Ann Meadia, owner of Solomon Islands Women in Art, is a champion for the empowerment of women in business. She is passionate about sharing her skills with women and assisting women to be self-reliant. Ann, who is also trained as a registered nurse, started out doing floral arrangements as a hobby. In 2004 she decided to expand her skills in floral design and trained as a florist at Tandra Flowers in Fiji. In 2006 she attended training at the Pacific Women’s Art Centre in Auckland, New Zealand which led to her starting her own business. "I was encouraged to start my own business from seeing Pacific women doing floriculture during the trainings I attended overseas."