Join us in Dubbo!

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 register for your ticket below to confirm your place and take note of the following:


  • Due to the current limitations on social gatherings, all Mentor Walks in Dubbo will be conducted virtually for the foreseeable future via Zoom
  • On the day you will be grouped with a mentor and one other mentee to talk with for an hour in a private video call
  • Each mentee must come with a career question that they’d like to discuss with their mentor. You’ll be asked to submit this when you book your place.
  • We request you sit near a window, in your garden, on a balcony or even just near a plant (something green!) to feel that little bit closer to the outdoors and our usual walks

Mentor Walks Dubbo is presented in partnership with

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

2020 Walk Dates

Mentor Walks will run in Dubbo on the following dates from 12:15pm to 1:30pm

Thursday 16th April 2020 – Virtual walk
Friday 19th June 2020
Wednesday 26th August 2020
Wednesday 7th October 2020
Wednesday 4th November 2020

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.

Felicity Taylor-Edwards
Senior Research Fellow, CSU

Felicity is a leader – with many years of experience, she has acquitted herself in senior management roles in government, community and business sectors. She has effectively sought out opportunities to work with multi-functional groups including Indigenous and International partners. She has held managerial, leadership and research roles involving multi-functional groups, representing University, Government and the not- for-profit sector. She has demonstrated the ability to champion the highest standards of ethical and professional behaviour during complex consultations with diverse stakeholders, utilising an advanced capacity to communicate critical issues; address contemporary leadership challenges and collaboratively carve strategic and operational change agendas in a very grounded way. Felicity has led the design of governance and effective systems and processes, driving improved outcomes and has a strong history of inspiring happy and dynamic teams to exceed organisational objectives.

Fiona Nash
Strategic Adviser – Regional Engagement and Government Relations, MS

Fiona Nash is Strategic Adviser – Regional Engagement for Charles Sturt University. Having grown up in Sydney, Fiona has spent the last couple of decades living and working in regional Australia. For many years she was involved in a farming enterprise in the NSW central west, which her sons Will and Henry are now running. She spent twelve years in the Federal Parliament as a Senator for NSW and also held ministerial positions including Rural Health, and in Cabinet the positions of Regional Development, Regional Communications and Local Government and Territories. She also held the position of Deputy Leader of the Nationals.

Gerry Collins
Deputy Director Regional Coordination, Central West and Far West, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Gerry Collins role is to drive cross-sector coordination of NSW, Australian and Local government and non-government agencies to deliver outcomes at a local and regional level.
She loves working in Western NSW and has focussed her career to making a difference for individuals and communities across regional NSW.

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Toni Alderdice
Director – Finance & HR, Midwest Foods & Liquor

Experienced Director of Finance, Human Resources and IT with a demonstrated history of working in the food and liquor industry. Skilled in finance, strategic planning and business development with a strong finance background and qualifications including a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.), CPA qualifications and graduate of Australian Institute of Company (GAICD) focusing on business management.

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Simone Fletcher
Founder & Principal Consultant, Fletcher Consultancy

Simone is a dynamic business leader, former Head of People and Culture at Coca-Cola Amatil and the founder of Fletcher Consultancy who grow businesses in Regional NSW. With 15 years experience both in Australia and internationally, Simone has a strong desire to partner with local business to create economic growth and ensure employees have a greater sense of purpose of connection. Simone brings extensive experience across sales, manufacturing, trades, customer centre and professional services along with significant senior leadership team experience including partnership with Managing Director Alcohol and Coffee, CFO, Sales Director, Supply Chain Director, HR Director and IT Director at Coca-Cola Amatil. Simone has completed a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) graduating with Distinction from Charles Sturt University.

Jillian Kilby
CEO & Founder, The Infrastructure Collaborative

Unique for having boots-on-the-ground in regional NSW while also advising clients in California, Jillian established an infrastructure advisory business in California after studying at Stanford University and makes a conscious choice to continue to serve the infrastructure needs of Local Councils and Joint Organisations of Councils in NSW. She is proud to have called over 70 Councils her clients, all are over the Blue Mountains. Active in both Regional NSW (Dubbo / Sydney) and California (San Francisco / LA), Jillian enjoys design thinking, multi-stakeholder collaboration, and cross-pollinating ideas between diverse projects, teams and countries. Australian BHP – Sir John Monash Scholarship for International Studies. Agrifutures NSW/ACT Rural Woman of the Year Award. Australian Young Professional Engineer of the Year Award. Sydney University Young Alumni of the Year Award.

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Megan Callinan
Director, Oracle Solutions

Experienced change manager and culture champion. Personally invested in ensuring that people in regional Australia have access to the supports and services they need to thrive. Strong record of delivering outcomes across a range of industry sectors; community development, Aboriginal organisations, government and health.

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Jen Cowley
Director – Director (General Dogsbody Head Honcho), Oracle Solutions P/L

Jen’s diverse resume reflects an eclectic range of interests, experiences and passions for life.
She has worked in politics, communication, retail, adult education and in business, but it’s with storytelling and in community development that she feels most at home. Jen holds a degree in English literature and education, a graduate diploma in social sciences and qualifications in both training and business management. She has worked extensively in the media across a number of platforms and is a former editor, columnist, and award-winning journalist. She is an accomplished writer and is the published author of a number of non-fiction and children’s books. Jen has a passion for her community and for global social justice, and has served on a number of boards at local and state level in the arts, wildlife conservation, community development, mental health and disability services.
Jen has worked with at-risk youth, been involved with humanitarian projects around the world through Rotary International, including in Cambodia and India, and has worked extensively with remote Aboriginal settlements in the Northern Territory on community development projects.
In 2019, Jen was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her services to regional communities through a range of organisations.
All these experiences have helped Jen be a better wife, mother and dedicated advocate for the people and communities of regional Australia, which is, was and always will be home.

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Jane Callinan
Business Development Manager/Director, Yamanah Investments

People and leadership development experience, values self awareness and personal growth to achieve business success
Business owner, mentor and coach
Made the jump from Corporate Sydney to Regional NSW
Experience includes finance, leadership, business development, multi industry application

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Janis Redford
Executive General Manager Operations, LiveBetter Community Services

A Senior Executive with extensive knowledge, experience and expertise in the health, aged and community sectors across a broad range of operational areas.
Skilled in the development and implementation of strategic and operational business plans to respond to community needs and consumer expectations.
Excellent written communication skills and experienced speaker at conferences, events and with the media.
Focused on achieving organisational goals and targets, supporting quality improvement and risk management practices whilst ensuring compliance with legislation and standards.
Strong operational management experience in budget management, workforce development, business processes and policy.
Experienced in leading large scale change management and project management programs.
Qualifications in business, law and health.

Joh Leader
Founder & CEO, Leader Life

Founder of LeaderLife, Joh oozes the kind of warmth, sincerity and compassion that is rarely seen in the business world.

Yet it is exactly these qualities, matched with her cheeky sense of humour and sheer determination that has seen her kick both personal and professional goals. Joh started her career as a paediatric speech pathologist before taking her passion for kids into the community services field. It was here that she realised her passion was to help grow communities and be part of a great village that ultimately helps kids live their best life.

After identifying greater opportunities in the not for profit sector, and having a desire to fill what she saw as a massive gap in Dubbo’s social fabric, LeaderLife was born. The goal? To fill the gap with sincere, meaningful holistic long-term support for kids who have been caught in the crossfire of some of the most complex social issues anyone could face.

Joh and her team compassionately look beyond the damage and see the kids for what they are; smart, resilient young people who just need someone to help them grow.

Over her years of learning, Joh stumbled across the importance of balance, always looking at the big picture and getting the little things right. She brings this philosophy of being holistic and keeping it simple to LeaderLife, her beef farming enterprise with her husband and raising her two wild bush boys; all with the serenity, humility and humour so often unique to rural women.