What do you wish you had the courage to do?
To achieve anything in life you must have the confidence to begin, to imagine, to plan and to make it happen. So many people are held back by fear or wanting to play it safe and yet if you can find the courage to start you never know what will be possible for you. Changing your life and achieving your dreams is possible. It starts with you taking that first step to recognise what you want your life to be like and then having the courage and the confidence to make it so.
Courage and Confidence is the essential guide for women in business who are ready to take on their biggest dreams and make them a reality! Filled with practical advice and tools combined with powerful and motivational stories to inspire you into action!
As a Certified Sleep Consultant, Amy Huebner founded Hushabye Baby in 2017. She specialises in newborn, infant and young children sleep, and works with families to provide them with the tools and support to achieve great sleep for each member of the family. Amy lives in country Victoria, with her husband and three young boys, and works out of her home office in the family home. Having had her children throughout the time of building up her business, she knows all too well how difficult it can be juggling business pressures with raising a family. Amy is a big advocate of work life balance and achieving personal success, whilst also keeping a family’s wellbeing in mind.
Amy has worked with over 500 families, helping them sleep well and providing them with the education on how to keep great sleep a big part of their family life going forward. She hopes to continue to do this work for many years to come and is constantly looking to grow in the health and wellbeing space, in the hope of spreading knowledge on the vital necessity for a happy, healthy life – great sleep!
With a gypsy as a mother, Annette Densham sought refuge in stories as her family moved from house to house. By the time she was 17 she’d lived in 96 houses. The books in the library became her best friends and she immersed herself in tales of courageous heroes, incredible adventures and seeking knowledge about the world. It was no surprise when she chose to go into journalism, the perfect career for her inquisitive and curious mind.
Four-time recipient of the Grant Stevie Award for Women in Business, two-time winner of the Grand Stevie International Business Award, AusMumpreneur Author of the Year and PR World Awards PR Agency of the Year, Annette has definitely squashed the imposter in her head. Using all she has learnt about business and the inside work it takes to prosper, Annette’s keynote Kick F.R.A.U.D Factor To The Kerb shines the light on how to overcome imposter syndrome.
Bianca Stawiarski is the Founder & Managing Director of Warida Wholistic Wellness. She is a strong Badimaya (Badimia) woman, who is a centred and purpose-driven healer, consultant, speaker, lecturer, author, trainer and change-maker. Bianca infuses her calming, resilient, earthy, Indigenous connectedness into all that she does. Bianca is sought out by organisations, companies and publications from right across the globe. She is a certified mental health practitioner with an interest in supporting people who have experienced complex trauma.
Warida Wholistic Wellness was born through recognising that communities needed something different to western clinical approaches to improve the growing mental health crisis around the world. Warida Wholistic Wellness’ purpose is to support the creation of strong empowered families, workplaces, services and communities, and to break through intergenerational trauma, disconnection and disempowerment.
Samantha Richards is Australia’s top public speaking coach (Yahoo Finance), TEDx Speaker, and is the founder of Building Voices Public Speaking, a communication coaching business that works with children to develop lifelong skills as confident communicators. Samantha recently launched Building Voices Communication for adults who want to take their business to the next level. This platform helps people share their untold stories and to step into their power to be seen, which will enable them to be positioned as an authority in their field.
For adults, Samantha has found that when they realise how different communication styles will produce different results, they have been able to adapt their communication style accordingly to generate their desired outcome, both at home and at work.
Candice Meisels is a well-known publicist, founder of CANDICE PR, author, speaker, foster care and adoption advocate, philanthropist, mentor and tertiary educator. She lives in the beautiful Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, Australia. Candice was born in Johannesburg, South Africa where she lived with her parents and brother before leaving the country 14 years ago.
In 2011, Candice fulfilled a lifelong dream of moving to Australia. She freelanced for local PR agencies and the media before setting up CANDICE PR in 2013. The business grew as Candice specialised in founders, start-ups, and scale-ups. Since then, CANDICE PR has helped hundreds of businesses, people and brands in Australia and New Zealand. She has achieved millions of dollars of PR coverage collectively for her clients.
Founder, juggler, wife, and mum of three children—Jenny Pither is all of these things. She is the face and name behind Allied Health Admin Services. Jenny’s passion for business lies in the Allied Health sector with a niche for the NDIS.
Jenny is known for her first-class administrative support for Allied Health professionals and, as such, has now taken her passion for what she loves and is known for to the next level. Jenny was a finalist in two categories of the AusMumpreneur Awards for 2021 in the VA Institute category, and Rural or Remote Business of the Year and was named winner for Professional Services in the MidCoast Business Chamber awards in 2019. Jenny has also appeared in the podcast series with Cathy Love of Private Practice Made Perfect, and is hoping to use her experiences in business to guide, nurture, and empower others to be yourself and to trust that you are capable of succeeding in business.
Jody Lee Euler
Often described as someone with boundless amounts of energy and a creative mind that is forever turning visions into reality. This is evident from the many business success stories she has delivered during her 30 year career. Her longest standing business and greatest passion of 24 years, is redhotblue – a creative marketing agency located on the Whitsunday coast in regional Queensland, Mackay. Redhotblue has been the driving force behind establishing and growing the charitable organisation the Nude Lunch [ Ovarian Cancer Exposed ]. Jody, who is one of the founding directors, has played an integral role in the organisation donating over $400,000 in its 5 years of existence.
Jody won gold in this year’s Ausmumperneur Awards, taking out the regional business award for Queensland and the Northern Territory. Despite the numerous achievements, at the top of Jody’s list that she holds closest to her heart is motherhood.
Maria Rafaela “Mafae” Yunon – Belasco
Maria Rafaela “Mafae” Yunon – Belasco is best known for her success in the beauty pageant industry, having won prestigious awards locally and internationally, such as Miss Philippines Australia 1998, Binibining Pilipinas World 2003 (and prominently landing top 5 in the Miss World competition of the same year held in Sanya, China), and Mrs. Philippines Globe 2008.
She has since gone on to channel her expertise into image consulting for Binibinig Pilipinas (Miss Philippines Pageant) since 2003, taking on the role of Personality Development Director for the Miss World Philippines in 2021 and Pageant Director of kumu Global Pageants on the #1 live streaming app of the Philippines, kumu. She continued on in her journey in expanding her services & entrepreneur expertise, starting up her own company – Mafae Management Consultancy (founded 2015), wherein she manages talents, spearheads public relations & marketing, content creation, events management, online show production, and social media management for companies and individuals all over the world.
Marika Gare grew up in Perth and is the multi-award-winning owner and founder of Perth Virtual Services, providing small and medium businesses with business solutions. Having a highly successful business herself and having worked with such a variety of other business owners, she shares what she has learnt from her personal journey to help them optimise their business.
Marika is mother to a beautiful son, who inspires her every day to be a better mother, person, and business owner. The love for her child is the reasoning behind everything she does, providing solid foundations, showing him resilience and passion, and encouraging him to follow dreams.
Peace Mitchell is the co-founder of The Women’s Business School, AusMumpreneur & Women Changing the World Press. She is the Chair of Tererai Trent International’s Board of Directors and the Australian Ambassador of Women in Tech. Peace is an international keynote speaker, TEDx speaker, best-selling author, cohost of Women Changing the World TV and the Best and Brightest Show and Forbes.com business expert.
Peace is passionate about supporting women to reach their full potential. She has helped thousands of women achieve their dream of running a successful and profitable business and believes that investing in women is the most powerful way to change the world. Today, her commitment is stronger than ever: to invest in the power of women to change the world.
Sarah Stoddart is the founder and sole director of Vitality Law Australia, a boutique law firm based in Brisbane which provides small and medium business owners across Australia with clear pathways and peace of mind to grow their health care businesses.
Sarah is recognised as a leader in the healthcare industry and is one of only a few lawyers in Australia with specialist experience working with pharmacy businesses. In November 2021, Sarah was named as the Lawyers Weekly Australian Women in Law Sole Practitioner of the Year. That award recognises outstanding performance by an individual who has chosen to roll out their own practice. She was also a finalist in the AusMumpreneur Business Awards in the categories of Disabled Business Excellence and Emerging AusMumpreneur.
Dr. Vanessa Atienza-Hipolito
Dr. Vanessa Atienza-Hipolito MD FRANZCR is a Specialist Radiologist with subspecialty interests in Breast Imaging and Intervention, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Interventional and Vascular Radiology and Paediatric Radiology. She leads the team at Women’s and Breast Imaging (WBI) in Western Australia as a business owner and clinical director at Women’s & Breast Imaging (WBI), Cottesloe, Western Australia (WA). WBI services offer all imaging and image-guided biopsy modalities relating to the breast (except MRI): Mammogram (3D-Breast tomosynthesis), Breast Ultrasound, Core Biopsy, Vacuum Assisted Core Biopsy and excision, Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy (FNA), Ultrasound guided abscess and cyst drainage, Breast implant assessment and surveillance and Gynaecological Ultrasound.
Dr. Vanessa is committed and passionate about clinical teaching and mentoring junior doctors and medical students. In her spare time, she loves singing in the choir, triathlon, swimming in the ocean, running, cycling, playing tennis, playing Scrabble with the family, and traveling.
Vanessa Marrama is a mum to two boys and a small business owner. She has a master’s in business administration and over ten years management experience. She has applied those skills and experiences to starting her own online business (Vanessa M Taking Care of Business) offering online business management (OBM) and virtual assistant (VA) services to other like-minded mums and women in business.
Vanessa is determined to empower and support her team of VAs so that they become successful mumpreneurs in their own right. She is passionate about giving back to the community so that other like-minded mums and women in business feel empowered and supported to succeed in whatever career path they choose and that is why she has partnered with a small charity, Dress for Success South East Melbourne, to do just that!
A social entrepreneur with a mission to create real change, Cath is the founder of Gender Gap Gone and the Don’t be ARSD® Movement. A People’s Choice Award Winning Coach, her ASX Top 10, Fortune Top 50 client list has included Coca Cola, Uber, Toyota, Disney, Johnson & Johnson and many more.
Three-time #1 Best-Selling author and global key note speaker on courage, leadership and inclusion, in 2021 Catherine won the prestigious AusMumpreneur Women Will Change the World Award. Combining her 20 years of coaching, and her experience as a single mum and trauma survivor, she helps people to achieve what they hadn’t dared to dream was possible.
Find her on LinkedIn, or at cathnolan.com
Danielle is originally from a small fishing village, Emsworth, in the south-east of England. Danielle now has over twenty years’ experience in agency recruitment with most of her experience working for international market leaders and large national firms, winning numerous awards including Consultant of the Year, Cross Seller of the Year and Best Newcomer.
Taking a leap of faith in January 2020 to utilise her twenty years of expertise and to focus on building the now-international brand We Recruit. Group. She set up We Recruit. executive support division from scratch, with focus in the global pandemic around building and nurturing relationships and paying it forward where she could. Danielle was an AusMumpreneur finalist for the emerging entrepreneur award in 2021, and as an organisation, We Recruit. Group prides themselves on being innovative and forward thinking, utilising new technologies and initiatives.
Building resilience and overcoming adversity are two terms cemented in Justine Martin’s world. Never did she imagine her personal journey through life would take this course, but from the debilitating challenges she was faced with, it would test her strength daily. Justine catapulted herself into the world of business. She not only changed her life to give it purpose and direction, but also inspired those around her with her story.
She has since expanded JUZT art to include wellness classes, Zoom painting classes, commission art pieces, Van-Go Decals, Finger-Painting for Grown-Ups and Team Fingerprint (corporate team-building). Her story and inspiration has been heard and acknowledged Australia-wide; she recently won five awards at the 2021 AusMumpreneur Awards including gold for Coach of the Year. Then Justine won gold at the 2021 ROAR Awards for Creative Artist of the Year. Her awards and accolades over the last decade have bolstered her resilience, self-belief and her position as an industry leader in Resilience Mindset coaching.
Karen Perks is the founder and Managing Director of Bid and Business Writers. She has a degree in General Studies (Education) from the University of Queensland and is currently studying her MBA. Bid and Business Writers is a successful team of business consultants that specialises in business writing of tenders, grants, business plans, proposals, information memorandums and award writing.
Karen hopes that she can inspire anybody who has or is experiencing life changing events to see how they can use their experiences to leverage into business. Adversity is not limited to physical disability; it can be anything that impacts someone to a level where they are forever changed. The takeaways are to be true to you and know that you are loved and supported by many.
Known for her passion for business, cheerful disposition and overly loud laugh, Melissa Haque is an award winning entrepreneur, business mentor, marketing maven and mother. As founder and chief of leading playdough brand Wild Dough, Melissa is on a mission to give mothers the tools, education and the products to facilitate exciting sensory experiences for their children, whilst claiming some time back for themselves. Wild Dough is a playdough like no other as it was developed specifically for little hands. Melissa created it for her own daughter after tiring of the generic play doh tubs continually drying out and never being soft enough for her two-year-old daughter to roll it herself.
She is also passionate about supporting other women to succeed in business. She has drawn on her background in strategic marketing and own experience building the Wild Dough business, brand and manufacturing to mentor and coach other business owners wanting to launch and scale their own self-made product business.
Natashia Telfer is a Canberra-based mum, wife, sister, daughter, friend and businesswoman. She also considers herself a survivor, juggler and perpetual ball dropper, chaos coordinator and silver lining seeker. She has worked within the healthcare sector for 18 years in a variety of roles including Aged Care, Disability, Acquired Brain Injury, and is now co-founder and director of National Community Care in Canberra.
Natashia has been recognised for her committed efforts by many government bodies including NDIS, ACT Health, the Governor General, ADACAS, the Aged Care Practitioner Office, and the Human Rights Commissioner by simply advocating for those unheard. Natashia has been recognised in the Local Business Awards, the rubik3 CWB Businesswoman of the Year and Social Impact Businesswomen of the Year, the Women in Business Telstra Awards, Ausmumprener of the Year finalist, Health and Wellbeing Award, Business Excellence Award and B2B Service Business Award.
Long before the creation of HappyPause™ Balm, Sandy Davies was born and raised in the American Midwest in the state of Kansas. Sandy immigrated to Australia to do her master’s degree in social policy at the University of New South Wales in Sydney as a Rotary Fellow and Ambassador of Goodwill for Rotary International. The creation of HappyPause™ is Sandy’s ‘Yes.’ The most recent research shows that almost 80% of women over 40 will experience vulval vaginal dryness, yet because such issues were never spoken about in past generations, treatment options remain sparse and relatively unchanged for decades.
At every chapter of her life Sandy has thrived on giving back as a part of her ethos. Be it through Habitat for Humanity, Planned Parenthood, building projects in Guatemala, fundraising for Shed the Light Orphanage in Nepal, reading for The Royal Society for the Blind or contributing through Lifeline Australia, giving back has always mattered.