Join us in Baw Baw Shire!

You have just taken a huge step towards addressing your career challenges by learning from Australia’s most influential business women – so trust us when we say you’re in good hands!


Please ensure you read the below information about our walks prior to purchasing your ticket


On the day you will be grouped with a mentor and up to two other mentees. From there you will walk and talk for an hour.


Each mentee must come with a question that they’d like to discuss with their mentor. You’ll be asked to submit this when you book your ticket.


If you ‘re not sure what to ask, here’s some ideas:

What makes a great leader?
I’m a start-up. How do I take my business to the next level?
I want to change my career. What steps should I take?
How do I ask for a pay increase?


Just know, there is no issue too big or too small. You can come to talk about anything!

To join a Mentor Walks event in Sydney click below to register

If you have already registered as a mentee, please click the below

Please note we are unable to take full time students as mentees

2019 Walk Dates

Mentor Walks will run in Baw Baw Shire on the following dates from 7.15am to 8.30am

More 2019 dates to come soon

Register as a mentee to be informed when new dates are announced

Our Mentors

Our mentors are senior executives, thought leaders, business owners, boundary pushers and high achievers at the top of their field.

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.

Councillor Mikaela Power
Mayor. Baw Baw Shire

Mikaela Power is an experienced Board Member and Councillor with a demonstrated history of working in the environmental services industry. Skilled in Sustainable Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, Policy Analysis, Sustainability, and Government. Strong business development professional.


Nicola Pero
CEO, Lardner Park

With previous private, public, not-for-profit and Government experience Nicola has a comprehensive background in stakeholder management. Her expertise comes from leadership roles in venues, events, economic and tourism development. Delivering commercially sustainable outcomes while balancing community and stakeholder needs has included International Fairs, music events, national rodeos, Grands Prix, and conference-exhibitions.

Leanne Williams
Chief Executive Officer, West Gippsland Libraries

I am a CEO, Chartered Accountant, Non-Executive Director for two not-for-profit boards and sit on two executive committees for the library sector in Victoria. I also mentor formally through a couple of Local Government professional groups. Most importantly I am mum of three young children aged 3, 5 and 7. I am a champion for work and family integration.

Karen Clerici
COO MMRB Lawyers & Leadership Coach

Karen Clerici is the COO for MMRB Law firm in Melbourne and a Leadership Coach. Karen has led financial services organisations in both Gippsland and Melbourne for Crowe Horwath, achieving great success in senior leadership roles such as Group Commercial Manager, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner.

Karen is a qualified coach, a member of the International Coaching Federation and a Chartered Accountant. The combination of holding senior leadership roles, a commercial background, and a people first approach puts Karen in an exceptional position to develop leadership ability, thrive in business and make a real difference.

Marisca Seinen
Facilitator, Clic Counselling and Consultancy

Marisca is a qualified counsellor and has a background in training/education, case management and middle management, and has volunteered her time as a telephone crisis supporter worker at Lifeline for 5 years. She is also an ASIST master trainer and has experience working in a multicultural setting.
It was actually her relocation to Australia, where she began working as a volunteer telephone crisis support worker and later was offered the role of corporate trainer for Lifeline Gippsland that led her to find her passion; being able to combine her experience as a trainer with her background in social work, middle management and mental health. It is this combination that assists her in helping others grow and become more confident in their roles.

She sees herself as a true facilitator, is a people person, engaging, and inclusive and has over 10 years of experience as a trainer/coach. Marisca has delivered training in various sectors.

Corinne Noyes
Managing Director, Madame Flavour

I combine passion, professionalism and love of flavour in my mission to build the specialty tea category.

With my team I add a contemporary twist to classic tea recipes, then travel to source to choose just the right leaf teas and ingredients, including Australian native herbs and spices. This includes regular trips to Sri Lanka, China and Europe.

Madame Flavour tea is available in pure loose leaf form and in silky biodegradable pyramids; in Foodservice; hotels, cafes, restaurants and airline; as well as in Retail/Supermarkets.

My job is to surprise and delight our customers, partner with suppliers, and support and guide the team to success – all the while learning and growing myself.

I am inspired by my parents history in Sri Lanka in the 50’s, my mothers French culture, and the sensory world.

Chrisanya Martin
Manager Corporate Strategy, Baw Baw Council

Chrisanya Martin is a motivated, creative and versatile professional with over 20 years experience in local government both Australia and the United Kingdom. I have sought out experience in a wide range of planning disciplines including land use, environmental, heritage, statutory, open space and community planning. I am especially skilled at preparing strategies which effectively align resources to achieve organisational goals; designing and managing large planning projects; and building effective, productive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Kerryn Vaughan
Director, Girls with Hammers

Kerryn is a speaker, international author, singer/songwriter, animal rights advocate, trainer and mentor. Her book ‘Magnificent Kids!’ was the catalyst to her founding the global organisation One Planet Classrooms, which facilitates projects to relieve poverty induced suffering predominantly in Africa. Such projects include clean water solutions, solar power, sustainable projects, feminine hygiene & empowerment initiatives, as well as the sponsorship of 180 school children. More recently, Kerryn co-founded Girls With Hammers, which focuses on women’s empowerment through conferences, workshops and mentoring. Kerryn is also a highly skilled inspirational speaker who has presented at numerous events & conferences  including World Parks Congress, Hero Round Table events, International Women’s Day events, Inspiring Young Women & Inspiring Young People, One Voice Conference, as well as running workshops, and speaking to a large variety and number of groups about creating a better world and standing in your truth. Not surprising, Kerryn’s life mantra states, ‘If we can make a difference, why wouldn’t we?’

Alison Leighton
CEO, Baw Baw Shire Council

Alison is a qualified engineer, an alumni of Harvard Business School, an MBA graduate and a member of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (Victoria) Board, bringing a breadth of accolades and working knowledge to the role. Alison has over 15 years of progressive leadership experience in infrastructure, planning, operations, program and service delivery and business transformation. Alison’s broad experience in Local Government is paired with an innovative, energetic and engaging approach to leadership. Alison is a collaborative leader, focused on performance and productivity on behalf of Council and seeks to empower the Baw Baw Shire team to deliver outstanding service to the community in all areas of the municipality.

Kathryn Bordonaro
Director, Allbiz Finance Brokers

Knowledgeable about all things Commercial Equipment Finance – chattel mortgage, hire purchase, leasing – these products have been my entire working life. I am passionate about improving access to finance for Australian Small and Medium businesses, and my best days are when I know I have helped one of my clients to grow their business by assisting with their finance needs. I was very proud and humbled to be recently included in the Smart Company Australia article “The seven most influential women in small business.” When I am not writing finance applications for my clients or helping one of my brokers solve a compliance problem you can find me in my country kitchen working on my French inspired baking skills.

Yasmin Woods
Director Planning & Development, Baw Baw Shire Council

With 25 years of experience in local government in statutory and strategic planning, project management, urban design, valuations and property management. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Property Economics) and is in the final stages of completing her Masters of Business Administration (MBA).

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Dominique Foenander
Executive Assistant to the CEO and Mayor

Dominique Foenander is a University of Melbourne Graduate, who’s educational background focused on professional writing, sociology and education.

Dominique has worked in management positions in the hospitality industry, and in public education, before joining the local government sector. Since commencing with Baw Baw Shire Council, Dominique has worked with Councils Customer Service, Fire and Emergency Management, Governance, and Property Management Teams, and now provides executive support to both Councils CEO and Mayor.

Dominique has supported elected representatives, delivered events for community groups and state government, and lead key projects to improve organisational culture and achieve business efficiencies.

Dominique is passionate about the Local Government sector, as she feels the work she does can provide tangible benefits to the local community.