Connect2mums is an interactive magazine for women; an online community designed to help women get together and share information, and prides itself on being the leading networking and support site for 2011’s fastest growing industry - Mumpreneurs.
The mumpreneurs connect blog contains our directory of Mumpreneurs as well as showcase articles on successful Mums in business.
Our Fabulous 2011 AusMumpreneurs Conference Guest Speakers (from left to right)
Julia Bickerstaff – Business Bakery
Julia Bickerstaff’s expertise is the art and science of designing profitable small businesses.
She is the founder of The Business Bakery and Butterfly Coaching, the author of How to Bake a Business, the finance expert on Channel 7’s Kochies Business Builders and the writer of Smartcompany’s profitable growth column.
Julia keynotes at seminars and runs workshops on the subjects of designing and growing profitable businesses and pricing for profit. She also works privately as advisor to a number of small and medium sized businesses.
Julia was formerly a partner at global consulting firm Deloitte where she chaired the firm’s Innovation Council, was on the Inspiring Women Executive, led the Deloitte Technology Fast 50, championed the firm’s SME strategy and was on the board of the Deloitte Foundation.
Julia has been working with small and medium sized entrepreneurial business across a wide range of industries for over twenty years. She is a chartered accountant, an economist and, most importantly, Mum to four fabulous children. www.thebusinessbakery.com.au/
Lara Solomon – Social Rabbit
Lara Solomon is a Telstra Award winning entrepreneur who brought Australia (and the world) the original mobile phone sock - Mocks in 2004 – now an iconic brand with over 1.6 million Mocks already sold worldwide in Australia, New Zealand, UK and USA.
In January 2010, after HUGE success with her Mocks brand on Facebook (12,000 fans in under 3 months and doubling of online sales), Lara saw that other businesses needed help with their social media. She created Social Rabbit as a way to offer education and consulting advice to businesses large and small. Her vision is to help businesses achieve their goals through social media.
Rebecca is an experienced public relations and marketing strategist, as well as a qualified drama coach and workplace trainer. These skills have helped her get results for clients for more than 13 years.
Before pursuing a career in public relations and marketing, Rebecca practised as a lawyer (for about three minutes), but quickly realised she was more passionate about public relations and marketing. So, she started over - completing a business degree and working up to executive and senior management marketing, public relations and corporate communication roles in the services sector. And she never looked back.
After the birth of her first child, Rebecca started her own public relations firm, Wagging Tongues. It was then that she recognised a need for a service that gave journalists and bloggers an opportunity to ‘call out’ for sources. She knew PR professionals and businesses would also benefit, since both could feel more confident their ‘pitches’ would bring about the desired outcome: highly coveted publicity and media attention.
Just over two years ago, Rebecca decided to create this service and deliver it to everyone for free.
Susan Pearse Mind Gardener
Author Susan Pearse is evangelical about improving minds – and not just her own. The Brisbane-based author is one of a small number of experts bringing the science of neuroplasticity –literally changing the way you think – to Australia. Through her latest joint entrepreneurial endeavor, Mind Gardener®, Susan translates this science into a series of step-by-step guides designed to help people through various stages of their lives.
Monique is the co-founder of b.box for kids, the company behind b.box - the award winning range of innovative, stylish and practical everyday baby essentials. After having children, Monique quickly realised that her high flying role in the corporate world was not what she was looking for. She wanted an avenue where she could use her finance and operations expertise that also enabled her to achieve the sought after family/work balance. Monique oversees all finance, operations and manufacturing for b.box, including sourcing and managing suppliers, negotiating production terms, pricing, quality control and testing. To learn more about the b.box journey visit http://www.bbox.com.au/
Nick Bowditch The Bowditch Group
Nick is an Australian online success story. Basically broke and with his young family expanding quickly, Nick took one of the bravest – and best – decisions of his life and chucked in his city job to start his own travel business, working from home.
He built up that business from a customer database of just four when he started, to more than 4,500 a year later – all without staff, a shopfront, and without any mainstream advertising in print, radio or television – instead opting to promote his new business using Social Media Marketing.
From generating $1,000,000 in sales in her first 18 months with ‘nutrimetics international’ to founding and creating online magazine and community, ‘connect2mums’, with thousands of members within 6 months, Paula has mentored and inspired hundreds of Australian and New Zealand women to success with her motivation, inspiration, enthusiasm, passion and biz smarts!
Johanna Baker-Dowdell Strawberry Communications
Johanna Baker-Dowdell owns and runs Strawberry Communications, a writing and public relations service that generates amazing publicity. Strawberry Communications is based in Launceston and was launched in 2007. Johanna is also a freelance journalist and blogger.
Alycia Edgar is a fully qualified accountant, systems specialist and small business owner who developed Bookzkeeper, an accounting solution for small businesses and their accountants, ensuring both receive the information needed to satisfy tax requirements in a timely way. For more information about Bookzkeeper and Alycia visit http://www.bookzkeeper.com.au/ and http://www.numbersarelife.com/
Peace Mitchell Connect2mums
Peace is the co-owner of connect2mums and co-author of 'The 7 secrets to Standing Out'. Peace is passionate about supporting mums and has also been responsible for co-founding non-profit organisation Mothers Helping Others, and co-authoring the book, "What I wish I knew before I became a mother'. Peace was awarded the Johnstone Shire Australia Day Citizen of the Year award in 2008 for her work with 'Mothers Helping Others' and was a Board Member of the Playgroup Queensland Board of Management from 2008 - 2010. Peace is a qualified teacher and has also worked in publishing and enjoys the opportunity Connect2mums provides for utilising the skills learnt in each of these trades. Peace is mum to three boys and uses her experience as a mother to mentor and support mums.
karen gunton is the builder of a little photography and design biz which she runs from home, called smile.play.love. she is passionate about helping other busy, talented mums kick ass with their little biz ideas and started build a little biz to do just that.
Helen is an Accredited Expert Professional Organiser who is the Director of Clutter Rescue and Organise Your Site (http://www.organiseyoursite.com.au/). She is also the manager, director and social coordinator of her household, husband Scott and five year old son Toby.
Simone has rounded business experience having operated an online business on one end of the scale and working in senior sales positions at a global multinational company on the other end of the scale! Simone is passionate about helping small business owners achieve their dreams.Being a wife & mum to her 17 month old son, she understands the challenges of juggling family & business life.