2018/2019 Canberra Women in Business Committee

Peta Swarbrick

Peta Swarbrick

President & Sponsorship

One Agency

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.

Kat Kirkorian

Kat Kirkorian

Vice-President

Helping people is my passion. Connecting people is my mission.

I started my first business when I was eight years old, and at age 15 I was managing the largest Domino’s pizza franchise in the country – responsible for 42 staff.

When I was 18, I had lunch with the CEO of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia to thank me for a strategy I initiated and implemented on my own that saw a huge increase in its profits. My strategy was later rolled out Nationwide and is still being used today.

I am now an award-winning mobile lender for Commonwealth Bank, with over 14 years experience.

I have always loved business! And, what I love even more, is determined women in business. That’s why I mentor women; dedicate time to being an emcee, host and public speaker; and am the Vice President of CWB.

For me, Canberra is, and always will be home and I feel it is important to give back. I also volunteer as a team leader for OrangeSky and run LinkedInLocal CBR, which not only connects people in Canberra, but donates tens of thousands of meals to OzHarvest.

Christine Marr

Christine Marr

Secretary

I’m the proud CEO and founder of Bookssorted, a Canberra-based payroll company that has a mission to help long-term IT contractors across Australia manage their income through increased knowledge, understanding, trust and engagement with real people who give a damn.

In addition to a passion for helping contractors, I also bring to the business a passion for supporting and fostering teams and the community. Owing to this, at Bookssorted, we have a strong commitment to health and wellbeing and social corporate responsibility. As a growing business in the Canberra community, we continue to maintain a focus on supporting the community that supports us.

I’m pleased to use my administration background to support CWB as Secretary.

In addition to supporting CWB, I currently volunteer and fundraise for charities such as Lifeline Canberra and Epilepsy Action Australia, and I mentor women in business and women returning to work from adversity, to empower them to thrive.

Jen Large

Jen Large

Committee Member

I believe in my own capabilities and take challenges in my stride.

Throughout the last 20 years, I have worn many hats in the construction industry and experienced a broad range of roles, which continues to fulfil me professionally and personally. I am the Sales Manager for a local double glazing business, owned by a fearless, hardworking, inspiring woman, who promotes a respectful workplace and encourages personal growth and success. We help people create a more comfortable home that will forever bring them joy.

Gender equity has grown in the construction industry and has now evolved that women have stronger career opportunities and are proven to be the right fit for the right job. CWB is all about raising the profile of women and I love meeting the many varied diverse, creative, gutsy, hardworking women, to promote and share their stories of business success.

Canberra has the best coffee and a smorgasbord of beautiful mountains to walk around or conquer their peaks, there is a lot that is breathtaking about the Berra.

Zoe Evans

Zoe Evans

Committee Member

As senior account executive at Arthur J Gallagher, a global insurance brokerage and risk management services firm I have a passion for supporting businesses to succeed and thrive.

This passion has led me to being named as a ‘Young Gun’ by Insurance Business Magazine and nominated for International Broker of the year in 2018.

I believe in encouraging women to be their best in business and I hope to further this encouragement as part of my role on the CWB committee. This includes encouraging and empowering women to take the leap into business or leadership, or make a change. I want to help and see women succeed.

 

Vanessa Wilson

Vanessa Wilson

Committee Member

I’m passionate about events and bringing people together. In particular, I believe businesswomen networking and supporting one another not only encourages personal and professional development, but creates a more equal business community which promotes skills sharing mentorship.

As the event sales manager for the Trippas White Group (hospitality partner for the Australian War Memorial), I thrive in fast paced environments and am pleased to bring my love of events and organisation to the CWB committee. I have a ‘can do’ attitude and bring this with me to help the organisation and women rise and respond to challenges.

Evelyne Meier

Evelyne Meier

Committee Member

As a long-term senior executive in both government and industry and an experienced director and independent chair (and Graduate of the AICD Company Director Course), I am a problem solver, motivator and champion for women in leadership.

I am committed to encouraging and empowering women to ‘give it a go’ and take control of their career. I have seen and heard too many women wait to be promoted or to be provided with a pay rise, I want this to change – I want women to put themselves forward and ask!

My career has spanned many countries and sectors, including working in my own consultancy specialising in complex problem solving, strategic planning, policy interpretation and government liaison. I want to share my experience and lessons to help give women the confidence and skills to ask and get ahead in business. One way I do this is through mentoring women.

In addition to being a CWB committee member, I am the national partnership manager of the Public Sector Management Program for the QUT Graduate School of Business and I am a director (Company Secretary) of theatre company Rebus.

I have two amazing daughters who share in my passion for empowering women and they are living by the motto of asking for what they want – it works!

Sheena Ireland

Sheena Ireland

Committee Member

I’m a passionate advocate for meaningful connection in communications, public affairs and marketing. I 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.

I am the founder and director of communications consultancy Specialists in Communications, and I have held senior communications positions in government and industry, including in the areas of science and research, automotive, arts and sport.

I regularly speak on the importance of communications strategy, the power of social media and the need for stakeholder engagement in any communications plan. I also facilitate panel and ‘in-conversation’ discussions on meaningful connection, our quest for happiness, and mental health and wellbeing.

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

I am also a proud supporter of Lifeline Canberra and The Hope Project, and Director of Baringa Childcare Centre.

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

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