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Dear Guest,

Anzac Day - 25th April is a special day of the year which sees the whole of Australia come together in solemn ceremonies of pride, remembrance and gratitude for the women and men who have selflessly fought and lost their lives on the front lines of war. For 104 years, commemorations have been running to help remember and recognise the contributions of all Australians during this time. 

Anzac represents all the human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice that these wonderful servants displayed and continue to fight for to help Australians retain our freedom. Let's take a minutes' silence to pay our respects to those who felt the hardships of wartime and sacrificed so much for others around them.

I've included a couple of snippets on women who dedicated their lives to wars such as World War One and the Boer War. Their advocacy, bravery and determination is something else to be admired - from Sister Elizabeth Kenny, who was a polio healer, Olive King, who saved many lived in the war-ravaged Balkans, and Gallipoli nurse Alice Kitchen who served in France, there are many little known stories of women who have suffered but performed extraordinary acts of kindness and bravery that should be celebrated. I would encourage you to research and read up on some of their great stories. Decorated author and historian Susanna DeVries has wonderfully portrayed some of these heroines in her writing and lecturing - please check them out!

It was exciting to bring you the news that our next WNA magazine is in the pipeline and we want you to be part of it! Remember to enquire about how you can be involved and submit your magazine contribution. Visit the 'Get Published' page on our website for more crucial information. Our Media Kit will also help you to get seen and get published!

Remember to update your Google My Business operating hours if you are amending them for the upcoming long weekends and public holidays. It's important your customers know when you are contactable and saves you getting calls when you're enjoying a long weekend away.

WNA has many fantastic events coming up across Brisbane and Hobart in particular, so don't miss out on building your bright business future - one starts next week! Please contact me for free tickets to a movie masterpiece on an inspiring American singer and check out a couple of traditional Anzac recipes that you might enjoy baking! And for something else, check out the story of one driven female CEO who challenged the status quo at the interview table!

Finally, don't forget to share your Mother's Day promotions in the WNA Facebook group so that we can support WNA members and treat the incredible women in our lives at the same time.

Thank you as always for your support of WNA and please reach out if I can assist with anything.

Janelle ♥

It's now less than a week until we hear from Shweta Khan, founder of Starfire Diamond Jewellery as she shares her experience in the diamond market and what makes her business shine. With 25 years in the jewellery industry, and a diamond wholesale business, Shweta has the knowledge and a deep passion for designing unique pieces that are ultimately distinctive.

This event is FREE for WNA members - please register for the event as numbers are limited.

Date and Time
Wednesday 28 April, 6:00pm-8:00pm AEST


Von Barnes had the spark, to "Learn, Laugh and Lift". Von found working under a particular brand shadowed her creativity and hindered her ability to give a little extra to people, so she decided to do things a little differently. Pinnacle Properties was born and the rest is history. Having her own company has allowed Von to let her imagination run free and provide remarkable service and experience to her clients.

With her warm personality and unrelenting dedication, she is keen to share her thoughts, knowledge and experience with fellow WNA members and friends. You will learn:

  • Appreciating how you are made
  • Understanding the chapters of your life
  • Facing life challenges and building your book of life
  • Gaining courage to fly and celebrating you.
Date and Time
Thursday 6 May, 9:30am-11:30am AEST

The Paddo, 186 Given Terrace, Paddington, QLD, 4064


Join us for conversations and networking with three prominent female business leaders, Alice Barbery, CEO Universal Store, Dominique Lamb, CEO National Retail Association and Liz Golding, Fashion Director of Illuminate. We will reflect on the impacts of the pandemic on the Brisbane economy and discuss the trends that are expected to shape Brisbane for years to come. This is one not to miss!

Date and Time

Wednesday 12 May, 6:00pm - 8:30pm AEST


The Brisbane Hub, 155 Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City, QLD, 4000


For Shaping Change and Susan Fahey Consulting, lockdown could not have come at a worse time. Rosalind Cardinal and Susan Fahey launched their new flagship Emerge, in what was quite possibly one of the last face-to-face networking events held in Hobart. Pivot is becoming a very overused word, but pivot they did. Moving to blended online delivery opened new markets interstate and internationally for them. Emerge was better than they could have imagined and they have had many success stories.

What you will learn!

Rosalind Cardinal, Managing Director of Shaping Change, will teach WNA guests:

  • Why it is more important than ever for women to step into leadership
  • The three keys to success as women in business
  • The tools and methods that were used to bring Emerge to a global audience
  • What is next for Emerge.

Date and Time

Friday 21 May, 12:00pm - 2:30pm AEST


RACV Hobart Hotel, 154-156 Collins Street, Hobart


If you are keen for a movie night, I have complimentary tickets to Billie Holiday which you can read about below. Contact me if you are keen to check them out!

The legendary Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, spent much of her career being adored by fans across the globe. Beginning in the 1940's in New York City, the federal government targeted Holiday in a growing effort to escalate and racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial and heartwrenching ballad, "Strange Fruit."

Led by Oscar nominated director Lee Daniels and introducing Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Andra Day, The United States vs Billie Holiday unapologetically presents the icon's complicated, irrepressible life. 

This amazing movie was released on April 22 - first in best dressed! Tickets courtesy of Universal Pictures International.


I recently read an article in The Courier Mail that really peaked my fancy - it had determination, drive, and a willingness for one woman to stand up at the interview table. Catherine Clark, current CEO of Netball Queensland is a woman on a mission and doesn't play things safe. She has been in the CEO chair for Gymnastics New Zealand and Gymnastics Australia but when she applied for the top netball job in Queensland, she knew trying to balance the hectic demands of a new baby and a Senior Executive role would be tricky. Still, she had the courage to lay out her conditions at interview.

She wanted her potential employer to know that being a CEO and a mother was a strength, not a weakness. She has faced many leadership tests and challenges in her time in the role but she has always been a passionate advocate for women's sport, including assisting to bring in ground-breaking parental care for players and income protection for athletes.

Catherine's successes don't stop there. During the pandemic when the commencement of the Suncorp Super Netball season was threatened, Catherine and her team stood up to host the tournament under incredibly strict conditions and timeframes. A former Queensland State hockey player turned professional hockey coach, Clark isn't someone who likes to sit still for very long and has many goals to conquer on her mind.

If you are a keen netball fan, the Suncorp Super Netball season kicks off on May 1.

You can also check out the new documentary - Everything is Possible: Inside Season 2020 on Fox Sports and Kayo. A brilliant piece on how the league was successful during the uncertainty of the pandemic.


Growing up in school, I was always struck by the determination, calmness under pressure, willingness to serve those injured and less fortunate around them, and courage and resilience under fire that many women who enlisted for war demonstrated. From Sister Elizabeth Kenny who challenged assumptions on how to treat poliomyelitis or Miss Ida Robertson from rural Hay, who wrote to Prime Minister Edmund Barton at the time to help her enlist for war, there are many stories of bravery and sacrifice which you can find in various mediums below to reflect on this ANZAC weekend.

Australian Women in War: Service, Courage and Care (Book pdf)

100 years of Australian Women and War (video)

Heroic Australian Women in War (book)

"A fair woman with an indomitable courage": Dr Laura Elizabeth Forster (article)

Photo courtesy of Obituaries Australia

Laura Forster - surgeon and war time medical volunteer (1858 - 1917)


As we gather over the weekend with friends and family and remember the sacrifices our fellow countrymen and countrywomen made for us, there is something special about making an Anzac recipe or two.

Nothing tastes better than a yummy anzac biscuit or a choc caramel Anzac biscuit slice. And these Lamington doughnuts really are a treat! Finally, if you like a quintessential meat pie, then whipping up some of these tasty Aussie beef pies could be a winner with your guests!


"There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends" - Lest we Forget.

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