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Awesome Women

Awesome Women

By Amanda Bulow
At Awesome Women in Construction, or AWIC, we are a not for profit association, providing a supportive community for women working in the construction industry. Assisting with providing personal and professional development and confidence building opportunities, we strive to build the brands of the organisations these women represent.
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Jo Sainsbury - CEO & Founder of Kickass Women
Named as “One to Watch” 2021 Ausmumprenuer, one of 2020’s Top100 Women in Construction, Roar Business Award Bronze Winner and a Finalist in both the 2020 and 2021 Women in Industry Awards, Jo has been making waves as an enforcer in advocating for women working in industry. Jo is first and foremost a coal train driver, a trusted advisor, speaker, published best-selling author of the book “High Heels to Hi Vis”, magazine contributor, host of the “Kickass Radio” show & podcast and founder of the Kickass Women network who support women who want to achieve their biggest career transition and visions. Kickass Women strives to connect encourage and inspire women not only right across the local region, but state and nationwide. Jo has over 30 years of combined service in Administration, HR, WH&S and Project Management in the private sector and industry, this knowledge has equipped her with all the necessary tools to focus on addressing issues of self-confidence and empowering women to have self-fulfilment, financial independence and reignite personal branding - their kickass attitude, that is. Her mission in life is to inspire and empower women to kick off their heels and tap into their steel caps and become the leaders and changemakers with impact they are born to be! Jo has contributed to conferences and events all around the country and overseas in order to gain new inspiration on her advocacy, thought leadership and inspire others to dig deeper, motivating women to overthrow the status quo and think differently about their capabilities, their possibilities, opportunities, what it takes to drive change and what action is needed to find their kickass attitude and succeed in a career transition into varied male-dominated industries. With the motto “Go On Get Your Glo On...become a Glo Getter”, Jo offers online career coaching and mentoring that helps women of all ages set a success mindset, build their kickass resume and toolkit and get their boots on site. If Jo is not on shift, she is probably writing or advocating Kickass Women – Glo Getters. To get a glimpse into her life and career, visit her blog. This is the best way to learn more about her. Website | RadioShow | Facebook - Jo Sainsbury | Facebook - Kickass Women | Instagram - Kickass Women | LinkedIn - Jo Sainsbury | LinkedIn - Kickass Women
September 20, 2022
Melissa Dale - Director of Meka Recruitment
Melissa Dale founded Meka Recruitment after recruiting for the construction and infrastructure section noticing the gap in supplying the right candidates. Meka is committed to providing the right people to you, ensuring you meet your deadlines. We have developed innovative software that gives our clients complete transparency with no hidden charges. Meka Recruitment assists our clients with Labour Hire that is project based or Permanent recruitment solutions. Meka Recruitment has a number of staff with first hand experience in the fields we recruit for, this gives us a clear understanding of the requirements you need. Our team is able to assist with strategic employment strategies resulting in increased staff retention. Our job is to find the right person for your business so you can focus on increasing revenue. Meka Recruitment's goal is to change the labour hire and recruitment stigma, making it more affordable and efficient for our clients. We can also assist with all your Human Resource requirements, managing staff can be tricky and time consuming. Let Meka handle your staff while you focus on the business. Website
August 30, 2022
Vanessa Lambert - National Customer Success & Services Manager for HazardCo Australia
Tradie Wife, Mum of 3...sometimes 4! Full time workaholic. Having co -owned a tradie business for the last 14 years, I understand the trials and tribulations of working with your partner. Through the years I have made many mistakes, been stressed and worried beyond my means and learnt a lot about myself, my husband and our business. Funnily enough, the main learning has transpired into my current role as National Customer Success and Services manager at HazardCo. It is not surprising that the secret to almost any success, whether it be personal, professional or keeping your team communication. I am excited to share my story and hopefully some tips on how to stay sane! Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn
August 23, 2022
Mel Watt - Owner of Mel Watt Photography
Mel is a Portrait Photographer specialising in creating an Women Empowerment Portrait Experiences that helps women find their strength, connect with themselves and feel beautiful through black and white portraits with no makeup that reflects their inner beauty. Mel completed her Diploma of Photography in 2009 and her photography business was originally based on photographing kids and families but has since found a new purpose in helping women celebrate who they are and finding their self worth. Mel originally studied nursing and completed my Bachelor of Nursing in 1993 which she finds helps her today with connecting and building relationships with her clients. Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn
August 16, 2022
Rebecca Grisman - Community Engagement & Rise2 Manager
Rebecca Grisman is a highly qualified media and marketing professional with more than 25 years of experience as a journalist and marketing director.  She has managed public affairs, marketing strategy, community engagement and media relations for major property developers, government, universities and charities, spanning Australia, the UK and Ireland. Rebecca has directed marketing communications and PR for five universities, both in Australia and overseas. Rebecca was the first marketing manager for USC from 1994, during the campus’ construction through to its first graduation. She also created and taught the first communication and media units; now these are full USC degrees. Her current role is managing community engagement and special projects for Coast2Bay, one of Qld’s largest, not-for-profit, Tier 1 community housing companies. Rebecca has won awards for community and business leadership, including a major prestigious US award for her work developing a national road safety program with Hanson (Heidelberg) for schools across Australia. In her own time, Rebecca voluntarily supports strategic fundraising campaigns for local charities, including SunnyKids, Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge, the Make It Stop Committee addressing domestic and community violence, and is a Director of a leading school’s Foundation Board. Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | Website - Rise2 Foundation | Website - Better Together Housing
August 09, 2022
Mark Berridge - Keynote Speaker, Author
Imagine flying through the air, crunching into the earth and gasping for breath. Suffering an agonising wait for the ambulance. Trying to remain calm. Desperately hoping the damage is not as severe as it feels. Hearing the words ‘spinal cord injury’ and that you may never walk again. Feeling your identity shatter inside you. Mark Berridge navigated these impossible moments after a cycling accident launched him onto a recovery path littered with uncertainty and fear. Upended from the high-flying corporate life he had known, he embarked on a journey of determined self-discovery. Mark shares the attitude he employed to tackle adversity, built from the powerful connection between embracing uncertainty and liberating possibility. His uplifting message is drawn from lived experience, shaped in a way that helps listeners become a fraction stronger too. Website
August 02, 2022
Melinda Koltai - Light Planning Media Business Photographer & Video Strategist
Mel has been a photographer for more than 10 years and in the last few years heavily focusing on working with entrepreneurs and businesses leaders. With her partner, Barney who is the videographer in their business, Light Planning Media they help small and medium sized businesses creating videos and images that are designed to increase sales. Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn
July 26, 2022
Nicola Scott - Master Builders Sunshine Coast Regional Manager
Nicola Scott is the Master Builders Queensland,  Sunshine Coast Regional Manager. Nicola brings with her seven years, experience with the  Queensland Building and Construction Commission,  where she was the Sunshine Coast Operations Team  Leader and A/Regional Manager. Nicola has a background in several different areas, from  Adult and Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Community Corrections, Probation and Parole, Aged Care and the Queensland Police Service, she utilizes this knowledge and her life experience to ensure she provides outstanding support and guidance to the Construction Industry. Nicola’s dad is a retired builder and she is passionate about the Construction Industry, her goal is to educate and support Master Builder Members through the ongoing legislative changes in the Industry, QBCC licensing requirements and dispute resolution, while working toward being a trusted and recognised voice for the Industry. Nicola is a mother of three, and a grandmother of 4 wonderful grandchildren and is committed to her family and their futures. Website
June 14, 2022
Megan Nastrom - Work & Personal Judgements (Self & Others)
Megan Nastrom in one of the co-founders of Ultra Living Homes, part of The Ultra Group Australia which builds new homes, SDA projects and small townhouse developments. Megan has a strong business background and a bachelors degree in commerce majoring in accounting. More recently, Megan has moved into the space of interior design and manages all aspects of curating and putting together a portfolio of display homes over South East Queensland. She also has great satisfaction in personally staging all display homes herself. Having lived on the Gold Coast for the past 6 years to start the business with her husband, Megan and her family enjoyed living on the Sunshine Coast where she owned and operated the very first photo booth business in that area for over 5 years. Megan also enjoys reading autobiographies and loves quality time with her husband and their 2 daughters. Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn
June 07, 2022
Amanda Beatty - Top talent: navigating your workforce post-pandemic
With businesses facing the challenging of a revolving and everchanging workforce – caused by both low unemployment rates and the global phenomenon that is ‘The Great Resignation’ – we’ll be exploring ways to attract and retain staff and find the right people for your business. The pandemic saw many workers reflecting on what’s important to them, which has seen many businesses grappling with how to not only keep their existing talent, but also find and keep new people as well. The Great Resignation is not going away and businesses need to come to grips with the changes and find a new path that suits not only their business, but their employees as well. Our panel will discuss how they win over and retain the right candidates, including what to look out for when recruiting, how to get new and existing employees invested in your business, and how to make sure your new hires will represent the voice and brand you want for your business. In the current climate particularly in the construction industry, with stress and emotions running high as a result of labour material shortages and cost hikes, it’s also vital that you have your people’s back and support them. Website - DR Homes | Website - Master Builders | LinkedIn About our sponsor: Austrworld are Australia's trusted wholesaler of plumbing solutions. Austworld support plumbing families all over Australia by manufacturing a huge range of quality products that are designed with integrity to make every job stress free. Our extensive range of high-end valves, tapware and fittings are designed to save plumbers time, conserve resources and stay ahead of new techniques aimed at working together in this increasing water conscious society. All of our products are designed and tested by a team of local engineers in our own research facility and this care extends to manufacturing, ensuring our products are amongst the world’s finest.
May 31, 2022
Ally Kelly - Workplace Wellness
Ally Kelly is the Chief Executive Officer & Founder of Mind Blank a mental health promotion charity. Selected as the 2021 Suicide Prevention Australia Outstanding Contribution Award winner, Ally is passionate about difference to empower people to implement mental health strategies and have conversations that save lives. Since the pandemic commenced in 2020 she has supported over 500 WH&S Officers and their working groups to support best practice when it comes to the mitigating psychological hazards in the workplace. Website | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | LinkedIn
May 24, 2022
Taryn Poole - Austworld Marketing Manager
Taryn Poole is the Marketing Manager for Austworld – recognised as one of Australia’s leading plumbing wholesalers. Prior to joining the Austworld team back in February, Taryn established and operated her own marketing consultancy for 12 years. Fresh out of high school, Taryn was awarded a scholarship to study at Bond University, starting her career at a small advertising agency before finding her niche in marketing for private enterprises. She describes herself as a ‘creative at heart’ whose love of travel has taken her all over the world. The highlights – a painting retreat in the South of France and a high-altitude trek in the mountains of Nepal. During 2021, Taryn and her partner sailed the beautiful Queensland coast while living and travelling on their 41-foot sailing catamaran. Taryn worked remotely on the boat with the help of a Cel-fi mobile booster secured to the top of their mast! Website | Facebook | Instagram
May 17, 2022
Michelle Cirson - Pricing wars: are you an ethical competitor or a pricing predator?
Michelle is a construction lawyer with actual site experience, who knows how to build. Having studied law while working as a CA for a commercial builder, Michelle's context to industry is like no other. Michelle has qualifications in building and law, and she's even a licensed project manager client side. Michelle joins us today in her role as a construction lawyer for McCarthy Durie Lawyers, and she's here to talk to us about price wars, underpricing and how to deal with material price rises. Website | Facebook | LinkedIn
May 10, 2022
Dr Asti Mardiasmo - Will a cash rate hike result in higher property prices?
As Chief Economist at PRD Asti monitors a wide variety of macro and microeconomic trends, both within and external to Australia, that directly and indirectly impact the Australian residential real estate (housing) market. She is a member of the Residential Committee 2021-2022 for the Property Council of Australia, a member of the Reserve Bank of Australia Liaison Program, and an industry partner within the Australian Federal Government Cooperative Research Centre for Longevity. Asti is the industry co-lecturer and research supervisor for Queensland University of Technology Bachelor of Property Economics and has provided expert real estate commentary at national and international seminars, as well as to various print, online, radio, and TV media. She is the chairperson for the Built to Rent World Virtual Summit 2021 and a keynote speaker for the Real Estate Institute in New South Wales Roadshow 2021. In her spare time Asti serves as the secretary for the Queensland Multicultural Council, sits as an external advisory board to the University of New South Wales’ Risk and Future Resilience Group, and is an advocate for Women and Minority group mentoring. Website | LinkedIn
May 03, 2022
Robyn Baker - Founder of Busy Connecting, #theboringwriter
Employed for 20 years with the southern hemisphere’s largest local government (Brisbane City Council) in multi-disciplinary marketing and communications areas specialising in stakeholder and community engagement. Since then, Robyn has worked on strategic communication projects in the corporate sector both locally, nationally and internationally. A specialist in strategic communications Robyn’s sills include grants, tenders, government and corporate submissions, legislative and government documentation. Business founder of Busy Connecting, Robyn specialises in business growth and development strategies for small and medium-sized enterprises. Robyn is also a mentor for Australian Women’s Business School, the International Day of the Girl Child, Civic Leader Innovate 2018 & 2019 and a judge for the AusMumpreneur awards. #busyconnecting #theboringwritter #grants #tenders #procurement Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn
May 03, 2022
Dani Vee - Women's Transformation Specialist
Danni Vee is a women's transformational specialist, empowering ambitious women to re-energise and rejuvenate their mind, body and soul. Danni will take you from a point of disconnection from who you are, and awaken you into the confident, worthy women you are born to be. Danni is a qualified Neuro Linguistics practitioner, nutrition & wellness coach and master trainer in Women's health and fitness. She takes a holistic and intuitive approach to mentoring her client in mind, body and soul! Feel the freedom of having a healthy, holistic appreciation of your entire being, and connect to your inner divine feminine power. "My main focus is helping my clients build positive, kick-ass, run-the-world attitudes. When women arm themselves with a strong, powerful mindset, then healthy exercise and nutrition choices just come naturally and their confidence and self-esteem soar." ~Danni Vee Website | Instagram | LinkedIn
May 03, 2022
Alanna Ball – Women in Safety Pty Ltd, Founder and Principal Consultant
Alanna Ball is the founder and Principal Consultant of Women in Safety Pty Ltd, a company that empowers, transforms and inspires WHS professionals to bring their best selves to work to create safe outcomes for organisations, families and friends. Alanna is a true leader of people, equality and change. She is a passionate and well recognised leader in health and safety for the way she is actively empowering thousands of professionals and driving rapid change for females to bring their best selves to work. As a working mum, Alanna is all too familiar in the art of juggling change, conflict and sacrifice however always stands true in her values. It is these values that have seen her grow a community of over 2000 health and safety professional members in Australia and New Zealand as well as work with multiple national and international brands to drive health and safety change. Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn
April 19, 2022
Lisa Ketjen - Corporate Partnerships Manager, The Usher Group
Lisa’s go to line is always “Proudly Australian minus the accent, having been born in South Africa but living in Australia for 20 years, Lisa supports all things Australian and is Proud to be an Aussie. - Skilled in Management across Partnerships, Marketing, Sales & Business Development - Global Corporate Experience - Adaptable to new opportunities - Strong ability to identify new business & revenue streams - Establishing partnerships & relationships across cultures - Strong people skills Lisa holds a degree in social sciences and a diploma of marketing, but says there is nothing better than life skills, and calling these years her WTF years ( what the fifty...) Specialties: Management, Marketing, Communications, Sales, Business Development, Branding, Business Negotiating ,Leadership, Relationship & Commercial Partnerships. - Board level experience - Winner of Innovation Award - Women in Business - Certificate- Achievement Women in Business - Recognised by ANZ Bank as a BUSINESS mover & shaker - Recognised by Australia Post for achievement in New Business New committee member for Bond University Women’s Network for 2022. Experienced across Global industry businesses ranging from Coca Cola, Deloitte, KPMG, Energex, Vale ,Minara Mining, Oztrail, BCF, Oz Minerals, Oxiana Mining, Accor, Mariott, Australia Zoo & Wildlife Warriors & Queensland Recycling initiatives. Passionate about equality, diversity, philanthropy & fairness in the workplace. Website | LinkedIn - Lisa Ketjen | LinkedIn - The Usher Group | Instagram
April 05, 2022
Fiona Simpson MP – Member for Maroochydore Qld
Fiona Simpson is a trail blazer in the Queensland Parliament as the longest serving female MP, and first woman to serve as its Speaker in more than 150 years. Elected as the Member for Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast in 1992, she is currently the Shadow Minister for Integrity in the Government, State Development, Infrastructure and Planning and Olympics and Paralympics infrastructure and Jobs. Fiona believes that local solutions lead to global answers and champions the power of collaborative community leadership to help identify and solve local problems, working with numerous community and service organisations who share the same vision. Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | YouTube
March 22, 2022
Stacey Head – she wear, Founder and Managing Director
Stacey Head founded she wear in 2013 after a nail-through-the-foot incident on a worksite. After searching far and wide for comfortable, stylish women’s work boots but only finding “unisex” options that were heavy and ill-fitting, Stacey set out to develop a range of safety work boots designed specifically for women. After much research and development, due diligence, planning, prototype building, laboratory testing she wear’s first range of safety work boots designed and styled for women, along with a range of other matching workwear accessories, was launched in October 2013. Fast forward to 2022 and that same all-day comfort and support has been reengineered into everyday work and fashion footwear as well as a great range of work wear. Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn
March 15, 2022
Ali Kouparitsas – Director, Rochele Painting
Ali Kouparitsas is one of Rochele Painting's Directors and has technically been a part of the business since she was born. Her main role is to keep the other directors (her two brothers Jeremy and Samuel) in check. She also has great knowledge and experience in marketing and advertising having worked in publishing. Being a woman in a male dominated industry isn't something new to Rochelle as she has been a part of it her whole life. When I came across AWIC I jumped at the chance to get involved because it is so great seeing more and more women being involved in such an incredible industry. Having the ability to discuss like minded issues and challenges together not only helps support each other but is also great for our industry. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook
March 08, 2022
Maree Adshead – Small Business Commissioner
Maree Adshead, Small Business Commissioner, is an experienced advocate and small business owner. Maree spent 10 years in the legal profession, as partner of a tier-one national law firm. She co-founded and built her own successful software start-up businesses; receiving multiple awards for excellence in innovation. Maree has also been instrumental in helping others to build their own businesses. In 2017, Maree was appointed the inaugural Queensland Small Business Champion – establishing a trusted interface between business and government; advocating on behalf of the Queensland small business community; and triaging and referring disputes. Building on these achievements, Maree now leads the Office of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner (OQSBC). Website | LinkedIn - Maree Adshead | LinkedIn - Office of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner | Facebook
March 01, 2022
Dr Asti Mardiasmo – Chief Economist, PRD Real Estate
As Chief Economist at PRD Dr Diaswati (Asti) Mardiasmo monitors a wide variety of macro and microeconomic trends, both within and external to Australia, that directly and indirectly impact the Australian residential real estate (housing) market. As part of the senior management team at PRD Asti leads a team of research analysts that provide high level residential property insights to PRD franchises across Australia, private and government institutions, individual investors, and the wider community. In her spare time Asti serves as the secretary for the Queensland Multicultural Council, sits as an external advisory board to the University of New South Wales’ Risk and Future Resilience Group, and is an advocate for Women and Minority group mentoring. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook
February 22, 2022
Lisa Fogarty – Co-Founder and Director of Creating Happy Families
It is well documented that Lisa Fogarty is known for her high level of energy and has a passion for service excellence, often referred to as the modern day Mary Poppins, if you ever have had a chance to meet her in person you would have been mesmerized by her sparkly eyes and outstanding ability to engage you with her energy. You would have had a giggle; smiling is always on the agenda. When you asked Lisa how she is, she would have responded with one of her favorite sayings from a mentor of hers (Zig Ziglar) “I am sensational and improving” or “I am outstanding and getting better”. With 20 plus years experience in the Automotive industry it will be intriguing to understand why Lisa has made the transition from cars and finance to creating happy families. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook
February 15, 2022
Zoe Eather – CEO of My Smart Community
Zoe is an experienced consultant, Churchill Fellow and engineer who specialises in Smart Communities, that is using different ways of thinking and technology as enablers to make the places we live more accessible, liveable and sustainable for all. The combination of Zoe’s engineering background and her ability to engage and explain complex topics in a friendly and informative way, allows her to offer future-thinking, useful and realistic strategic advice. Zoe keeps up-to-date with the latest trends and shares her learnings through hosting The Smart Community Podcast. Through her boutique consultancy My Smart Community, she offers strategic advisory on dealing with disruption, leveraging infrastructure spend and major projects, smart technology in regional communities and facilitating genuine collaboration. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook
February 08, 2022
Louise Azzopardi - Life coach and a qualified Heavy Vehicle Mechanic
Louise Azzopardi is a Life coach - and also a qualified Heavy Vehicle Mechanic turned trainer and assessor. Her journey through the trades is what lead her to become a coach, after experiencing the rollercoaster of being a women in a male dominated trade and feeling like no one understood what she was going through she wanted to make sure no one else felt that way! Everyone has a purpose and I believe mine is to use my experience and knowledge as a tradeswomen to inspire and educate up and coming tradies and make the workforce a more accepting place for everyone! Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook
February 02, 2022
Sally Foley-Lewis – Leadership & Middle Management Expert
Sally Foley-Lewis inspires and skills managers be high performing, purposeful and productive. Obsessed with boosting productive- and self-leadership that ensures people reach their potential. Sally’s presentations and programs positively impact your confidence, leadership and results. A multi-award winning global professional speaker, Sally has also authored multiple books. Her new book SPARK provides 9 simple strategies to ignite exceptional self leadership. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook
January 25, 2022
Jacqueline Nagle – Educator, Mentor and Advisor
Not only is Jacqueline the Strategic Advisor to Awesome Women in Construction (AWIC), she is also the facilitator of the recently released Confident Women in Construction. The first program developed specifically for women in construction. We want our women to be strong, to be connected and heard. Jacqueline is a certified Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming, and Advanced Hypnotherapist, she brings her unique lens on navigating relentless change, opportunity and crisis to her work as a speaker, educator and trusted advisor from the start up trenches to the global C-Suite across Australia and the USA. Confident Women in Construction program has been designed to reach ALL Awesome Women in Construction across Australia. ‘Wherever you are, you can access the tools and strategies to amplify your confidence’. Website - Any Given Tuesday | LinkedIn - Jacqueline Nagle | Website - CWIC | LinkedIn - AWIC
January 18, 2022
Your questions answered! Amanda Bulow and Jacqueline Nagle answer your questions about our new Confident Women In Construction Program.
January 17, 2022
Rachelle Paintz – Founder and Managing Director of So Brave
So Brave is Australia’s only young women’s breast cancer charity – so Brave is a fusion of art, cancer research, empowerment, fundraising, body positivity and education. Breast caner is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in young women aged 20-39. Does this come as a complete surprise to you? You’re not alone. Most of us tend to assume breast cancer is something women over the age of 50 need to know about. Advertising seems to be solely focused on encouraging women between the ages of 50 and 70 to attend regular breast cancer screening. At So Brave, we know through experience, it’s simply not enough. Because, although there are currently no breast screening programs for women under 40, unless they have a reported family history. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Rachelle on this Podcast we talked about the importance of being breast aware and how early detection saves lives.
December 08, 2021
Michelle Cirson – Director of Tricks of Your Trade
After working for almost a decade managing construction contracts for builders and developers, Michelle crossed the picket line and started her own business helping subcontractors and back-of-the-ute tradies get paid. Armed with qualifications in building & law, Michelle harnesses the best of both worlds by achieving cost effective commercial outcomes with solid legal underpinnings. From best practice contract management & security of payment systems to crisis dispute resolution help, if you are an Aussie subbie, Michelle is a must have in your corner. Website | LinkedIn - Tricks of Your Trade | LinkedIn - Michelle Cirson | Facebook Talking to Michelle on this Podcast we talked about how she works a LOT with the women in subcontracting businesses, who are the glue that holds everything together!
December 01, 2021
Sharyn Brown – Founder of The Bondi Project
Sharyn Brown has a passion for business and has held a variety of position including working as an accountant, a trainer, business consultant, CEO, head of a national business coaching program, mentor and owner of her own multi-million-dollar businesses in construction and also tourism. She has juggled her career around raising three children, playing various sports at representative level and more recently overcame a battle with cancer. Specialising in harnessing and developing the strength of the individual to drive change in their own business and life, she has built a portfolio of 1000s of client success stories across Australia. As an advocate for inclusivity and equality through diversity across all communities, she has been an ardent supporter of charity projects and events, and not for profit organisations who champion those who are marginalised and less fortunate. Website | LinkedIn - The Bondi Project | LinkedIn - Sharyn Brown | Facebook Talking to Sharyn on this Podcast we talked about how we need to live like ALL things are possible.
November 24, 2021
Amanda Bulow on River 94.9 Radio
Cr Nicole Jonic, Ipswich City Council Deputy Mayor interviews AWIC Founder and CEO Amanda Bulow for River 94.9 Radio.
November 23, 2021
Sandra Patton – CEO Disruptive Sage
Regarded as an expert in business development in new markets particularly within the Asia Pacific Region covering a number of areas in digital media and disruptive technologies. Sandra has experience with marketing automation, web management tools, social media, rostering automation, e-procurement, packaging covenants and environmental management tools and LMS. A business strategist, Sandra works very tactically on a go to market strategy incorporating all aspects of distribution; including direct, resellers, partnerships and alliances. LinkedIn Talking to Sandra on this Podcast we discussed the opportunity of new career pathways in digitalisation and artificial intelligence (AI) as the industry continues to grow
November 10, 2021
Alison Sawers – Director, Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency
Alison is a Director at the Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency (“IPFA”), working as an in-house commercial and financial advisor to the Commonwealth government on infrastructure and other major projects. Prior to joining IPFA, she worked as a finance lawyer for more than 13 years in top tier international law firms in both Australia and the broader Asia Pacific, as well as with a global investment bank in Germany, advising large lender syndicates, sponsors and government on a broad range of financing transactions. She also formerly ran a pro bono legal clinic at a women’s shelter in King’s Cross, assisting at-risk women on a broad range of bespoke legal issues. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Law from the University of Sydney. LinkedIn - Alison Sawers | Website | LinkedIn - IPFA Talking to Alison on this Podcast we spoke about her passion for Lou's Place in King's Cross. An independently funded day shelter providing sanctuary and respite for many vulnerable women.
October 27, 2021
Emma Bentton – Founder at Office2Site
There are few things you need to know about Emma. Firstly, she’s worked in construction for 20 years and before that mining. Secondly, she loves fashion and clothes. She even called my consultancy SHOES (Safety, Health, Environmental Operations Systems). Office2Site has been established to meet the changing needs of professionals and support personal working in heavy industries. Office workers face significant risks when they are on site providing guidance or walking through high-risk work areas. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Emma on this Podcast we discussed her two passions – heavy industry and fashion and how they have collided!
October 13, 2021
Rebecca Taylor - Leadership Brand photography specialist
With a career in brand identity, leadership photography and communication design, Rebecca has visually mastered how to craft a stand-out personal brand. She has now vibrantly captured the authentic essence of hundreds of C-suite executives, A-list entrepreneurs, board directors and corporate leadership teams and elevated their brand vision into credible powerhouses From an early age we are conditioned to play 'safe' by fitting in with others. Over time, a sense of who we really are is lost and it becomes harder to remember the unique talents, gifts and abilities we each have. In business, this leads to a lack of confidence in promoting our talents, dilutes our core message and delays our ability to make powerful contributions that could help change other people’s lives for the better. Rebecca would to offer the listeners of the AWIC Awesome Women Podcast, 10% off her early bird special for her Leadership Visibility Breakthrough online LIVE program in November. Professional brand photography and Visibility coaching for business leaders ( LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram | Website Talking to Rebecca on this Podcast we spoke about the power of visual storytelling to cut through the online noise, building trust and growing your network.
September 29, 2021
Rebecca Allen – Career Success Coach
Rebecca Allen is a Career Success Coach for ambitious women who want more from their careers. She has 10 years experience and has helped hundreds of women achieve actual change in their lives and careers whether that be from growing wildly in confidence, negotiating better salaries or financial packages, boosting credibility and visibility with key stakeholders or landing well deserved promotions. She is an internationally accredited RESULTS Coach and NLP Master Practitioner. When she's not coaching or building a business Rebecca is out with her two kids, walking the neighbour's dog or plotting her next adventure. Connect with Rebecca on LinkedIn and grab a copy of her most popular download, 'The Perfect Pay Rise Script' here: Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | Website Talking to Rebecca on this Podcast we spoke about affinity bias and how it impacts women in the workplace.
September 15, 2021
Katrina Brennan, Principal & Dianne Brown, Business Advisor - SRJ Walker Wayland, Sunshine Coast
These ladies are not your typical accountants! They enjoy taking a holistic approach to business which involves examining all aspects of your business - not just your financials! Katrina Brennan has specialised in advising small to medium business clients engaged in activities across a variety of industries including professional services, building and construction and service industries. Forming good relationships with her clients is very important to Katrina. Dianne Brown is a Chartered Accountant, Business Advisor and Learning Specialist with over 20 years public practice experience in the Small to Medium Sized Enterprise (SME) Market and various Higher Education Providers. Her career has been fuelled by intellectual curiosity! Website | LinkedIn - Katrina Brennan | LinkedIn - Dianne Brown | Facebook Talking to Katrina and Dianne on this Podcast we discussed how Katrina and Dianne can help you to do things better/differently to achieve your business goals. We also discussed the 7 steps to achieve grant success.
September 01, 2021
Eloise Kimpton – Youngcare Simpson Desert Challenge – Part II
Eloise Kimpton has now COMPLETED the Simpson Desert Challenge, which was back in May 2021. To raise much needed funds for Youngcare she trekked 250kms over nine days through the harsh landscape of the Simpson Desert. Why did Eloise participate in the Simpson Desert Challenge? You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out. It is an amazing and uplifting story. Website | LinkedIn - Youngcare | LinkedIn - Eloise Kimpton | Facebook Talking to Eloise on this Podcast we discussed how amazing and rewarding the Simpson Desert Challenge was, but how she also has no intention to do it again!
August 18, 2021
Kiri Parr - Construction Industry - Speaker, Consultant, Academic
Kiri is passionate about improving the outcomes in the construction industry. Her work sits at the intersection of construction law, procurement strategy, human behaviour and governance models. Prior to establishing her own company in 2020, Kiri spent more than 20 years’ as a construction lawyer, initially in private practice and followed by 15 years as the Regional General Counsel for Arup, a large international professional consulting company. During this time, Kiri was involved in numerous large projects in the region including Airport Link, Gold Coast Light Rail and Marina Bay Sands. From 2015 to 2019 Kiri was included in Doyle’s Leading In-House Construction Lawyers in Australia. Website | LinkedIn Talking to Kiri on this Podcast we were able to hear the passion she has for the construction industry and how she is looking forward to being part of its future.
August 11, 2021
Maddy Sharp‐Doepel Development Manager at Destination Gold Coast Consortium (DGCC)
Property and Development is my profession and passion. During my 6 years in the industry, I have worked in residential sales, project marketing, development, bought, renovated, and sold personal properties while also completing my Bachelor's. This Podcast is a little different as Maddy was the guest speaker at the scheduled Beaumont Tiles event in July, which was moved to online due to covid restrictions. Thank you to Maddy for allowing us to record your presentation and to Adam Carberry at Beaumont Tiles for organising Maddy as the guest speaker. LinkedIn - Maddy Sharp-Doepel | LinkedIn - Destination Gold Coast Consortium Talking to Maddy on this Podcast she shared details of the current project and how it will change the Gold Coast forever.
August 04, 2021
Kari Sutton – Educator | Speaker | Author
Kari Sutton is an educator, speaker and author who has helped over 25,000 children, parents, and educators with evidence- based strategies, tools and approaches to foster children's emotional wellbeing and positive mental health. She deconstructs the research, so you don’t have to and provides practical, easy to use tools and strategies that plant the seeds of resilience, and emotional wellbeing in our children. Kari launched her second book “Raising a Mentally Fit Generation” in November 2020. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Kari on this Podcast she spoke about how we need to have open conversations with the ‘little people’ in our lives as they are our future.
July 29, 2021
Di Henshall – Interior Designer | Qualified Builder | Award Winner
Every so often we are reminded about how many talented and creative people we have living in our beautiful area.  One of these people is Di Henshall, one of Australia’s most industry-decorated interior designers. It is Di’s passion and enormous knowledge of all things interior design that stand her apart.  In the last five years she has participated in five international architecture and interior design tours, taking her all over the world, including places such as Iceland and South Africa. Di and her team work all over the country and abroad, designing and outfitting diverse projects such as wineries, heritage-listed buildings, restaurants, private residences, offices and apartments.  Di Henshall Interior Design can totally furnish a home, from top to bottom, or add some beautiful pieces to enhance existing furnishings. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Di on this Podcast we spoken about when Di knew she wanted to be an interior designer. She also described how being a qualified builder has assisted her journey.
July 22, 2021
Anthony Ryan – Chief Executive Officer, Youngcare
Anthony Ryan is the Chief Executive Officer of Youngcare; a not-forprofit organisation spearheading powerful and positive change for young people with high care disabilities; fighting to ensure all young people live with choice, independence and dignity. Since joining Youngcare in late 2016, Anthony has brought a fresh voice to the organisation. With the disability residential crisis at a tipping point in Australia, Anthony is leading a strategic and deliberate approach to solving this national issue. Website | LinkedIn - YoungCare | LinkedIn - Anthony Ryan | Facebook Talking to Anthony on this Podcast he described the emotion when seeing a young person with high care needs move into their own home for the first time.
July 15, 2021
Sandra Price – Tradie Bookkeeping Solutions
The purpose of owning a Business is to make Profit. Profit is your reward for risking your money, time and reputation. All successful Business Owners have one thing in common … They have a great Team! The Team at Tradie Bookkeeping Solutions are here to help you manage the finances of your business so that you have complete peace of mind about the money side of your business so you can do what you do best. What makes us different? We focus on building profitability in your business – with less distraction, stress or mistakes. Imagine having everything financial taken care of in your business, knowing everything was being done correctly and to maximise the profit you make. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Sandra on this Podcast she shares why networking is so important, her passion about money mindset and why she strongly believes in paying it forward.
July 07, 2021
Kathryn Harrison – Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisor
Kathryn Harrison and with her husband of 37 years operates a Smartline Franchise based in Brisbane with clients across Australia. Kathryn has also been serving on not-for-profit Boards and Committees for over 25 years both at State and National level, having undertaken Treasurer and Chair roles. She believes her greatest achievement was to have two healthy strapping sons who now have 3 gorgeous little girls. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Acct), a Diploma of Finance & Mortgage Broking Management, is a JP (Qual) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Kathryn on this Podcast we spoke about how women over 55 have the highest rate of homelessness. It could be someone you know.
June 30, 2021
Kate Muldoon – Founder and Head Coach at Ladies with Tradies
Kate Muldoon Is the Founder and Head Coach at Ladies with Tradies. A tradie’s wife herself, Kate wanted to help other ladies with her proven strategies for a successful working relationship with their tradies. Kate and the team bring all things 'behind the scenes' to the forefront - without the complex jargon and 'businessy' confusion. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Kate on this Podcast we spoke about how as small business owners we need to back ourselves and step into your awesome today!
June 23, 2021
Rebecca Astin - Key Account Manager Commercial | Bunnings Trade
Rebecca is an industry leader, mentor and all-round legend and has been in the construction industry for 22 years. However, she never intended to be working in the construction industry she now calls home. A qualified chef, Rebecca was looking for a job that suited the requirements of her young family. After hearing about a job opportunity from a friend, she began working in the construction industry. In July 2021, Rebecca will have been working with Bunnings Commercial for 17 years. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Rebecca on this Podcast we spoke about how important networking and building relationship is to your career.
June 17, 2021
Jody Lee Euler – Founder of redhotblue
Jody is the founder of redhotblue, with over 35 years industry experience within marketing, advertising, and design. A multi-award winner, Jody has a decidedly out-of-the-box approach and endless enthusiasm – both major contributors to the success and status that redhotblue enjoys today. Jody lives by the motto, create without limitations which has proven to deliver success for her vast client list over the past 23 years in business. During this time, she has served on several community and business boards and is the Director of a charity organisation, The Nude Lunch (Ovarian Cancer exposed) which has received national recognition. Jody also recently co-founded Homemade Heroes, a podcast that shines a light on the unsung heroes of the community. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Jody on this Podcast there was a real passion in everything she does! Jody’s energy is electric and very contagious.
June 09, 2021
Sara Kay – Founder and Managing Director of Kay by Design
Kay by Design, a digital marketing agency in Brisbane focused on elevating micro and small businesses to stand beside corporate giants. Sara Kay is a strategist, creative spirit and dream weaver who loves championing the success of others. The Leadership Review is a publication which Sara oversees. It seeks to educate, showcase and elevate bold, courageous and empathic leaders. They put a spotlight on leadership, review lessons learnt, both success and failures while uncovering the hidden angles of the most poignant topics of our time. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook | The Leadership Review Talking to Sara on this Podcast she gave us some wonderful examples of how we can market our business ‘on a budget’. We also talked about her transition from working in corporate to now being a business owner.
June 02, 2021
Jo Stevens – Founder of The Zen Zone
Jo Stevens from The Zen Zone is a mother of two adult children and has been married for 25 years. In 2014 Jo’s husband was diagnosed with PTSD, it was an extremely difficult time for Jo and her family and her own mental health was impacted. It was through her family’s mental health journey that Jo learnt the importance taking back control of her own mental wellbeing and now her goal is to help others and put The “ZEN” back into their Zone. The Zen Zone provide practical mindfulness tools to help quiet the mind with simple body Zen Movements to support strong mental wellbeing. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Jo on this Podcast she gave us tips on how to create Zen at home, at work and with our family by breaking the cycle of stress and anxiety we have come to accept as part of our day to day lives.
May 26, 2021
Eloise Kimpton – Youngcare Simpson Desert Challenge trekker
Eloise Kimpton is undertaking the Simpson Desert Challenge in May 2021 to raise much needed funds for Youngcare. She will be trekking 250kms over nine days through the harsh landscape of the Simpson Desert. ‘This will quite possibly be the hardest challenge of my entire life; however, this is nothing compared to that of a young person with a high care disability who is stuck in aged care or inappropriate accommodation’. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Eloise on this Podcast we discussed how young people deserve young lives and how Youngcare, with the help of the community, is making this a reality.
May 19, 2021
Shane Mallory – Professional Speaking Coach, MC and Presenter
Shane is an incredibly entertaining and engaging speaker, emcee, presenter and performer. With a strong record of achieving results – he brings to the stage boundless energy, enthusiasm, and large servings of funny and relatable stories and humour to keep your crowd engaged and entertained. Over 30 years of knowledge and experience in policing, teaching, IT, business ownership, change management as well as performing and directing live theatre, Shane knows what it takes to lead in many and varied cultures and what is needed to spark creativity in all of us. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Shane on this Podcast we discussed how being tenacious, having a set and believing in yourself is the recipe to greatness.
May 12, 2021
Sally Preston – Director at Moore Australia
A tax guru, a business adviser, a board member, a speaker and trainer, a mentor, a mother and a gym instructor. Sally is a Chartered Accountant with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, as well as a Chartered Tax Adviser with the Tax Institute. She has extensive experience in providing taxation services and advice to clients of all sizes from listed public companies to individuals. She has a background in delivering technical training to firms and clients; in writing articles for various publications and in speaking to groups on tax and business. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Sally on this Podcast we discussed how we, as women need to stop being hard on ourselves. We also talked about family, work and life ‘balance’ that we believe we should have. At the end of the day, YOUR decisions need to be right for YOU, no one else.
May 05, 2021
Trish Jenkins – Author and Speaker on Resilience, Change, Leadership.
Trish Jenkins never expected doing her job would land her in prison! Yet this wife and mother of 3 little girls learned more in 8 months in prison than in 20 years in the business world, about resilience, change and leadership. She learned, "The strongest prison bars are in your head!" Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Trish on this Podcast we spoke about resilience, to always trust your gut instincts and how to look for the lessons in our experiences.
April 28, 2021
Sabine Armbruster - Founder and Business Designer at Mothers of Momentum.
She has been in business for around 30years, most of which was spent managing their construction company. In that company her role was both building designer and business manager and that was all done whilst bringing up two boys. But there came a point after about 15years where it was time to step out.  Sabine realised that she wanted independence, fulfillment and freedom of choice not only for herself but for all women, and the best way for her to do that was through her own business Mothers of Momentum where she now helps women build their own businesses. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Sabine on this Podcast we spoke about inspiring women to build a business that provides them a meaningful life with choices.
December 22, 2020
Tina Bramley – Holistic Counsellor and Psychotherapist EdgeWise Illuminating Counselling and Psychotherapy, Ipswich
Tina is fascinated with the question of 'what makes people tick?'. She has a lengthy background in organisational development, facilitation, communications and change management in a range of corporate settings. More recently, she followed an inner calling and pursued post-graduate studies incorporating cutting-edge mindfullness and trauma-informed approaches, combined with ancient wisdom drawn from spiritual traditions around the world. She works with individuals and groups to develop self-knowledge, expanded awareness and a greater sense of connectedness. Website | Facebook Talking to Tina on this Podcast we discussed how overtime (as we get older and have more life experience) we need to trust the instincts we have.
December 22, 2020
Kirsty Fields - Creative Director at Social Ocean is a cheer leader of women in business
She’s passionate about education and advancement of women starting businesses later in life in particular, describing her role in the business community as a chance to uncover creative opportunities for clients that give them a voice and platform to stand out from the crowd - it’s those moments of excitement that get her out of bed each day. Since 2017, she’s worked with well over 60 businesses and hundreds of individuals teaching social media platforms and DIY marketing skills in addition to her corporate projects. Now educating, encouraging, and motivating micro-business owners to cope with and find success amongst their own ever-increasing demands of marketing and promotion in an overcrowded digital environment. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Kristy on this Podcast we talked about the variety of platforms available for business and what is really needed for a start up.
December 22, 2020
Suzie Christensen - Chief Executive Officer, The Moreton Bay Foundation
Suzie Christensen is an experienced CEO, having led non-profit organisations across the environment and social services sectors for 15 years. Currently the CEO of the Moreton Bay Foundation, a start-up charity focused on the long-term sustainability of the Bay, she commenced her career in regional Queensland. Suzie is an AICD graduate and holds an MBA. She is proud of her three adult sons, all of whom are employed or studying in the construction industry. She enjoys scuba diving, photography, cooking and prior to COVID – travel😊 Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Suzie on this Podcast we talked about her proudest achievements – her sons and raising them as a single mother.
December 22, 2020
Angie Billsborough - Owner of Nurture Body and Being Spa
Nurture Body & Being Spa has been created for your inner harmony and resulting outer beauty. The salon is set on acreage in Pullenvale. Starting her career in a variety of clerical roles, in 2005 Angie completed a Diploma of Beauty Therapy and has not looked back. Why Beauty? It goes hand in hand with internal health & general wellbeing. Its not only Angie who has a small business in her family, but there are in fact four small business’ operating from under the one roof. How does this happen? Angie said the secret is her daughter – their own personal wonder women. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Angie on this Podcast we spoke about beauty, botox and fillers. We also discussed the dynamics around multi-generational living and how it works for them!
December 22, 2020
Judy King is a passionate coach, trainer, keynote speaker & freedom seeker
Judy King is a passionate coach, trainer, keynote speaker & freedom seeker who is serious about creating transformational change in the lives of those she works with. After spending 23 years as a leader and influencer in the fitness industry, Judy realised that lasting change must start with a shift in mindset at an unconscious level. This led her to become an NLP Master Practitioner, Master Coach, Hypnotherapist and Trainer. Because of her combined experience, she is a powerhouse speaker and a dynamic coach. Judy is energetic, motivational and very real about the challenges in life and business. She works with ambitious and driven leaders who are fully committed to rapid growth, change and living their best life now. Website | Facebook | Instagram Talking to Judy on this Podcast we spoke about being the best versions of ourselves and accepting that this may not fit into the neat box that society suggests.
November 12, 2020
Leisa Tuite – Naturopath and business owner Naturopath to you
Leisa is a qualified Naturopath with over 10 years’ experience. She is also the author of the recipe book Eat Your Way Healthy, Wife and Mother of two beautiful children. Leisa has been busy supporting the health and wellness of those within the community in her new clinic in Daisy Hill. She understands the busy lifestyle us as women lead along with wanting to carry out a career, a passion and juggling family. Looking after our health is such an important part of being able to stay driven, motivated and feeling good, especially in times of pressure and uncertainty. Website | Facebook Talking to Lisa on this Podcast we spoke about the three key things we all, as very busy people, need to do so we can continue to be the best versions of ourselves.
November 12, 2020
Gabrielle Conescu - Artist, Art Intuitive, Coach and Speaker.
Four years ago Gabrielle Conescu was working as a professional bookkeeper, when she started attending art classes. At the same time Gabrielle was attending classes in Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring. At these classes, she worked out her strengths and decided to focus on them. Gabrielle creates unique pieces of art that radiate beauty with the intention of transforming day to day living spaces. Gabrielle’s art connects her appreciation of beauty and nature and her positive emotions show through her artwork. She recognises that emotional connection is important and from this she enjoys that her audience feel positive when they engage with it. LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Gabrielle on this Podcast she explains what she means by being the Glow Stick among the Beige! Believe in Yourself!
November 12, 2020
Renee Commins – Business Owner, Future Interior Linings
Future Interior Linings is a family owned and operated business and has been in the interior linings & plastering industry for over 10 years. Building a solid foundation of regular clients, based on repeat business and referral work. The team at Future Interior Linings ensuring the quality of finishes to their project are of the highest standard. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Talking to Renee on this Podcast we spoke about running a small, family owned business. Renee was generous and gave us her three top tips to consider!
November 12, 2020
Dr Meg Hooper – Founder & Director of Carousel Consulting
Meg Hooper is a registered psychologist with a PhD in Organisational Psychology. Over the past 17 years, through a mix of internal and external consulting roles. Meg has honed her skills as an Organisational Change Manager, working on changes of all sizes. While she has developed a broad practice of doing what it takes, Meg’s speciality is helping teams create a strong identity and sense of purpose and to establish more resilient patterns of behaviour in the face of change and challenge. We apply our knowledge of human behaviour to real business problems. Our services are always tailored to meet our client’s need however there are some key themes that emerge many times over. Change management, team performance, individual and team resilience and assessment have emerged as some of our most needed services over recent times. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Talking to Meg on this Podcast we spoke about the importance of networking. Meg also discussed on of her passions - Umbrella Circus.
November 12, 2020
Mary-Ann Strelow – Business Owner, FleetCrew
FleetCrew was established by Ben Harris and Mary-Ann Strelow to give you peace of mind by supplying a market leading range of specialist hire vehicles and maintenance services in the mining, construction, commercial and tourism & leisure industries. With branches in Brisbane, Dysart, Mackay and Mount Isa, FleetCrew offers specialist 4wd vehicles for short term or long-term hire throughout eastern Australia. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Talking to Mary-Ann on this Podcast we discussed the importance of supporting the local community.
November 12, 2020
Resilient Women in Construction – Mental Health in the Workplace | Queensland Mental Health Week - Full Zoom Event
In October we were joined by a number of speakers and interviewees to discuss mental health in the workplace. The construction industry is notoriously male-dominated, and the many capable women who enter the construction industry often have to fight harder, speak louder and face extraordinary pressure to create their own success. Event attendees will be provided with the tools to achieve personal resilience which will make the difference between “just coping” and thriving under pressure in the workplace. The guest speakers joining us for this event are all experts in their field and look forward to sharing their knowledge too small to medium sized business owners, women in construction and aboriginal & islander communities who simply feel they don’t ‘fit’ anywhere. This event was proudly supported by Queensland Alliance for Mental Health, in partnership with Queensland Mental Health Commission. Hosts: Amanda Bulow & Dr Meg Hooper 1. Stream introduction 00:00 2. Dr Peta Lilley 12:36 3. Ally Kelly 42:10 4. Dr Scott Allison Interview 1:12:55 5. Dr Meg Hooper 1:25:45 6. Andrea Anderson 2:03:28 7. Kari Sutton Interview 2:36:48 8. Melissa Marsden 2:47:22 9. Des Whybird Interview 3:16:38 10. Wrap up 3:35:55 If you are interested in watching the stream, or downloading any of the resources discussed during this event, you can find everything on our event page:
October 20, 2020
Melissa Ayre – CEO, Roycorp Pty Ltd
When I finished high school, I dived into a combined business and law degree. I always wanted to study business and I decided to do the law course as I got the results to do law as well. University was a hard slog and I worked in a small law firm during my university years to get experience. In fact, sometimes I worked up to three jobs to get through university. I fully intended on having a great career and then throwing it in the bin once I had children. When I was in my twenties, I couldn’t fathom how you could be successful in your career and still be a mother. In hindsight, that willingness to let my career go, was one of the best decisions that I could have ever made. The night before the podcast, my eight year old son wanted me to tell him a story before bed. I told him that I needed to prepare for a podcast that I was doing tomorrow. I had to explain what a podcast was and told him that I would talk about my career. He said “like North Korea!”? I love the minds of children! Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Melissa on this Podcast we discussed how along our career we take with us the learnings of each employer to the next position. Not just in our careers, but in life. Appreciate the small things because one day, they will become the things that matter.
September 22, 2020
Nicole Rosenthal – Business Owner, Foundation Solutions
Nicole started working while at school (part-time) for Sizzler, then she worked for a printing company in administration. Following this role, she joined the team at STA Consulting Engineers and spent 25 Years in a variety of roles including Reception, Admin Office Manager, Marketing Manager, Chief Operations Officer and finally in the role of National Business Development Manager. What next? Its time for Nicole to focus and build her own business, Foundation Solutions. Underpinning and Foundation Repair - Our foundation repair services are designed to restore the safety of your home and the value of your property. What is Nicole’s key’s to success? Drive, Determination, Back YOURSELF and keep pushing forward and no you don't need a degree don't be too hard on yourself. You can do this. Listening, being sincere and wholesome with integrity. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Nicole on this Podcast she is well on her way to being the leading underpinning business in SEQ with the only female lead and franchising the underpinning process into other states.
September 22, 2020
Melissa Marsden – Founder & Director of COMUNiTI
Melissa Marsden is a Workplace Dynamics Strategist who works with corporates & professional services firms to create physical environments that drive high performance teams. Mel believes that our environments have the opportunity to positively influence our behaviour and performance at work. Mel has enabled her clients to realise not only substantial financial business profits, but also shift employee and business mindsets from slow, stagnant operations to agile and flexible environments, enabling them to swiftly adopt new business opportunities and streams, whilst establishing a premium level employee experience. Mel’s business acumen has been recognised by AIM and Telstra Business Women’s Awards for her leadership and transformational business strategy process. Website | LinkedIn Talking to Melissa on the Podcast I learnt about the value of having a variety of rooms in the office space to engage and empower your team. Is this the end of the open plan office?
September 22, 2020
Pepita Hampson – Family Engagement Officer, Youngcare
Pepita Hampson joined Youngcare in February of 2017 following work in the mental health area. Pepita has also worked in a voluntary capacity with the homeless community of Brisbane and during the floods of 2011. She has also spent time travelling to East Timor and living in the mountain villages to assist with building projects and education of some of the poorest people in the world. Pepita is the Family Engagement Officer within the Youngcare Connect Team and works closely with individuals and their families to assist them to navigate the challenges they face on a daily basis. Website | Facebook Talking to Pepita on this Podcast I learnt how Pep’s dedication to those who need a hand in life extends beyond Youngcare. This podcast will make you smile and know that there are wonderful people doing amazing things in the world.
September 22, 2020
Stacey Head - she wear Founder
she wear was established in 2013 after an unfortunate nail-through-the-foot accident. Our Founder, Stacey, searched far and wide for comfortable, stylish women’s work boots. Astounded at only finding “unisex” options that were heavy, ill fitting, and just plain boring, she set out to develop a range of safety work boots designed specifically for women. After much research and development, due diligence, planning, prototype building, laboratory testing (and lack of sleep!) she wear’s first range of safety work boots designed and styled for women, along with a range of other matching workwear accessories, was launched in October 2013. Fast forward to 2020 and we’ve taken that same all day comfort & support and re-engineered into every day work and fashion footwear. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Stacey on this Podcast was fun as we had a chat a bout the industry and how we should always wear comfortable shoes on site! Our on site ‘boots’ being our favourite colour is an added bonus.
September 22, 2020
Peita Royal – Director, CFO and Office Manager of Plumbaround Pty Ltd
Plumbaround are a locally owned & operated plumbing company. With over 15 years’ experience we have offices based in Albany Creek & Chermside West which allows us to service all suburbs in Brisbane, South and North Brisbane. Specialising in plumbing, drainage, gas fitting. Congratulations to Peita on her recent nominations and being a finalist of the AusMumpreneur awards. The Awards nationally recognise the best and brightest Australian Mums in business, acknowledging success in business, product development & innovation and customer service. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram  Talking to Peita on this Podcast I love her commitment and support to her local community – she can regularly be seen at the local Brothers Junior Rugby League Club, NOW Business Network or her local Futsal sporting group. Your local community is incredibly fortunate to have someone like you supporting them. Congratulations.
September 01, 2020
Julia Foyster – Driving force behind Tweed Real Food
Tweed Real Food are a 5th generation family farming business who hand-make: Irresistibly delicious dukkah, rubs, salts, balsamic vinegars and more. All FREE from Gluten, Preservatives, MSG... Real Ingredients - Real Flavour. From a Farmer to your plate. The passion, drive and increasing success behind local award-winning business Tweed Real Food comes down to the driving force that is Julia Foyster, a busy and dedicated mother of two. In addition to the success Tweed Real Food has achieved in a short time frame, Julia has contributed greatly to the local community. Working collaboratively to encourage and empower local women in business, by offering support towards achieving their personal and professional goals. Website | Facebook | Instagram Talking to Julia on this Podcast she confirmed to me she is a true asset to the Tweed community; it is apparent Julia is the innovation and vital ingredient to her very real brand.
September 01, 2020
Andrea Anderson – Chief Ideas Specialist, Master Communicator & Marketer, Biz Mojo Business Mentor, M4growth Mentor, Educator and Speaker
Andrea is a passionate advocate for business entrepreneurship, transforming organisations from Good to Amazing! Utilising the Marketing Blueprint, this is the basis of our strategic development, seeking clearly defined pathways for marketing expertise to build with success. Working with all business entities from start up to growth and expansion. Fundamentally, we define the best fit-for-purpose solution to move from chaos to control. With more than 25 years working within hospitality and tourism, manufacturing, human resources and labour hire, marketing and business services, there is always a solution for a business. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook  Talking to Andrea on this Podcast her passion and drive to help small business and entrepreneurs was electric. We all need someone like Andrea on our side!
September 01, 2020
Naomi Cassimatis – Qualified Carpenter
Throughout high school I did all the manual arts classes I could as I enjoyed it and was good at it, it also boosted my confidence as I didn’t do so well at Home Economics. But my first real glimpse into a future in construction, was as I grew up. My Mother worked in a quarry driving frontend loaders and soil testing showing me anything was possible. After my pre-apprenticeship course (which I aced) I still didn’t have an apprenticeship to roll into when all the guys had multiple option before finishing their pre-apprenticeship course. This was the first major hurdle I face in the industry, no one willing to hire an adult female apprentice. I made many calls, sent in many applications, and even offered a day’s free labour just to get a foot in the door, then finally was offered two apprenticeships on the same day within an hour of each other. I chose to go with Q-Build and guarantee my 4 years. Since completing my apprenticeship, I have worked in a variety of roles where I have learnt a variety of skills along the way. LinkedIn Talking to Naomi on this Podcast I enjoyed her passion for helping the next generation of women.
September 01, 2020
Jo Kirley – Business Development Manager, Corporate Solutions Busy At Work and a horse breeder in her spare time
Jo Kirley works as a BDM at Busy at Work and also runs the Apprentice Trade Events at Bunnings around QLD – showing school kids about apprenticeships & traineeships. BUSY At Work is an established and trusted not for profit organisation providing career opportunities to job seekers and students through apprenticeship, employment and education support programs. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Talking to Jo on this Podcast I was interested to learn about her side hustle ‘horse racing’ and all that this entails. Its great to have a shared belief in helping out the next generation.
September 01, 2020
Janeen Vosper - Sales & Speaker Trainer, helping professionals to be confident, be heard and be recognised as a Leader in their field
For over 20 years, Janeen Vosper worked as the General Manager of Sales for a successful multi- million-dollar, national supply business. Wanting to share her expertise with women starting up in business, Janeen established her coaching business, Speech Perfect in 2007. Janeen’s passion is now to empower women in small business. To provide women with the skills to speak with a confident voice and the words to share their business story with credibility and conviction. Janeen believes, there is no doubt that the key to success in any business is to be able to speak with confidence and purpose. Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram Taking to Janeen on this Podcast I learnt about Janeen’s passion in helping women in business, the dedication to herself and learning and how the skills of communication and confidence will take us a long way. If you don’t ask, its already a no!
July 20, 2020
Louise Baker – Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur
In 2003, Louise's life changed forever when her reporter husband left for war. A mother of two children under 4, this yanked her out of her comfortable bubble of domesticity and part-time work. Deciding she had to take control of what she could, she went on to create $42 million of property – working school hours, while raising her family. Her drive was to insulate her family financially to keep them united. And now she teaches women to have the capacity to DO, BE and HAVE a life they adore by preparing themselves for success - physically and financially. She’s a passionate advocate for helping women become financially resilient so that if their circumstances change, their lifestyle doesn’t have to. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Talking to Louise on this Podcast we discussed financial resilience for women and Louise’s decision to enter into property and the lessons she learnt.
July 20, 2020
Jessica Ricketts – Facebook Advertising Expert
Jessica helps people to promote their businesses on Facebook - whether it be a self-paced online course, one-on-one training or for some businesses running their Facebook marketing for them. She likes to think that she takes away that "what do I do next" feeling when it comes to advertising on Facebook & Instagram. By day, Jessica juggles her family and also runs her Facebook Ad Agency – JR Media. Most nights you’ll find her salivating over my computer keyboard analysing social media performance reports or pulling her hair out because a Facebook advertising campaign isn’t doing what she expected it to do…. – yes she’s a bit of a digital marketing nerd & proud of it! Linkedin | Facebook | Instagram | Website Talking to Jessica on this Podcast we talked about how business need to be aware of their target business and what platform they hang out on social media, but also the solutions she can bring to your business. P.S. head over to for social media hints and tips!
July 20, 2020
Tracey Neagle is the Director of Stainless Steel Drainage & Civil / Stainless Steel Design
Tracey is the Director of Stainless Steel Drainage & Civil / Stainless Steel Design, a leading Queensland based manufacturer and distributor of Stainless Steel surface drainage products - providing surface drainage solutions to Architects, Builders and Plumbers, creating aesthetic and functional drainage solutions for indoor and outdoor spaces. Tracey also has a background in Sales & Marketing, with a strong focus on strategic partnerships and collaboration. SSDC are a family owned business based on the Sunshine Coast, our products are made locally in South East Queensland and withstand the Australian weather elements. In her spare time, Tracey is the AWIC Membership Officer and the Sunshine Coast events team member! LinkedIn | Website | Facebook | Instagram Talking to Tracey on this Podcast we discussed her sales and marketing background and selling shiny, sexy drains she sells! Tracey and I also discussed the importance of supporting the next generation.
July 20, 2020
Emily Diamond – Transformational Leadership Coach
Transformational Leadership Coaching is what Emily does - ensuring people have the strategy, structures, and psychology they need – for the success, social impact, and personal freedom they aspire to. She is rolling around in the joy of my 15th year working as a trainer, coach and consultant to many award-winning businesses, high performers and exceptional business people. Business is a beautiful environment that quickly reflects the personal changes leaders make. Marry that with strategy and organisational process improvement and we get exceptional results. ‘We are all seekers and we all deserve answers. Business amplifies our humanity and our personal challenges’. Aside from working with business owners on their strategy, structure and soul, Emily is passionately working towards making personal transformation available to whoever is striving and seeking. Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram Talking to Emily on this Podcast I learnt that when women have a strong male role model as we grow up, we have a higher self-esteem as women. Although we had a deep conversation on a variety of topics, we had a lot of fun along the way!
July 20, 2020
Emma Richards – Optometrist, Founder of Safety Glasses Online & Children’s Safety Glasses
Safety Glasses Online was created to decrease the incidence of accidental eye injuries at work, sport, and play. Founder Emma is a practicing Optometrist.  She saw the need for easily accessible, affordable quality eye protection in practice.  As the number of people presenting with accidental eye injuries is high. She is able to provide advice on your PPE eyewear requirements.  To provide specialized solutions, to enable you to run your business more safely and efficiently. We partner with you, to offer a tailored solution to your eyewear PPE requirements.  Enabling you to streamline your processes and reduces risk. Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn Talking to Emma on this Podcast we learned about her career as an optometrist, in a male dominated industry, and the hurdles she had to overcome along the way. Fast forward and Emma now has a successful business and is a passionate advocate for eye health and safety.
July 20, 2020
Ruth Reinhard – Positive Aging Coach and Inspirational Speaker
Ruth has bounced forward into her 3rd Act with a vigour and excitement that belies her sixth decade. She had already taken the knowledge and experiences from her almost 30 years in corporate life to pivot her career dramatically at 57 into an industry where she had no experience. Ruth continues to be a "hands on fitness instructor" and believes that being consistent in our exercise is vital to living a healthy lifestyle. Inspiring functionality and mobility in all her coaching, it's exercising in the water that Ruth sees the greatest and quickest results in her clients. Whether group classes or 1:1 personal training, Ruth is happiest when she can motivate her clients to reach their own health goals in a respectful and safe environment. However, it's her passion for changing the attitude around ageing that inspires her every day to be an ambassador for Think Bold Not Old. Ruth is living proof that healthy ageing has little to do with "pumping iron" and spin classes, and that a mind-shift around ageing is a good starting point for thriving and not just surviving in our 3rd Act. Ruth loves sharing her ideas and experiences and what drives her passion to make a difference in the world. Facebook Talking to Ruth on this Podcast I loved her passion about changing the attitude around aging – think bold not old! Her attitude for life and how it paves tomorrow is amazing!
July 20, 2020
Cascie Kambouris, Founder of The Hope Initiative
‘I know. I have been there. I have had to make some hard choices.  And with each hard choice came consequences. It is these choices that I don’t want anyone else in a vulnerable position to have to make and I know you don’t either –a mother shouldn’t have to choose to buy a loaf of bread or sanitary products for her daughter, to feed many hungry mouths or a roof over their head. This is where The Hope Initiative fits in. If you and The Hope Initiative can take one thing out of their equation so that the person in need has one less choice to make, then we have helped. Each bracelet represents humanity.  It is designed to inspire you to continually do good for humanity, the very reason we are here.  The quotes are powerful reminders to keep going, you can do this, we all have bad days and need a little help just like those vulnerable in our society. I have hit rock bottom, several times and never want to experience it again. The Hope Initiative is something big for me.  It puts a jump in my step, and I want that for you too.  I want you to feel you are making a difference by reducing the number of hard choices in the life of someone in need’. Hope Initiative is a beacon of light for those in need, and the inspiration for those that can help and make a difference. Facebook | Instagram | Website | LinkedIn Talking to Cascie on this Podcast was great as we talked about how The Hope Initiative began and how it is giving back to the local community.
July 20, 2020
Natasha Sharp – Sister to Brian Ross, who lives at the Youngcare Wooloowin share house
Brian Ross had the world at his feet, travelling and working overseas before returning home to Canberra to be with his close-knit family. Like any young man, Brian wanted a life of independence and adventure and qualified as a Marine Technician in the Royal Australian Navy. He loved the navy life – the mateship and travel, and was excited to be deployed to Iraq. On the way home from serving his country in Iraq, 23-year-old Naval seaman Brian Ross’ life changed forever. An accident caused a severe brain injury, leaving Brian unable to walk or talk, and for the next 11 years he was forced to live in a long-term rehabilitation facility. “We knew this wasn’t the right place for Brian but there was no alternative. Youngcare is changing that. Brian was able to move into the Youngcare Share House which has taken a weight off the family’s shoulders, knowing he is being cared for, but is also living how he wants to in his own home. Without the generosity of the individuals who support Youngcare, Brian would not be living the young life he deserves,” Brian’s sister, Tash Sharp Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | Website Talking to Tash on this Podcast will make us all remember how important family is and why we need to get young people out of aged care ASAP! We had a lot of fun recording it! Thank you, Tash.
July 20, 2020
Camilla Forwood, Owner of Design Moda
Since 2007, Camila has been designing spaces in a wide range of different fields and areas, and work together with my clients to create the designs that are most suitable to their specific needs. Every space has its own personality, and with a few touch ups, you can really make it shine. At Dezign Moda, Camila works with her clients throughout the whole process, and make sure to bring their vision to life with her designs. Interior design, interior decorating, colour consultation, I can help you with anything design related. Website | Facebook  Talking to Camila on this Podcast was lots of fun! I learnt that you can make you house look like a home on a beer budget, champagne taste. We also discussed how important it is to surround yourself with good people and to follow and trust your gut when it comes to business.
July 19, 2020
Julie Bolitho, Managing Director of Dedicated Staffing Solutions
For over 30 years, Julie Bolitho, the Managing Director of Dedicated Staffing Solutions (DSS) has been working within the residential building and construction sector, with multi award winning construction companies, trade colleges, not for profit organisations, along with over 5 years with the housing industry experts and advocates for the industry – HIA. Due to her extensive industry experience, Julie is well versed in the complexities and requirements that the construction industry demands when it comes to getting the right people into the right roles to ensure success. Julie is consistently at the forefront of human resources & recruitment, she works collaboratively with industry leaders and peers, along with economists, associations, training organisations, stakeholders and other experts in workforce planning. She understands that no two businesses are the same, so whether your goal is to grow a talented workforce or future proof your business, Julie can get the right team behind you. Having assisted businesses at every stage, Julie understands the evolution of recruitment & the emergent workforce of the future and the role staffing has on longevity and success. Julie’s work ethic and expertise has earned her and the DSS team the reputation as the industry’s trusted choice in staffing solution. Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn Talking to Julie on this Podcast…… we discussed what led her to start business Dedicated Staffing, Solutions, how important networking has been to her career and found out that one of her top three tips is to simply be authentic.
June 29, 2020
Peace Mitchell is a keynote speaker, author, CEO and co-founder of The Women's Business School & AusMumpreneur, host of Women will change the World TV and Australian Ambassador of Women in Tech
Peace is passionate about supporting women to reach their full potential and create the life they want to live. She has helped thousands of women achieve their dream of running a successful and profitable business and believes that investing in women is the best way to change the world. Peace Mitchell co-founded AusMumpreneur in 2009 creating Australia’s #1 community for mothers in business and co-founded the Women's Business School in 2016 to provide entrepreneurial education for women globally. Today, her commitment is stronger than ever, to invest in the power of women to change the world. Through providing, education, inspiration, guidance, connection and support for women. We are committed to providing access to education for women from all walks of life, all over the world. Our programs have been designed to provide connection with experienced women in business from a range of industries and backgrounds. Website | Facebook | Instagram Talking to Peace on this Podcast…… I loved here energy and desire to help Mumpreneurs become successful business owners. Her focus on empowering and celebrating women was inspiring!
June 29, 2020
Alice Bergman, Tour Guide & Owner Bali Breather Holidays
Alice has been working in the travel industry for many years as both a travel agent and a tour guide/tour manager. After travelling to Bali many times herself, Alice realised that Bali has so much more to offer visitors than a resort or party holiday. In 2019 she launched Bali Breather Holidays and started operating escapes to Bali with a difference. So many of her guests, last year, commented that they did not realise the real beauty of Bali, that Alice was able to show them. Alice has discovered parts of Bali where you can experience the abundant culture and nature, where you can renourish your tired body and mind, and venture onto some of Bali's backroads to experience a more authentic Bali.  You can join one of her Blissful Bali Breaks... 7 days of massage/spa, delicious dining, a little bit of yoga and special experiences with her local contacts or, Alice can tailor-make a Bali holiday, especially for you. Covid-19 has put a little hold on people's travel plans for now....but our time for travel will come, and Alice is busy preparing unique Bali experiences for when travel opens again. Website | Facebook | Instagram | Email Talking to Alice on this Podcast …… you could hear and feel the love she has for Bali, the Balinese people and their culture. The way Alice described Bali, I felt like I was already there!
June 29, 2020
Lisa Pisasale, Managing Director Zimmi Marketing Group
Zimmi Marketing Group is headed up by Lisa Pisasale. The company started 5 years ago in 2015 when Lisa returned home from living abroad. Armed with determination and ideas Zimmi set out to help business make smart marketing decisions. During that time, we have done exactly that, by assisting and helping our clients build strategies and grow their businesses. Zimmi specialises in Marketing, Strategy, Campaign Planning and Communications development.  Lisa makes sure that their approach is a no fuss, direct approach to helping business’ find their maximise their marketing. Joining AWIC was through word of mouth from a previous client, working with Amanda, Zimmi has helped set up the new AWIC branding and grow their reach and audience. It’s a group that we believe in and enjoy working with. Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn Talking to Lisa on this Podcast was fantastic as we spoke about imposter syndrome, something we have all suffered at one time or another. We also asked Lisa for her tips for anyone looking to get into marketing.
June 29, 2020
Karen Lindsay, Aussie Female Farmer & founder of Little White Goat Cheese
After being a school teacher for 13 years, Karen decided it was time to try her hand at farming and hasn’t looked back. Karen Lindsay has created a world first freeze-dried goat feta! What’s better, is that you can keep in your pantry 365 days a year. I LOVE GOAT CHEESE!!!!!!! I am following my dream of creating beautiful cheeses for everyone to eat and enjoy!!! Karen loves all her goats dearly – ‘My girls are adored, cuddled and given the best of care. In return they provide me with the most beautiful milk -which is turned into this fabulous product’. Milking them, processing, packing & delivering her frieze dried feta. Not to be out done, she also sells her fresh feta to many of Brisbane’s finest restaurants. Reasons to switch to freeze dried fetta…. 100% Australian Made Hand made by an Aussie Female Farmer 100% natural, under 5 natural ingredients Locked in nutrition- freeze drying locks in all the nutrients of the fresh feta No chill - lives happily in your pantry for 18 months No spoilage - just reseal the bag and it keeps fresh and delicious It is very rich in flavour- tastes even better than fresh! Visit Karen’s website now and order your freeze-dried goat fetta and be the talk of your next party. Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn Talking to Karen on this Podcast …… I got an understanding of how passionate she is about her goats and the cheese she makes.
June 29, 2020
Robyn Baker, Founder of Busy Connecting #theboringwriter
Employed for 20 years with the southern hemisphere’s largest local government (Brisbane City Council) in multi-disciplinary marketing and communications areas specialising in stakeholder and community engagement. Since then Robyn has worked on strategic communication projects in the corporate sector both locally, nationally and internationally. A specialist in strategic communications Robyn’s sills include grants, tenders, government and corporate submissions, legislative and government documentation. A passionate volunteer for over 35 years with many organisations supporting domestic violence victims, homelessness and the environment. Robyn has held executive positions on school, sporting and community boards. Business founder of Busy Connecting, Robyn specialises in business growth and development strategies for small and medium-sized enterprises. Robyn is also a mentor for Australian Women’s Business School, the International Day of the Girl Child, Civic Leader Innovate 2018 & 2019 and a judge for the AusMumpreneur awards. #busyconnecting #theboringwritter Facebook | Instagram | Linkedin Talking to Robyn on this Podcast we discussed her role on the Brisbane Queen Street Mall advisory committee and why it is ok to say no and put time in your diary for you!
June 29, 2020
Tricia Pilgrim, Estimator, Small Business Owner and Girl Guide Leader
Tricia started her career as a carpenter, working "on the tools". It was never planned, she kind of fell into it and ended working for her parents residential building business for 8 years. During that time, she completed her carpentry apprenticeship, got married, got pregnant, bought a renovator’s delight and moved into more of the sales and estimating side of the business. During this time, Tricia also decided to start volunteering as a leader of youth with Girl Guides.  During her now 10 years in Brisbane, she has worked for several companies, her husband and her have almost finished renovating their delight and they (her husband and her) have decided to get into house flipping. They are currently getting ready to start their second house. ‘Bringing houses back to life’ requires the purchase of old Queenslanders in Ipswich, renovating and extending them, turning them back into lovely and larger family homes. Their flipping business is great as it keeps them busy and out of trouble. Tricia also likes flipping houses as she gets to use and share her carpentry skills and also is able to spend heaps of time with her best friend. Linkedin Talking to Tricia on this Podcast …… we found out what made her decide to volunteer as a leader with the Girl Guides, the diverse roles she’s had and we had a few laughs along the way. It was great to have a chat with a fellow estimator!
June 29, 2020
Fiona Cullen – Marketing Manager, Athlete, Speaker, Radio Personality & Advocate for the education of women.
Fiona has had an interesting career path, split between pursuing elite amateur sporting dreams and developing her skills as a marketing and communications professional. Fiona has represented Australia five times in two sports – athletics and bobsleigh – and she applies the lessons learned from her elite sporting career to the business world every day. As a marketer, Fiona loves working with businesses to help them understand their ‘WHY’ and then help them have meaningful conversations with their target audiences. Fiona is a passionate advocate for the empowerment and education of women, and was invited to take part in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women congress. Unfortunately, this event was cancelled due to Covid-19, however Fiona ensured she caught up with some amazing and inspirational women! LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Talking to Fiona on this Podcast was full of fun, laughter, inspiration & motivation as I walked away with a new respect for athletes and the cut throat profession it is. It was also great to connect with Fiona about our joint advocacy for women. Would you like to participate in the AWIC Awesome Women Podcast series? Click here
June 16, 2020
Ally Kelly - CEO & Founder, Keynote Speaker, Mental Health Advocate & Author
Ally Kelly is the CEO and founder of Mind Blank, a health promotion charity which aims to reduce the risk of suicide through interactive theatre. Ally has been at the helm of the unique charity for the past nine years, and her award-winning programs have directly impacted over 30,000 young Australians. Mind Blank exists because every 3 hours in Australia more than one person will take their life by way of suicide (ABS, 2017), of this, 15 more twelve to seventeen-year old’s make an attempt (Orygen, 2017). Ally’s qualifications include: Master of Arts Majoring in Research in Social Justice, Social Inequality and Humanitarian affairs at the Griffith University; Griffith Award for Academic Excellence 2018. Bachelor Creative Arts 2010 University of Wollongong. Website | Facebook - Ally Kelly | Website - Mind Blank Ltd | Instagram | LinkedIn Talking to Ally on this Podcast was inspiring, emotional & insightful as we talked about mental health, the value of early intervention & providing access to a wellness path. Early education is the key! Would you like to participate in the AWIC Awesome Women Podcast series? Click here
May 31, 2020
Michelle Worthington – Business Women & International Award-Winning Author
An energetic and dynamic storyteller Michelle is dedicated to encouraging a strong love of reading and writing in young children and conducts author visits at primary and special schools, libraries and bookstore storytelling and publishing workshops for adults. She especially enjoys meeting people through her speaking engagements for women's groups and charities. Michelle Worthington is a two-time winner of the International Book Award and finalist in the USA Best Book Awards, Michelle also received a Gellett Burgess Award and a Silver Moonbeam Award for her contribution to celebrating diversity in literature. Michelle was the recipient of the 2018 AusMumpreneur Gold Award for Business Excellence and the winner of the 2018 Redlands BaR award for Best Start Up Business. Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn Talking to Michelle on this Podcast was fun, uplifting and educational as Michelle discussed the process she went through, over 10 years, to become a published author. Would you like to participate in the AWIC Awesome Women Podcast series? Click here
May 31, 2020
Rebecca Paech – Qld Customer Service Manager PGH Bricks, Industry Leader, Awesome Women in Construction (AWIC) Events Co-ordinator & Mum
Rebecca has been part of the PGH Bricks team for the past nine years. During this time, one of Rebecca’s greatest career achievements was the successfully integration of two Customer Service teams during a joint venture in 2015 between CSR and Boral Bricks. She is also the proud mum of a daughter who recently started her school-based carpentry apprenticeship. Rebecca is part of the project team for the AWIC Scaffolding the Future for Women in Construction workshop. AWIC have partnered with TAFE Queensland to introduce young women to this wonderful industry and the fulfilling careers that await them. Together with the Construction Industry, we showcase the available career paths. LinkedIn | Website Talking to Rebecca on this Podcast was ‘awesome’ as we spoke about where the construction industry is now & into the future, the importance of communicating with your team and supporting the next generation by providing opportunities where they can ‘ask the questions’ to industry leaders. Would you like to participate in the AWIC Awesome Women Podcast series? Click here
May 31, 2020
Jo Sainsbury – Train Driver, Author, Speaker, Advocate for Women in Non-Traditional Roles & Founder-Kickass Women
Jo Sainsbury has over 30 years’ experience in Administration, HR and Project Management within the Heavy Equipment, Earthmoving and Rail Industries. Jo hit the track running so to speak 7 years’ ago and now works as a Coal Train Driver. Jo has recently become a published author and Influencer within the Rail, Mining, Resources, STEM and Construction Industries. She is passionate about encouraging women of all ages to unleash the full force of their potential, achieve greater levels of self-sufficiency and fulfilment and create a more sustainable way of working, in particular within Non-Traditional Roles in these industries. She is all about finding an appreciation for the world of possibilities that await when you’re prepared to throw aside self-imposed limitations. Everyone is capable of doing the job – what are you waiting for “Get Your Glo On” she shouts out! Website - Kickass Women  | Website - Girl Shaped Flames | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram - Kickass Women | Instagram  Talking to Jo on this Podcast was fantastic as it gave us the opportunity to have a chat about supporting the next generation of women in construction & other non-traditional roles Would you like to participate in the AWIC Awesome Women Podcast series? Click here
May 31, 2020
Imani Marketing - Are property marketing experts, focused on construction and building companies. We deliver end to end marketing, to help you sell, better.
IMANI do property marketing differently. We develop innovative strategies that connect your business to the right consumer, using data and technology to grow your company, let’s chat We were fortunate to be able to speak with the ladies from the Imani Marketing team for this Podcast. Roxy & Anna from the ‘marketing space’ as well as Anna & Sharnie from the ‘tech space’. We discussed their journey and how they all came to work in their individual roles at Imani Marketing, we spoke about the importance of social media and how now is the time for business to go digital! (& not just because of Covid-19) Website | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Talking to the Ladies from Imani on this Podcast was a lot of fun, educational and gave some great insights into the future of marketing. Four amazing women, all experts in their field and all have a lot to offer! Thank you. Would you like to participate in the AWIC Awesome Women Podcast series? Click here
May 31, 2020
Sally Foley-Lewis – Manager, Leadership Expert, Presenter, Author and Breakthrough Speaker for 2020
Sally has spent the last 20 years coaching, mentoring and developing people to be more productive through building their people and team skills and being more effective with their task management. She’s a productivity and leadership expert, having presented to, and worked with 10,000+ managers and leaders from medium sized to global organisations in Germany, Middle East, Asia and Australia. But there is more to Sally Foley-Lewis than her career – including her promise, to herself, to celebrate a milestone birthday climbing to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. Yes, her husband is going too! Sally has been a part of the AWIC community since early 2019 and we love having her help us with our growth and development. Thank you Sally! Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn Talking to Sally on this Podcast was energetic, fun, full of wisdom and advice for us all! Would you like to participate in the AWIC Awesome Women Podcast series? Click here
May 31, 2020
Caroline Field – Chef, Construction Industry Leader, Mentor, Mum, Friend and so much more…
Caroline is a valued member of the construction community, has been a mentor to many during her career and has shown us what can be achieved with hard work & determination. However, she started her career as a Chef! A variety of topics during this podcast were discussed: Career progression Value of networking How the next generation will be part of the solution for the construction industry Being a single Mum while building a career and managing illness What do we want to keep following Covid-19 Love what you do! LinkedIn Talking to Caroline on this Podcast provided an opportunity to reconnect with an industry legend! There were moments of laughter, reflection and strength. Would you like to participate in the AWIC Awesome Women Podcast series? Click here
May 31, 2020
Nicole Gibson - Nurse Educator, Basketball Coach & Referee and Business Owner of Söka Tub Australia
Söka Australia, a new Brisbane based company created by Nicole Gibson has a commitment to sustainability through practical innovation, style, space saving, water saving, detergent saving and a focus of bringing organisation and sanity back to all Australian homes. #lifestooshorttobeinthelaundry Alongside this new innovation comes a passion for supporting local businesses. Nicole has chosen to make the Söka tub here in Brisbane and also has employed local support in terms of industrial design, interior design, IT, marketing and business support. Nicole is a proud Australian, and more so a very passionate Queenslander. She values the importance of manufacturing locally, producing a quality product and emphasising a Brisbane associated brand awareness when advertising her new innovation. Are your after some eco friendly cleaning hacks, using products from around your home? Visit Nicole’s Instagram page and view her videos. Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn Talking to Nicole on this Podcast we had an energetic discussion about Söka Australia, the power of networking and her connection with the construction industry. Would you like to participate in the AWIC Awesome Women Podcast series? Click here
May 31, 2020
Mel Alafaci - African-Australian chef, Director of Vanilla Zulu Culinary Adventures and runs one of Brisbane’s most successful cooking schools.
Dubbed ‘Queen of Culinary Bling’ or the ‘Happy Chef’ by her students, Mel’s clever cooking approach focuses on simple versatile recipes with time spent on excellent presentation. The enthusiastic, entertaining, award winning African-Australian chef and cooking school owner says with a little know how anyone can plate up spectacular spreads similar to what you’d expect to see in five-star restaurants. Mel is brilliant at making every day dishes dazzling. She promises that after one of her classes you will live happily ever after. She ardently believes that even boring mince and chicken breasts can be absolutely sexy. Website | Facebook | LinkedIn Talking to Mel on this Podcast was like talking to an old friend – there was fun, laughter and a sense of connection. Mel, also explains how we need to ‘Back away from the pan … you want the sizzle’. Would you like to participate in the AWIC Awesome Women Podcast series? Click here
May 31, 2020
Becky Paroz, Construction Industry Leading Project Manager, Director of three Companies and Global Professional Mentor
With over 30 years in the construction industry Becky Paroz has demonstrated her unique leadership abilities on some of the most demanding projects in Australia. As a successful Engineer and industry leading Project Manager she is a Director in three companies and a global professional mentor.  Becky has been and continues to be a speaker at state and national industry conferences; she is known for her use of humour to challenge status quo thinking.   She is motivated to pass on her lessons learnt to assist and educate the next generation of leaders to become high achievers like herself.   She is the winner of many awards, including the Top Ten YMag Women to Watch for 2019, the NAWIC Qld Crystal Vision Winner 2019, and the Fearless Educator Award 2019.  Website | Facebook - Queen B Project Systems | Facebook - Get Your Boost On | Instagram Talking to Becky on this Podcast was inspirational, engaging and provided an opportunity to learn more about an industry leader who is putting a spotlight on the construction industry and letting women know there is a place for them at the table.  Would you like to participate in the AWIC Awesome Women Podcast series? Click here
May 31, 2020