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When was the last time you tried a new skill? I know I get in my set routines and my comfort zone, whether that's in my business or in my personal time. Trying something new demands humility and honesty with ourselves and as a novice in a new venture or skill, sometimes you just have to fight your way through the brick wall that is in front of you. As Zoe Routh alludes to in her book, People Stuff - Beyond Personality Problems, sometimes by fighting through we can discover new abilities and opportunities, and even new communities or friendships.

With three weeks to go until our WNA QLD Christmas Charity Luncheon (Thursday 26 November) I am thrilled to announce that our Gold Event Sponsor is AIS Water! Their endorsement of our event is uplifting and means we can deliver a wonderful reception for all attendees! If you are one of those people that does last minute bookings, you still have time! We have a fashion parade to ponder, the captivating Lady Mayoress Nina Schrinner attending, lots of champagne, and of course a chance to celebrate all of our achievements and challenges that we have embraced across this fanatical year.

Socialise at Sunset is locked in for Friday 13 November so please join us for an hour of connection and conversation. I also enjoy supporting other Conferences and events that are designed to help us all as women business owners and entrepreneurs, so read on to find out more about the WomenFuture Conference 2020

In the Membership section of this communique I have FREE movie passes to give away, and if you're keen to care for the environment, National Recycling Week is a great reminder on how to recycle in the workplace and beyond. 

And for a little something else, I've got more to keep you busy! Find out about Cyber Security Scholarships for aspiring women, listen to some fantastic Lady Start Up Stories, and maybe even try a random act of kindness or two!

Lastly, it's important to acknowledge Remembrance Day (Wednesday 11 November). Take some time to contemplate the huge sacrifices many Australian women and men bravely made for our future.

As always, I am here to help, so please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! 

Janelle ♥

AIS Water and CEO, Elena Gosse, are proud supporters of our 2020 charity partner Women's Legal Service Queensland and so it made perfect sense for them to come on board as our Gold Sponsor for the Christmas Charity Luncheon. 

AIS Water is an award-winning industry influencer with a 25+ year history of innovation and excellence in design, production and supply of inline chlorine generation technology via electrolysis. Their mission is to develop simpler, safer and smarter technologies for water disinfection resulting in millions of litres of water being saved every year.

Just last month Elena was announced as a Westfield Carindale Local Hero and chose Women's Legal Service Queensland as her beneficiary for the $10,000 prize. We thank both Elena and AIS Water for their contribution as our 2020 Gold Sponsor!


Time is running out to book tickets for the Christmas Charity Luncheon and secure your seat! We have limited spots still available and would love to see you there!


The opportunity exists for WNA members to offer raffle prizes and goodie bag inclusions for the Christmas Charity Luncheon. If you're interested in finding out more, please email


Friday 13 November is a great afternoon to host another Socialise at Sunset. Each time I try to make it different and connect members nationally. As you know it's free to join for WNA Members and as always the more the merrier! If you have a friend or colleague who wants to engage and learn more about our fabulous network, please let me know. Click here to book now!


It's not a WNA event, but it is a great to see professional and innovative events such as the Women Future Conference 2020 going ahead virtually. The Conference encourages engaging connections, professional and personal development, and health and financial wellness through keynotes, educational sessions and networking. It's certainly worth taking a look at. Find out more below.


The 2020 Greater Brisbane Women in Business Awards honour our visionaries, innovators, change makers, women of inspiration and aspiring young achievers. Join some of your fellow members on Friday 20 November to celebrate many leading lights and hear about the extraordinary achievements of women across Greater Brisbane, including some of our very own WNA Members!

Limited tickets are available so make sure you book early!


If you love a good female heroine story then the release of Radioactive could be something for you. I am excited to offer our members a FREE double pass to the movie which was released on 5 November. First in best dressed - so be quick to secure your movie date and contact me!

Radioactive is a journey through Marie Curie's enduring legacies - her passionate partnerships, scientific breakthroughs and the consequences that follow. Marie Curie (Rosamund Pike) and her husband Pierre (Sam Riley) changed the face of science forever by their discovery of radioactivity and went on to win the Nobel Prize for their work in physics. Watch the trailer here.


National Recycling Week is on next week from 9-15 November. This year's theme is "Recovery - A Future Beyond the Bin". We love to support businesses making an effort to care for our environment. Be sure to share your details and let us know how we can support you by posting in the WNA Facebook Group!

There are great resources below on how you can promote recycling.

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CyberCX, Australia's largest cyber security company has opened applications for its Women in Cyber Scholarship to support female students who have an interest in a cyber security career or those looking to broaden their cyber security expertise. CyberCX is committed to growing the number of women in the cyber security industry. By promoting the recruitment of women into Australia's security industry, supporting women on their career journeys and inspiring women to pursue a career in cyber security, CyberCX is helping build Australia's growth of talented security professionals.

Scholarship overview below:
  • Up to 12 scholarships will be awarded for the 2021 academic year
  • Each recipient will receive $10,000 to assist with expenses, such as tuition, fees, study resources, which support them to achieve study and development goals
  • The scholarship will include a paid internship in the second half of the year to provide work experience and mentoring opportunities
Applicant eligibility:
  • Applicants need to be living and studying in Australia
  • Applicants must be enrolled to commence or be continuing their cyber security study in a full time capacity with an Australian university or TAFE in 2021 in a course with 12 months or longer duration remaining.
For more details visit here.


Lady Startup Stories is a podcast full of candid chats with women who've started their own businesses to tease out their entrepreneurial tips and tricks. I have attached a couple of the more recent episodes below for a bit of inspiration:

What happens when Megan Markle wears your jeans - Erica Bartle (Outland Denim) (30 mins)
The accidental CEO who founded her own rideshare company - Georgina McEncroe (Shebah) (32 mins)
Sally Hepworth wrote a book that wasn't good enough - Sally Hepworth (Author) (36 mins)


I love hearing stories of random acts of kindness, particularly within our WNA network. I try to do a few myself to give back from time to time and I know it gives me a real lift. Random Acts of Kindness Foundation have created a wonderful calendar of ideas that anyone can do to create a workplace built on thankfulness, integrity and resilience. November's theme is 'gratitude' and they have provided some great ideas that we can all incorporate to encourage others in our workplaces and create that fantastic culture that we are all striving for. 

Workplace kindness ideas:
  • Follow through on something you promised someone
  • Tell at least three people why you are grateful for them
  • Exhibit patience - even if you are in a hurry
  • Share a smile with a stranger at the coffee shop today or on your lunchbreak
  • Find out something new about a co-worker.


Next Wednesday marks one of the most important days on the calendar for Australians. Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914-1918). Each year on the 11th of November, Australians observe one minute's silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts and appreciation of their sacrifice. For more than 100 years, Australian women and men have served this nation in war, peacekeeping and other humanitarian campaigns.

The Australian War Memorial (AWM) has created a wonderful collection of digitised film and archival footage for you to explore, as well as video content about key moments in our history and objects in their collection. I have included a couple below for your perusal that captures the extraordinary service and sacrifice so many have bravely made. 

The AWM have also created a Museum at Home for those who can't travel due to the pandemic and other reasons - you can learn about our history through podcasts, online exhibitions, blogs and other research articles.

Do you know someone who would benefit from being part of WNA? 

Feel free to forward our Member Benefits link so they can join too! 


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