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Business Impacts - Planned and Unplanned
Fiona Strang has led HealthWISE as CEO since the organisation was established in 2015.
Fiona will lead ‘The Exchange’ panel in sharing their experiences of establishing a business, expanding an existing business and coping with the impact of changing economic and environmental conditions.
The Exchange was established in 2019, as an initiative of HealthWISE, to foster an exchange of ideas between women in business and leadership roles.
Jane Lampe is a florist in Darlinghurst, Sydney.
Originally from Narrabri, Jane studied Economics/Social Sciences at Sydney University and worked in Sydney and London as a town planner for nearly 15 years. She retrained as a florist in 2008, and started her own floristry business not long after.
Jane worked out of her garage for a couple of years on her own before she moved into her current studio 5 years ago. Jane's business has grown, and she now has a team of florists she manages, and has developed a very varied business, including weekly flower deliveries for offices, cafes and shops, corporate events, weddings, and gift bouquets and also sells other gifts such as books, candles and vases.
Jane was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2018, and underwent 10 months of surgery and treatment, while continuing to manage her business throughout this time.
Kellie Singh, widely known as Miss Kellie, is the Principal of the Tamworth City Dance Academy (TCDA) which was founded in 2009. Kellie earned her Teaching qualifications from the Australian Teachers of Dancing in 1993 and operated the Cadence Dance Studio in Sydney’s inner west for 13 years before moving to Tamworth with her husband and two daughters.
Kellie is fond of saying “Dance is the vehicle but life is the lesson”, echoed by her teaching philosophy to instil traits that make her students not only wonderful dancers but also successful and well-rounded humans.
In 2019, TCDA was honoured to have been named winners of Excellence in Small Business at the Tamworth Quality Business Awards, Excellence in Small Business as well as Regional Business of the Year at the Regional Business Awards and Excellence in Small Business at the State Business Awards.
TCDA has studios in Tamworth and Quirindi and is home to 450 dancers each week from ages 3 months to adult across a broad spectrum of dance and performance genres.
Education has been a life-long interest of Nicola’s. With a career spanning over 30 years in the Independent School Sector.
Beginning as a classroom teacher of primary aged students, Nicola developed a keen interest in student learning and curriculum development. This led to post-graduate studies in teaching exceptional students focused on working with Gifted and Talented learners. Nicola also has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Sydney.
Within schools Nicola has served in a number of Executive leadership roles and has been a school Principal for the past thirteen years. Nicola has led a coeducational Pre-Kinder to Year 12 school in Sydney and is currently Principal of Presbyterian Ladies College Armidale.
Career highlights have included nomination for the TELSTRA Business Woman of the Year award, representing NSW on a Principal’s Study Tour to Germany, Finalist in the Northern Inland Innovation Awards (Education) and most recently as the recipient of the 2018 Armidale Quota Inaugural Inspirational Woman of the Year Award.
Nicola together with husband Scott have been blessed to raise five children, four sons and a daughter. Parent-hood has provided its own rich and rewarding teaching and learning experiences.
Carol is a registered Nurse however has Nursing on hold at this time. Carol worked in Aged Care and Palliative Care before taking on her role as a Councillor /Deputy Mayor in 2016/17 and now Mayor, elected in 2018. Carol is the first Women Mayor at Glen Innes Severn Council.
“I stood because our Council had only one women councillor with 7 councillors’ total. I want to encourage more women to stand for Councils, I believe Local Government is where women's voice is needed”.
Carol is a Mother, Grandmother and Great grandmother. Together with her husband, Carol has had businesses in Glen Innes for 20yrs and they are currently running ‘The Book Market’ in Grey St, Glen Innes. They were personally effected by the bushfires on November 8th, 2019. Their house was severely damaged and they are currently waiting for repairs and clean ups to begin.
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