2017/2018 Canberra Women in Business Committee
President & Sponsorship
Passionate about advocating for women in business, I believe women do business differently and, in many cases, better. As a Real Estate Agent and Auctioneer, I’ve many lessons in business but none more important than learning to take responsibility for myself and learning about people’s motivations. If you ask me what I love about Canberra… the mountains and the sky.
I get excited by working collaboratively with people and bringing teams together to solve complex problems. I enjoy the culture and diversity of opportunities that working for a big consulting organisation, like PricewaterhouseCoopers, provides. People are the key ingredient in any business. It is the people that surround you that make the work you do rewarding and the outcomes you deliver a success. The right team supported by great leadership and culture will do amazing things. My favourite things about Canberra are the people and the relaxed country yet sophisticated lifestyle.
Project Lighting Pty Ltd | 2016 CWB Business Woman of the Year
From the clean country air to the bush surrounds, the people and the national institutions, there are so many things I love about Canberra. It’s home and has been for quite some years. I currently belong to my family business, Project Lighting, having started in administration, finance and computing back in 1989. I recently retired from my full-time role as Chief Executive to become a Director of the business. Throughout my time in business there have been many lessons learnt but none more valuable than to “give it a go!” because the only failure is to stop trying.
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a lawyer. As a Senior Associate with Backhouse Legal, I look after our litigation team and work directly with small business owners and members of the community, which I really value. I want to provide legal services to people and help them succeed in their business rather than just working for a large corporation, which is why I love Canberra. You need to love what you do. Working long hours means sacrifice but at the end of the day, I am passionate about being a lawyer and the work that I do. After three years living in Canberra, I love that it is a hybrid between a country town and a city with access to fabulous restaurants, shops and facilities, yet we have the comradery and citizenship of a country town.
Digital Media Manager
A woman of spirit and ‘rambling ranga’ at heart, I’m passionate about digital media, empowering women through education and helping you find your voice online and in business. With a knack for storytelling and an uncanny understanding of social media, I believe that to be successful in business, it’s about being true to who you are because no one else can be YOU. Canberra hasn’t always been home having grown up in the heart of the outback — Alice Springs — but now here I am loving the wide open spaces that surround this city and the genuine connections that can be made within it.
One of a Kind Apartments P/L
Having [literally] built our One of a Kind Apartments from the ground up, my two most valuable lessons in business are to be methodical in completing each task in a timely manner and relate to guests as we like to be related to. As both a businesswoman and a member of CWB, I have had the opportunity to meet women I wouldn’t have met otherwise. My favourite thing about Canberra is its livability, accessibility and progressiveness as a city.
After attending a TEDx event in Canberra, I had an opportunity to make people’s lives better whilst doing something good for the planet, and so I founded Puppis Baw ~ Dung Beetle for Dogs. In my working career, the most valuable lesson I’ve learnt is that setbacks are just as valuable as successes. The lessons and resilience they teach us are invaluable when the successes get hard. My favourite thing about Canberra is that it just works, (if we discount The Hill). The planning means there is a place for everything. We have all the benefits of both a bigger city in the size of a country town.
Ronald McDonald House Canberra
After volunteering my time with the Ronald McDonald House Canberra, I was motivated to join the team in an official capacity and continue supporting families and sick children. Throughout my career, I’ve learnt two valuable lessons: choose your battles wisely and have confidence in your decisions. When it comes to Canberra, I love the open spaces and its close proximity to everything.
The Rehabilitation Specialists
As a Rehabilitation Counsellor, I’m passionate about mental health, wellbeing and helping others. Working in the rehabilitation industry with a small team of passionate health professionals allows me to do this while collaborating with a team of like-minded people. It’s a joy knowing we are providing a quality service that can make a real difference in our community. Although my career is just kicking off, the most valuable lesson I’ve learnt is to take every opportunity as a chance to grow — no task is about or below you, and you can never stop learning. Having grown up in Canberra, I love the people – by a longshot. Canberra is a great place for networking and finding support.
Tax Agent & Business Advisory
I’ve enjoyed working in the tax industry for the last 15 years and in that time have learnt the importance of choosing a career in a field that is both your passion and an area which you have experience and knowledge. Then follow it with hard work, perseverance and patience. My favourite thing about Canberra is its multiculturalism as a capital city. It provides all the ingredients to maintain work/life balance with close proximity to everything.