“Inspire” event to shine light on Canberra boss babes

Jo Thorpe 12 July 2019
Janette Wojtaszak

Brand Ambassador and lifestyle blogger Janette Wojtaszak juggles her creative life and family life. Photos: Daniella Jukic, We Are Found.

Cherry-pick an entrepreneur or two. Toss in some health and well-being mavens. Add a pinch of style and social. Then shake, don’t stir.

The delectable cocktail, called “Inspire”, will be launched at the Social Club on July 20, 2019. It’s the one-day event that every upcoming boss babe won’t want to miss.

Only 70 seats are available for women keen to tap into the secrets of some of Canberra’s most inspirational female business leaders, who’ve thrown in their day jobs to build power brands whilst juggling toddlers and tantrums.

The motivational lineup includes:

Then, to ground everyone after an energy-filled day, participants will be invited to change into their comfy activewear for a Vinyasa Flow yoga class with maharishi Evie Kay.

Evie will be hosting a Vinyasa Flow yoga class.

The event is the brainchild of Canberra Outlet Marketing Manager Claire Read.

“Canberra has lots of women blazing their own trails,” she says.

“Women who have a passion outside their day job in the Public Service or uni students who aren’t sure of what they want to do but have aspirations.”

Ms Read says Inspire will help them network to give them the courage to chase their dreams.

Author of Wonder Woman’s guide to Money Natasha Janssens. Photo: Facebook.

Courage is something that’s in Natasha Janssens’ DNA.

A refugee from the Yugoslav wars in the 1990s, she became separated from her parents after daily NATO bombing of the military airport in her home town in Serbia.

As an isolated 18-year-old, she made it to Australia, studying for multiple qualifications and then working as an accountant, financial planner and mortgage broker.

“I just wasn’t fulfilled and wanted to do something where I could make a difference and help people,” Ms Janssens says.

After the birth of her first child, she turned to social media groups for advice about everything from feeding and sleeping tips to lifesaving “Mummy” gadgets but realized she needed a bigger challenge.

That’s when she hit on the breakthrough idea to teach women financial literacy.

The result is a groundbreaking self-help book, Wonder Woman’s Guide to Money and Women With Cents, a resource-filled online business that empowers women to achieve financial independence.

“There’s so much taboo around money and fear and a lack of confidence is a big issue for women because we’re afraid to ask stupid questions,” Ms Janssens says.

“But then we find we’re not alone.”

“There’s a lot of energy when you realise it’s not just you who has these challenges. You feel a lot of relief and that gives you a sense of connection and community,” she says.

Building community is the key driver behind Inspire, with Canberra Outlet Centre’s Claire Read emphasising the need to support Canberra businesses.

“If we don’t support local, we’ll lose the talent,” Ms Read says.

Social media speaker, Rosalie Iannelli, agrees.

She says Inspire will provide Canberra women with the chance to mingle with women “who’ve built businesses with babies on their hips.”

“There’s value in hanging out with people who started with nothing.”

Ms Iannelli’s motto?

Feel the fear and do it anyway!

Inspire runs from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at The Social Club in Green Square in Kingston, ACT. Tickets can be booked here.

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