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Awesome Women

Author: Amanda Bulow

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At Awesome Women in Construction, or AWIC, we are a not for profit association, providing a supportive community for women working in the construction industry. Assisting with providing personal and professional development and confidence building opportunities, we strive to build the brands of the organisations these women represent.
45 Episodes
Judy King is a passionate coach, trainer, keynote speaker & freedom seeker who is serious about creating transformational change in the lives of those she works with. After spending 23 years as a leader and influencer in the fitness industry, Judy realised that lasting change must start with a shift in mindset at an unconscious level. This led her to become an NLP Master Practitioner, Master Coach, Hypnotherapist and Trainer. Because of her combined experience, she is a powerhouse speaker and a dynamic coach. Judy is energetic, motivational and very real about the challenges in life and business. She works with ambitious and driven leaders who are fully committed to rapid growth, change and living their best life now. Website | Facebook | Instagram Talking to Judy on this Podcast we spoke about being the best versions of ourselves and accepting that this may not fit into the neat box that society suggests.
Leisa is a qualified Naturopath with over 10 years’ experience. She is also the author of the recipe book Eat Your Way Healthy, Wife and Mother of two beautiful children. Leisa has been busy supporting the health and wellness of those within the community in her new clinic in Daisy Hill. She understands the busy lifestyle us as women lead along with wanting to carry out a career, a passion and juggling family. Looking after our health is such an important part of being able to stay driven, motivated and feeling good, especially in times of pressure and uncertainty. Website | Facebook Talking to Lisa on this Podcast we spoke about the three key things we all, as very busy people, need to do so we can continue to be the best versions of ourselves.
Four years ago Gabrielle Conescu was working as a professional bookkeeper, when she started attending art classes. At the same time Gabrielle was attending classes in Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring. At these classes, she worked out her strengths and decided to focus on them. Gabrielle creates unique pieces of art that radiate beauty with the intention of transforming day to day living spaces. Gabrielle’s art connects her appreciation of beauty and nature and her positive emotions show through her artwork. She recognises that emotional connection is important and from this she enjoys that her audience feel positive when they engage with it. LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Gabrielle on this Podcast she explains what she means by being the Glow Stick among the Beige! Believe in Yourself!
Future Interior Linings is a family owned and operated business and has been in the interior linings & plastering industry for over 10 years. Building a solid foundation of regular clients, based on repeat business and referral work. The team at Future Interior Linings ensuring the quality of finishes to their project are of the highest standard. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Talking to Renee on this Podcast we spoke about running a small, family owned business. Renee was generous and gave us her three top tips to consider!
Meg Hooper is a registered psychologist with a PhD in Organisational Psychology. Over the past 17 years, through a mix of internal and external consulting roles. Meg has honed her skills as an Organisational Change Manager, working on changes of all sizes. While she has developed a broad practice of doing what it takes, Meg’s speciality is helping teams create a strong identity and sense of purpose and to establish more resilient patterns of behaviour in the face of change and challenge. We apply our knowledge of human behaviour to real business problems. Our services are always tailored to meet our client’s need however there are some key themes that emerge many times over. Change management, team performance, individual and team resilience and assessment have emerged as some of our most needed services over recent times. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Talking to Meg on this Podcast we spoke about the importance of networking. Meg also discussed on of her passions - Umbrella Circus.
FleetCrew was established by Ben Harris and Mary-Ann Strelow to give you peace of mind by supplying a market leading range of specialist hire vehicles and maintenance services in the mining, construction, commercial and tourism & leisure industries. With branches in Brisbane, Dysart, Mackay and Mount Isa, FleetCrew offers specialist 4wd vehicles for short term or long-term hire throughout eastern Australia. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Talking to Mary-Ann on this Podcast we discussed the importance of supporting the local community.
In October we were joined by a number of speakers and interviewees to discuss mental health in the workplace. The construction industry is notoriously male-dominated, and the many capable women who enter the construction industry often have to fight harder, speak louder and face extraordinary pressure to create their own success. Event attendees will be provided with the tools to achieve personal resilience which will make the difference between “just coping” and thriving under pressure in the workplace. The guest speakers joining us for this event are all experts in their field and look forward to sharing their knowledge too small to medium sized business owners, women in construction and aboriginal & islander communities who simply feel they don’t ‘fit’ anywhere. This event was proudly supported by Queensland Alliance for Mental Health, in partnership with Queensland Mental Health Commission. Hosts: Amanda Bulow & Dr Meg Hooper 1. Stream introduction 00:00 2. Dr Peta Lilley 12:36 3. Ally Kelly 42:10 4. Dr Scott Allison Interview 1:12:55 5. Dr Meg Hooper 1:25:45 6. Andrea Anderson 2:03:28 7. Kari Sutton Interview 2:36:48 8. Melissa Marsden 2:47:22 9. Des Whybird Interview 3:16:38 10. Wrap up 3:35:55 If you are interested in watching the stream, or downloading any of the resources discussed during this event, you can find everything on our event page:
When I finished high school, I dived into a combined business and law degree. I always wanted to study business and I decided to do the law course as I got the results to do law as well. University was a hard slog and I worked in a small law firm during my university years to get experience. In fact, sometimes I worked up to three jobs to get through university. I fully intended on having a great career and then throwing it in the bin once I had children. When I was in my twenties, I couldn’t fathom how you could be successful in your career and still be a mother. In hindsight, that willingness to let my career go, was one of the best decisions that I could have ever made. The night before the podcast, my eight year old son wanted me to tell him a story before bed. I told him that I needed to prepare for a podcast that I was doing tomorrow. I had to explain what a podcast was and told him that I would talk about my career. He said “like North Korea!”? I love the minds of children! Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Melissa on this Podcast we discussed how along our career we take with us the learnings of each employer to the next position. Not just in our careers, but in life. Appreciate the small things because one day, they will become the things that matter.
Nicole started working while at school (part-time) for Sizzler, then she worked for a printing company in administration. Following this role, she joined the team at STA Consulting Engineers and spent 25 Years in a variety of roles including Reception, Admin Office Manager, Marketing Manager, Chief Operations Officer and finally in the role of National Business Development Manager. What next? Its time for Nicole to focus and build her own business, Foundation Solutions. Underpinning and Foundation Repair - Our foundation repair services are designed to restore the safety of your home and the value of your property. What is Nicole’s key’s to success? Drive, Determination, Back YOURSELF and keep pushing forward and no you don't need a degree don't be too hard on yourself. You can do this. Listening, being sincere and wholesome with integrity. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Nicole on this Podcast she is well on her way to being the leading underpinning business in SEQ with the only female lead and franchising the underpinning process into other states.
Melissa Marsden is a Workplace Dynamics Strategist who works with corporates & professional services firms to create physical environments that drive high performance teams. Mel believes that our environments have the opportunity to positively influence our behaviour and performance at work. Mel has enabled her clients to realise not only substantial financial business profits, but also shift employee and business mindsets from slow, stagnant operations to agile and flexible environments, enabling them to swiftly adopt new business opportunities and streams, whilst establishing a premium level employee experience. Mel’s business acumen has been recognised by AIM and Telstra Business Women’s Awards for her leadership and transformational business strategy process. Website | LinkedIn Talking to Melissa on the Podcast I learnt about the value of having a variety of rooms in the office space to engage and empower your team. Is this the end of the open plan office?
Pepita Hampson joined Youngcare in February of 2017 following work in the mental health area. Pepita has also worked in a voluntary capacity with the homeless community of Brisbane and during the floods of 2011. She has also spent time travelling to East Timor and living in the mountain villages to assist with building projects and education of some of the poorest people in the world. Pepita is the Family Engagement Officer within the Youngcare Connect Team and works closely with individuals and their families to assist them to navigate the challenges they face on a daily basis. Website | Facebook Talking to Pepita on this Podcast I learnt how Pep’s dedication to those who need a hand in life extends beyond Youngcare. This podcast will make you smile and know that there are wonderful people doing amazing things in the world.
she wear was established in 2013 after an unfortunate nail-through-the-foot accident. Our Founder, Stacey, searched far and wide for comfortable, stylish women’s work boots. Astounded at only finding “unisex” options that were heavy, ill fitting, and just plain boring, she set out to develop a range of safety work boots designed specifically for women. After much research and development, due diligence, planning, prototype building, laboratory testing (and lack of sleep!) she wear’s first range of safety work boots designed and styled for women, along with a range of other matching workwear accessories, was launched in October 2013. Fast forward to 2020 and we’ve taken that same all day comfort & support and re-engineered into every day work and fashion footwear. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook Talking to Stacey on this Podcast was fun as we had a chat a bout the industry and how we should always wear comfortable shoes on site! Our on site ‘boots’ being our favourite colour is an added bonus.
Plumbaround are a locally owned & operated plumbing company. With over 15 years’ experience we have offices based in Albany Creek & Chermside West which allows us to service all suburbs in Brisbane, South and North Brisbane. Specialising in plumbing, drainage, gas fitting. Congratulations to Peita on her recent nominations and being a finalist of the AusMumpreneur awards. The Awards nationally recognise the best and brightest Australian Mums in business, acknowledging success in business, product development & innovation and customer service. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram  Talking to Peita on this Podcast I love her commitment and support to her local community – she can regularly be seen at the local Brothers Junior Rugby League Club, NOW Business Network or her local Futsal sporting group. Your local community is incredibly fortunate to have someone like you supporting them. Congratulations.
Tweed Real Food are a 5th generation family farming business who hand-make: Irresistibly delicious dukkah, rubs, salts, balsamic vinegars and more. All FREE from Gluten, Preservatives, MSG... Real Ingredients - Real Flavour. From a Farmer to your plate. The passion, drive and increasing success behind local award-winning business Tweed Real Food comes down to the driving force that is Julia Foyster, a busy and dedicated mother of two. In addition to the success Tweed Real Food has achieved in a short time frame, Julia has contributed greatly to the local community. Working collaboratively to encourage and empower local women in business, by offering support towards achieving their personal and professional goals. Website | Facebook | Instagram Talking to Julia on this Podcast she confirmed to me she is a true asset to the Tweed community; it is apparent Julia is the innovation and vital ingredient to her very real brand.
Andrea is a passionate advocate for business entrepreneurship, transforming organisations from Good to Amazing! Utilising the Marketing Blueprint, this is the basis of our strategic development, seeking clearly defined pathways for marketing expertise to build with success. Working with all business entities from start up to growth and expansion. Fundamentally, we define the best fit-for-purpose solution to move from chaos to control. With more than 25 years working within hospitality and tourism, manufacturing, human resources and labour hire, marketing and business services, there is always a solution for a business. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook  Talking to Andrea on this Podcast her passion and drive to help small business and entrepreneurs was electric. We all need someone like Andrea on our side!
Throughout high school I did all the manual arts classes I could as I enjoyed it and was good at it, it also boosted my confidence as I didn’t do so well at Home Economics. But my first real glimpse into a future in construction, was as I grew up. My Mother worked in a quarry driving frontend loaders and soil testing showing me anything was possible. After my pre-apprenticeship course (which I aced) I still didn’t have an apprenticeship to roll into when all the guys had multiple option before finishing their pre-apprenticeship course. This was the first major hurdle I face in the industry, no one willing to hire an adult female apprentice. I made many calls, sent in many applications, and even offered a day’s free labour just to get a foot in the door, then finally was offered two apprenticeships on the same day within an hour of each other. I chose to go with Q-Build and guarantee my 4 years. Since completing my apprenticeship, I have worked in a variety of roles where I have learnt a variety of skills along the way. LinkedIn Talking to Naomi on this Podcast I enjoyed her passion for helping the next generation of women.
Jo Kirley works as a BDM at Busy at Work and also runs the Apprentice Trade Events at Bunnings around QLD – showing school kids about apprenticeships & traineeships. BUSY At Work is an established and trusted not for profit organisation providing career opportunities to job seekers and students through apprenticeship, employment and education support programs. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Talking to Jo on this Podcast I was interested to learn about her side hustle ‘horse racing’ and all that this entails. Its great to have a shared belief in helping out the next generation.
For over 20 years, Janeen Vosper worked as the General Manager of Sales for a successful multi- million-dollar, national supply business. Wanting to share her expertise with women starting up in business, Janeen established her coaching business, Speech Perfect in 2007. Janeen’s passion is now to empower women in small business. To provide women with the skills to speak with a confident voice and the words to share their business story with credibility and conviction. Janeen believes, there is no doubt that the key to success in any business is to be able to speak with confidence and purpose. Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram Taking to Janeen on this Podcast I learnt about Janeen’s passion in helping women in business, the dedication to herself and learning and how the skills of communication and confidence will take us a long way. If you don’t ask, its already a no!
In 2003, Louise's life changed forever when her reporter husband left for war. A mother of two children under 4, this yanked her out of her comfortable bubble of domesticity and part-time work. Deciding she had to take control of what she could, she went on to create $42 million of property – working school hours, while raising her family. Her drive was to insulate her family financially to keep them united. And now she teaches women to have the capacity to DO, BE and HAVE a life they adore by preparing themselves for success - physically and financially. She’s a passionate advocate for helping women become financially resilient so that if their circumstances change, their lifestyle doesn’t have to. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Talking to Louise on this Podcast we discussed financial resilience for women and Louise’s decision to enter into property and the lessons she learnt.
Jessica helps people to promote their businesses on Facebook - whether it be a self-paced online course, one-on-one training or for some businesses running their Facebook marketing for them. She likes to think that she takes away that "what do I do next" feeling when it comes to advertising on Facebook & Instagram. By day, Jessica juggles her family and also runs her Facebook Ad Agency – JR Media. Most nights you’ll find her salivating over my computer keyboard analysing social media performance reports or pulling her hair out because a Facebook advertising campaign isn’t doing what she expected it to do…. – yes she’s a bit of a digital marketing nerd & proud of it! Linkedin | Facebook | Instagram | Website Talking to Jessica on this Podcast we talked about how business need to be aware of their target business and what platform they hang out on social media, but also the solutions she can bring to your business. P.S. head over to for social media hints and tips!
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