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Nicola Scott is the Master Builders Queensland,  Sunshine Coast Regional Manager. Nicola brings with her seven years, experience with the  Queensland Building and Construction Commission,  where she was the Sunshine Coast Operations Team  Leader and A/Regional Manager. Nicola has a background in several different areas, from  Adult and Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Community Corrections, Probation and Parole, Aged Care and the Queensland Police Service, she utilizes this knowledge and her life experience to ensure she provides outstanding support and guidance to the Construction Industry. Nicola’s dad is a retired builder and she is passionate about the Construction Industry, her goal is to educate and support Master Builder Members through the ongoing legislative changes in the Industry, QBCC licensing requirements and dispute resolution, while working toward being a trusted and recognised voice for the Industry. Nicola is a mother of three, and a grandmother of 4 wonderful grandchildren and is committed to her family and their futures. Website
Megan Nastrom in one of the co-founders of Ultra Living Homes, part of The Ultra Group Australia which builds new homes, SDA projects and small townhouse developments. Megan has a strong business background and a bachelors degree in commerce majoring in accounting. More recently, Megan has moved into the space of interior design and manages all aspects of curating and putting together a portfolio of display homes over South East Queensland. She also has great satisfaction in personally staging all display homes herself. Having lived on the Gold Coast for the past 6 years to start the business with her husband, Megan and her family enjoyed living on the Sunshine Coast where she owned and operated the very first photo booth business in that area for over 5 years. Megan also enjoys reading autobiographies and loves quality time with her husband and their 2 daughters. Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn
With businesses facing the challenging of a revolving and everchanging workforce – caused by both low unemployment rates and the global phenomenon that is ‘The Great Resignation’ – we’ll be exploring ways to attract and retain staff and find the right people for your business. The pandemic saw many workers reflecting on what’s important to them, which has seen many businesses grappling with how to not only keep their existing talent, but also find and keep new people as well. The Great Resignation is not going away and businesses need to come to grips with the changes and find a new path that suits not only their business, but their employees as well. Our panel will discuss how they win over and retain the right candidates, including what to look out for when recruiting, how to get new and existing employees invested in your business, and how to make sure your new hires will represent the voice and brand you want for your business. In the current climate particularly in the construction industry, with stress and emotions running high as a result of labour material shortages and cost hikes, it’s also vital that you have your people’s back and support them. Website - DR Homes | Website - Master Builders | LinkedIn About our sponsor: Austrworld are Australia's trusted wholesaler of plumbing solutions. Austworld support plumbing families all over Australia by manufacturing a huge range of quality products that are designed with integrity to make every job stress free. Our extensive range of high-end valves, tapware and fittings are designed to save plumbers time, conserve resources and stay ahead of new techniques aimed at working together in this increasing water conscious society. All of our products are designed and tested by a team of local engineers in our own research facility and this care extends to manufacturing, ensuring our products are amongst the world’s finest.
Ally Kelly is the Chief Executive Officer & Founder of Mind Blank a mental health promotion charity. Selected as the 2021 Suicide Prevention Australia Outstanding Contribution Award winner, Ally is passionate about difference to empower people to implement mental health strategies and have conversations that save lives. Since the pandemic commenced in 2020 she has supported over 500 WH&S Officers and their working groups to support best practice when it comes to the mitigating psychological hazards in the workplace. Website | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube | LinkedIn
Taryn Poole is the Marketing Manager for Austworld – recognised as one of Australia’s leading plumbing wholesalers. Prior to joining the Austworld team back in February, Taryn established and operated her own marketing consultancy for 12 years. Fresh out of high school, Taryn was awarded a scholarship to study at Bond University, starting her career at a small advertising agency before finding her niche in marketing for private enterprises. She describes herself as a ‘creative at heart’ whose love of travel has taken her all over the world. The highlights – a painting retreat in the South of France and a high-altitude trek in the mountains of Nepal. During 2021, Taryn and her partner sailed the beautiful Queensland coast while living and travelling on their 41-foot sailing catamaran. Taryn worked remotely on the boat with the help of a Cel-fi mobile booster secured to the top of their mast! Website | Facebook | Instagram
Michelle is a construction lawyer with actual site experience, who knows how to build. Having studied law while working as a CA for a commercial builder, Michelle's context to industry is like no other. Michelle has qualifications in building and law, and she's even a licensed project manager client side. Michelle joins us today in her role as a construction lawyer for McCarthy Durie Lawyers, and she's here to talk to us about price wars, underpricing and how to deal with material price rises. Website | Facebook | LinkedIn
As Chief Economist at PRD Asti monitors a wide variety of macro and microeconomic trends, both within and external to Australia, that directly and indirectly impact the Australian residential real estate (housing) market. She is a member of the Residential Committee 2021-2022 for the Property Council of Australia, a member of the Reserve Bank of Australia Liaison Program, and an industry partner within the Australian Federal Government Cooperative Research Centre for Longevity. Asti is the industry co-lecturer and research supervisor for Queensland University of Technology Bachelor of Property Economics and has provided expert real estate commentary at national and international seminars, as well as to various print, online, radio, and TV media. She is the chairperson for the Built to Rent World Virtual Summit 2021 and a keynote speaker for the Real Estate Institute in New South Wales Roadshow 2021. In her spare time Asti serves as the secretary for the Queensland Multicultural Council, sits as an external advisory board to the University of New South Wales’ Risk and Future Resilience Group, and is an advocate for Women and Minority group mentoring. Website | LinkedIn
Employed for 20 years with the southern hemisphere’s largest local government (Brisbane City Council) in multi-disciplinary marketing and communications areas specialising in stakeholder and community engagement. Since then, Robyn has worked on strategic communication projects in the corporate sector both locally, nationally and internationally. A specialist in strategic communications Robyn’s sills include grants, tenders, government and corporate submissions, legislative and government documentation. Business founder of Busy Connecting, Robyn specialises in business growth and development strategies for small and medium-sized enterprises. Robyn is also a mentor for Australian Women’s Business School, the International Day of the Girl Child, Civic Leader Innovate 2018 & 2019 and a judge for the AusMumpreneur awards. #busyconnecting #theboringwritter #grants #tenders #procurement Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn
Danni Vee is a women's transformational specialist, empowering ambitious women to re-energise and rejuvenate their mind, body and soul. Danni will take you from a point of disconnection from who you are, and awaken you into the confident, worthy women you are born to be. Danni is a qualified Neuro Linguistics practitioner, nutrition & wellness coach and master trainer in Women's health and fitness. She takes a holistic and intuitive approach to mentoring her client in mind, body and soul! Feel the freedom of having a healthy, holistic appreciation of your entire being, and connect to your inner divine feminine power. "My main focus is helping my clients build positive, kick-ass, run-the-world attitudes. When women arm themselves with a strong, powerful mindset, then healthy exercise and nutrition choices just come naturally and their confidence and self-esteem soar." ~Danni Vee Website | Instagram | LinkedIn
Alanna Ball is the founder and Principal Consultant of Women in Safety Pty Ltd, a company that empowers, transforms and inspires WHS professionals to bring their best selves to work to create safe outcomes for organisations, families and friends. Alanna is a true leader of people, equality and change. She is a passionate and well recognised leader in health and safety for the way she is actively empowering thousands of professionals and driving rapid change for females to bring their best selves to work. As a working mum, Alanna is all too familiar in the art of juggling change, conflict and sacrifice however always stands true in her values. It is these values that have seen her grow a community of over 2000 health and safety professional members in Australia and New Zealand as well as work with multiple national and international brands to drive health and safety change. Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn
Lisa’s go to line is always “Proudly Australian minus the accent, having been born in South Africa but living in Australia for 20 years, Lisa supports all things Australian and is Proud to be an Aussie. - Skilled in Management across Partnerships, Marketing, Sales & Business Development - Global Corporate Experience - Adaptable to new opportunities - Strong ability to identify new business & revenue streams - Establishing partnerships & relationships across cultures - Strong people skills Lisa holds a degree in social sciences and a diploma of marketing, but says there is nothing better than life skills, and calling these years her WTF years ( what the fifty...) Specialties: Management, Marketing, Communications, Sales, Business Development, Branding, Business Negotiating ,Leadership, Relationship & Commercial Partnerships. - Board level experience - Winner of Innovation Award - Women in Business - Certificate- Achievement Women in Business - Recognised by ANZ Bank as a BUSINESS mover & shaker - Recognised by Australia Post for achievement in New Business New committee member for Bond University Women’s Network for 2022. Experienced across Global industry businesses ranging from Coca Cola, Deloitte, KPMG, Energex, Vale ,Minara Mining, Oztrail, BCF, Oz Minerals, Oxiana Mining, Accor, Mariott, Australia Zoo & Wildlife Warriors & Queensland Recycling initiatives. Passionate about equality, diversity, philanthropy & fairness in the workplace. Website | LinkedIn - Lisa Ketjen | LinkedIn - The Usher Group | Instagram
Fiona Simpson is a trail blazer in the Queensland Parliament as the longest serving female MP, and first woman to serve as its Speaker in more than 150 years. Elected as the Member for Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast in 1992, she is currently the Shadow Minister for Integrity in the Government, State Development, Infrastructure and Planning and Olympics and Paralympics infrastructure and Jobs. Fiona believes that local solutions lead to global answers and champions the power of collaborative community leadership to help identify and solve local problems, working with numerous community and service organisations who share the same vision. Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | YouTube
Stacey Head founded she wear in 2013 after a nail-through-the-foot incident on a worksite. After searching far and wide for comfortable, stylish women’s work boots but only finding “unisex” options that were heavy and ill-fitting, Stacey 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 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 2022 and that same all-day comfort and support has been reengineered into everyday work and fashion footwear as well as a great range of work wear. Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn
Ali Kouparitsas is one of Rochele Painting's Directors and has technically been a part of the business since she was born. Her main role is to keep the other directors (her two brothers Jeremy and Samuel) in check. She also has great knowledge and experience in marketing and advertising having worked in publishing. Being a woman in a male dominated industry isn't something new to Rochelle as she has been a part of it her whole life. When I came across AWIC I jumped at the chance to get involved because it is so great seeing more and more women being involved in such an incredible industry. Having the ability to discuss like minded issues and challenges together not only helps support each other but is also great for our industry. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook
Maree Adshead, Small Business Commissioner, is an experienced advocate and small business owner. Maree spent 10 years in the legal profession, as partner of a tier-one national law firm. She co-founded and built her own successful software start-up businesses; receiving multiple awards for excellence in innovation. Maree has also been instrumental in helping others to build their own businesses. In 2017, Maree was appointed the inaugural Queensland Small Business Champion – establishing a trusted interface between business and government; advocating on behalf of the Queensland small business community; and triaging and referring disputes. Building on these achievements, Maree now leads the Office of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner (OQSBC). Website | LinkedIn - Maree Adshead | LinkedIn - Office of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner | Facebook
As Chief Economist at PRD Dr Diaswati (Asti) Mardiasmo monitors a wide variety of macro and microeconomic trends, both within and external to Australia, that directly and indirectly impact the Australian residential real estate (housing) market. As part of the senior management team at PRD Asti leads a team of research analysts that provide high level residential property insights to PRD franchises across Australia, private and government institutions, individual investors, and the wider community. In her spare time Asti serves as the secretary for the Queensland Multicultural Council, sits as an external advisory board to the University of New South Wales’ Risk and Future Resilience Group, and is an advocate for Women and Minority group mentoring. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook
It is well documented that Lisa Fogarty is known for her high level of energy and has a passion for service excellence, often referred to as the modern day Mary Poppins, if you ever have had a chance to meet her in person you would have been mesmerized by her sparkly eyes and outstanding ability to engage you with her energy. You would have had a giggle; smiling is always on the agenda. When you asked Lisa how she is, she would have responded with one of her favorite sayings from a mentor of hers (Zig Ziglar) “I am sensational and improving” or “I am outstanding and getting better”. With 20 plus years experience in the Automotive industry it will be intriguing to understand why Lisa has made the transition from cars and finance to creating happy families. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook
Zoe is an experienced consultant, Churchill Fellow and engineer who specialises in Smart Communities, that is using different ways of thinking and technology as enablers to make the places we live more accessible, liveable and sustainable for all. The combination of Zoe’s engineering background and her ability to engage and explain complex topics in a friendly and informative way, allows her to offer future-thinking, useful and realistic strategic advice. Zoe keeps up-to-date with the latest trends and shares her learnings through hosting The Smart Community Podcast. Through her boutique consultancy My Smart Community, she offers strategic advisory on dealing with disruption, leveraging infrastructure spend and major projects, smart technology in regional communities and facilitating genuine collaboration. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook
Louise Azzopardi is a Life coach - and also a qualified Heavy Vehicle Mechanic turned trainer and assessor. Her journey through the trades is what lead her to become a coach, after experiencing the rollercoaster of being a women in a male dominated trade and feeling like no one understood what she was going through she wanted to make sure no one else felt that way! Everyone has a purpose and I believe mine is to use my experience and knowledge as a tradeswomen to inspire and educate up and coming tradies and make the workforce a more accepting place for everyone! Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook
Sally Foley-Lewis inspires and skills managers be high performing, purposeful and productive. Obsessed with boosting productive- and self-leadership that ensures people reach their potential. Sally’s presentations and programs positively impact your confidence, leadership and results. A multi-award winning global professional speaker, Sally has also authored multiple books. Her new book SPARK provides 9 simple strategies to ignite exceptional self leadership. Website | LinkedIn | Facebook
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