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Catherine Cervasio, Aromababy

Catherine Cervasio identified the need for natural, organic and environmentally-friendly products in her industry almost 2 decades ago. Her business has been nominated for numerous awards in both Australia and overseas including My Business Awards, Micro Business Awards and the Gift Awards. She has received many nominations for the Telstra Business Women’s Awards over recent years. 



Kirsten Roberts, Radical Life

Kirsten is a believer that women can have all they choose and am on a mission to eliminate the insidious thought of "is this all there is".
Named one of Australia's Top 50 Female Entrepreneurs by Smart Company, Kirsten helps women bravely find themselves so they can find their true calling and then make that business dream a reality. The goal… to live each day wildly fulfilled with crazy self-love and uproarious laughter.
Kirsten cracked the code at 40 years old to find the courage to let her real voice be heard, her true gifts shared and create the impact in the world she had always dreamed off.


Heidi Alexandra Pollard, UQ Power

Heidi Alexandra is workplace futurist and company culture architect who ignites leaders to pioneer new approaches to creating conscious cultures. She speaks from the heart with great clarity and vision and helps people and companies get powerfully clear on the UNIQUE VALUE they bring to the market.
With over 20 years in communication and leadership roles she encourages leaders to go hack themselves so they can open new possibilities, increase productivity, unlock creativity and boost engagement. The relationships and cultures she's created are a testament to her dedication to lifelong learning, asking questions and listening.
A six times published author, she speaks regularly at conferences across Australia, New Zealand and the US on the inherent power of uniqueness (read more about her uniqueness here). 


Karly Nimmo

Karly Nimmo is a born communicator. She's an ex-radio jock, producer & copywriter, current in-demand Voice Over Artist and has run her successful Voice Over Agency (Killer Kopy) for over a decade. There's a pretty slim chance you haven't heard her voice. She's worked with everyone from Telstra, BHP, eBay, Panasonic, Qantas to Coles-Myer and ANZ. Karly's also an avid and successful podcaster, with her number one iTunes hit, Karlosophies - Stories Behind Success. And finally, she's the creator of Radcasters Podcasting S'cool - where she teaches entrepreneurs how to podcast like a pro.

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Jade McKenzie, Event Head

Jade is an event professional for heart-centered entrepreneurs and business owners who run workshops and events as part of their business model. Through her professional services, rock steady support and behind the scenes blog posts, she’s here to help you step into your spotlight and shine!
Over the last decade, her work has been enjoyed by thousands of people across the world, and has been featured in The Herald Sun, The Age, MX, Channel’s 7, 9, 10 and The ABC, The Circle, The 7PM Project Metro Whip Around, Nova FM, Mix 101.1, Kara’s Party Ideas, Pop Sugar Moms, Mum’s Lounge, Inspired Coach, Clever Mamma, ROOOAR Magazine and more.


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Emma Franklin Bell, The Beautiful Business Academy

Emma Franklin Bell is an author, artist and entrepreneur. Emma spent two decades in the performing arts industry before opening her own dance studios, mentoring studio owners in business strategy and writing a book How to Run a Preschool Dance Studio. Emma is the founder of The Beautiful Business Academy. The BBA has a focus on developing female Creative Leaders through programs that focus on training women in book writing, course creation and media and performance skills training. Emma is co-founder of The Ladies Lounge Podcast, which has had 10,000+, downloads in just over 6 months and has featured interviews with entrepreneurial heavyweights Lisa Messenger, Steve Maraboli, Mark Bouris, Ali Brown and Jack Delosa. 

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Jess Jones, Soar Collective

The quintessential networker; Jess Jones is a driven and passionate entrepreneur who thrives on connecting and supporting Australia's regional businesswomen of calibre. As the Founder of businesswomen’s community Soar Collective, and as a Speaker, she has transformed the way business owners network with each other. 
What inspired Jess to launch the Soar Collective was the need to create a comfortable and open environment that allowed women to come together and be brutally honest as well as giving them the opportunity to identify collaborative opportunities. 

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Susan Alberti

Susan Alberti AC is one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, having donated millions of dollars to medical research and other charitable causes over her successful business career.
Susan Alberti was a finalist in the Australian of the Year Award in 1997 and again in 2009. In 1997 she received an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) for her contributions towards the cause of diabetes research. Susan was awarded an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) on January 2007. This recognised her long and outstanding contribution to major medical research institutions, particularly as a philanthropist, fundraiser and advocate for Type1 diabetes care and research.


Annemarie Cross

Annemarie Cross is a Brand and Communication Strategist & Chief Storyteller from Communicate Now Pty Ltd. She is also the CEO & Founder of the media and broadcasting corporation – The Ambitious Entrepreneur Podcast Network. Over the years she has been referred to as: “The Podcasting Queen” by many of her guests and clients, due to her expertise and involvement in podcasting since 2008. Annemarie works with entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, SMBs and corporations, helping them stand out, engage and retain customers in a rapidly changing, competitive and disruptive marketplace. 


Jessica Humphreys, Social Concepts

Jessica started her business at the age of 26 as a young and enthusiastic communications professional. With a degree in PR and Communications from Monash University she tried her hand at working for other companies but with a passion for education and an entrepreneurial flair she was destined to start her own agency. Social Concepts was born in 2013 out of a determination to educate small to medium businesses across the suburbs of Melbourne. Jessica saw an opportunity to provide high quality digital communication services to suburban businesses that are often overlooked by big city agencies. Jessica began by offering social media consultations and training to empower clients to run their own social media presence. 

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Jordana Borensztajn

Jordana Borensztajn is a social media strategist, creative content consultant, speaker and humourist who helps business owners and marketers enhance their creativity, online content and social media marketing skills for greater impact in the digital world. Jordana is a former News Corp Australia journalist, she worked as online music editor, content producer and social media manager at Nova Entertainment, she has written and performed sold-out shows in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and she runs social media safety programs for schools. Jordana’s latest book, Capture My Attention: How to Stand Out Online with Creative Content, is now available.


Bridget Wood, Suburban Sandcastles

Bridget Wood is a writer, speaker, event manager and facilitator with a vision to raise our collective consciousness through her businesses Suburban Sandcastles and Nourishing The Mother. With studies in media, communications and human behaviour, and ten years spent in the Corporate world, Bridget has an insatiable appetite for knowledge and a desire to understand the bigger picture of how we, and the world, are the way we are, and to empower people to connect to themselves and realise their potential.


Jane Thomson, The Fabulous Ladies' Wine Society

Jane is Australia's fabulous lady of wine. She is the founder and Managing Director of The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society, Australia’s first and wildly successful wine community for women. In 2013 and 2016 Jane won the title of ‘Digital Wine Communicator of the Year’ from Wine Communicators of Australia – the only person to have won this award twice. Which made her think that, despite most people telling her she was crazy, perhaps she was doing something right…
Not only is Jane passionate about communicating the joys of wine to an increasingly savvy female audience of wine lovers, but she’s equally determined to do everything within her power to showcase the fabulous female talent within the Australian wine industry. Jane is also the Drinks Editor for Magazine, occasionally moonlights as National Wine Writer for News Corp, and was voted as one of Wine Business Magazine’s ‘Top Stars’ of 2012 & 2016.

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#SoarCon17 Speakers & Topics

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  • Emma Franklin Bell, The Beautiful Business Academy - 7 Ways to Tap into Your Creativity & Boost Your Business!

  • Jane Thomson, The Fabulous Ladies' Wine Society - The Prevailing Power of Persistence - how to keep going in the face of everything

  • Heidi Alexandra Pollard, UQ Power - Becoming Brand U – how to become a sought after thought leader

  • Jess Jones, Soar Collective - How to build a business beyond the city

  • Jessica Humphreys, Social Concepts - Online Crisis: How Businesses Fail & How to Avoid Being the Next Failure