Nine years after Dietitian Connection was born from a lightbulb moment, we now have a global audience of over 34,000 dietitians. Maree Ferguson was the one-woman driving force behind DC for its first few years, until Kate Agnew came along and worked under Maree’s wing. Kate’s first big project was to build the Dietitian Connection podcast – and now, 100 episodes later, Kate and Maree sit down to commemorate the tremendous milestone. In this podcast, the pair discuss the rollercoaster of life at DC, why no dream is too big and what Maree pinpoints as the biggest contributor to DC’s success.
Dr Maree Ferguson is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian, Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and is an internationally renowned nutrition and dietetics expert. She was previously the Director Nutrition and Dietetics, Princess Alexandra Hospital. Prior to this, Maree worked at an international medical nutrition company in the United States. She has held leadership positions both within the Dietitians Association of Australia and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association). Maree developed the Malnutrition Screening Tool to identify patients at risk of malnutrition. Her innovative malnutrition screening tool has been implemented in many hospitals worldwide.
Kate Agnew is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and the Marketing & Communications Director at Dietitian Connection; she calls herself a “Digital Foodie.” Kate’s marketing skills extend to podcasts, video, e-newsletters, blogs, webinar presentations and social media. She holds a Bachelor degree in Exercise & Nutrition Science and a Masters of Dietetics Studies from The University of Queensland.
In this episode, we discuss:
- The journey of DC from its inception until now
- Maree’s dream for DC
- How the pandemic has changed DC
- How Maree has managed imposter syndrome
- The importance of meaningful relationships
- Why impossible doesn’t really mean impossible