November 3, 2017
December 1, 2017
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Each event brings together a diverse group of mentors from industries where they set a senior precedent and are established role models. Our mentors can choose to be involved in the series as a one-time commitment or as a regular mentor. Recognising the busy, and often travelling life of our mentors, mentor names are not disclosed prior to each event and there is no obligation to share contact information outside of our events.
Jemma Wong is a strategic marketer, brand storyteller and life-learner. Leading with an audience-first purpose, disruptive spirit and always designing for growth, she has ten years of specialist marketing experience within the Australian Entertainment and Non-Profit industry working for City of Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Cricket Australia, The Australian Ballet and now the Australian Football League. In 2016 she led the marketing and audience strategy for AFL Women’s, building brand change for the sport.
In 2017 Jemma won the MUMBRELLA Under 30 Achiever of the Year Award and in 2015 the Cannes Young Lion Award for Marketing, competing internationally amongst the top marketers around the world in France.
She is the creator of the community, Girls Who Brand, and is passionate about diversity within marketing and giving young women more opportunities to empower narratives in marketing, content and creative
Libby Owens is the CEO of Champion Data, formerly holding roles at Cricket Australia and the Australian Communications and Media Authority. Keen interest in Technology, Media and Sport and the
application of Leadership and Strategy within these sectors. Advocate for STEM and women’s advocacy in this area.emma Wong is a strategic marketer, brand storyteller and life-learner. Leading with an audience-first purpose, disruptive spirit and always designing for growth, she has ten years of specialist marketing experience within the Australian Entertainment and Non-Profit industry working for City of Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Cricket Australia, The Australian Ballet and now the Australian Football League.
With over twenty years as a communications specialist, Bec has acquired considerable recognition for her creative work and has won accolades at the Clios, London International and New York Festivals. Bec was instrumental in the successful launch of Virgin Airlines into Australia and the AFL Women’s league earlier this year.
A singular leader and visionary, Bec was one of only 3% of females to have risen to the title of Creative Director before starting Australia’s first marketing-towomen agency Venus Comms in 2004.
As an influential speaker, facilitator, mentor and coach, Bec now helps business leaders uncover what women really want, and how to transform this into exponential business growth.
Her ability to create clarity and focus around a topic that is often misunderstood makes her a much sought-after speaker and business consultant.
Bec has presented at numerous conferences throughout the world including Cannes Lions, Ad:Tech and Mumbrella 360. This year Bec will be speaking at the UK’s Indie Summit and will be one of only ten global jurors on
the Glass Lions panel at Cannes Lion festival this year.
Bec is married to an adman and has two young daughters. Her first book ‘Blind Spots: How to uncover and attract the fastest emerging economy’ is due for
release in September 2017 with Wiley.
Kate Morris is the Founder and CEO of Adore Beauty. From its inception in Kate’s garage in 1999, Adore Beauty is now Australia’s leading online beauty store, winning multiple awards and picking up an investment from retail giant Woolworths in 2014. Kate is a two-time winner at the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, and in 2017 was the first woman to receive the Industry Recognition Award for e-commerce at the StarTrack ORIAs. Kate is a passionate advocate for gender diversity in leadership.
Katherine Rau is an innovative People & Culture thought leader renowned for delivering solutions to complex challenges particularly around attracting, scaling, and retaining talent in digital/tech startups undergoing rapid growth.
Katherine’s career includes roles with some of Australia’s most exciting companies – People Strategy Director at Unlockd and GM Human Resources and Recruitment at Catch Group including websites during her tenure Catchoftheday, Scoopon, Vinomofo, and Eatnow). She has also worked for prominent recruitment agencies including Michael Page and
With a combined passion for HR Tech and a personal mission to solve the current hiring and referencing/validation challenges faced by both companies and candidates (experienced first-hand for many years),
Katherine and her husband Aaron Rau founded the social sourcing platform Endorser. After 6 months of operation Endorser merged with BetterView to build a reputation platform powered by an algorithm where companies can see beyond the resume and look at meaningful endorsement data on a candidate upfront in the hiring process.
Karen Mahlab been an innovator in opening the channels of connection between communities, not-for-profit organisations, volunteers, philanthropy and business. She is a passionate believer in the power of community and connection
She established Pro Bono Australia in 1999 as a for-purpose business. Since then it has developed into the major national “hub for the common Good”, with close to one million Australians who want to volunteer, give, get a job or the latest news and information about Australia’s civil society using Pro Bono Australias services. Pro Bono Australia became a registered BCorp in 2014.
Karen sits on a wide variety of private and not for profit boards and committees.
Sheryl Thai started her career in the IT&T industry. During the economic downturn her IT Consultant role was made redundant and as a result she sought out to achieve her dream of owning her own cupcake business and left the IT industry to do so. Starting modestly in September 2009, she started her online cupcake business and baked at home with little capital. The business started to flourish as name of “Cupcake Central” spread through word of mouth and orders starting flowing through.
As demand increased, the decision to open up her first cupcake store became imminent and as a joint venture with her business partner, Thin Neu, Cupcake Central’s first storefront in Hawthorn opened their doors in August 2010.
Over the last 5 years, Cupcake Central has grown to four stores around Melbourne with a fifth store scheduled to open in August 2016. With a social media following of over 70k people and strong customer base, Cupcake Central continues to grow slowly but steadily year on year. Sheryl has also won the Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 award by the Australian Startup Awards. She was also a finalist for the Telstra Business Women’s Award, entrepreneur category in 2016.
Since December 2015, Sheryl has taken onboard the role as CEO of the League of Extraordinary Women, an organisation she co-founded in 2011. The League has launched in 9 cities across Australia and in July/Aug 2016 has launced in 4 cities in the United States. The League is currently raising seed funding to scale their web platform worldwide.