Jordan Mcgregor, Bare and Boho
Bare and Boho was founded in 2017 by new mum, Jordan Mcgregor, 24 years old, who had a vision of offering an innovative range of reusable cloth eco wares for Australian families, which would in turn save families money as well as save excess waste ending up in landfill.
What started as a vision, landed her a large feature on a popular widely viewed national television show “Shark Tank” Channel 10 Season 4, 2018, news networks requesting interviews and now a global following purchasing my designer and innovative range of products with mainstream supermarkets contacting for further collaborations in this field.
The business growth has since substantially grown in 12 months, with wholesale stockists worldwide taking on my products in their stores, including the UK, USA, Japan, South America, Italy and a large stockist line-up based here in Australia.
Anaita Sarkar, OLIVIA&CO.
Anaita is a mum of 2 young girls, Olivia and Chloe and owns an online personalised accessories store, OLIVIA&CO. She also teaches Digital Marketing at Macquarie University and has recently started another business in the eco-friendly space, Hero
OLIVIA&CO. was started as a passion project when Anaita’s second daughter was just born. Anaita wanted to finally see her name on something tangible. As an Indian girl, with a very unique name, there was nothing in the market that had her or her family/friends’ names on gift items. And so, the idea was formed. From a few black cardholders that sold out in a few days, the business has grown to over 100 products and 5 amazing staff members.
Uyen Maxwell, Frame This
Uyen Maxwell is a mumpreneur, growth mindset influencer and creative designer who is passionate about embracing change to encourage growth and development. After working in a highly stressful role in Injury Management Consulting she developed a throat condition and was advised a career change should be considered.
She learned that change is an inevitable part of life and that new opportunities are out there for the taking if you set your mind to it, and not to let fear stop you from moving forward in your life. By dealing with challenges you learn resilience and therefore embrace change rather than fearing them, and this is the life lesson she wants to instil in others.
Louisa Williams, Kooshy Kids
Louisa is mother to Mila, 6 and Jack, 4 and started Kooshy Kids in April 2017.
Kooshy Kids is a business specialising in innovative and exciting products that are designed to take the stress out of family travel. Louisa’s best-selling products include the Kooshy Kids Kooshion – an inflatable cushion used to create a flat space between the seats of a aeroplane, KontraBand Headphones – cordless headphones in the form of a comfy headband and the Kooshy Kids Travel Tray – a portable, hygienic tray that stores children’s belongings (pencils, iPad, drink bottle etc.) and contains them on the tray whilst travelling.
Kooshy Kids is Australia’s only one stop shop for all things family travel and Louisa regularly develops new products to add to the popular and unique range of goods.
Abbie Harper, Outside The Box Education
Abbie is a 31 year old who is going to change the world. Abbie owns Outside The Box Education, a disability service in Geelong. Utilising her skills from her special needs teaching degree, they provide innovative services to children, young adults and families with disabilities. These services include community access programs, life skills programs, social groups and therapists. Abbie likes to develop creative ways to support the community and has done so by bringing in two alternate staff members of the canine variety. Alongside Abbie they provide therapy in a unique way. To name a few, they allow those who they work with to access every day activities and support them to regulate.
Abbie is exceptionally passionate about inclusion and making an inclusive society for generations to come, which she shares with businesses and schools to provide an understanding of and an education around implementing an inclusive environment for everyone. Not to be defined by but noted that Abbie is a single mum to a four year old boy and has a diagnosis of ADHD and ASD.
Lisa Burling, LBPR
Lisa Burling is single mum to Luca (8), Nate (5); PR professional, entrepreneur and author with 23 years’ international experience; Founder/MD of PR consultancy, LBPR, its student consultancy Catalyst, and LBPR’s businesswomen mentoring program, Dream A Little Dream ProjectTM.
LBPR is 2018 Public Relations Institute of Australia’s Small PR Consultancy of the Year. Other accolades: Most Outstanding Illawarra Business (Illawarra Business Chamber), Best New Business/Best Small Business (Illawarra Women in Business), Digital/Social Media Campaign of the Year, Small Budget PR Campaign of the Year (PRIA NSW + National Awards), Top 5 PR Consultancies Australia/NZ (Mumbrella Awards).
Lisa was Illawarra + Innovative Businesswoman of the Year. The Lord Mayor of Wollongong awarded her for entrepreneurial endeavours. She created Catalyst, Australia’s first student-run consultancy, giving charities free PR and students’ real experience. She published her first book, Dream A Little Dream, and established Dream A Little Dream ProjectTM, LBPR’s businesswomen mentoring program.
Monique Wilson, Meek’s Preschool & Early Learning Centre
Monique is young mother of 3 daughters aged 8 months, 2 years and 4 years. In February 2017 Monique opened a Family Day Care from her property in Berkshire Park. In her first year she was recognised on many levels of Education excellence including 2 Educator of the year awards (National and regional). Since her first week operating the service Monique was full in attendance and her waiting list was steadily growing, she recognised the demand in the local area was for a private facility where nature and family values overshines multi million dollar, high rise franchises. Through 2 years of council Development Applications, State and Federal Education Departments and constant research all while working full time educating children and giving birth and raising her own children, Monique Managed to be granted all areas of approval to open a 22 place privately owned and operated Long day care centre and Preschool in 2019.
Bianca Lambert, Capra Designs
Bianca resigned from her 9-5 job as a Marketing Manager while on maternity leave to pursue her passion in design. She launched Capra Designs one month after her son Banjo was born.
Capra Designs is a homewares business, with a focus on hand made resin products, designed with function and form in mind. The brand is best known for their designer pots. With only $3000 capital, Bianca has since grown Capra Designs from a craft hobby into a business that now 4 years later turns over close to half a million. Her strategic small batch production alongside pre-sales strategies allowed her to self-fund all growth. The business now operates in Australia and USA. Her products have been featured in all major Australian homewares magazines and on renowned social media accounts such as The Design Files and Design Milk.
Dr Maria Boulton & Dr Fiona Raciti, Family Doctors Plus
Together, Dr Maria Boulton and Dr Fiona Raciti founded Family Doctors Plus in March 2016. Since then, their team has grown to include experienced GPs, nurses, allied health professionals, administration staff and visiting specialist. Family Doctors Plus is a family friendly General Practice providing comprehensive care to all ages. Their focus is on empowering you to optimise your health and take charge of your wellbeing. Their experienced and qualified medical professionals provide up-to-date evidence-based medicine combined with a holistic approach to nutrition, exercise and clean living. They focus on not only treating disease but on prevention and helping you and your family live as healthily as possible.
Family Doctors Plus won the 2017 Telstra Business Awards! Dr Maria & Dr Fiona are both active members in the Queensland Medical Women’s Society, and have recently been appointed to the AMA Queensland Council, and they have both been active speakers at the AMA and RACGP events. Dr Maria also a regular guest on ABC Radio where she discusses the latest health issues affecting the community. She’s also booked in to visit two all-girl high schools to speak about her incredible journey. They are also committed to educating the community through their popular puberty talk events.
Kath Manby, VM Family Law
Kath is a lawyer with a difference, practicing in family law, with a focus on assisting women and their children, whose lives have been impacted by family violence. Kath does a large proportion of Legal Aid and pro bono work aswell as taking matters where fees are not paid until the end of the matter. This is due to many clients having no access to money, as a result of financial abuse.
Kath’s belief is, through education of the community and legal profession, we can move towards a future without DV. She is engaged by a leading, national law college to write and deliver the first professional training for lawyers in DV. This is currently being run in Queensland and will roll out nationally. Kath is working on a new product to allow more clients access to justice with Protection Orders, at a much lower cost than is currently available.
Shelby Timmins, Divorce Done Differently
Before stepping away from the ‘dark side’ of family law, Shelby practised family law in a tyical and traditional way. Acrimony and animosity were accepted and expected. She didn’t love it. Shelby is passionate about doing things differently in the family law space and to look at the breakdown of families in a more respectful and future focussed way.
Shelby established Divorce Done Differently where families can do divorce their way! Divorce Done Differently looks at separation and divorce in a holistic manner where emotional, financial, physical and legal worries are worked through. Her business specialises in assisting families through ‘outside of the box options’ including mediation, family dispute resolution, collaborative practice, conflict coaching, separation & divorce support and family law wellness workshops.
Shelby is a mum, lawyer, mediator and is qualified for the job. She is an author, presenter and game changer in the area of separation and divorce.
Tanya Carne, CONNECT boys dance events
Tanya Carne started her dance studio Dance Action in 1990 and over the last 12years has developed a boys dance program that is now delivered to over 150 boys per week. Tanya is passionate about normalizing boys dance, both in Australia and across the world, just as women’s football is now normalized. She started CONNECT to open up her supportive dance community to other boys who may be isolated at their own studios or experiencing bullying.
CONNECT boys dance event began in 2016. It is a unique one-day event designed to bring together male dance students, families, male dancers, dance teachers, dance studio owners and potential male students. The CONNECT vision is to grow larger communities to support boys, to create an environment of support, mentoring, inspiration and fun, to unite families of boys who dance, to share stories, to celebrate the male dance community, and to normalise boys dance.