EVENTS CALENDAR

Upcoming events

    • 10 Sep 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Whites IGA Head Office, Bli Bli Village Town Centre, Building 2, Level 4, 310 David Low Way Bli Bli 4560
    • 14
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    September "Inside Edge" Lunch 

    Our Inside Edge sessions get you up close and personal with our Sunshine Coast Business Women of the Year winners, created for our members to gain an inside edge on creating a successful business.

    This month's guest speaker is Amanda Yeates who is Deputy Director General at Department of Transport and Main Roads and the 2016 Sunshine Coast Professional Business Woman of the Year.

    Amanda’s career experience has developed her strong abilities in managing stakeholder relationships and negotiating outcomes with multiple, complex and often competing stakeholder inputs.

    Amanda is a passionate advocate and supporter of workforce diversity and is committed to fostering and environment and culture that supports a vibrant, diverse, collaborative, safe, rewarding and high performing workplace. As Chair of the TMR Safety, health and Wellbeing Governance Committee, Amanda is dedicated to the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of staff across the department.

    This event is limited and available only for our members. Ticket includes a light lunch.

    Registrations close Friday 6th September - if event has not sold out earlier.

    • 11 Sep 2019
    • 6:45 AM - 8:30 AM
    • Surfair Marcoola
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    Wednesday, September 11th | 6:45 am - 8:30 am
    Surfair, Marcoola

    September Breakfast – talking Mental Health with The Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute

    This month we're revisiting the important topic of Mental Health; how to spot the warning signs among peers, clients, staff and loved ones that something isn't right, and how to cope with the difficult conversations. 

    Partnering with the incredible team at The Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute, this will be an open panel conversation about mental health in the workplace and daily life with some practical tips for you to implement right away to support yourself and those around you. We’ll also discuss the latest neuroscience behind mental health – how brain structure and function support mental health and how we can all use that information to increase wellbeing. Importantly, we’ll also learn the mental health issues and associated impacts experienced by our Sunshine Coast community and what our region is doing collectively to build its capacity and resilience.

    When you think about the amount of time you spend each week with your staff/workmates/clients you will most likely find that you have more contact hours with these people than your own family and friends, and with more than 50% of people experiencing a mental health issue, it makes so much sense to equip yourself with some helpful tools to be able to assist those around you when they need mental and emotional support.

    Of course, the insight you learn at this breakfast can be applied to all social scenarios whether you want to learn how to effectively talk to a work colleague or a friend going through a tough time. Being a network of driven businesswomen, we also recognise a large number of micro/small business owners and soloprenuers in our membership who are more likely to experience feelings of isolation and overwhelm, so we, of course, want to understand how we can best support our fellow SCBWN members to feel like they have a safe group to reach out to.

    With the all-important RUOK (are you ok?) Day encouraging people to check-in on others being a great start to addressing mental health, do you know what you'd say or do if someone you asked said "no"? Do you know what support structures you could implement for a staff member going through a difficult time and how this fits in with their performance management and team dynamic? How many times do you check-in, what do you say, do you keep prodding or do you ignore? It can be an uncomfortable situation and most of us will find ourselves there, so come and learn from the Thompson Institute experts about the right way to approach the difficult conversations.

    What you will learn:

    • What we can all learn from the latest neuroscience to improve our mental and brain health
    • The mental health issues specific to the Sunshine Coast and what our region is collectively doing to build its capacity
    • How to identify, understand and respond to mental health issues in staff members, colleagues, friends or family
    • What to do if someone around you is not OK
    • Mental Health first aid tips
    • Where to go for more resources, support and training

    About the Thompson Institute:

    The Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute was established by the University of the Sunshine Coast as a hub for world-class mental health research, teaching and clinical services.

    The Thompson Institute pioneers a unique operating model that integrates clinical services, advocacy, research and education. The result is the fast translation of research breakthroughs into education and practice, contributing to the Institute’s mission to improve outcomes for people experiencing mental illness and find preventions and cures.

    Opening last year, the Institute is already at the forefront of research for some of Australia’s most pressing mental health issues, including suicide prevention, healthy brain ageing and dementia, post-traumatic stress disorder and youth mental health. 

    The Institute and its people are community-focussed and believe partnerships with government and industry and the participation of businesses and the general public in education, research and advocacy are vital to the improvement of mental health on the Sunshine Coast and beyond.

    Professor Jim Lagopoulos

    Professor Jim Lagopoulos is the inaugural director of USC’s Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience - Thompson Institute, a hub for mental health and neurological research, clinical services and teaching.

    He is an expert in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and has been involved in neuroimaging for over 20 years. This expertise in capturing the structure and activity of the brain along with his passion to better people’s lives has contributed to the Thompson Institute’s growing reputation as a leader in research for some of Australia’s most pressing mental health issues.

    Prof Lagopoulos is a leading academic and medical specialist who has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and contributed to several books. He is member of numerous international societies, including the 'International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine' and the 'Organization of Human Brain Mapping'. He has received several awards, including the 'Westmead Foundation Prize'.

    Dr Amanda Clacy

    Dr Amanda Clacy is a research fellow at the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute, leading a vital suicide-prevention program.

    This includes The Alliance for Suicide Prevention – Sunshine Coast, an evidence-based community-focussed program to drive down the higher-than-average rate of suicide on the Sunshine Coast and its wide impacts on our community. Dr Clacy’s team works with industry and businesses to implement a best-practice European model proven to improve the mental health of communities and reduce suicide rates by 24 per cent within just two years.

    In addition to working with community, Dr Clacy is involved in the Thompson Institute’s research and ground-breaking clinical trials in mental health and suicide prevention.

    She is passionate about bridging the gap between research and practice and the art of communicating science so its findings and benefits can be understood and accessed by everyone.

    • 26 Sep 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Whites IGA Head Office, Bli Bli Village Town Centre, Building 2, Level 4, 310 David Low Way Bli Bli 4560
    • 19
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    September "Inside Business" Series

    Wondering why you don’t have any money in the bank but thought your business was going well?  Or maybe your business is not going so well, and you just can’t work out why? Do you think tax is ruining your business cashflow?  Or maybe you have been pretending you understood finances for so long (but you don’t!) you can’t possibly admit it now!

    Bentleys and the SCBWN are offering you an opportunity to increase your financial literacy and truly understand all those things you wanted to know about tax and finance but just didn’t know who to ask.

    What you always wanted to ask about finance but were too afraid to

    Helping you understand your profit and loss, your balance sheet and what all those financial terms mean that your bank, lawyer and accountant keep talking about.

    We will workshop all of your financial reports and answer your questions so you can truly understand your businesses’ financial position, engage in meaningful conversations with your advisers and use this information to make better business decisions.

    Find out all you need to know with our two expert speakers Peta Grenfell and Amanda Arnold.


    Peta Grenfell

    Peta is a Partner at Bentleys Qld, and the Managing Director of the Bentleys Sunshine Coast office.

    She is a CPA with significant experience assisting clients with the proactive management of both their business and taxation matters. While she has worked with clients across a diverse range of industries and issues, she has a particular interest in:

    - professional services businesses (including medical and legal professionals);

    - the building and construction industry;

    - foreign tax;

    - superannuation, including SMSF’s;

    - small business structuring


    Peta has a passion for educating small business owners so they can better understand and manage their own businesses, increasing their chance of success in what can be a challenging small business market.

    And while Peta sounds like your typical accountant she had a ‘life’ before tax! After a stint at one of the big four banks, Peta spent time roaming the world working in many different industries and roles helping her understand what makes businesses, staff and owners tick (and how to live on super tight budget!). Returning home, she worked for the ATO before (quickly) realising she wanted to escape the bureaucracy and help small businesses, so they didn’t end up on the wrong side of the ATO in the first place. 

    A mum to two young boys Peta juggles life as a working businesswoman, helping her genuinely understand the challenges facing women in business every day.

    Amanda Arnold

    Boring accountant? That’s not how you would describe Amanda! She’s a mum to 3 busy kids, she’s a self-published author, she’s a adventurer and she’s run her own business – all in the disguise of being an accountant!

    Originally from Tully in North Queensland, she moved south to pursue her career working in one of the Big 4 accounting practices. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has worked with clients across all industries. After 13 years, Amanda took a career break to have children and ended up moving to the Sunshine Coast. Never one to sit still, Amanda self-published and marketed 2 cookbooks in her ‘spare time’. She went on to sell over 3000 copies, which is no mean feat considering her ‘office’ was her kitchen bench! When her kids were old enough, she returned to accounting with Bentleys – and found the perfect balance between career and family life.

    Her parents owned a small business for over 30 years and she has a true appreciation for what business owners go through and the challenges they face day to day. All of these experiences truly enable her to develop real connections with her clients as she understands the realities of being in business. Being an advisor and educator to women in business is Amanda's specialty and where her passion lies. 

    This event is limited and available only for our members.

    Registrations close Monday 23rd September - if event has not sold out earlier.

    • 8 Oct 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Whites IGA Head Office, Bli Bli Village Town Centre, Building 2, Level 4, 310 David Low Way Bli Bli 4560
    • 20
    Register


    October "Inside Edge" Lunch 

    Our Inside Edge sessions get you up close and personal with our Sunshine Coast Business Women of the Year winners, created for our members to gain an inside edge on creating a successful business.

    Elaine Jobson is the CEO of Jetts Fitness, was our 2017 Outstanding Business Woman of the Year and will be the October Inside Edge guest speaker.

    Elaine is an experienced senior executive who has worked in the Health and Fitness Industry for over 20 years. She has worked directly for some of the industry's most well known entrepreneurs such as, Mike Balfour OBE, the founder of Fitness First, which was then the fastest growing and largest chain of health clubs in the world. She worked her way up through the business ranks including positions such as European Sales Executive and Managing Director of Fitness First for Women for a total of 9 years.

    Elaine then made the move to South Africa to work for Virgin Active with most of her time spent in the role of Chief Operating Officer. Virgin Active is the largest chain of health clubs in SA with over 100 health clubs, 650,000 members and 4,800 staff.

    Here Elaine was able to learn from Richard Branson school of thinking about building a brand and giving the customer what they want. Following her five years in South Africa, Mike Balfour once again approached Elaine to head up his Asian Health Club expansion, Jatomi Fitness, where Elaine designed, built and operated clubs in Malaysia and Indonesia.

    Elaine has since made the move to Australia to work for Jetts Fitness in the roles of Chief Operating Officer, General Manager and more recently into the role of Chief Executive Officer for Jetts Australia and International.

    She has a passion for people and extensive experience with culture change having taken Virgin Active SA to become Deloitte Best Company to Work For. 

    This event is limited and available only for our members. Ticket includes a light lunch.

    Registrations close Friday 4th October - if event has not sold out earlier.

    • 24 Oct 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Whites IGA Head Office, Bli Bli Village Town Centre, Building 2, Level 4, 310 David Low Way Bli Bli 4560
    • 20
    Register

    October "Inside Business" Series

    Wondering why you don’t have any money in the bank but thought your business was going well?  Or maybe your business is not going so well, and you just can’t work out why? Do you think tax is ruining your business cashflow?  Or maybe you have been pretending you understood finances for so long (but you don’t!) you can’t possibly admit it now!

    Bentleys and the SCBWN are offering you an opportunity to increase your financial literacy and truly understand all those things you wanted to know about tax and finance but just didn’t know who to ask.

    Cashflows and budgets - 24 October

    Cashflows and budgets don’t have to be difficult to create (and then never get used). We’ll show you how to easily set them up, and then ways to use them to understand how your business is performing during the year.

    The insight this gives you into your business will help you make financial decisions and know when you need to take action to avoid the stress that a lack of cashflow causes.

    Find out all you need to know with our two expert speakers Peta Grenfell and Amanda Arnold.


    Peta Grenfell

    Peta is a Partner at Bentleys Qld, and the Managing Director of the Bentleys Sunshine Coast office.

    She is a CPA with significant experience assisting clients with the proactive management of both their business and taxation matters. While she has worked with clients across a diverse range of industries and issues, she has a particular interest in:

    - professional services businesses (including medical and legal professionals);

    - the building and construction industry;

    - foreign tax;

    - superannuation, including SMSF’s;

    - small business structuring


    Peta has a passion for educating small business owners so they can better understand and manage their own businesses, increasing their chance of success in what can be a challenging small business market.

    And while Peta sounds like your typical accountant she had a ‘life’ before tax! After a stint at one of the big four banks, Peta spent time roaming the world working in many different industries and roles helping her understand what makes businesses, staff and owners tick (and how to live on super tight budget!). Returning home, she worked for the ATO before (quickly) realising she wanted to escape the bureaucracy and help small businesses, so they didn’t end up on the wrong side of the ATO in the first place. 

    A mum to two young boys Peta juggles life as a working businesswoman, helping her genuinely understand the challenges facing women in business every day.

    Amanda Arnold

    Boring accountant? That’s not how you would describe Amanda! She’s a mum to 3 busy kids, she’s a self-published author, she’s a adventurer and she’s run her own business – all in the disguise of being an accountant!

    Originally from Tully in North Queensland, she moved south to pursue her career working in one of the Big 4 accounting practices. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has worked with clients across all industries. After 13 years, Amanda took a career break to have children and ended up moving to the Sunshine Coast. Never one to sit still, Amanda self-published and marketed 2 cookbooks in her ‘spare time’. She went on to sell over 3000 copies, which is no mean feat considering her ‘office’ was her kitchen bench! When her kids were old enough, she returned to accounting with Bentleys – and found the perfect balance between career and family life.

    Her parents owned a small business for over 30 years and she has a true appreciation for what business owners go through and the challenges they face day to day. All of these experiences truly enable her to develop real connections with her clients as she understands the realities of being in business. Being an advisor and educator to women in business is Amanda's specialty and where her passion lies. 

    This event is limited and available only for our members.

    Registrations close Monday 23rd September - if event has not sold out earlier.

    • 21 Nov 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Whites IGA Head Office, Bli Bli Village Town Centre, Building 2, Level 4, 310 David Low Way Bli Bli 4560
    • 20
    Register

    November "Inside Business" Series

    Wondering why you don’t have any money in the bank but thought your business was going well?  Or maybe your business is not going so well, and you just can’t work out why? Do you think tax is ruining your business cashflow?  Or maybe you have been pretending you understood finances for so long (but you don’t!) you can’t possibly admit it now!

    Bentleys and the SCBWN are offering you an opportunity to increase your financial literacy and truly understand all those things you wanted to know about tax and finance but just didn’t know who to ask.

    Where is all my money? - 21 November

    If you feel like all your income has disappeared and there's nothing left to pay your tax each year this session is for you! We will help you implement strategies to ensure you know where your profit is going and importantly, when your tax is due.

    Find out all you need to know with our two expert speakers Peta Grenfell and Amanda Arnold.


    Peta Grenfell

    Peta is a Partner at Bentleys Qld, and the Managing Director of the Bentleys Sunshine Coast office.

    She is a CPA with significant experience assisting clients with the proactive management of both their business and taxation matters. While she has worked with clients across a diverse range of industries and issues, she has a particular interest in:

    - professional services businesses (including medical and legal professionals);

    - the building and construction industry;

    - foreign tax;

    - superannuation, including SMSF’s;

    - small business structuring


    Peta has a passion for educating small business owners so they can better understand and manage their own businesses, increasing their chance of success in what can be a challenging small business market.

    And while Peta sounds like your typical accountant she had a ‘life’ before tax! After a stint at one of the big four banks, Peta spent time roaming the world working in many different industries and roles helping her understand what makes businesses, staff and owners tick (and how to live on super tight budget!). Returning home, she worked for the ATO before (quickly) realising she wanted to escape the bureaucracy and help small businesses, so they didn’t end up on the wrong side of the ATO in the first place. 

    A mum to two young boys Peta juggles life as a working businesswoman, helping her genuinely understand the challenges facing women in business every day.

    Amanda Arnold

    Boring accountant? That’s not how you would describe Amanda! She’s a mum to 3 busy kids, she’s a self-published author, she’s a adventurer and she’s run her own business – all in the disguise of being an accountant!

    Originally from Tully in North Queensland, she moved south to pursue her career working in one of the Big 4 accounting practices. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has worked with clients across all industries. After 13 years, Amanda took a career break to have children and ended up moving to the Sunshine Coast. Never one to sit still, Amanda self-published and marketed 2 cookbooks in her ‘spare time’. She went on to sell over 3000 copies, which is no mean feat considering her ‘office’ was her kitchen bench! When her kids were old enough, she returned to accounting with Bentleys – and found the perfect balance between career and family life.

    Her parents owned a small business for over 30 years and she has a true appreciation for what business owners go through and the challenges they face day to day. All of these experiences truly enable her to develop real connections with her clients as she understands the realities of being in business. Being an advisor and educator to women in business is Amanda's specialty and where her passion lies. 

    This event is limited and available only for our members.

    Registrations close Monday 23rd September - if event has not sold out earlier.

    • 5 Dec 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Whites IGA Head Office, Bli Bli Village Town Centre, Building 2, Level 4, 310 David Low Way Bli Bli 4560
    • 20
    Register

    December "Inside Business" Series

    Wondering why you don’t have any money in the bank but thought your business was going well?  Or maybe your business is not going so well, and you just can’t work out why? Do you think tax is ruining your business cashflow?  Or maybe you have been pretending you understood finances for so long (but you don’t!) you can’t possibly admit it now!

    Bentleys and the SCBWN are offering you an opportunity to increase your financial literacy and truly understand all those things you wanted to know about tax and finance but just didn’t know who to ask.

    Where to from here? - 5 December

    Once you know how your business is performing, know where your profit is going and have the timing of your tax payments under control - it’s time to look at ways to improve your business, and ensure you protect it into the future. In this session we will workshop a list of strategies that should be reviewed every year including topics such as the structure your business operates through, insurances – and why you need them, wills and POAs and most importantly the plan you have for your business and how to execute it.

    Find out all you need to know with our two expert speakers Peta Grenfell and Amanda Arnold.


    Peta Grenfell

    Peta is a Partner at Bentleys Qld, and the Managing Director of the Bentleys Sunshine Coast office.

    She is a CPA with significant experience assisting clients with the proactive management of both their business and taxation matters. While she has worked with clients across a diverse range of industries and issues, she has a particular interest in:

    - professional services businesses (including medical and legal professionals);

    - the building and construction industry;

    - foreign tax;

    - superannuation, including SMSF’s;

    - small business structuring


    Peta has a passion for educating small business owners so they can better understand and manage their own businesses, increasing their chance of success in what can be a challenging small business market.

    And while Peta sounds like your typical accountant she had a ‘life’ before tax! After a stint at one of the big four banks, Peta spent time roaming the world working in many different industries and roles helping her understand what makes businesses, staff and owners tick (and how to live on super tight budget!). Returning home, she worked for the ATO before (quickly) realising she wanted to escape the bureaucracy and help small businesses, so they didn’t end up on the wrong side of the ATO in the first place. 

    A mum to two young boys Peta juggles life as a working businesswoman, helping her genuinely understand the challenges facing women in business every day.

    Amanda Arnold

    Boring accountant? That’s not how you would describe Amanda! She’s a mum to 3 busy kids, she’s a self-published author, she’s a adventurer and she’s run her own business – all in the disguise of being an accountant!

    Originally from Tully in North Queensland, she moved south to pursue her career working in one of the Big 4 accounting practices. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has worked with clients across all industries. After 13 years, Amanda took a career break to have children and ended up moving to the Sunshine Coast. Never one to sit still, Amanda self-published and marketed 2 cookbooks in her ‘spare time’. She went on to sell over 3000 copies, which is no mean feat considering her ‘office’ was her kitchen bench! When her kids were old enough, she returned to accounting with Bentleys – and found the perfect balance between career and family life.

    Her parents owned a small business for over 30 years and she has a true appreciation for what business owners go through and the challenges they face day to day. All of these experiences truly enable her to develop real connections with her clients as she understands the realities of being in business. Being an advisor and educator to women in business is Amanda's specialty and where her passion lies. 

    This event is limited and available only for our members.

    Registrations close Monday 23rd September - if event has not sold out earlier.

Past events

9 Aug 2019 SCBWN Business Woman of the Year Awards Gala
23 Jul 2019 July "Inside Edge" Lunch
17 Jul 2019 How to Build a Winning Team
18 Jun 2019 June "Inside Edge" Lunch
12 Jun 2019 EOFY Breakfast - Take control of your money
23 May 2019 SCBWN Soiree
21 May 2019 May "Inside Edge" Lunch
7 May 2019 Mother's Day High Tea with Kim Morrison
4 Apr 2019 SOLD OUT Social Media Cocktail Evening
19 Mar 2019 March "Inside Edge" Lunch
12 Mar 2019 Celebrate our USC International Women's Day Breakfast with Rebecca Gibney
12 Feb 2019 Business Bootcamp Breakfast with award winning Sunshine Coast Business Women of the Year
13 Dec 2018 Christmas Champagne Celebration featuring our special Christmas Markets
13 Nov 2018 November Breakfast with Vanessa Stoykov talking money
3 Oct 2018 October Luncheon with Simone Tilley, National General Manager of Retail Broker Distribution, ANZ
27 Sep 2018 SCBWN Conversations for Life with Marion Wands
11 Sep 2018 September Breakfast talking Mental Health with Heather J MacKenzie
11 Aug 2018 SCBWN Business Woman of the Year Awards Gala
17 Jul 2018 July Monthly Breakfast with Emma Isaacs
12 Jun 2018 LEVEL-UP Program
12 Jun 2018 June AGM Breakfast with Jeanette Allom-Hill
15 May 2018 Mothers Day Breakfast with Saroo and Sue Brierley
10 Apr 2018 2018 SCBWN Business Woman of the Year Awards Launch
6 Mar 2018 Celebrate International Women's Day 2018 with Samuel Johnson
23 Feb 2018 “What is Governance and why is it so important for NFP organisations?”

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