2021 Canberra Women in Business Committee

Meet some of the passionate women working on Canberra Women in Business. They are all about promoting, growing and advocating for women through events, business relationships and not-for-profits.

You’ll also find a team of passionate committee members and volunteers that pitch in for specific events, lending their expertise in making decisions in the background – supporting CWB where they are able to.

Sheena Ireland

Sheena Ireland

President

Sheena is a passionate advocate for meaningful connection in communications, public affairs and leadership. She believes storytelling has the power to truly connect people and through it, we can build trust and brand awareness, and influence change for the better.

Sheena is the founder and managing director of communications consultancy Specialists in Communications, and has held senior communications positions in government and industry, including in the areas of science and research, automotive, arts and sport.

Sheena is a sought-after coach and mentor and was named Mentor of the Year at the 2019 CWB Awards. Through her coaching program, Influential Women, she takes high performing women with a niggling that they can do more and helps them see, realise and reach their potential.

Sheena believes the true connections we can facilitate through CWB helps strengthen all of us, helping build businesses, confidence and resilience.

Sheena also is a proud supporter of Lifeline Canberra, including working as a volunteer telephone crisis supporter. She is also on the boards of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, Women’s Centre for Health Matters and Baringa Early Learning Centre.

Shannon Craig

Shannon Craig

Vice President

Shannon is the General Manager at QT Hotel, with 20+ years of industry experience and leadership. She is an active member of the Australian Hotels Association and the Canberra Convention Bureau and general promoter of creating safe, equal opportunity and empowering working environments.

With conference and event experience a key skill set, as well as experience in judging at an Executive level, Shannon looks forward to sharing this knowledge and assisting the CWB committee grow and develop the already fabulous Canberra Business Woman of the Year program.

Shannon is passionate about nurturing the next generation and providing opportunities to pursue interests and be successful.

 Candice Zhang

Candice Zhang

Treasurer

Candice has been working in the Corporate finance field for over 10 years across different industries including IT, Manufacturing and Building Construction. Candice’s skills include data migration, automation and system integration having led 3 different projects in different work places. Additional areas of specialisation include financial analysis, management reporting, budgeting & forecasting and project accounting. She is keen to lead change management and innovation.

Candice also is the Co-Founder of Clover Canberra which is locally based real estate agency dedicated to providing real solutions to their loyal clients.

Candice is also currently studying her MBA Executive course at AGSM to broaden her vision on career development and build up more soft skills leading her into the next stage in her career progression.

Candice has joined CWB committee as Treasurer to help with financial actives and work with all wise women, brainstorming to get great ideas and support local businesses.

Christine Marr

Christine Marr

Secretary

Christine is a well-known business woman in Canberra, with her IT Contractor payroll service of 15 years continuoulsy being named as one of Australia’s best. Christine was named Business Woman of the Year in the 2019 CWB Awards and is regularly sought-after to speak on business tenacity.

Being in business for fifteen years, Christine has seen the ups and downs of business from many angles. Being a working mum means she has also known the struggle of managing a business and a family. As a role model for business women, she openly discussed the challenges in balancing child-raising and business ownership,and also shares the strategies she employed to help her overcome the challenges.

Christine’s recent business expansion has seen her develop ‘full back office’ support to SMEs across Canberra. She is a passionate advocate about how in business, we cannot do it all; but we can collaborate with like-valued business to take the stress away from some tasks and free us up to use our prescious time on the work that drives our purpose and enjoyment.

Christine believes that women in business are great support networks for each other.

Maryanne Gore

Maryanne Gore

Committee Member

Maryanne joined Canberra Women in Business in 2006 as a way to meet other business women after being inspired by the speakers at a conference run by CWB. She met some lovely friends through the group and I’ve learned things that have saved my business money.

After winning Business Woman of the Year in 2016, Maryanne thought it was time to give back to CWB by serving on the committee.  In 2018, she learned the Treasurer role – something I found very interesting.

Maryanne was the President from March to November 2020, but now I’m very happy to be one of the committee members helping to advance the cause of women in business in Canberra. 

Maryanne has spent 28 years with our family business, Project Lighting, the last 16 as Chief Executive, but now is enjoying retirement and the extra time that gives me to devote to CWB and other volunteer activities.

Maryanne is passionate about helping women to build thriving businesses in the ACT and develop prosperity in our region. She sees this as enabling charitable contributions for the whole community to share in that economic well-being. 

Sylvia Elix

Sylvia Elix

Committee Member

Sylvia is the Agency Owner of Frontline Hospitality Temps in Canberra. She has spent the majority of her career actively involved in supporting the hospitality industry and local businesses throughout Canberra.

She has a proven history for creating and building new businesses and has been active in supporting youth and leading/mentoring her own team. Sylvia has a genuine passion for helping others; women and youth in particular. 

Sylvia is an active contributor to women in business, encouraging diversity in the workplace, and inspiring women to have the confidence to be their own leader, to take ownership of their roles no matter what the position.

Anshu Chopra

Anshu Chopra

Committee Member

Anshu Chopra has been a member of CWB since 2017 and a committee member in 2017. Anshu has been working as a tax accountant for a private firm since 2002 and started her own Tax and Business Advisory practice in 2017 as a Tax Agent. She is looking after clients with rental properties and small businesses.

Anshu is happy to come on board as Treasurer with CWB. She is willing to help CWB members in small businesses with Jobkeeper payments and cash flow boost payments from the tax office in these tough times.

Dr Madhumita Iyengar

Dr Madhumita Iyengar

Committee Member

Dr Madhumita Iyengar is an economist by profession, with a deep commitment to community services. She has developed a strong community network under IWiN umbrella to create economic opportunities for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) women, in addition to presenting IWiN policy works in different national forums and conducting various IWiN workshops / panel discussions / fundraisers.

Madhumita has received 2019 ACT Multicultural Individual Champion Award of the ACT Government in recognition of her exemplary community work on domestic violence and gender inequality.

Currently, her work is focused on developing a social enterprise to address mental health and job discrimination issues faced by migrant women. She is passionate about social justice issues related to women and children and the founder Chair of Initiatives for Women In Need (IWiN), an ACT based community organisation. 

Trish Gorman

Trish Gorman

Trish is an experienced information and communications technology (ICT) Consultant having more than 20 years experience in both the private and the government sectors. She is one of the founding directors of L&T Consulting that provides Pproject management, change management, and business analysis professional services to many clients around the country. Trish is also an associate director of the Silver Group Consulting Company.

Trish is committed in ensuring that women succeed in all areas of business and is particularly passionate about raising the profile of women in ICT.

In addition to working in ICT, Trish also provides professional and business coaching services, producing many successful results of women achieving success in their career.

As a Canberra Women in Business committee member Trish brings extensive experience that assists members in putting in place plans to achieve their business goals
Penny Ward

Penny Ward

Committee Member

Penny is an experienced Organisational Development and Organisational Change Consultant. She is the founder of Leading Digital Beings and works with businesses, organisations and leaders at all levels to unlock their potential to transform the way they lead themselves and others during times of disruption in the digital age. 

Penny is passionate about supporting women in business, and women thinking about going into business.

As a CWB Committee Member, Penny enjoys helping women to build their networks and connections, and empowering them to advocate for themselves to pursue possibilities that may seem out of reach but could be closer than they think. 

Penny is also deeply passionate about enabling people to achieve their full potential and sustain it, without the exhaustion and burnout that can accompany it. In 2017, she founded the wellness-based business Deep Rest and Renew where she works with clients to rest, restore and renew their body and mind through in relaxation-based yoga therapy, mindfulness and self-leadership practices.

Join Our Team

Join Our Team

Committee Member

Interested in joining our team? Passionate about supporting women in business throughout the Canberra region?

Contact us and let us know what you can bring to the team.

Please feel welcome to approach any of the committee members during our events with any enquiries you have about the association.