Jennifer Bishop – Founder of Mindful Life Training and wellness advocate after experiencing ill health from stress

Jen Bishop was a high-flying go-getter from an early age. Burning the candle at both ends, she became a LinkedIn expert, in demand all over the country and was busy, busy, busy. Then her body broke down from the stress and her life as she knew it was over. She had to reinvent herself in a way that made it possible for her to manage her health.

Jen’s story is inspiring and cautionary. She now has a business called Mindful Life Training where she helps corporates avoid putting their staff into an unhealthy. stressful situation by coaching them in mindfulness and wellness.

Fiona Harris – Co Founder of The Drop Off, Actor, Writer, Author

Fiona is a true creative – she’s a writer, actor, author and Co-Founder of a television production house with her partner. She talks about how she travelled in her early years and then started acting in various roles before starting to write – plays, movies, comedy and now, her own multi award winning web based show, The Drop Off.

Fiona’s story of how The Drop Off has grown in popularity makes for great listening. The book has now been launched (it’s fantastic) and the show has been picked up by a commercial station. All the ingredients you need for a great tale.

Watch out for our technical glitch towards the end. Our Producer, Dave Stokes, saved the day with his clever transition!!

Candice DeVille – Co Founder of CoPilot Crew and ecommerce and digital expert

Candice has an amazing story. Back in the early 2000’s when no one really knew what a blog was, she and a handful of others formed The Bloggerati and drew hundreds of thousands of followers. At the time Candice (who is super stylish!) wrote about vintage fashion and beauty.

Fast forward a decade or two and Candice is now using her expertise in digital marketing to make a difference to businesses, alongside her true partner and Co-Pilot, Hunter Boyle. Candice’s story is inspiring as she talks about her passion for digital and how she got to where she is now.

Julia Ewert – Known as The Negotiator and a sales coach extraordinaire!

Julia Ewert, aka The Negotiator, is a truly inspiring woman who is helping business owners everywhere understand sales and how to sell without being ‘pushy’. From being bullied in her school years to turning it around and owning 5 properties by the age of 30, Julia is the true meaning of the word ‘go getter’. Her story of her years in the corporate sector, her rapid rise to the top and then her decision to start consulting is fascinating.

When she is asked about women that have helped her entrepreneurial journey she talks about how a really negative management relationship shaped her, as well as the woman who was a brilliant role model for management. She offers some great advice as well as inspiration. And her ultimate goal “to ‘retire’ her husband”, a FIFO worker is fabulous. This is a fantastic story of determination and business nous!

Michelle Brown – Paper crafting enthusiast who runs From Picture To Page and Beyond when she’s not being an engineer!

Michelle Brown’s business is called From Picture To Page and Beyond. She is a mad paper crafter and one day, out of the blue almost, she made an offer to the woman who was running her favourite crafting show, and it was accepted! So Michelle, who is an engineering consultant when she’s not running crafting events, has plunged herself fully into running events for hundreds (her biggest one has thousands) of paper crafting enthusiasts.

Then COVID-19 struck and she was initially so despondent as the entire model for her business relied on supporting craft retailers and fans through live events. But never one to give up for long, she quickly set up a home studio and started running craft demonstrations online that are shared on YouTube and her website. She also opened an online craft store. Michelle is one of the loveliest, most thoughtful women on the planet and this story is one that’s sure to inspire you to give running a business a go!

Melanie Dancer – Founder of Out of The Blue, ex Police Officer who helps people transition out of the Force.

Mel Dancer is only new to the entrepreneurial journey but her story is so interesting that she has to be heard! Mel is an ex Police Officer. She had always wanted to be a detective and loved her years in the Force, but they were very, very stressful. Mel describes what it was like to work across some pretty full-on crime scenes and how it affects your psychology.

Mel realised that when most people leave the Police Force to go back to the private sector, they need support. They need to be taught about job interviews and LinkedIn and the sorts of roles they could apply for (other than security) and that is what she offers through her cleverly names business, Out Of The Blue. Mel is so generous with her story, you will be fascinated.

Chamaine Lovett

What a barrel of laughs Chamaine Lovett, the co-founder of Gin Birds, is! She is full of positive energy and fun. Her story of life in the UK as a nurse and health professional prior to moving to Australia is fascinating. once she and her family got here (she has 3 older children and an 8 year old with her hubby) she got herself a job and made friends with the other Mums at the primary school.

Starting off as Three Birds Drink Wine with two other Mums, she decided to focus on Gin in March 2020 when their wine tours had to stop. Since then she has created the Consumer Gindex (an index of all the Australian independent distilleries), she has a Gin Birds blog that won Top 5 Blogs in the World recently, and she has stacks of plans for the future.

JJ Ferrari – Co Founder of Go Bold, helping women be their best in business, transition specialist

JJ Ferrari is the founder of Go Bold, a business that makes it really easy for small and medium enterprises to find legitimate experts in a range of fields. After an illustrious sales career in the USA, JJ moved to Australia to be CEO of the Anthony Robbins organisation here. Her breadth of knowledge, entrepreneurial spirit and experience planted the seed for a new business opportunity – enter Go Bold.

Many years ago JJ was John. Her transition journey and her drive to help others make her a fantastic guest. She is very generous with her stories, (you should see her TEDX talk) and she has used her experience to apply the concept of change and how to manage it, to all aspects of business. You should also hear her quirky fact about problem solving!

Growing up, the most powerful people in her life were women. Women, who were at home, solving problems, looking after everyone, taking care of everything, and taking it all in their stride. From a young age she saw women as powerful people and experts in our ‘internal arts’, and strongly believes that women need to help other women. JJ also believes that whomever you are is who you attract, and that to be open to success, you need to be flexible to your intuition and let the world bring the answers.

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Kylie Bartlett – Co Founder of Digital Talent Group, The Web Celeb, author, speaker

Kylie Bartlett is amazing! Her business, The Digital Talent Group is just the latest in a long string of businesses she has started – the first one being an RTO that she sold in her early 20’s. She then became a speaker and has spoken at conferences and events all over the world, focusing on social media for businesses. Her book, Friends with Benefits, all about Facebook marketing was the impetus for the speaking gigs.

In 2019 Kylie decided to go back to what she loves, and set up The Digital Talent Group as a way of giving back. The idea is that they train unemployed and young people in social media marketing, putting them through a course that gives them a fully recognised accreditation. then they employ them to work on people’s small businesses. Brilliant! COVID-19 threw a curve ball though, just as they were pitching to VS’s for funding!

In this episode Jules and Kylie talk about her entrepreneurial journey from dropping out of school to where she is today, what she has learned along the way and where she hopes to take the business. Jules and Kylie have known each other for many years so there is a lovely familiarity in their conversation.

Beverley Honig – Award winning entrepreneur, Senior Uni Fellow, Chairman, Director, Judge

Beverley Honig is the founder of Honeylight Enterprises, a business she has built over the last 25 years across a number of industries. With an extensive law background, including a judgeship with the ESC and time as a multilingual, inter-continental lawyer, and vast experience as an accomplished business director with an MBA, Beverley is a fine example of what happens with a positive mindset and open mindedness. Opportunities do indeed come along.

Utilising her law expertise, Beverley ventured into the world of shopping centre redevelopment for the likes of Coles Myer and managed the largest shopping centre portfolios at the time. Then came the birth of Honeylight Enterprises, bringing together Beverley’s specific way of thinking as a lawyer and strategic management theories to help businesses with improvements in the areas of growth, profitability, processes, product innovation and culture.

Today, Honeylight Enterprises has expanded into commercial developments in upcycling shipping containers, block chain for indigeneous cultural intellectual property and the exciting ‘TV talking machine’ for the aged care industry.

Beverley has built an empire and mentions that a large part of that success is attributed to being able to know when to delegate to specialists, and extending herself and learning the hard stuff. Beverley loves what she does and talks about the idea of ‘success in progress’. It’s about continuous learning and not having regrets as there’s always an upside; ‘there’s a reason for everything and it’s usually in your favour if you see the light’.

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