassador.

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As Australia’s largest network for women, Business Chicks has over 30,000 members around Australia. We offer a sophisticated online member platform, publish a quarterly magazine, Latte, and run the highest-attended events on the corporate women’s calendar, with up to 1,800 guests at each event. We currently have a presence in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and the Gold Coast, with previous speakers including Ita Buttrose, Sir Richard Branson, Olivia Newton-John, Sir Bob Geldof and Diane von Furstenberg.


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Deborra-lee Furness is an internationally acclaimed actress and passionate advocate for children’s rights around the globe.



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