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  Dear Guest,

I hope you all had a lovely and safe Easter. After a stressful week going into lockdown once again in Queensland, I know many travel and family plans had to be adapted on the spot. I was extremely happy when the lockdown was downgraded on Thursday last week and it allowed us to get away for a short time. I was thinking regularly of our neighbours on the Far North Coast of New South Wales who went into an intense lockdown of their own. It just shows how humbling this virus is and we all need to work together to stay safe.

Like many I am sure, I ate too many Lindt dark chocolate eggs, enjoyed the crisp and scrumptious taste of a hot cross bun or two, but most importantly just enjoyed the time with family and friends. It was a timely reminder of the blessing of brothers and sisters as we celebrate National Siblings Day tomorrow. Make sure you reach out to your siblings, family members, friends, fellow WNA members and colleagues and let them know how much they mean to you.

There were many positive news stories this week including the Australia/New Zealand travel bubble will open up on 19 April without the need for mandatory hotel quarantine, the Australian Women's Cricket Team became World Record Holders with their unbeaten winning streak, and Marjy Stagmeier and the Star C Foundation have helped many evicted families stay in their homes.

The positive news from the Australian and State Governments on slightly more relaxed COVID restrictions will mean our April and May event calendars are full so please read on to find out more and purchase your tickets to some great business events. I am keen to hear at Socialise at Sunset today how you spent your holidays, if the Easter Bunny attended your house, and whether you tried my Easter bake treats - oh we should talk a little bit about business too!

For a little something extra you can read about Kate Carnell's decision to move on from her ASBFEO role and who will take her place, how to handle the latest data breach from Facebook, and Kerrie Hess has released an amazing new book which is full of joy and celebrates the little things.

Over the weekend, I encourage you to take some time to set some new goals for your business in the second quarter of 2021, reach out to a new connection or two, read a few of our fabulous and insightful WNA blogs, and most importantly take some time out to find the small joys in your day. Mine might just be finding those small sunny moments to enjoy with my son.

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

Janelle ♥


Today is our next virtual Socialise at Sunset! I am looking forward to touching base with you all and seeing what enjoyable activities you completed at Easter time! I definitely had my share of chocolate, hot cross buns, food and wine - the rain was a cheerful friend throughout the weekend!

It's free for WNA Members to join in today and a great way to finish off your business week. If you have a friend you would like to bring along, please let me know and we can accommodate them also! It's casual, friendly and a supportive environment to meet some new people.

Get your free ticket and connect with us nationally today at 4.30pm AEST.


Shweta Khan, founder of Starfire Diamond Jewellery will share 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 ($29.00 for Visitors) - please register for the event as numbers are limited.

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

Starfire Diamond Jewellery

162 Oxford St, Bulimba QLD, 4171


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


Due to our latest COVID adventure we had to reschedule, but we have found a new timeslot for this amazing event! 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 our local economy and discuss the trends that are expected to shape Brisbane for years to come. There will be refreshments, drinks, warm conversations and business connections all the way.

New Date and Time

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


The Brisbane Hub

155 Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City, QLD, 4000


We're exciting to announce that our next WNA Hobart event is locked in for 21 May 2021. We are finalising the details of our guest speaker and look forward to sharing this with you soon. In the meantime, please make sure you have the below details in your calendar, or go right ahead and book your ticket now!

Date and Time

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


RACV Hobart Hotel

154-156 Collins Street, Hobart


Kate Carnell did a fantastic job for five years as the inaugural Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman. Kate was asked recently what her biggest achievement was in her role and without hesitation she was proud that she has advocated for and improved payment times and terms for small business. The Payment Times Reporting Scheme is now in place, which requires large businesses to disclose their supplier payment times. Kate has nominated a number of ongoing priorities that will be a focus for ASBFEO moving forward including:
  • Government procurement
  • Unfair contract terms
  • Franchising
  • Tax reform
  • Industrial relations
  • Mental health and wellbeing.
Kate has handed over the reigns to former Small Business Minister Bruce Billson who will continue to push for the approximately 150 recommendations the ASBFEO has made during her tenure. Kate will continue her work as Deputy Chair of Beyond Blue, as director of the Australian Made Campaign and take a well earned rest in between.


There has never been a more important time to ensure your social media accounts are secure. In news of a massive data breach this week, more than 500 million global Facebook users were found online. Details published freely included names, phone numbers, email addresses, account ID's and biographies.

Experts have advised all users to check if your data was leaked and secure your accounts. The quickest and easiest way to find out if your data has been leaked is to check on websites run by security researchers. One effective site is and is a database maintained by security analyst Troy Hunt.

You need to provide your email, which is cross-referenced with more than 10 billion accounts that have been breached in the past to find out if your details were leaked online. If your email address was exposed, change your password for that account, and set up two-factor authentication where possible.

The Australian Cyber Security Centre also has great information on how to secure your personal information.


I love a new book release day and this is one book I think a lot of our membership will love! 'Joy in the Little Things' was released this week by Australian Artist, fashion illustrator and self-proclaimed romantic Kerrie Hess. Hess celebrates the best, most important joys of all - the little pleasures - in this guide full of ideas and inspiration for tapping into your own happiness and creativity.

Hess has found many little things that make her heart sing and she wants to share it with the world. Hess shares her favourite joy-givers and her tips for bringing sparkling moments into each day. There are beautiful watercolour illustrations, photo vignettes and text that is described wonderfully as 'a love letter and guide to what makes us truly happy.'

You can also check out Kerrie's online art courses, her beautiful art prints and amazing phone cases.


I am very thankful for the blessing of my siblings and I am sure many of you are too. Tomorrow, Saturday 10 April, is National Siblings Day which celebrates and recognises the importance of brothers and sisters in our lives. This day aims to honour the special bonds between siblings and encourages everyone to appreciate each other. Claudia Evart tragically lost both her siblings at early ages and 10 April marks the birthdate of Evart's late sister.

Evart and the Siblings Day Foundation encourage you to commemorate your siblings with these simple but loving ideas:

  • Post a picture or a memory of you and your siblings on social media
  • Gather with your siblings, take an old photo album and recreate your childhood photos as adults - give the finished photos as a gift to your parents
  • Give a nice gift to your siblings
  • Give your siblings a hug!
  • Phone your brother and/or sisters and let them know how special they are
  • Take your siblings out for dinner or make a special together at home!

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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