Women Leading Business

Event Details

Following the success of the inaugural series event in 2016, Women Leading Business is set to kick off the year with a masterclass exploring personal branding, self-leadership and entrepreneurship. We are excited to welcome political powerhouse Peta Credlin to our expert panel of inspiring women.

This event is not like any other women’s networking event… it is a power filled day of inspiration, learning and sharing with a unique panel of female experts and entrepreneurs! Our speakers offer their stories, professional expertise and recipes for success.

Take an introspective journey to clearly identify your unique package of skills and strengths. With this knowledge, you will develop a step-by-step framework to bring your personal brand vision to life in 2017. This is an exclusive event for next generation female business leaders. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience and the opportunity to grow your inspirational support network.

Friday 21 April 2017

Blackbird Brisbane
123 Eagle Street, Brisbane

7:45am – 3:30pm

Early Bird: $220
General Admission: $270
Pair Discount: $189 (30% off GA)

Price includes light breakfast, networking breaks, working lunch, post event networking drinks & a copy of Sarina Russo’s book – ‘Meet Me at The Top’.


7.45am – 8.15am: Registration & Light Breakfast

8.15am – 8.30am: Welcome Address – Andrew Pennisi 
COO Russo Business School

8.30am – 9.45am: Balveen Ajimal – Champion of Women Leading Business and CEO of Grace Street Consulting 
You as a Professional Asset: Identifying Your Unique Selling Points

9.45am – 10.00am: Networking Break

10.00am – 11.15am: Suzie Lightfoot – Personal Branding Expert 
Master the Art of Self Packaging

11.15am – 11.45pm: Fireside Chat with Jade Collins – Co-Founder, Femeconomy

11.45pm – 12.30pm: Suzie Lightfoot – Personal Branding Expert 
Self-Marketing Your Brand & Image

12.30pm – 1.00pm: Working Lunch

1.00pm – 1.20pm: Keynote Address – Sarina Russo
Financial Independence – no longer a “nice to have”

1.20pm – 1.40pm: Keynote Address – Peta Credlin
Managing complex issues and making tough decisions in a high-stakes environment

1.40pm – 2.25pm: Fireside Chat and Q&A with Peta Credlin and Sarina Russo

2.25pm – 3.15pm: Balveen Ajimal – Champion of Women Leading Business and CEO of Grace Street Consulting
Gaps and Goals: The One Thing You will Do Tomorrow

3.15pm – 3.30pm: Wrap Up

3.30pm: Join us for Networking Drinks upstairs at BlackBird


Peta Credlin – Political Contributor, Sky News

A strategist and policy professional with over a decade of experience at the highest levels of Australian politics, Peta Credlin was Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, between 2013 and 2015. She earlier joined Mr Abbott’s office as chief of staff when was elected Leader of the Opposition in 2009 and ran the Leader’s campaign in the 2010 and 2013 Federal elections. A political and campaign veteran, Peta’s tenure with the then Prime Minister makes her one of the longest serving chiefs of staff to a national leader in Australia and the longest serving woman to hold this appointment.

Now a political contributor for SKY NEWS, Peta provides regular analysis on The Bolt Report, Paul Murray Live and Sunday Agenda, as well as hosting a weekly programme, Credlin-Keneally, alongside former NSW Labor Premier, Kristina Keneally. Peta was a proud contributor to the Sky News coverage of the 2016 Federal election campaign, which won a Walkley Award.

Suzie Lightfoot – Personal Branding Expert

Suzie Lightfoot is a Mother, Business owner, Media Personality, Fashion Identity, Key Note Speaker, Personal Brand Expert, who understands the complexities of what it takes to make it to the top as a professional woman. After 25 years in the corporate world as a business owner, brand ambassador, international top model and professional athlete, Suzie specialises in creating personal brands that help women succeed in both business and life.

Balveen Ajmal – Champion of Women Leading Business and CEO of Grace Street Consulting

Balveen is the Founder of Grace Street Consulting, the CEO of Grace Street Consulting, a member of the Queensland Government’s Strategic Advisory Group for Toward Gender Parity: Women on Boards Initiative and a Director of the Board of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Foundation. She is committed to helping women achieve their potential in all walks of life.

Jade Collins – Co-Founder of Femeconomy

Jade Collins is the Co-Founder of Femeconomy.com, a technology start up where you can shop brands with female leaders to create gender equality. Jade has over 17 years global experience in corporate executive Human Resources and management consulting roles in the Mining, Energy and Aerospace industries, leading large scale, complex change management programs. Jade is also a 2017 Women2Watch in Retail Disruption Honoree for Australia and the USA, and is a member of the Queensland Government’s Strategic Advisory Group for Toward Gender Parity: Women on Boards Initiative.

Sarina Russo – Entrepreneur

Sarina Russo is an industry leader in education, training, recruitment and job creation. Synonymous with the phrases ‘How to Get that Job’ and ‘See You at the Top’. Sarina’s philosophy is to constantly challenge the status quo, think differently, exceed expectations and deliver with speed and urgency. As a global citizen, Sarina is a member of Clinton Global Initiative, the Women’s Leadership Board at John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard Business School) and the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World.