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This week, the Governance Institute of Australia hosted a hybrid governance and risk management event. The speakers, governance professionals and entrepreneurs spoke on numerous topics such as how to manage life and business as a CEO, how to avoid fraud and financial crime in your business, how to be sustainable and innovative in a new economic arena, and how to manage a workforce in this new world environment. All of it was quality learning but I found a number of key ideas very influential and I thought you might too:

If you are changing or improving your business model, think about these sustainability ideas:
  • Put your customer at the centre of your business model
  • Become a "risk taker" - don't always say no to new ideas and options 
  • Challenge everything that you think is normal
  • Think about how you could turn your business into a platform if it's not already in that form
  • Use data and digitisation to understand the "plumbing of your business" as Leanne Kemp alluded.
  • Think about how your business will contribute to society in 2050.
Now, I know many of us are just scraping and crawling through 2020 and the pandemic, but I found these ideas and topics very thought provoking and crucial for how we move forward in the future of work.

This week I want to shout out to the many carers we have within the network. With National Carers Week and Queensland Mental Health Week coinciding this year, I have been seeing and hearing some extraordinary stories of mental health carers in particular. The impacts on the wellbeing of unpaid carers have been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic and words like hopelessness and exhaustion are more common than ever. I want you to know that I recognise the incredible work of all carers and on behalf of all WNA members, celebrate the brilliant work you do. If you would like to show your support, find out more here.

I am really pleased to announce that Lady Mayoress Nina Schrinner will be joining us at the WNA Christmas Charity Luncheon again this year - super stoked and humbled! I am really looking forward to ending 2020 with an in-person event, plenty of entertainment and the opportunity to raise funds for Women's Legal Service Queensland. We have even secured a number of excellent sponsors that I can't wait to share with you over the coming weeks! I also wish our Hobart friends a happy day at the entrepreneur inspired event with Polly Venning today. I look forward to hearing your wonderful feedback from that event. 

And as we continue our monthly Socialise at Sunset virtual networking, I am looking forward to hearing how all of you are going, so don't forget to register for a drink and a bit of joy with our friends online also today.

Today, we profile our multi-talented WNA member Caroline Jean-Baptiste who is passionate about women achieving their financial goals and dream of home ownership, and Karen Vercoe elegantly covers an often forgotten topic in business - paying our employees according to the correct award or wage. 

And for a little something else that is positive and great for our souls, you can read about the MyBusiness Awards and how you can nominate and celebrate the achievements of a businesswoman or women in our WNA community. I would nominate all of you if I could!

As a passionate fan of women's sport, I have also highlighted that grand finals time is upon us in many of our women's professional sport leagues around the country including netball and women's rugby league. And if you like fast, powerful and fun cricket action, make sure you tune into the sixth season of the WBBL which will be fantastic!

Lastly, there is an entertaining podcast recommendation if you enjoy keeping up with the Denyers, as well as something specifically for our NSW members.

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

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! 

Janelle ♥

We are extremely privileged and grateful to once again have the esteemed Lady Mayoress and Chair of the Lord Mayor's Charitable Trust, Nina Schrinner, joining us for the Queensland Christmas Charity Luncheon at Victoria Park Golf Complex in Brisbane! Last year her willingness to go the extra mile for our event was humbling for me and the WNA Leadership Team. 

Speaking of raffle prizes if you are keen to donate a wonderful prize for the day, remember funds raised will go directly towards supporting the great work of Women's Legal Service Queensland  providing support for women and their families in our state. We are also keen to hear if you would love to contribute with sponsorship (read more on our website).
With a COVID-19 safe plan in place, our Queensland Christmas Charity Luncheon is definitely on and we want to make it one special day for everyone involved! There is free parking available if you decide to drive to the event, but we also encourage a designated driver so that you can enjoy the French champagne!

Book your ticket or table here to join in on what will be a great day! Tickets are selling fast, so get in quick so that you don't miss out!


I am looking forward to hearing how our Tassie WNA friends and colleagues enjoy our event held with the fabulous Polly Venning, Business Growth Facilitator from AI Group about the Entrepreneur's Program in Hobart today. Polly's aim is to outline the program's unique services that give eligible businesses access to expert advice that money can't buy and financial support through grants and incentives. 

We hope you all have a wonderful and happy event, and don't forget to tag WNA in your social media photos!


Last week's reminder about World Mental Health Day stimulated a lot of discussion about staying connected and in touch with family, friends and colleagues. I know these monthly sessions keep me going on the good, bad, and ugly days :) and I like to hear how all of you are travelling.
Your WNA friends and I are connecting today to chat about your October happenings. Book your FREE member ticket here for an hour of rejuvenation, a drink, enjoyment and laughter from 4.30 - 5.30pm Qld Time.



Caroline Jean-Baptiste is an award-winning mortgage broker, wife, mum to 4 boys, entrepreneur and author of "Buy That House - How Kickass Women Make It Happen" (2019). Over the last 15 years her business has continually grown along with her family, and as each challenge presented, she had to innovate to stay on track with her business and career goals.

During the last 15 years, Caroline has witnessed many women struggle to take control of their spending and gain confidence around finance and the home buying process. Whilst going through her own process of spending more mindfully, Caroline created the MONEY strategy - a clear and simple process toward buying that home.

Caroline is on a mission to empower women to take control of their finances and achieve their financial goals. As a successful mortgage broker, she wants nothing more than to help you buy your first home or investment property, so you too can have long term financial security that home ownership provides.

Find out more about Caroline and how she can help make your home ownership dream happen through the WNA Member Directory.


WNA member Karen Vercoe has written a great blog about the importance of paying your employees appropriately. With the Queensland and Victorian Governments passing legislation making it a criminal offence for employers to knowingly underpay staff, educating ourselves on this important subject is wise

While most employers do the right thing and don't deliberately underpay, it's important to know as a business owner you are paying the correct award or superannuation. Directors and owners can face jail time if it is deemed a criminal offence.

If you would like to learn more, check out Karen's blog which is a fantastic resource on this subject.

You can also read about other articles from our wonderful members on topics such as Empowerment For Women Is a Journey, Collaboration and Connection or Competition and Challenges, 6 Advantages and Benefits of Cloud Storage for Business, and many more great blogs here.


The MyBusiness Awards is the benchmark for excellence in Australia and the largest independent awards program celebrating small and medium (SME) business owners and professionals. The past financial year has been marred by unprecedented adversity which is why it is more important than ever to celebrate outstanding business achievements and entrepreneurial spirit.

As a result of COVID-19, businesses have had to pivot and innovate, and many inspiring business innovations have sprung into action all over Australia which has helped reinvigorate the small and medium business community.

With years of history, the MyBusiness Awards span across 30+ categories, recognising outstanding achievements and contributions in small business. It would be wonderful to see some of our WNA members and friends being nominated and acknowledged for these awards.

Nominate an outstanding WNA business or leader here.


One of my friends was recently in need of some lighthearted listening and a laugh. She stumbled across the podcast It's All True which hilariously captures the stories and escapades of Chezzi and Grant Denyer who across their relationship have had to embrace and ultimately have a laugh at the inventions that the media sometimes drum up on their relationship. 

In telling their own stories of daily life including embarrassment, sometimes frustration, sometimes joy, we can all relate to how life is sometimes an entertaining and uncertain journey!

If you're looking for something a little more serious, the latest episode of the MyBusiness podcast might interest you. Take a listen here to what the NSW Small Business Minister, Damien Tudehope, has to say on topics such as COVID-19 restrictions, financial aid and alfresco dining.


For those sports fans amongst us, October is tuning up to be a big month on the sporting calendar particularly for women's sport. For the Suncorp Super Netball fans, the blockbuster Grand Final between The Melbourne Vixens and the West Coast Fever will be on your TV screens this Sunday 18 October at 12.00pm AEST. I don't know about you but the Super Shot tactic has proven magic in this season's games.

For cricket fans who just watched the Australian Women's Cricket Team dominate the New Zealand White Ferns in their recent international series, you can also lock into your calendars October 25 when WBBL06 (Women's Big Bash League) kicks off in Sydney. Can the Brisbane Heat do it again or will Meg Lanning's Melbourne Stars finally get on the podium?! A great preview here.

Also, excitingly the NRL and NRLW Grand Finals will be held on October 25 at ANZ Stadium. Fantastic for the female teams who will get the thrill of playing in front of 40,000 fans, women's rugby league as a platform has gone ahead in leaps and bounds in the last couple of seasons. To see these talented female athletes in action you can tune into the Nine Network live and other stations such as Fox League and Kayo Sports. 

Read all about our fantastic NRL women's rugby league competition here.

Jump on board to keep supporting our wonderful Australian Sportswomen!


Tom (Liam Neeson) is alot of things, but two in particular: an infamous thief and a newfound romantic. His feelings for his new flame Annie (Kate Walsh) have inspired him to right his past wrongs and leave behind his life of crime. Although he has always worked with integrity and precision, exclusively carrying out non-violent bank jobs, he does not want his relationship with Annie to be built upon lies.

Directed by Mark Williams, this movie hits cinemas Australia-wide on 22 October (currently excluding Victoria) and we have 10 double passes to give away to current financial members! Follow this link  to request movie passes.  Don't forget to include your postal address. Movie passes courtesy of Rialto Distribution.

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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