Ticket sales will be released to WBN Members first on August 20th.

Tickets will then be open to the public on September 1.

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‘WE Shine’  is a unique event designed to connect and inspire business women of the Wheatbelt.

The ‘WE Shine’ speaker line up will showcase some of WA’s leading female entrepreneurs, sharing their skills and knowledge to encourage Wheatbelt women to unlock their own strengths and business talents.

The 2018 focus is to grow your business and networks. It is sure to speak to the budding entrepreneur and the experienced businesswoman.

There is also the opportunity to take part in our ‘Skills2Shine’ masterclasses in the second half of the day, providing a range of innovative strategies and techniques to enhance your business skills.

We will finish the day off with our networking sundowner amongst the beautiful settings of historic Faversham House in York.

Be a part of the movement #Shine2Connect on all social platforms and access your complimentary LinkedIn Guide – Using LinkedIn Like A Boss – WE Shine Freebie to start your networking before the event.

Ticket Sales

Tickets are available here

Event Details

Friday October 26, 2018

10:30AM – 6:30PM

Faversham House, 24 – 26 Grey St YORK

Transport Option

We aim to make this event easy and accessible to everyone in the Wheatbelt and will organise a group transport option, dependent on numbers. If you are interested please contact Lisa at the WBN on E mbd@wheatbeltbusinessnetwork.com.au

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Melissa Langdon

Melissa Langdon

Dr Melissa Langdon founded BOSSMAMA.com to support women at work. She leads the BOSSMAMA Online social network, coaches female entrepreneurs and women returning to work, and helps businesses attract, support and retain talented female staff. Melissa’s coaching and consulting services are uniquely backed up by academic research, industry benchmarking, and data analysis. They are underscored by extensive experience working in senior government, university, and business management roles, and insights as a working parent with two young children. Melissa has won national awards, spoken at national and international conferences like TEDx, and is a writer and media commentator on women at work, gender equality, education, and social change.

We are excited to welcome Dr. Melissa Langdon to present on ‘Entrepreneurial Mindsets: Rural Women Leaders’

Growing up in Mandurah and going to high school in Pinjarra, Ron is a country boy at heart. He loves ‘community’ and the lasting friendships that community involvement brings. Ron’s mantra in business is “build business friendships and you’ll eliminate your competition”. His 150 plus entertaining, on-the-money presentations each year distil more than 30 years experience gained from building his own successful business, exclusively from business friendships and a strong word-of-mouth reputation. Find Ron on LinkedIn.

Ron will be presenting Networking Know-How to Grow Your Business.

Our presenter, Ron Gibson, Australia’s leading professional expert in generating business from networking will give you the answers to these questions and many more including:

  • Why networking is your number one business-building strategy in our rural communities
  • How the WBN ethos “connecting business, growing the Wheatbelt” is at the heart of building resilient rural communities from which everyone benefits
  • Why WBN is the perfect networking group for you — and how to make your membership pay off quickly
  • The secrets to building your rural community network and keeping it alive and serving you

Be prepared to be engaged by an insightful, practical and entertaining presentation the will be a ‘game changer’ for your business.

The networking opportunities at this event will be top shelf. You will be challenged to meet people who would be prime prospects and referral partners for your business.  

Ron Gibson


Skills2Shine Masterclasses

Marie Cloughley

Marie opened WA Cleanskin Cellars in Subiaco in 2004 with a totally new wine concept in Western Australia. The liquor and retail industry has seen a lot of changes since then. She has a young family and continues to juggle between two very important roles, Mother and Business Owner. She has a passion for all things wine which probably helps!

Marie’s personal business achievements include being a 40 under 40 award winner in 2009, and Telstra Business Woman of the Year Finalist in 2012. She has also been a judge of the WA Business News Awards and is a sponsor of the Wheatbelt Business Network.

Marie will be running a strategy skills session.

Leanne and Emily

Leanne and Emily Scanlan, both mothers-of-two, are passionate about Australian wool. Scanlan Collective was born from a love of the luxury natural fibre that has shaped their lives.

This love affair started with their grandfather, Frank Scanlan. A self-taught innovator in the wool industry in Western Australia, who experimented with wool blends and invented new ways to engineer the processing of wool.

These innovative ladies found a gap in the market and have been working together to build their brand ever since. We look forward to hearing them speak about starting and growing their online business.

Joanne Alilovic

Jo Alilovic is an employment lawyer who works with businesses keen to maximise their potential by getting things right from the beginning. She established 3D HR Legal 3 years ago when she moved to the south west. She also recently launched the “The Juggle” podcast helping women manage the juggle of a professional career and family life, and now consults to businesses in this area.

Moving to a regional area with limited connections, and creating a law firm with a specialist focus, presented many problems. Jo had to break out of her comfort zone and get creative. Jo is going to be speaking about her own experience of “building visibility” of her personal brand and business.

Danielle McNamee

Danielle is the Director of ProcessWorx – her team provides practical solutions for small businesses on human resources, quality systems, safety and health.

Danielle commenced her career with the Reserve Bank of Australia after studying Economics. Danielle has over 20 years experience in Australia and overseas working with recruitment, human resources and technology consultancies. Danielle has provided strategic direction on people management and process development as part of management teams and in a consulting capacity. More recently Danielle has worked with Australian SMEs across diverse industries to improve their success through development of better people and process management.

Emma Pollard

Emma Pollard is a leading sleep expert known as “The Goodnight Nurse”. She has turned her passion into a thriving business that makes a difference in families lives daily. Understanding that the mainstream “one size fits all” approach to sleep didn’t work for all families, she developed her unique approach to help WA families achieve sleep at night.

Having developed a range of solutions from workshops to consultations, Emma’s innovations and resourcefulness have seen her business go from success to success.

We look forward to hearing Emma speak about her business journey and giving some practical tips and tricks

Anna Abelha

Anna Abelha has spent 25 years in the world of entrepreneurship as a founder and start-up of many retail businesses. With many accolades under her belt, her biggest achievement is the ability to juggle many balls, as a wife, mother and business owner while still living a passion driven life, filled with just the right amount of energy, qualm and gratitude.

Some say you can’t have it all, but Anna lives by the mantra that anything is possible. Her mission is to use her experience and skill set to help others get out of their comfort zone and start living the life they always dreamed of living. It starts with adopting a growth mindset and connecting with each other to create transparent, authentic & sustainable organisations for the future.

Anna will be speaking on “Understanding the disruptive economy and what you need to do to succeed”.

Q and A Panel

Julie Walsh

Julie Walsh is the proud owner of Topp Dogg in Moora and Wongan Hills. A country kid to the core, coming through the ranks of SOTA, boarding school and two halcyon years at Muresk, where she found both her husband and career. With a diverse background and extensive experience across several areas Government, Landcare, and Forestry, in a bakery, in newspaper advertising, and running her family farm for 20 years before jumping into retail. Topp Dogg was born from nothing in late 2010, and she has been learning every day since.

“Loving the whole paradigm of retail makes us good at what we do. The challenges of satisfying the customer’s taste and needs, the  invaluable help retailers give each other, and bonds you form all over Australia are good for the soul.” Julie is an exciting addition to our panel and we cannot wait to hear more about her journey and experience.

Louise O'Neill

Louise O’Neill is an impassioned business woman, determined to make an impact on the overall wellbeing of the Wheatbelt. Groan and Tone (GnT) is not about rocking up to train a client for an hour and then heading off.  She is dedicated to changing lives, one step at a time. Real value and focus is on the genuine lifestyle transformations. Her approach encompasses fitness, technique, training, nutrition guidance, mindset strategies and lifestyle changes.

2018 saw Louise commit to working on GnT full-time. Louise’s schedule for face-to-face clients in the local area is generally full most months, and she has begun to build a group of clients who she works with via online consultation. We are excited to hear Louise speak on the challenges she has overcome to get to where she is now. And how she approaches the everyday hurdle of working across such a big area.

Tracey McFarlane

Tracey currently owns and operates four small businesses in the Central Wheatbelt town of Merredin. She is also a partner in her home farming enterprise, Director of her small property holding and development company, a Director on the board of The Australia Association of Subway Franchisees and most recently a student, completing an MBA in International Business with the Australian Institute of Management.

She holds a Diploma in Management, a double degree in accounting and marketing and a post graduate Certificate in Property Investment. She resides in Doodlakine on her family’s wheat and sheep farm with her husband and three daughters. Before going into business for herself, she worked with McDonalds International Operations and BankWest Agribusiness. This year Tracey was awarded Subway Franchise Partner of the Year for Australia and New Zealand. We are excited to hear of her experience running multiple business models at the same time and how she juggles it all.

WE Connect!

Connect offers the opportunity for Wheatbelt women in business to have access to an experienced business mentor to their amplify their results. Mentors will collaborate with mentees to develop solutions and share their experiences.

We Connect could be for you if you are:

  • Leading a business in its early years – or – leading an established business that is in a growth phase
  • Committed to working on and in your business to continue to develop it
  • Excited about the idea of a mentor relationship with an experienced business person

Interested in WE Connect? Get in touch! We are currently seeking mentors and mentees!


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2018 Committee

Nicky Brennan

Rustic Events

Lisa O’Neill

Wheatbelt Business Network

Amanda Walker

Yerecoin Traders

Caroline Robinson

Wheatbelt Business Network

Melissa Welsh

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Anna Dixon

Creative IQ

Tori Kopke

Wheatbelt Business Network
20/20 Marketing Solutions

Danelle Smith

RSM Australia

Chloe Tienhoven

Wave Rock Country Cottage

Mandy Walker

RDA Wheatbelt


Caroline Robinson
Executive Officer

PO Box 309, Narembeen WA 6369
P: (08) 9880 8035
E: eo@wheatbeltbusinessnetwork.com.au