The ATech Sunshine Women in Business program will be delivering a series of free educational events throughout Queensland during October 2020 in Cairns, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Noosa and Brisbane.
An opportunity to make new connections, learn and be inspired by a panel of leading businesswomen, who will share their journey, lessons and successes. The events are open to businesswomen at all stages – those who have a great idea, just starting or have an established business.
Due to COVID-19, if for some reason events are unable to be delivered in person, they will be hosted digitally.
8 October, 2020
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm AEST
iiHub, 59 McLeod Street, Cairns City, QLD 4870. View Map
Petina Tieman, Founder and Director of iiHub and Managing Director of Complete Business Solutions (QLD) is a serial entrepreneur who is dedicated to helping startups, micros, SMEs and Indigenous businesses to thrive.
Mentoring business owners nationally for 25 years, she deeply understands the business ecosystem, and what drives business success.
Petina currently owns and operates 7 x businesses in Far North Queensland and has been recognised with multiple state and national awards, as well as Queensland Government’s 100 Faces of Small Business. This is a testament to the longevity and positive impact of her contribution to the business community, and her continuously innovative and resourceful approach.
Kim is fuelled by her passion for facilitating safe spaces for young girls to come and learn the magic of sisterhood while exploring topics that instil self-awareness and empowerment created and founded the Yaya Sisterhood Empowerment Workshops for Young Girls.
Kim’s success in this business endeavour is testament to the importance of 'collaboration over competition' while anchoring into a vision, a why, a purpose and a strong self-belief that anything is possible [and achievable!].
Jackie Galvin is the founder and manager of Cairns Rental Realty. Starting the business with just two properties, Jackie has grown her property management portfolio to 225 properties. Jackie began her career in real estate in 2007. In 2013 she launched Cairns Rental Realty from a home office. Jackie personifies the pro-active attitude that is essential for success in business. She is highly organised and has a work ethic built on energy, enthusiasm, and approachability.
Operating within a highly competitive industry, establishing a reputation for a high quality of service has been key to the success of the business. Jackie has built the company brand to reflect professionalism, high quality service, and solid results. Cairns Rental Realty’s mission is to provide an exemplary level of service to all landlords and tenants. Their brand promise is to care for your property as if it were their own.
Deb Johnstone is the mum of two adult sons, a new excited grandmother and a long time lover of nature and spirituality. She is a professional mindset speaker and a transformational life, business and career coach specialising in NLP and dynamic mindset. She is the founder of Transformational Pathways Australia and creator of her signature programs Mindset 4 Business Success and HER Rediscovery and signature product Your Success Planner.
Deb works with entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals to achieve levels of freedom and success they want and deserve.
13 October, 2020
11:30 am – 2:00 pm AEST
La Belle Vie, 60 MacGregor Terrace #1, Bardon, QLD 4065. View Map
Dr Dimity Dornan
Dr Dimity Dornan, AO is an entrepreneur, bionics advocate, speech pathologist, researcher, Founder and Chair of Bionics Queensland, member of University of Queensland Senate, a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and Fellow of the Queensland College of Arts and Sciences.
In 1992 she established Hear and Say as a leading not-for-profit for deaf children learning to listen and speak, particularly with surgically implantable hearing technology like the bionic ear. She is currently sharing her experience for the benefit of the stakeholders in the wider bionics industry.
Dr Dornan is aiming to bring outcomes similar to those legendary ones possible for many people who use the bionic ear to other new spin-off devices (e.g. bionic eye, deep brain stimulation, bionic organs and limbs etc.).
Bernadette Eriksen is driven by passion for food and the opportunity to change lives for the better. She has taken that passion from her own home kitchen to become a leading supplier globally of advanced nutrition products including nutrition powders, on-the-go nutritional snacks and great-tasting pre-thickened drinks for those living with dysphagia.
Bernadette has built an enviable reputation as an innovator, entrepreneur and global industry leader. She was the recipient of the Telstra Queensland Business Women of the Year and Business Women Entrepreneur Award, and the Greater Brisbane Business Women of the Year. Bernadette continues to lead the Company and its team of 100 people, re-thinking and shaping the global trends in food production.
Susannah George is the founder and CEO of Urban List. Susannah founded Urban List from her bedroom back in 2011, and through her leadership, has grown the brand to become Australia and New Zealand’s largest independent media brand, moving millions to live their best life. The journey has earned her a whole lot of flight offsets and late-night dining tips, as well as recognition as a national finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and being named B&T’s Media Woman of The Year (2015) and Entrepreneur of the Year (2016, 2017). Beyond Urban List, Susannah is mother to Xavier and Beatrix; ambassador for The Hunger Project’s Unleashed Women initiative; and a member of Entrepreneurs’ Organisation.
15 October, 2020
11:30 am – 2:00 pm AEST
Peregian Digital Hub, 253-255 David Low Way, Peregian Beach, QLD 4573. View Map
Building a business, family and house with your husband isn’t always sunshine and roses, but after 20 years of international technology & project management experience, Kirsty Richardson has spent the last 10 years doing just that. As Co-owner and General Manager of GravityFit Pty Ltd, Kirsty has been through the ups and downs of growing a business from an idea to an international success.
Validated by NASA sponsored research, GravityFit’s products, education and exercise methodologies have now been adopted in over 60 countries and are being used by world class sporting organisations and athletes.
Elouise Waller is co-founder and Operations Manager of Leading Directions. Elouise has overseen the transition of the company’s original Excel offering 10 years ago to a highly scalable and secure software as a service (SaaS) model for the Employment and Disability sectors. Using an agile development methodology, Elouise has been instrumental in taking the company from a lifestyle business to one of the only private companies in the world to be certified to hold Australian Government Employment and Disability data.
With a passion for emerging technologies and business transformation, Elouise has an appreciation for the challenges involved in growing a company from the ground up.
Coby Sullivan is the CMO of EarthTech, a global brand building a brighter future for people and the planet, by connecting the best social entrepreneurs with impact investors, and major organisations. Coby has worked with several startups in both Australia and the USA, including in one of New York's top incubators. She has more than a decade of experience in marketing and communications, ranging from not for profits to global corporations. Coby is particularly passionate about supporting female entrepreneurs and one of her focus areas at EarthTech is ensuring women from developing nations get equal opportunities. Coby is also a certified yoga teacher, interested in the benefits of breathwork and meditation.
19 October, 2020
11:30 am – 2:00 pm AEST
SmartHub Rockhampton, 208 Quay Street, Rockhampton, QLD 4700. View Map
Great things come from those who believe in themselves. I am the Co-Founder and CEO of Projects One Safety Online, which was started to provide administration support for tradies and from there the idea grew. Learning about safety and software has been my greatest challenge. My best move was moving into the Smart Hub co-working space. The hardest lesson to learn was, I don’t know everything about business and to ask for help.
Patrice Brown is one of Queensland’s leading environmental practitioners with over 30 years’ experience in environmental assessment and approvals, monitoring and compliance, along with qualifications in science, engineering and business.
Jade is Founder and Creative Director of ‘Two Green Stones’, a luxury handcrafted jewellery and accessory brand for women specializing in uniquely Australian designs, with a small in-house team producing artful pieces made from natural materials and components.
Jade has fulfilled her lifelong dream to build a fashion brand, with 25 years fashion industry experience including retail management, wholesale, design, development, manufacturing and quality control.
Katie Joy (BSc, MMgt) is a community-driven online marketer with a background in local government, international organisations and at the United Nations. She’s experienced in the development of online marketplaces, e-commerce, edu-tech and online training. Taking a swift career change into entrepreneurship after becoming a sole parent, Katie is a strong advocate for working online for the flexibility it provides for parenting.
21 October, 2020
11:30 am – 2:00 pm AEST
The Generator, 155A Bourbong Street, Bundaberg Central, QLD 4670. View Map
Bree Grima (B. Science (Hons), B. Env Science, B. Photography) is the Managing Director for Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers, the regional representative organisation for horticultural producers in the Wide Bay Burnett. In her role Bree liaises closely with Industry to ensure representation and information is a two-way path to help growers increase their productivity and profitability and thus grow the fruit, vegetable, herb and nut industries of the Region.
Bree holds representative positions with the Queensland Horticulture Council, Regional Development Australia (Wide Bay Burnett), is the Chair of the CQUniversity Regional Engagement Committee, a Director of Regional Business HQ (Bundaberg), and a committee member of numerous Industry specific committees. Bree regularly connects with Regional Council and Local and State members of Government on issues relevant to Agribusinesses in the Region.
Sarah Hellmuth (B. Business (Distinction)) is the Head of Finance and Operations for Greensill Farming Group and Sweet Potatoes Australia. She is an innovative and highly capable finance professional with 8 years’ experience in the industry. Sarah has financially guided Greensill Farming Group through a rapid growth period since commencing in her role in 2012. She leads the way with financial reporting, budgeting, financial analysis, strategic planning and project management. Sarah is passionate about supporting and encouraging women in their own journey in the agribusiness industry.
Currently Managing Director of IMPACT Community Services, Tanya has over 18 years of executive leadership experience in the NFP sector. Tanya has achieved success in building formidable teams and creating business growth, diversification and financial viability by pairing her evidence-based understanding of human behaviour with a pragmatic business approach. She has a flair for developing business and social enterprise models that drive social change, respond to service gaps and create opportunities for some of the most vulnerable in the community. Committed to leadership development, building strong relationships, creating purpose, and embedding innovation into the DNA of an organisation, Tanya is genuinely committed to building future-ready leaders who can thrive in an everchanging world.
With a strong entrepreneurial mindset Sam has over 15 years of marketing and business strategy experience under her belt. She is the CEO of Second Chance Agency / Academy and Association, a digital marketing agency for clients who want to grow their online business. She teaches business and marketing through an academy program, owns a hair salon where her clients are mostly attracted through digital marketing and has a successful online social retail business.
Sam is passionate about driving change and supporting SME’s reach their potential, improve their position in the market and grow their business.