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    Women Changing the World: Panel Discussion for International Women's Day

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    International Women's Day is coming up quickly, and we're excited to announce that we are hosting a panel discussion between eight incredible world-changing women on Friday the 6th March.Β 

    Spend your lunch hour being inspired by Mellonie, Simone, Sasha, Jenna, Carola, Anna, Deb, &Β Patricia.Β Whether building tech products, coachingΒ young women,Β advocating forΒ equality and diversity,Β solving isolation andΒ loneliness for vulnerable people, creating opportunities forΒ refugee communities, or improving our environmental impact - these women are all using their unique skills and voices to make the world a better place.Β 

    Your ticket includes networking overΒ a catered lunch, which will be served from 12pm - followed by the panel discussion from 12.30pm until around 1.30pm.

    About the Moderator

    Mellonie FrancisΒ 

    Mellonie Francis, CEO of Rareiio, one of the fewΒ females running a IT agency in Sydney!Β She started out as a corporate banker with no tech background. After building her first app, she tookΒ on the challenge and learned tech and delivered sophisticated marketplace apps, innovative eCommerce solutions and custom CRM tools to small & medium businesses.Β 

    She says tech is a mindset, anyone can learn tech.Β She loves meeting people who want to build and scale innovative digital products. She says β€œthere is nothing more satisfying than seeing the impact the right software can have on an industry when designed, developed and marketed correctlyβ€œ.Β Mellonie createdΒ RareiioΒ to support talented Non-Tech Founders to build disruptive technology, fast, cost-effectively and as painlessly as possible.Β In a short-time,Β RareiioΒ has grown to a 16-person team with offices in Sydney and Lahore and has built dozens of digital products for clients in Australia and the USA! Β 

    About the Panellists

    Simone Amelia JordanΒ 

    Simone Amelia Jordan is a journalist, editor and host, with 20 years experience in Australia and the United States. She's the co-creator and co-host of The Ladies Room, Australia's first talk show led by culturally diverse women, launching International Women's Day 2020.

    Simone has held senior positions at Channel 10, The Source Magazine, Daily Mail, SiriusXM Radio and she founded and edited Australia's most successful Hip-Hop/R&B magazine, Urban Hitz, after graduating from University of Technology, Sydney.

    Simone's celebrity interviews on YouTube have over 10 million views and she was chosen as one of five women in the world to design a signature sneaker for Reebok Classics’ β€œClassic Beat” campaign in October 2012.

    Simone has worked across print, radio, TV and digital arms of media and been an active mentor for young women since the beginning of her career.

    Sasha Sarago

    SashaΒ Sarago is the Editor and Founder of Ascension β€” Australia’s first
    digital lifestyle platform for women of colour, and co-creator for The
    Ladies Room Australia’s first talk show led by culturally diverse women.Β A tireless advocate,Β SashaΒ raises awareness around colourism, identity
    and increased equity and diversity in the media and lifestyle sectors.

    SashaΒ has appeared on NITV Awaken, SBS World News, ABC News Breakfast,
    in Frankie Magazine and has written for The Guardian and SBS Voices.
    SashaΒ has also written and directed documentaries Too Pretty To Be
    Aboriginal and InsideOUT which were featured at Melbourne Women’s Film
    Festival 2020.

    Jenna Leo

    Jenna is the Co-Founder ofΒ Home Care Heroes, a high growth tech startup solving isolation, loneliness and independence for vulnerable people.Β  They are changing what it means to be a carer and who a carer is by activating everyday people to provide quality and affordable companionship and non-medical services to people in need.Β Β 

    She left her corporate career to follow her passion to solve this problem, and over the last 4 years she has grown her team to 10 people while bootstrapped and attracted a dedicated community of over 12,000 Heroes.Β Β She has been recognised as a Female Founder toΒ watch, a finalist Women's Agenda Setter, an AMP Tomorrow maker and an active member of the Sydney Startup community.

    Carola Jonas

    CarolaΒ is the CEO and Co-Founder of Everty, an electric vehicle charging network and charging station management software solution. Everty works with EV owners, businesses, utilities and other organisations to increase the uptake of EVs and making EV ownership and use easier.Β CarolaΒ is also a board member of the Electric Vehicle Council Australia working with industry partners to increase EV uptake in Australia.

    CarolaΒ has previously worked as a sustainability and marketing consultant with brands like Enphase Energy to bring storage solutions, microinverters and smart software to market and assisted EnergyLab, the first clean energy accelerator in Australia, to build and grow a vibrant start-up community of clean-tech companies and female entrepreneurs.

    CarolaΒ has a background in working for NGOs, multinational corporations and Government. She has worked for household names such as Climate Friendly, NABERS (Office of Environment and Heritage), Transparency International and DB Schenker.Β CarolaΒ has been able to combine her marketing and sustainability skills to positively affect communities and organisations in Australia and overseas.

    Anna Robson

    Anna Robson is a Social Entrepreneur who specialises in designing innovative programs to harness the strengths and improve the well-being of people. Formerly trained in Sports Coaching and Management at the University of Canberra and then in coding at the Coder Factory, Anna has combined her people skills and technical expertise to develop innovative programs for organisations such as the Canberra Raiders, Queensland Police and Save the Children.Β 

    Anna also has extensive first-hand experience working with marginalised people, particularly refugees, in settings such as India, South Korea and Nauru.Β Her experience working on Nauru led her to meet her co-founder Nirary Dacho, a Syrian refugee with a tech background at a Techfugees hackathon in 2015 and start Refugee Talent. They have built it into a social enterprise using a technology employment platform to match refugees with employment opportunities across Australia. They also partner with Talent Beyond Boundaries to bring refugees still displaced in Jordan and Lebanon and move them to Australia and NZ matched with a job opportunity prior to arriving.

    Patricia Kaziro

    Patricia Kaziro is a Master Coach and Business Mentor, who gives women the knowledge and tools to create wealth and leave a legacy via social impact.Β Patricia started her business Radiate CoachingΒ to help women reach theirΒ business dreams and goals faster through strategic planning and raising their visibility in business and life, essentially cultivating the confidence to take their message to the world.Β 

    Leaving a legacy is about making social impact a core part of your business and creating a sustainable business that protects our planet. Patricia loves to shine a light on undiscovered pathways for people to move towardsΒ aligning their passion for business with their purpose and the issues they care about. Patricia offers business strategy coaching and an online academy for impact entrepreneurs, innerCIRCLE6.

    On International Women's Day 2020, as we celebrate #Eachforequal andΒ I am Generation Equal: Realizing Women’s Rights, Patricia offers from experience insights into the impact being made by the rise of diverse women,Β including women of colour, in entrepreneurship in Australia and globally. She can highlight what progress are we making towards women’s rights and gender balance in Australia in 2020 via entrepreneurship and what moreΒ needs to be done.

    Deborah Fairfull

    Deborah Fairfull is inspired by the positive impact of personal growth, combined with education, technology and community. As a result, she founded Blisspot, the online experiential wellness and marketplace, transforming everyday livesΒ through education, sharing and connection. Blisspot provides focuses on mental and emotional wellbeing to support people to overcome stress, and live in a state of wellness and happiness.Β 

    Deborah is committed to the ongoing improvement of the world we live in and believes in the power of each individual. She has a simple, succinct and practical approach to raising the awareness, around the importance of mental andΒ emotional health. She believes in the power of β€œfeminine” principles, such as love, caring and intuition, that help to evolve business in positive ways.Β Deborah understands the importance of womenΒ collaborating and supporting each others success, in this changing world. Women's unique skills and insights are much needed, together with men's life-enhancing qualities, to take the world forward.

    Much of the ethical consumerism, sustainable products and fair tradeΒ movements have been initiated by women. Women’sΒ natural caring and sense of responsibility make women a powerful force for social good.Β WomenΒ strengths include communication,Β bringingΒ peopleΒ together and developing networks. Women often engage in business effectively in a wayΒ that isΒ personal, empowering and nurturingβ€”resulting in businesses grounded in purpose and passion.Β Deborah believes that life-enhancing businesses can have a flow on effect to the world, that is profound and positive.

    Deborah is a passionate entrepreneur now, on her third start-up, having achieved successful sales of her two prior businesses. As a former winner of the Australian Capital Territory Business Woman of the Year Award, the ACTΒ Chief Minister’s Award for Innovation, and the founder of award winning businesses Brave Design Group and Eatsmart Food, Deborah enjoys continued success as an industry spokesperson and business leader.Β 

    About Fishburners

    Fishburners is much more than a coworking space. We are a not for profit, passionate community of 300+ scalable tech startups that only exists thanks to our amazing sponsors - Google for Startups, UTS, Chartered Accountants, and Jobs for NSW. We are dedicated to inspiring and helping startups get started, grow and succeed. Our goal is to make the hardest thing you’ve ever done easier!

    We do this through our different memberships which provide the facilities, resources, learning and development, mentoring, and connections that you need for your idea to come to life and flourish. We also open our doors and host some of the largest, regular events in the Australian startup ecosystem, including our weekly lunchtime learning workshops, and Shark Tank-style, Friday night pitches. Member or not, you're welcome to attend and/or get involved! Any questions about memberships or events, please feel free to email


    Please head up to our event space on L2 of the Sydney Startup Hub.Β 

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