2020 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. 

Maryanne Gore

Maryanne Gore

President

I 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.  I’ve 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, I thought it was time to give back to CWB by serving on the committee.  In 2018, I learned the Treasurer role – something I found very interesting.  I’ve now graduated to the President role.

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

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

Shannon Craig

Shannon Craig

Secretary

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

 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.

Anshu Chopra

Anshu Chopra

Treasurer

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.

Candice Zhang

Candice Zhang

Assistant Treasurer

I have been working over 10 years in the corporate finance and audit fields, including the building and construction and real estate industry in Canberra. I love telling stories behind the numbers to business stakeholders. In the past 10 years, I am a passionate mentor of international students and help them to get their first job in Australia.

I am also the Co-Founder of Clover Real Estate which helps our clients to look after their investment properties. We are committed to providing the best service to all of our loyal clients.

I joined CWB committee to help with finance processing, events and Newsletters. I love working with all wise women, brainstorming to get great ideas and help grow local businesses.

Sylvia Elix

Sylvia Elix

Sponsorship Coordinator

Agency Owner of Frontline Hospitality Temps in Canberra, Sylvia 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 looks forward to being 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.

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.

Dr Madhumita Iyengar

Dr Madhumita Iyengar

Committee Member

Dr Madhumita Iyengar is an economist by profession, with a deep commitment to community services. 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.

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.

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.