Collaborative Partners

Collaborative Partners

Mentor, Speaker

Dr Theresa Teo
Director of
AlphaIMM Agency

Biography

Dr. Theresa Teo is a collaborative connector who connects businesses through events and facilitates their business growth through collaboration with other businesses while leveraging on each other’s resources. Her ultimate desire is to assist small and medium sized business owners in branding and promoting their business, growing their client’s contacts and business.

She is also very passionate about education. Driven by her desire to give back to the community, she specially crafted a master mentoring program to educate, mentor and equip aspiring marketers with practical marketing and business skills through real-life projects. Dr Theresa also loves to create opportunities for her students to connect, collaborate with the industry and meet their prospective employers.

Mentor, Speaker

Jim Davidson
Managing Partner of Performance Culture

Biography

Jim has extensive experience and expertise in leadership, team development and training. After a rewarding 25-year career in franchising and holding roles such as Group General Manager, Chief Operating Officer, Director of Operations and Franchisee, Jim has led organisational change, business growth and people development across a broad range of industries.

As the Managing Partner of Performance Culture Australia, Jim combines his deep knowledge of emotional intelligence, coaching expertise and facilitation skills to guarantee optimal results for his clients. Adding to that, Jim is renowned for challenging and inspiring his clients, keeping things real, and making a lasting impact on their work and personal lives. Jim has a reputation of developing ‘Courageous Leaders’ and ‘Brave Teams’, with a diverse client base, in franchising, professional services and government.

Outside of work, Jim is also passionate about his community and is a speaker, trainer and advocate for The Fathering Project, a not for profit organisation focusing on improving the outcomes for kids through their dads.

Mentor, Judge

Denise Heath
CEO of Nepean Area Disabilities Organisation (NADO)

Biography

Denise commenced at NADO in 2005 as Chief Executive Officer, with a career background of coordinating and managing divisional areas of disability services. Her experience and tertiary qualifications in Business, Human Resources and Social Sciences bring together the leadership capabilities needed for the growth and evolutionary changes happening within the organisation itself and the sector.

Denise has a special interest in mentoring, delivering a leadership development program over 3 years that connects emerging young leaders (aged 16 – 23 years old) with local community and business leaders.

Denise has also championed Action Learning Programs within her workplace, to promote the continuing professional and academic development of managers who need to demonstrate agility in the face of increasing uncertainty as well as to support innovation and problem solving.

Denise leads an organisation with an annual turnover of $12m, and heads up an executive team of Operational, Marketing, HR and Finance specialists. She has taken the organisation from a small, financially unviable company, to a successful leader in the sector demonstrating positive outcomes for people with a disability and a healthy work culture attracting and retaining high calibre employees.

Working in the human services sector brings Denise a wealth of knowledge and experience of the issues women experience, with women representing more than 70% of the caring industry’s workforce; issues such as punctuated career and education pathways as a result of maternity leave as well as having primary caring roles for children, a loved one with a disability or aging parents for a significant proportion of women over their working lives.

Judge, Speaker

Rosemary Anner
Founder of
Parramatta Web Design

Biography

Rosemary Anner is an award winning Web Designer, SEO Specialist, Digital Marketer, and Website Investor. She specialises in creating powerful websites for small and medium sized businesses, and also for musicians and music teachers.

Rosemary’s involvement in Website Design began in 2014 when she and her husband Stuart bought their first website for their investment portfolio, and around the same time, needed a website for their family’s growing series of children’s books. From these humble beginnings, their knowledge, expertise, and success in web design have grown rapidly.
Parramatta Web Design was launched in 2017, and they now create clear, simple, effective websites for an array of businesses – accountants, real estate agents, plumbers and musicians, to name a few.

Rosemary’s other passions include music, keeping fit, and travelling. She has also helped her husband and daughter produce their series of children’s books.

Rosemary’s drive for excellence and “can do” attitude go a long way to helping their clients’ businesses succeed online.

Judge

Peter Groeneveld
Founder of
Computer Network Integration

Biography

Our Vision for you – Your IT should fit your business like an invisible glove. So integrated that it seamlessly fits your business needs ensuring you are focusing on being the best that you can be, everyday.

Judge

Linda Lu
Managing Director of
Ironfish

Biography

Linda was a government officer working in foreign trade and economic cooperation for over 10 years in Beijing. In 1989 Linda migrated to Australia and working in one of Australia’s leading medical instrument import & export company.

In early 2003 Linda left the company that she worked for 13 years, and restart her career to work with Joseph Chou, the current CEO of Ironfish Group. Her business experience combined with her passion for property as a successful investor quickly enabled Linda to become one of Ironfish’s most successful strategists and leaders. She won the number one investment strategist award 3 years running.

Having personally accumulated a multi-million dollar multi-state property portfolio, Linda is a powerful mentor for investors and staff and is an advocate of Ironfish’s Portfolio Approach. In 2006, Linda moved to Adelaide to assist setting up Ironfish’s Adelaide office and for 3 years was a crucial part of the management team. By mid 2009, Ironfish had become the most recognized property investment brand in South Australia.

In 2009, Linda was appointed the Managing Director of Ironfish’s second Sydney operation Ironfish Burwood which has helped thousands families stepped on the investment journey and won many awards as best business in societies. Linda is an accomplished public registered Justice of the Peace (J.P.), and licensed real estate agent.

Judge

Macy Lee
Marketing Manager at
Elsevier

Biography

Macy Lee joined Elsevier as Marketing Manager in 2011 and she is responsible for all Marketing aspects for Australia and New Zealand universities and governments accounts. 

Macy holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com), Marketing & Business Law from University of New South Wales. She was awarded the Elsevier Asia Pacific Marketer of the Year in 2015. She has successfully created and launched many awards for researchers which gained great media exposure. Her expertise is in planning short and long term strategic marketing plans which align with business objectives.

Speaker

Andrea Turner-Boys
Founder of
Women With Altitude

Biography

When Andrea started out in business sixteen years ago, she discovered very quickly that this was a very challenging path. Andrea was a mum, sick of corporate politics and doing the same thing over and over. Andrea had always wanted something her own, something meaningful and that helped others, but she had an idealised image of what owning a business would be like.

Andrea couldn’t have been more wrong. It was so much harder! She was following her dream, and yet she felt like the juggle of entrepreneurship and family was going to swallow her up. Andrea began to reach out to others for help or support and found some of the networks didn’t speak my language. And certainly didn’t share my philosophy that there is enough business for everyone. Andrea experienced some misogyny and sometimes wasn’t even taken seriously. There had to be a different way and Women with Altitude was born.

Speaker

Shereen Kumar
Director of
360HR

Biography

Shereen possesses over 13 years of Human Resources experience both at Strategic and Operational level. Shereen’s expertise include Talent Acquisition, Employees Relations, Reward & Recognition, Risk & Compliance, Performance Management, Workforce Planning, Training & Development, and Management and Staff coaching.

Shereen holds Master’s Degree in HRM and Industrial Relations. She is passionate about providing expert HR advice around HR risk compliance to assist SME’s to grow their business and their team.

Judge, Speaker

Joe Kowalewski
Local Area Marketing

Biography

Joe Kowalewski is Chief Marketing Officer at Local Area Marketing, a one-stop-shop style Marketing & Public Relations agency providing over 30 services to small business owners in Greater Western Sydney.
His career began as an Australian Newspaper journalist. He later spearheaded News Corp’s suburban push into western Sydney before being recruited into the political arena, working with Labor, Liberal & National Party Ministers.

Always an entrepreneur, Joe joined the Community Relations Commission as Marketing & Public Affairs Manager becoming a Multicultural Marketing specialist. Recruited into the corporate world, he spent 20 years as a Marketing Director and departmental head in national organisations providing business support, training, political advocacy, events & technology support services. Joe also wrote extensively for a multitude of technical and business magazines.

He launched Local Area Marketing two years ago to provide affordable, practical services for all-size businesses in the GWS area.

Speaker

Antoinette Stonham
All About Style

Biography

Antoinette is an expert in personal and professional styling and has background in customised pattern making and design. Her skill set and experience has seen Antoinette work with the rich and famous through pattern making, design and constructing garments for her clients to suit their body shapes and personalities.

Antoinette has had the experience managing a fashion house in Double Bay and also worked with LGBT community in preparing, designing and creating costumes for the Mardi Gras.

Turning Fifty made her stop and think about doing something that she was truly passionate about. With her skill, passion and expertise Antoinette undertook a Personal Styling course with one of Australia’s leading stylist.

Antoinette then launched her own business, All About Style, in 2013 and since its inception her business has won multiple awards. She was winner of the linking Ladies Home Based Business of the year 2015, winner of the Most Inspirational Mum in Biz 2018 and was finalist in the Local Business awards and Australian Small Business Awards Champion Awards multiple times from 2015 onwards.
Antoinette wants to help both men and women no matter what size or shape they are, to feel confident within themselves and be able to look in the mirror and love what they see.

Antoinette believes:
“Style is a package. It’s how you speak, how you walk into a room and the way you stand.”

Speaker

Graham Fitzpatrick
Business Connect

Biography
Graham is a Business Advisor with the Western Sydney Business Centre. He has lived in Penrith for over 20 years and has worked all over in Western and South Western Sydney in the past. Graham is a self confessed advertising guru, after spending the past 28 years at the coal face of the advertising industry.

Graham has worked for major media companies including Fairfax and News Ltd. As well as the Western Weekender and more recently, local radio station Vintage FM. He is a copy and script writer and holds qualifications in Advertising, Marketing, and Digital Strategy. As well as being the corporate Champion for local literacy program, Paint Penrith Read. Graham loves sharing his knowledge of marketing, advertising and business planning with small business.

Collaborative Partner

Stecey Poson
KKiSS Studios

Biography

Stecey Poson (KKISS STUDIOS) is a photographer, qualified hair stylist and make-up artist. The award-winning photographer (wedding and portraiture) is passionate about creating transformational images for clients bringing out their best attributes through her multi-skilled approach.

Her love of photography began with a passion for capturing all things beautiful through her lens, particularly people. She trained hard to improve her techniques adding hair styling and make-up skills which led to engagements on film sets.
Stecey uses her skills and experiences to create confidence building photos of people they always dreamed of but never thought could be possible.
She prides herself on her individuality, illustrated via her personality and multi-talented approach, her studio name branding and high-end Norwest Business Park studio.

Core services include business headshots through to corporate events, website, social media, products, glamour/fashion & family photography. Extended services include hair-styling, makeup, health and weight loss coaching.

Collaborative Partner

Noela McIntosh
Dynamic Business Collaborators

Biography

Being a divorced mother of two beautiful daughters with 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren my life was very active.

Wanting financial prosperity, a more secure future for my family I found an opportunity to achieve
satisfaction for this by joining a MLM company named ACN which allows me to focus on my dreams plus knowing I was helping others to fulfill their dreams.

As a strategy I founded a network named Dynamic Business Collaborators who invites likeminded business owners to build relationships, gain training from others and share their awesome business plus mine at Glenwood Community Hub in Blacktown.

Collaborative Partner

Joanna Zhang
The Entrepreneurs Soulmate

Biography

Entrepreneur, Investor and Creative Producer
“If I could explore talent and use creativity to support and help them to be elevated to another level and become successful, then it is my success!”-Joanna Zhang

Joanna Zhang is the founder and CEO of The Entrepreneurs Soulmate, and is known as a Financial Dream Solidifier, the Creative Video Strategist and Virtual Back Office Liberator.
She created The Entrepreneurs Soulmate because she was seeing too many small business owners who were tired, stressed, struggling and not getting ahead financially – at the same time, struggling with the responsibilities they have between their family, work and making sure they and their business are on track financially.

Joanna is an experienced and qualified financial adviser for more than 10 years; excellent at creating back office structure from scratch based on her natural ability of getting right to the main point based on over 15 years of back office experience. Joanna’s special gift is recognising what visual and artistic elements will sail right past the mind and into the heart, which make her become an alchemist with visual production.

Her passion and mission are to encourage more people to “smile from the heart”. By helping them to reconnect their soul with their life’s purpose. Ultimately guiding them to solidify their financial dreams, explore their genius, set them free, and use visual messages to brighten the essence of an individual to make them shine on video.
As an entrepreneur herself, she has walked miles in the startup journey, going through the ups and downs during life, business and career. Her mission is to share these with the people around her and provide practical and spiritual support along each personalised adventure!

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