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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Women in Business

June Irving: Owner, Bentleys Hair of Canberra

Raised on a farm in country NSW, June Irving dreamed of using colours and scissors to make people beautiful. For the past 46 years, June has been doing just that, working her way from apprentice to owner of the thriving salon, Bentleys Hair of Canberra at Jamison Plaza.

Natasha Vujic: Founder, Owner & Director of Dance Sculpt Fitness Boutique

Empowerment through movement After experiencing workplace toxicity, building herself back up during the pandemic, and now thriving as a self-made fitness entrepreneur, Natasha Vujic has created her own “happy place” – not just...

Maliganis Edwards Johnson: Protecting the rights of injured Canberrans

Being injured can have a traumatic effect on your life and on your family – and the women at MEJ have the knowledge, compassion, and dedication to walk hand in hand with our clients to guide you through the legal process, each step of the way.

GHD: Diversity driving innovation and success

Living proof that STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) is not limited by gender, the team at GHD engineering, architecture and construction services in Canberra includes a strong cohort of women from diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences.

Suzie Goodall: Director, Powerhouse Canberra

Over the past two decades, titled sports physiotherapist Suzie Goodall has grown Powerhouse Physio into more than a leading sports physiotherapy clinic.

Kingston Smiles: Female-led dental practice offers quality care

Dr Sophie Haydon and Dr Michelle Yip lead a female-dominated, calm and caring team of highly trained professionals who pride themselves on providing high quality, ethical and personalised dental care.

Parker Coles Curtis: Treating clients with compassion and care

Accredited Specialist Family Lawyers Debra Parker, Catherine Coles and Jacquelyn Curtis founded Parker Coles Curtis in September 2020, in the shadow of the first COVID-19 lockdown in Canberra.

Kerrie Brewer Photography: Capturing Canberra

Travelling the Canberra region, Kerrie Brewer creates engaging portrait, lifestyle and fashion imagery as well as capturing community events.

Blackshaw Manuka: Putting the personal in property

Christine Bassingthwaighte, Christine Shaw and Debbie Maddigan are three dynamic, highly experienced and high performing Licensed Agents at Blackshaw Manuka, driven to achieve the best result for each client.

Phillipa Leggo: Co-Founder and Commercial Director, Scott Leggo

Dreaming of owning a small business from a young age, Phillipa Leggo never imagined it would be a creative one with her husband. The pair showcase stunning landscapes from around Australia through Scott Leggo’s award-winning photography.

Snedden Hall & Gallop

Serving the Canberra community for over 60 years, Snedden Hall & Gallop has three female Directors – Julia Bridgewater, Emily Shoemark and Amber Wang – in their leadership team.

Kristy Leigh: Owner of Donut Bouquet Canberra

After starting Donut Bouquet Canberra in 2019, Kristy realised how coveted the baked goodies were during the pandemic as a way to spread love and joy. What began as a small donut business run by one woman is now a full-range edible gift delivery service, employing nine people and continuing to bring smiles to the local community.

Serhan Mackey, Founder and Principal Adviser, Canberra Advice Financial Planning

A compassionate, inquisitive woman equipped with a Master of Business and Master of Financial Planning along with extensive experience in financial services, Serhan Mackey established Canberra Advice Financial Planning in May 2021 to help Canberrans manage their finances so they can take control of their futures.

Jorja Wallace: Owner/operator of The Bunched Co

Former public servant Jorja Wallace bought The Bunched Co, home of the original donut bouquets in Canberra, during the pandemic restrictions as a deliberate lifestyle choice and a way to spread joy and kindness around town.

Karen Porter: CEO Solace Creations

The future looks bright for Karen Porter and her team at Solace Creations, who have been installing insulated windows and doors in homes across Canberra for the past 17 years, enhancing liveability and energy efficiency.

Tanya Caltabiano: Founder, The Foreshore Vet

For Dr Tanya Caltabiano, her aim was always crystal clear: create a vet clinic the Kingston community would be proud of. In April 2021, with all the new business stresses, The Foreshore Vet opened its doors.

McInnes Wilson Lawyers: Fostering positive relationships

The Canberra office of national law firm McInnes Wilson Lawyers is home to a large team with professional women in key positions, including Vanessa Flowers, Athena Cains, Michaela Broughton, Chloe Tuazon and Laura Goodwin.

Jessika Ahlgren: Mortgage Broker at Nectar Mortgages       

Inspired by her own experience buying a home, Jessika Ahlgren decided to become a mortgage broker to help educate clients and give them a better understanding of their finances.

Alex AhKey: Principal/Franchisee of Blackshaw Queanbeyan and Jerrabomberra

Winning numerous awards since establishing Blackshaw Queanbeyan and Jerrabomberra 17 years ago, Alex AhKey and her team are passionate, professional, and focused on taking care of one another, their clients and their community.

Jemma Mrdak: Director, Dak & Co

Jemma Mrdak launched Dak & Co seven years ago, after seeing a gap in the market for social media and marketing support for small–medium sized businesses.

Deanna Ezzy: Lady boss of More Than Mortgages

Deanna Ezzy initially just wanted to grow something of her own when she set out as a woman in business, but quickly realised that More Than Mortgages was an opportunity to help others grow their own career, and themselves, personally and professionally.

Marcelina Gunawan: Founder and Owner of Joyful Baking

Inspired by the rich tradition of hand-made cakes passed down through generations, Marcelina Gunawan founded Joyful Baking Australia with the aim of preserving these recipes whilst infusing creativity.

RSM Australia: Supporting businesses to thrive

Meet three of the women in key positions at Canberra business advisory, audit and consulting firm, RSM Australia, an inclusive workplace creating opportunities and making positive change in the professional services industry.

Allure Styling: Improving well-being and property values

Libby and Rita are passionate interior designers. Through their bespoke and fresh ideas, they will improve any client’s personal space and well-being.

Aesthetics & Wellness Collective: Empowering women in aesthetics

As Registered Nurses with nearly two decades of combined experience in aesthetics, skin and medicine, Rachel and Aileen are new to the space – recently opening their doors next to Ainslie’s renowned Edgar’s Inn – but not to the industry. Aesthetics & Wellness Collective is a boutique clinic with a hyperfocus on holistic, patient-led care.

Eliane Haski: Director, Teacher and Healer, Canberra Yoga Space

Transforming her career in fitness into kinesiology, kinaesthetic healing and body work, sound healing and yoga, Eliane Haski bought Canberra Yoga Space in 2018 after four years of teaching there.

Renee Beerworth: Founder & Director of Spinach Ventures

Through her own business, Spinach Ventures, Renee Beerworth helps cultivate work cultures where businesses thrive, people flourish and communities prosper.

Emmalene Mahar: From teenage apprentice to entrepreneur

Starting her illustrious hairdressing career as a 16-year-old apprentice, Emmalene Mahar opened her first salon 10 years ago and now owns three successful hairdressing businesses in Dickson and Queanbeyan.