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Founder of Bespoke Communications, Amber Daines is a former journalist and corporate communications expert with over 14 years of local and international experience in the worlds of traditional media, PR, fundraising and relationship marketing in the government, business and creative fields.
Launched in 2007, Bespoke Communications is a boutique agency with solid experience across the business, consumer and not-for-profit sectors. Extensive communications experience, specialist media and promotions skills, strategic thinking and a proven commitment to an individual client approach are all central to the Bespoke experience.
Amber holds a BA Communications at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), where she majored in Journalism and Asia Pacific politics, a Masters of Arts from the University of New South Wales and Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment (Train the Trainer) from UTS.
In 2010, Amber became an accredited media trainer with the Media Skills™ Network. She is also a part time lecturer at APM College of Business and Communication. Her first business book on PR and social media tips for small business is due to launch in May 2013.
As a mortgage broker with access to multiple lenders and hundreds of products, Anastasia works with clients to match theirgoals and situation to the product that suits them. Her aim is to ensure clients' financial growth, simplifying the process, allowing them to rest assured that their finance application is looked after.
PR consultant and copywriter specialising in not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises & coastal businesses. Clients include Royal Flying Doctors Service, Parks Victoria, People & Parks Foundation, Peninsula Hot Springs, Conservation Volunteers Aust NZ, Victoria Walks, Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association, Luke Batty Foundation, Little Desert Nature Lodge, The Bays Hospital, Focus, Bicycle Victoria, Cool Australia, Crinkling News, Kids Teaching Kids, The Hero Foundation and others.
Andrew Bycroft is the founder, CEO, and visionary at The Security Artist, a boutique management consulting firm that helps company directors reduce the risk of exposure to the media in the event of a cyber breach. As a highly respected public speaker, having also been on radio several times, and the author of “The Cyber Intelligent Executive”, a book targeting executives to help them fight cybercrime, Andrew taps into over two decades of experience as a thought leader and cybersecurity advisor.
ANDREW HACKETT is an author, transformational teacher and seminar leader with more than 20 years experience helping people move beyond their fears so they can accomplish amazing things in their life, business, and relationships. Andrew works with people to show them that fear is an illusion, that boundaries don’t exist, and that limitations are only what we decide they are. He argues that the root cause of all thoughts, feelings and experiences are ultimately associated to either Love or Fear.
Angela Counsel is a Speaker and Business Lifestyle Coach who loves working with women to help them create the business and lifestyle of their dreams. She is also an experienced naturopath who understands the impact of stress on women’s health. Angela has written a book called “Secret Mums Business – Create the Business and Lifestyle of Your Dreams” and is often called on to speak on the subject of managing stress and work life balance. She has appeared on Channel 7s The Morning Show and The Project on Channel 10 and has also been featured in Good Medicine and Prevention magazines.
The Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA) is a not-for-profit organisation consisting of multiple birth families; the organisation is run by volunteer parents of multiples who provide support, resources and education to other families sharing the same unique journey. We do not receive government funding and as such, the organisation operates on membership affiliation fees. These are kept to a minimum to make membership accessible to all families.
Director | Travel, Culture and Food Enthusiast.
Under the banner of Beacon Holidays - I curate handpicked holidays & have a passion for creating memories that matter With a focus on culture, food and authentic local experiences.My area of expertise lies in the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka, Asia, Pacific Islands, Africa & the Middle East and South America.
Foodie Trails offers Melbourne based cultural food tours.
Event Director of the Indian Festival Melbourne 2017 @ Queen Vic Market
CEO of Belgrin, a Sydney based communications agency specialised in Design, PR and Social Media, Maria Bellissimo-Magrin is a woman of genuine accomplishment. Her 13 years in the creative industry, combined with a keenly developed business sense, have served to position Belgrin as an industry leader.
Carla is the founder of C Beth Anderson Communication, a boutique public relations and copywriting consultancy near Canberra.
With a decade’s experience in teaching and training, Carla specialises in working with clients in the education sector, as well as with B2B clients who offer services and products to educators.
Carla also help socially-responsible brands, social enterprises and nonprofits with their PR and content.
A dynamic event management, production and logistics company based in Melbourne, EventCepts specialises in unique events management. With over thirty years experience, EventCepts is recognised for creating, staging and managing exceptional events, utilising the arts, culture, entertainment and creative theming to produce a first class experience in the utmost professional and cost effective manner. Regardless of event size, our mission is to provide originality and results are second to none and guaranteed to impress.
Our objective is to be the most trusted confidante and primary source of expert information, insight and innovation during the planning process, whilst bringing your event to life.
Founder of Defib First and not-for-profit Urban Lifesavers, Anne Holland is an educator, presenter, speaker and author. Anne is a registered nurse, with extensive experience in post anaesthetic critical care, a first aid trainer and nurse immuniser who brings her professional and personal experience to her commitment for change with passion and determination.
When Emma Marks, founder of Mums Lounge (and Managing Director of Mum Media Group), made her foray into motherhood, like many new mums, she turned to the internet for parenting information and advice. What she found there though, surprised her."The information was very sterile and I felt as though I was viewed differently now that I was a parent.
In 2010 Emma decided to create a lifestyle website for the women of Australia that addressed this, and Mums Lounge was born.
Jaclyn Bold - Bold Trailer And Caravan Repair Centre
Jaclyn is the co-Founder of Bold Trailer And Caravan Repair Centre and has over 15 years experience in the automotive repair industry. She is constantly challenging stereotypes, improving industry standards and providing consumers with education and exceptional customer service. Jaclyn is also a Roads And Maritime NSW Authorised Child Restraint Fitter.
Almost eight years ago the doors opened to the first Australian Kitchen Incubator - a dedicated, compliant space for would-be food entrepreneurs with experts in residence and by referral making it easier to develop products and achieve a higher rate of success for those new to the industry. Jane Del Rosso is the founder of My Other Kitchen in Melbourne and states that stories from an incubator are many and varied, shared by the whole community of clients, suppliers and enthusiastic supporters.
Jane is an accomplished retail and hospitality industry practitioner. With over 18 years’ experience its not surprising to see her launch her new businesses EcoSleep based on a bed linen product that she designed and patented herself that is made with eco friendly fabrics, will reduce the household washing, and helps everyone sleep better at night. Her Coshee® bed linen is an innovative concept of a quilt cover with a clip on sheet that has won awards both in Australia and overseas and its success is based largely on Jane’s enthusiasm to make Coshee® a household name.
Jenny is a video marketing strategist, idea generator and message crafter for female entrepreneurs and business owners. With 25 years working with audiences from 2-200, across diverse industries, what Jenny doesn't know about presenting with impact and crafting powerful messages isn't worth knowing. She has worked with more than 200 female entrepreneurs to build confidence in their unique business message, the technology for video and live broadcast, and pride in how they look and sound on camera. Based in Melbourne with three teenage boys to wrangle, she can be found at co-working spaces to avoid taxi driving gigs and housework
DVLC is a vibrant, nurturing community of learning. From our earliest days, DVLC has provided education in creative, caring ways, meeting needs that are not filled by traditional learning venues. We create a friendly environment with small classes, and make study relevant to our students’ real-life situations. Our tutors are passionate about seeing students achieve their goals. In this environment, students feel free to explore, develop friendships and forge new directions.
Kate Toon is an award-winning SEO copywriter and SEO consultant with almost two decades of experience in all things advertising, digital and writing. Originally from the UK but now based just outside Sydney. Kate is also the founder of The Clever Copywriting School and The Recipe for SEO Success eCourse, as well as co-host on the Hot Copy Podcast. She recently launched The Copywriting Conference and published her book The Confessions of a Misfit Entprepreneur.
Known as “The Fish Lawyer” for her specialisation in aquaculture, marine and fisheries law, Katherine Hawes is the principal of Aquarius Lawyers.
Katherine’s unique blend of business and maritime expertise means that you will be provided with a specialised and professional legal solution. The aim is to provide cost-effective legal and compliance solutions for your business.
Kim Lambert is an author, photographer and business woman. She owns Dreamstone Publishing, which publishes books in all genres, in electronic or paperback formats (hardcover possible) with a particular focus on helping small business owners get their specialist knowledge into a book, available on Amazon, to boost their authority in their market, differentiates from competitors, generate leads and generate income. She has a long history in many business areas, including over 25 years in the IT industry,
Kylie Hollonds is the founder of the Whatcanieat.com.au Network for the past 6 years.
She has been making it her mission to source products and services available to consumers in Australia, who are searching for food and personal care to suit their specific dietary, personal and lifestyle choices. Kylie also refers her clients to her
Kylie also refers her clients to her Bio-Compatibility Hair Test 500 protocol for those who have health challenges, which are generally related to food and toxic exposure.
Once we identify what foods and products are friend or foe we can then refer individuals to products and services through the online directory. Kylie is also a partner in GK Gluten Free Foods, the national importer of GF Oats in Australia.
My name is Larissa and I am a passionate photographer living in Melbourne! I’ve been taking photos ever since my dad handed down to me his very first SLR camera (yes a film camera!) when I was in my teens. My photography is more than capturing moments – my photography aims to capture the personality, feelings, emotions and relationships within the moment, creating beautiful and meaningful images of all that I photograph.
Leanne’s vision is to inspire people all over the world to be fitter, healthier and successful in both their business and personal life.
As an International Speaker / Business and Weight Loss Expert / Business Coach and Consultant Leanne works with people who are ready to take action, make changes and be accountable to their business and their life NOW!
Publicist and Marketing Consultant Linda Reed-Enever lives and breathes publicity with a passion for connecting; everything from people to ideas. Linda is the Principal Director at ThoughtSpot PR and Media Connections and with her ‘can do’ attitude and entrepreneurial spirit she inspires and motivates as she connects people and opportunity.
Lisa Evans is an expert in Business Storytelling. She helps leaders to create powerful presentations with compelling business stories.
Lisa is the Director of Speaking Savvy, a Keynote Speaker, Author, Certified Speaking & Storytelling Coach, TEDx Speaker Coach, Speechwriter and Improv Actor. Before her transformational journey Lisa was a midwife. A devastating illness led her to the adventure of a lifetime, where she learned to hear and speak with the amazing gift of a cochlear implant
Little Innoscents was founded in 2007, after the Director Antonette Golikidis fell pregnant with her first child Alex. Antonette searched endlessly for baby products that were chemical free and found herself disappointed to find such a limited number of products, which were often difficult to find, too expensive, or offered misleading greenwashing marketing strategies to persuade you to buy something that wasn’t all what it said it to be.
Lucy Padula was admitted to practice in 2004 and received accreditation from the Law Institute of Victoria as a family law specialist in 2011.
Lucy completed her law degree with the clear intention to practice in family law. She considers it important to empower clients by giving them advice in plain English so that they are able to make their own conscious decisions and to assist them in resolving matters fairly and with integrity. Where possible she aims to assist clients to negotiate and resolve matters without litigation. However, where litigation is necessary, she will work to obtain the best result possible for her clients.
Luv Ur Skin is a range of natural skin care products that have been specially developed using specifically selected natural ingredients and key plant extracts to ensure that girls have the best possible chance to keep their skin clean, clear and healthy. It is the only tween range to be formulated with the plant extract Plantolin®, that comes from the Australian Native plant Centipeda cunninghamii, which has amazing benefits and is scientifically proven to be safe and effective on all skin types, even sensitive skin.
At MARQUET Consulting, we understand and value each business individually. Our Executive Assistant will complement and add value to your business through innovative, efficient and timely support for your solo or small business.
ME/CFS Australia (Victoria) is a not-for-profit public benevolent institution dedicated to providing information, support and advocacy for people who have ME/CFS and their families, friends, carers; GPs and others health practitioners; educators and school staff; and the general community. ME/CFS Australia (Victoria) receives very little funding and relies upon membership contributions and donations to remain operating.
Mel Driver is the founder of Embalm Skincare. The business of Embalm came to life because I was inspired by and believe in the philosophies of the ancient Egyptians. Before creating the Embalm Skincare range I researched and learned about their ancient natural beauty practises, and the therapeutic powers nature has to offer. I believe that returning to simple ingredients like essential oils, is the path to true beauty in our modern world.
Michael Sloan is the Founder and Managing Director of Property Investment Firm The Successful Investor, assisting thousands of clients across Australia with the development of their property portfolios. Michael is a much-respected figure in the real estate community, as his honest and straightforward approach is a breath of fresh air to his wealth of clients.
Monika Newman, Principal of Absolutely Virtual, has more than 20 years experience in Secretarial, Personal Assistant and administrative positions. She has worked with a variety of companies, ranging from small to large multinational enterprises; they include import/export, travel, government, major oil companies and independent consultants.
Multiple Birth Volunteer Support, (MBVS), is a highly regarded community organisation that was established in 1997.
We are passionate about strengthening the health and well-being of multiple birth families during the early years of their children’s lives.
We predominantly provide support to families with triplets and quads and those with twins in challenging situations.
MumsDelivery provides Solutions for Busy Mums in an all-inclusive website.
Our team of mums are always busy reviewing the latest products to bring you relevant product reviews on interesting products for you, your kids or your household.
Nicole McHenry is a 3rd generation, gifted Medium, Psychic, Healer and Teacher.
She has spent as many years in the corporate world as she has in the metaphysical world which is how she brings real world, everyday understanding and insight to her work in the field.
An accomplished author, trusted advisor, and international speaker, she has trained with many of the best, including World Renowned Lisa Williams, Tony Stockwell and natural medium Brett Favaloro.
She runs development circles, meditation classes, and Retreats across the globe. She is mentored, and a mentor for many.
Nitty Brown is the business manager of Markets and Community, a website that lists and promotes markets, fairs, stallholders and online businesses.
Markets and Community started the website to help promote the small local community markets and events to help them get some advertising to bring people outside the local area to their events. They also work closely with the stallholders and online businesses by offering to promote their businesses as well as mentoring, training and advertising. Nitty is a regular contributor to online media, blogs, articles and networking groups and you will find her at many of the networking events connecting with businesses.
Green Hip is outdoor workwear designed for women.
Our workwear makes you feel feminine while working alongside the guys. Not only do you look good, you'll feel amazing! Our workwear is made from durable cotton fabric with some added stretch and it's so incredibly soft to wear. Green Hip workwear is designed by Liv Thwaites, who's also a horticulturist, so you can rest assured the garments are tailor made for women working outdoors.
For every garment you buy Green Hip plants a native tree or grass. Now you can shop with a conscience and help the environment along the way!
On-the-go Protection & Comfort since 1997
At Outlook we take great pride in producing, multi-award winning, innovative, quality products for today’s families. We continually strive to provide our customers with the best, tried and tested products on the market. We love hearing from our customers and welcome any feedback
Business growth requires leadership, strategic change and people willing to make the growth strategy work.
Pam is a people performance expert who enables more effective leaders, facilitates change and engages functional teams.
Pam has over 25 years experience managing people, behaviour and change. Working with government, not-for-profit and private sector organisations, she has led internal human resources teams and designed / conducted hundreds of high impact training sessions. She has consulted to SMEs and multinationals;
If you want to implement effective growth strategy, Pam will help you to optimise the “people” part of the growth equation.
• Develop leadership capabilities and management skills
• Attract and keep great people by the way you recruit, train, lead and motivate
• Ensure legal compliance by establishing the right policies, procedures and training
Publicity Genie's specialty is working with micro to small business by helping them uncover great media stories in their businesses. We have clients across a range of industries and fields including skincare, health and wellness, financial services, authors, speakers and property.
QCCC (Queensland Conference and Camping Centres) consists of a team of outdoor education, catering, cleaning, maintenance and management staff striving to care for our guests with excellence in hospitality, service, partnership and outdoor instruction.
QCCC is responsible for the viable and effective operation of our centres and expeditions in keeping with the mission, vision and values of the Queensland Baptists. We seek to be our customers first choice by consistently exceeding their expectations and by providing the very best care for our guests through Christlike character, Christian conduct and professional competence.
Within two days of visiting Tasmania, Rachel and her family knew it was “time to pack up our life in Canberra and move to Tassie.” From that moment Rachel has become a tourism ambassador for the Mount Field National Park and has been creating and developing business to support the region. 5 years on, Rachel owns 2 cafes and creates her own merchandise range. Recently she was elected to the board of the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania. There is no stopping this Mum of 3!
Ray Pastoors is a young marketing student and enthusiast, the founder of LYF Solutions and a passionate individual working to create memorable change for businesses to put them on a pathway to success. Ray contributes to a number of community forums and blogs.
I'm Bec, the Everyday Mediator, and I love conflict!
Well, that is to say, I love to help you manage, resolve and prevent conflict in your everyday life. I take the angst, stress and bewilderment out of everyday conflict, so you can get back to your regularly scheduled life.
Using proven techniques and strategies, my services pave the way from conflict to resolution, showing you how to resolve, prevent and overcome your unique dispute. Services and packages are tailored to your specific need
Roberta works to engage your audience. Trained in PR, change management, design & participatory project management, and working on projects such as a water education program during Victoria’s longest drought, counselling road trauma survivors after removing their memorials when at the state road authority and joining retailers to promote what they do to visitors during the worst retail downturn for some time, have been humbling experiences. They have shown her that what is needed now is connection, a big picture story to believe in, and, most importantly, a need to celebrate the moments in life that give meaning. It can be easy to overlook some of the simple opportunities to create a connection and really engage your stakeholders.
Early in 2015, an article by Mia Freedman published on Mamamia caught our attention.
We were shocked to learn that in Australia many homeless women and women in domestic violence shelters had to face unthinkable indignities during their monthly period.
For these vulnerable and at risk women, each month brought a shameful and traumatic experience, suffering indignities such as having to clean themselves in public toilets and use paper towels or newspaper to create makeshift sanitary pads.
Reading it from the comfort of our homes, with the knowledge that many Australian women couldn’t take hygiene for granted during menstruation, we knew we couldn’t allow it to continue.
Sammy Cashen is a down-to-earth yet passionate fashion state manager, stylist, fashion influencer and red lipstick addict, keen to share her expertise with fellow fashion lovers far and wide via her highly popular website Unzipped Fashion Source.
Sarah Cannata is a passionate wordsmith and is the founding editor of This Woman Can, an online community, news hub and digital magazine.
Sarah is also a Huffington Post contributor and an Amazon.com international bestselling author. She’s been published widely in print and on websites such as The Age, The Motherish, The Daily Muse, Women’s Agenda and has helped her PR clients to get featured in the likes of the ABC, The Herald Sun, The Guardian and SBS.
With 11 years in business in the education industry, over 5,000 students in 121 countries and multiple awards – Sarah encapsulates a mesmerising marriage of education and entrepreneurship as the EDUpreneur’s internationally acclaimed leader in ‘profitably educating your marketplace.
Stacey Copas, Author of “How To Be Resilient”, is an International Keynote Speaker and Facilitator on Resilience and Turning Adversity Into An Asset. She has worked with large organisations such as Telstra, CSIRO and McGrath Foundation and has been featured in national media including ABC, Financial Review and The Australian for her insights on resilience in the workplace. She also teaches resilience to high school students, their parents and educators.
We provide the knowledge, experience, expertise and genuine care for student-athletes to choose their life journey – travelling to the USA to live, play, learn, compete, study, grow and develop in a purpose fit University environment.
Our student-athletes’ families learn from us how to navigate the admissions, enrolment, visa and eligibility stages of this process. Together we build student-athlete profiles; contact coaches; discuss the exciting options, all in a safe, comforting and supportive environment.
Sue Lester helps over-stretched business owners/executives to feel successful on the inside too. Specialising in clearing ‘head trash’, Sue Lester is an international Mindset Coach, speaker and author of “The Face Within: How to Change Your Unconscious Blueprint”. In her spare time Sue’s been charged by a silverback gorilla in the Congo, canoed the Zambezi River dodging hippos, walked across the Australian Simpson Desert with 16 camels and more. Sue uses her adventurous travel tales to inspire.
Susie Campbell is a serial networker and strong advocate of professional alliances, joint ventures and barter. As a Partnership Marketing Broker, she offers the opportunity for businesses who may be time poor, or less confident with finding their ‘ideal match’ and creating opportunities, the ability to use her as their eyes and ears and network on their behalf.
As a Naturopath and Nutritionist, I have always been passionate about helping people live healthier and happier lives, but after experiencing personal struggles with fertility, I shifted focus to helping couples successfully conceive and carry healthy babies. I achieve this through my book The Fertility Diet, my company Zycia Premium Pregnancy Nutrition, my site ConceiveBaby.com.au as well as my Fertility for You and Your Fertile Pantry programs.
With thought behind each and every campaign, we work with you to clear the confusion and manage the media, marketing and promotional opportunities for your business. From one off campaigns to our virtual PR Teams ThoughtSpot PR is your partner for achieving success in your business.
My name is Melinda Mahon and I help people create dreams.
I've been in the banking and finance industry for over 23 years…8 years with one of the ‘Big 4’ and the last 15 years in finance broking. During that time I have discovered that no two peoples circumstances are the same, yeah there may be similarities, however we are all unique in so many ways.
Just because one of your co-workers got a loan for x amount at x bank, doesn't mean you will also. Or that you have held accounts with a bank since you were at primary school that they will give you a loan, sure that can help (can also go against you) there is so much more involved.
A relentless quest for truly natural skincare backed by scientific results has seen Tricia Wittmer become a leading innovator in the Australian botanicals industry.
Sourcing natural ingredients, harnessed via new cellular extraction processes, Tricia has received widespread acclaim for her skincare range OSKYN, and luxury brand Karina Organics. And behind it all was years of research, exploration and education that ultimately led her deep into the Australian bush.
In the last 13 years Uwe Jacobs, the founding director of Property Friends AND author of the book "The 7 Secrets of Highly Successful Property Investors", has assisted over 327 clients with property investments in excess of $130,500,000 contract value.
His experience and the Property Friends system has put many of his clients into a secure financial future.
His ultimate aim is to provide his clients with options towards their financial future through residential real estate investment.
Warren is the owner/photographer at Volare Photography, a portrait studio located in Melbourne.
In an age where images are instant and almost a commodity, Warren truly believes that there is still a place for traditional photography and providing clients with printed images that they can hold and view every day.
Warren is also passionate about making a difference with his photography and has worked with NGO's in Vietnam and helped raise funds to build a school for girls in South Sudan.
With more than 20 years experience, the WMC Public Relations team can build your brand and help grow your business through creative PR marketing programs that work, whether your needs are medium to long term or have a one-off project.
Leanda Michelle is a writer/author, workshop creator/facilitator. An advocate and educator of alternative healing methods, she has transformed her life and believes all have the power within to heal and rewrite their story. Leanda is a disciplined yoga and Pilates fan, loves capturing photographic moments in nature, is confident in the kitchen and passionate about travelling to sacred places. Leanda aspires to uplift and empower others to live a meaningful life.
Kerryn is a natural connector with a diverse network. What she loves, and does best is build connections, communities and networks face to face!
Kerryn developed her strong networking skills, and a diverse network, through a career portfolio including years in the travel industry, education and employment in the primary sector.
Kerryn is the founder of Your Time Matters and helps business professionals and groups build strong internal and external networks through effective conversations.