We chat to some inspiring Brisbane women about what they’re planning on achieving in 2019.
Penny is an incredibly busy woman, buzzing around her workplace and spreading good energy across a variety of roles. As the CEO of Wolff Coffee Roasters, she works closely with several teams, including the brand, education, retail teams, and wholesale partners, and tries to communicate with her beloved customers.
“On a daily basis, I try to connect directly with my customers and make time to always engage and learn from them – without customers there’s no business,” she says.
Last year, Penny reengaged in post graduate study, enrolling in a Coaching and Mentoring course at QUT to help her embed a coaching culture within the Wolff Coffee workplace. Penny hopes to continue to invest in her staff throughout 2019, and continue to explore and challenge the team dynamics in a curious and respectful way. In 2018, Penny also managed to find a healthy balance between work and life, proudly seeing her daughter graduate high school, and making more time to be a daughter, wife, sister, and friend, alongside being a business owner and philanthropist.
This year is set to be massive for Penny Wolff. In 2019 she will be taking on the role as a Dancing CEO, with the aim of raising much needed funds for Women’s Legal Service Queensland. With the help of so many others, she is hoping to raise $20,000 before hitting the stage at City Hall in May to dance with many other highly regarded CEO’s.
Having just come out of one of her biggest years yet, Ingrid Tall is excited to spend some quality time with her family. Last year saw her renovate Cosmetic Image Clinics in the CBD, adding on five injecting rooms, and expand into her first satellite clinic in West End. On top of this, Aquarius Health & Medispa won Best Luxury Medispa in Australia at the World Luxury Spa Awards. Ingrid is passionate about giving her clients the confidence to feel and look their best, and is hoping to continue to grow and nurture her business in 2019, training new and up and coming nurses to follow in her footsteps.
PRINCIPAL St Margaret’s
Ros Curtis is inspired by the sense of community that exudes from St Margaret’s – a community that works together for the common good of all students.
“What I love about St Margaret’s is the real focus on learning across a wide variety of fields; where students’ talents are being expressed in a particular activity or they are pursuing their passions that the school has facilitated through our programs and the excellent staff who run them,” she says.
In 2019, she is excited to be overseeing the introduction of the new ATAR system and the completion of a brand new sports precinct, as well as embedding a newly developed student wellbeing framework through all educational programs.
OWNER & OPERATOR at Bella Brows & Bebe Face
Having just returned from an LA business trip, Isabella Walker is excited to take both of her businesses to the next level.
“I feel as though last year was setting the foundation and this year will be stepping it up with awesome campaigns and really building the brand for national and international exposure,” she says.
Owning and operating both Bella Brows and Bebe Face keeps her incredibly busy, as she not only ensures both businesses are running smoothly, she also monitors staff, and sees her own Bella Brows clients five days a week, focusing on cosmetic tattoo enhancements for brows and lips. Opening Bebe Face was one of her greatest achievements in 2018, and she can’t wait to watch it continue to grow.
In 2018 Rokstar was named QLD Salon of the Year for the second year in a row at the Australian Hair Industry Awards, and Brodie Lee was named QLD Hairdresser Of The Year at the Australian Hair Expo Awards. Since then she’s been skyrocketing her career by travelling nationally and globally to educate other hairdressers, and last year went to Sydney as Hair Director for Thomas Puttick at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. She has many exciting things on the horizon for 2019, and can’t wait to share them with her clients and team.
Kate accomplished one of her greatest achievements in 2018, successfully launching a Nodo café in Camp Hill, seeing her cement three unique Nodo locations in Brisbane. Day to day, she works with her team to drive all elements of the Nodo business, while constantly analysing and creating new ways to market and promote the brand through in-store campaigns and social media. This year, Kate plans to grow both herself and Nodo even more.
“I want to drive growth through innovation and develop new ways to reach our audience,” she says.
OWNER Lady Marmalade Café
As the owner of a bustling Brisbane café, Sonja’s job is incredibly diverse, encapsulating everything, from HR, financial management, marketing and PR, to front and back of house management and customer service. She’s inspired every day by the happy and kind people she comes across in the hospitality industry, adamant that being kind is so much easier than an angry protest.
“The smallest acts of kindness can change someone’s day,” she says.
In 2019, Sonja is hoping to continue to grow Lady Marmalade, and make the successful leap into evening dining. She’s excited to share the menu her head chef and pastry chef have created.
PROGRAM LEADER iCentre
Helen has a passion for helping students fall in love with reading. She’s inspired by watching students learn and grow as individuals, and spends her days developing literature and promoting reading amongst the students of Mt Alvernia College.
“Despite everything else we do in education, studies still tell us that student reading levels are the number one indicator of academic success,” she says.
This year sees a focus on “Read Like A Girl,” the community partnership launched last year for the literary advancement of girls. Helen is partnering with Riverbend Books and St Rita’s College to produce a reading calendar aimed at instilling a foundation and love of reading among girls everywhere.
OWNER Starfire Jewellery
Having been a diamond wholesaler for over 15 years, Shweta has travelled all over the world to source diamonds for her wholesale business, discover the latest jewellery trends, and increase her already extensive knowledge. As a woman in a very male dominated industry, Shweta loves the challenges that come with owning her own business, and enjoys creating collections that are unique and meaningful. After creating a custom diamond encrusted leather bracelet for Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios in 2018, this year Shweta hopes to increase exposure on her brand, and provide an enjoyable shopping experience instore and online for all of her customers.
MARKETING MANAGER Victoria Park
As the Marketing Manager for two incredibly successful lifestyle precincts, Kimberley plans and executes their overarching branding and marketing strategies with a team of talented professionals. Working jointly with fellow leaders on strategic initiatives, she finds daily inspiration from the new brands and businesses launching into the market. This year, she will be starting a small, women in marketing mastermind group, to make sure she stays up to date with the industry and continues to make connections.
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