Meet the Mentors

Meet the Mentors

KYLIE-LEE BRADFORD, KAKADU TINY TOTS

Kylie-lee Bradford is a proud Murrumburr women who grew up in a small Aboriginal community called Patonga in the heart of Kakadu National Park her company Kakadu Tiny Tots completely inspired by her mum Sheril who is a traditional owner and well respected elder of this region Founded in 2016 Kakadu Tiny Tots is an Indigenous owned company from Kakadu NT creating beautiful organic baby and children’s clothing that features hand painted Indigenous art and designs. Every little piece created comes with its own Dreamtime story. The company now called Kakadu Organics has grown incredibly fast over the last couple of years. Stockedin over 80 boutique stores around Australia including domestic and International airports.

TINA HARRIS, LAH-LAH

Tina has worked extensively as a facilitator, trainer and personal coach. She is highly sort after as a consultant and speaker. With a strong background as a performer, Tina’s intuitive style creates a relaxed environment for participants to relate and learn. Tina’s delivers exceptional workshops that exceed expectations. Tina’s Business background spans over a decade of running national live touring and executive producing television and events. Tina has worked extensively as a teacher and performer and has a strong background in marketing and working with women in business. As a company leader her objective is to ensure that clients return time and again for the quality programmes that bring exceptional development to their staff.

KRYSTAL SEANG, THE WOMEN’S BUSINESS SCHOOL

Krystal Seang is a Business Coach and Strategic Business Advisor who is deeply passionate about empowering small business owners to create the business of their dreams while creating a life of freedom and flexibility for themselves and their families. Krystal has 13 years of experience in entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, leadership, teaching and small business ownership across a diverse range of industries, that have prepared her to help entrepreneurs transform their business, and lives, in a way that aligns with their passions, values and talents. After bootstrapping and scaling her last startup, e-learning service Tutornova, and selling it in 2018, Krystal now focuses her expertise and love of mentoring, on coaching business leaders on how to successfully grow a viable business, while creating lifestyle freedom.

JESSICA SYMES, SYMES GROUP

Jessica Symes is an executive coach, leadership consultant, facilitator and keynote speaker. She is a passionate thought leader with a focus on creativity, collaboration,career confidence and the science of building confidence, positive psychology,personality and the hard skills of human behaviour to drive innovation.With 15 years of working with clients across the Asia Pacific region in financial services, technology, health, media, engineering, law, accounting and telecommunications. Jessica is dedicated to supporting clients to thrive in an ever-changing business landscape.

YEMI PENN, DID YOU GET THE MEMO

Yemi Penn is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to manifesting dreams and desires. Having had faced some challenges in her child and adulthood she has consciously decided to swim rather than sink, making a continuous note to her self and clients that we are all powerful co-creators. As an author managing 3 businesses with a podcast and numerous other love projects, she doesn’t intend on stopping there as doing what sets her soul on fire is her mantra. Whilst dreaming up her next venture she is mother to two beautiful children, living in Sydney.

LAURA FURIOSI, BOSSY MUMMY

Laura Furiosi started her first business in 2008 with her first baby at home. Laura has had her swimwear Rashoodz Swimwear for babies and toddlers sold in the USA, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Japan, New Zealand, UK and Australia. She managed to create a business that was sort after and sold in David Jones, House of Fraser,Walmart and the big online stores in China. Her biggest success was being able to run her business from home whilst struggling with endometriosis and raising her three daughters. Laura attributes her success to not giving up, a positive attitude and working around the challenges. Currently having a gap year, she helps other women in business through her business consulting company Bossy Mummy

ROBYN BAKER, BUSY CONNECTING

Specialising in assisting you with how you are seen by increasing your social media reach and engagement through the written word. Robyn Baker, Founder of Busy Connecting prides herself in staying up to date so that you are never left behind. With over 20 years experience working in government and another 15 in private enterprise, Robyn has been able to combine what she has learnt along with her vast experience to help you navigate through specialised documentation and all things strategic. 

MICHELLE WORTHINGTON, SHARE YOUR STORY

Michelle Worthington is a real-life book fairy. Her magic powers include turning coffee into award-winning picture books published all over the world. Blessed with an overactive imagination, she has been writing poetry and stories from a very early age and now credits her three sons with giving her a continued endless source of inspiration for her writing, as well as her wrinkles and high blood pressure. Born and bred in Brisbane, Australia, she is proud to write books that are mirrors, windows and doors for children all over the world. As Founder of Share Your Story Australia, she waves her wand to coach aspiring authors and illustrators achieve their dreams of publication. Whether she’s a book fairy, a mermaid, a pirate or an elf, Michelle celebrates the power of words. Her goal is to make children fall in love with books, the most magical gift of all.

EMMA VEIGA-MALTA, BESPOKE BACKDROPS & BRANDING

Her 20 year career as an artist and designer spans both Europe and Australia. She grew up in England, graduated in London with a BA(hons) in Fashion & Textiles, before working in fashion PR and publishing.  In 1997, she moved to Switzerland, where she ran a small art studio, and exhibited both in Geneva and London. Her entrepreneurial journey has opened doors and afforded she so she incredible opportunities, including a stint in Silicon Valley after winning a ‘Shark Tank-style’ pitch contest, where she  attended conferences, sheet-ups and forged relationships with incredible people in the start-up and VC world. She is a mentor and guest expert for various business schools and programs,  helping early-stage businesses grow and thrive. As a life-long learner in business, she brings much of her experience into her design work. She understands the power of good design and visual resonance; connecting on an emotional level is as important as connecting on an intellectual level. After all, 93% of communication in non-verbal. Her Why is to make life and business more beautiful – and encourage businesses to show up effectively and get the results they are looking for. Standing out from the crowd is vital in today’s saturated and noisy market place. And creating a solid visual identity and on-brand videos establishes a subliminal and powerful connection with your clients, staff, prospects and followers.

KAREN MCDERMOTT, SERENITY PRESS

Award winning publisher, author and advanced Law of Attraction practitioner, Karen McDermott, is a sought-after speaker who shares her knowledge and wisdom on building publishing empires, establishing yourself as a successful author-publisher and book writing. Having built a highly successful publishing business from scratch, signing major authors, writing over 20 books and establishing her own credible brand in the market, Karen has developed strategies and techniques based on tapping into the power of knowing to create your dreams. Karen is a gifted teacher who inspires others to make magic happen in their lives through utilising her power of knowing strategies. She mentors multiple new authors through her Everything Publishing Academy. After working with Karen, you’ll walk away with essential tools and know-how to write and sell your book, get published or build your own successful publishing business, all in your own way.

RUTH LAZERSON, RUTHIE L DESIGNS

Ruth Lazerson is a surface and textile designer and started her boutique textile design studio ruthie L. designs in 2015. Specialising in custom rug design for residential interiors and working in close collaboration with interior designers, Ruth provides a highly personal and special experience for both designer and client from initial concept stages right through to installation of the rug. By sharing photographs and moments from the rug making process in India and Nepal, Ruth is able to honour the incredible talent of the artisans who create her products. A very talented designer, with a strong focus on ethical integrity, Ruth is committed to Goodweave, a not for profit, international  organisation helping to end child labour and assist with education in South East Asia. She is also involved in assisting the weavers (particularly women) in her own weaving communities in India and Nepal. Ruth has recently designed a collection of cashmere scarves and is hoping to contribute a large percentage of the profits from these towards her weaving community. Says Ruth, “The threads tell a beautiful story of integrity and humility and this is what you will find at the core of everything we do”

STACEY BARRASS, GODDESS CLEANING GROUP

Stacey Barrass is passionate about the power of investing in women and has seen firsthand what can happen when someone believes in you enough to give you an opportunity to grow. When she became a solo parent after escaping from an abusive relationship, Stacey handed in her resignation from the corporate world and commenced cleaning homes during school hours. From those humble beginnings to today employing a team of eighteen, Stacey is forging a path through the cleaning industry to turn it on its head. She has created an ethical work platform and an environment where her team members are celebrated for their hard work and not looked down upon due to the current ‘cleaner’ mentality. Her focus is on employment of women from disadvantaged backgrounds and domestic violence survivors. Stacey aims to fill their confidence cup, build their self-esteem and encourage them to break the cycle by creating their own life with positive changes.

MIM JENKINSON, LOVE FROM MIM

Mim Jenkinson is passionate about the power of investing in women. Mim overcame her battle with breast cancer in 2015, as a mother of two small children, documenting her journey in real time on her blog Love from Mim. She is now a successful businesswoman with a thriving community, an author and keynote speaker and she truly understands the power of nurturing women’s potential. Mim is passionate about helping overwhelmed women create empowering habits that lead to a life they love! Her vast experience as a content creator, digital marketer and author has expanded greatly since setting up her first website back in 2013. Over the years, she has built an audience of busy mothers who look to Mim for help with creating, ending and changing their habits and routines to be more organised, get creative or expand their happiness. Mim helps her community with everything from meal planning and decluttering to quitting alcohol or starting their own business! Mim’s six-figure business allows her the flexibility to work from home, sharing the things she loves and showing through personal experience and stories how her strategies work.