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BWA PODCAST SHOW: The 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Leading Change

In today’s fast-paced business landscape, adaptability is paramount, and the volume of change projects is sky-rocketing. According to recent research cited in the ‘Harvard Business Review Project Management Handbook,’ a staggering 85% of executives and project management professionals have witnessed a significant surge in change initiatives, with some reporting a doubling within their organisations. Change management is no longer an option—it’s a necessity for survival and growth.

Join BWA’s host Leanne Jeffery with Change Specialist Tracy Cooper, as she share’s her strategies for leading change effectively and how to avoid common pitfalls with insights gained from real-world experiences and proven methodologies. Tracy will discuss the five crucial mistakes often made during change initiatives, how you can avoid them and how you create a positive change strategy for your team to join you and contribute to the change journey.

About Tracy Cooper:

Tracy Cooper is a Change Specialist who supports senior leaders to tackle the challenges of implementing change in their organisations. With her combined expertise in leadership, change management and facilitation, she utilises theory and turns this into a proven practical approach to guide you in your transformation processes.

Whilst her early career was in agricultural science, she transitioned to delivering leadership

programs in rural and regional communities of QLD via the Department of Primary Industries ‘Building Rural Leaders Program.’ Based on this learning and experience of delivering leadership programs, in 2001 Tracy became one of the founders of SeeChange Consulting. Using their action learning approach, underpinned by enviable expertise and accreditation in Prosci Change Management methodology, Tracy created programs that have brought major change to the lives of individuals, regional communities and businesses in the financial services, agribusiness, local government, childcare, aged care sectors and broader not-for profit sector for 23 years.

Utilising all the experience, techniques and tools developed over those two decades, in early 2024 Tracy commenced her journey as Tracy Cooper Change Specialist to provide coaching and advisory services to guide leaders and teams who are driving change in their organisation.

She is passionate about helping those who wish to lead themselves to learn, thrive, embrace change and make a difference in their world.

BWA PODCAST SHOW: Untangling Love: Insights and Lessons from the Divorce Mastermind

Join host Leanne Jeffery (Business Women Australia) with Catherine Leach, renowned as the Divorce Mastermind, for a captivating conversation into the intricacies of relationships, life, and love. As a seasoned family lawyer with years of experience, Catherine brings a unique perspective to the table, offering invaluable insights and lessons gleaned from her extensive work in the field of family law.

Catherine has unique insights into the most effective communication and conflict resolution, the importance of self-care and legal awareness in relationships.

Leanne and Catherine invite listeners to hear tips on navigating life’s transitions, whether it’s marriage, divorce, parenthood, or personal growth.

This month’s topic, “Untangling Love” provides listeners with practical tools, actionable advice, and thought-provoking reflections to help navigate the complexities of modern relationships with grace and resilience.

Tune in to “Untangling Love” with Leanne Jeffery and Catherine Leach, the Divorce Mastermind, and be inspired by this exploration of relationships, life, and love like never before.

About Catherine Leach:

Catherine Leach is the CEO and founder of Leach Legal, renowned for her expertise in family law. With over two decades of experience, Catherine is dedicated to helping clients through complex financial matters related to separation and divorce. Her extensive experience allows her to provide big-picture advice in all areas related to family law, helping clients control costs, avoid expensive disputes and resolve issues efficiently. Catherine’s leadership has established a firm culture in which lawyers and administrative staff are dedicated to helping clients with compassion, empathy, and strength with offices in Melbourne and Perth. She is a trained mediator and a collaborative lawyer, and she advocates for alternative dispute resolution methods, facilitating ongoing negotiation.

Catherine holds a Master of Applied Law (Family Law) and is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of WA. She is a member of the International Entrepreneur’s Organisation and sits on its Asia Pacific Regional Board. As a highly respected Leader in Business Women Australia Catherine is a popular keynote speaker, educating and inspiring women to achieve their goals and dreams, partnering as a host of BWA events and an engaging Podcast guest on the Business Women Australia Podcast Show. Catherine regularly presents to industry summits, professional groups and organisations about family law, leadership, and business.

BWA PODCAST SHOW: Women in Leadership: Driving the Future of Australia.

Welcome to this BWA Podcast Show – where we discuss the important issues, the inspirational initiatives and showcase Aussie based female leadership at it’s best. In today’s show we promise a lively discussion between BWA National Director and Founder, Lyn Hawkins together with Ann Maree O’Callaghan – Co-Director of Value Creators – a successful entrepreneur, business consultant and stakeholder engagement professional who has been instrumental in the design of the Women’s STEM JumpStart program. Hear how it all happened, and what is needed going forward. .

Australia, like many other countries, has been making efforts to increase the representation of women in leadership roles, particularly in innovative sectors. While progress has been made, there is still work to be done to achieve gender parity in leadership positions, especially in fields with a strong focus on innovation and STEM. 

Listen and hear the insights these exceptional women have on harnessing and developing female leadership in Australia, the role of innovation and paving the way for others to step into impact industries and STEM pathways.

Ann Maree will share her thoughts on the Australian government funding and initiatives aimed at promoting gender diversity in leadership including Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship grants to support women’s participation in science, tech, mathematics and entrepreneurial fields.

The presence of visible female leaders and mentors in innovative industries has never been more important in inspiring and supporting the next generation of women leaders through various programs like Jump Start and networks like the Business Women Australia community. Be inspired by the exciting initiatives that have helped successful women to step into leadership mindsets, mastering the skills needed to help break down barriers to pursue career advancement, professional goals and new businesses.

Let’s listen, and consider ways to contribute to closing the gap. Women are needed in more leadership roles in Australia with representation requiring ongoing commitment from organisations, policy makers, and society as a whole.

Hear how you can be part of the solution, addressing systemic barriers and promoting inclusive practices. Australia can continue to harness the full potential of our diverse talent pool to drive innovation and economic growth – the future is female leadership, unleashed.

About Ann Maree O’Callaghan:

Ann Maree is a highly experienced entrepreneur, business consultant and stakeholder engagement professional. She is in demand for her innovation and business strategy expertise, and her industry-wide facilitation and consultation. She has a talent for venture creation and business transformation and has inspired the owners and founders of over 500 regional businesses to reach their goals. From idea to creation, early start-up to a mature business needing to transform, Ann Maree motivates and inspires them to explore their full potential.

Ann Maree relishes this challenge to find strategic pathways and solutions, navigating through the complexity and uncertainty of venture creation and business renewal to accelerate growth. This “laser beam” approach and strong strategic ability combined with exceptional people skills, enables effective focus on long term planning and risk management no matter what stage of growth people, business and industry are at.

With a focus on regional and remote Australia, Ann Maree has worked on numerous major industry, community, and government partnership projects. Her areas of expertise cover venture creation, strategy renewal and business model innovation, Indigenous business development; community consultation and stakeholder engagement; research and feasibility analysis; and training and workshop delivery.

BWA PODCAST SHOW: Women’s Business Networking: A Feminine Perspective

Join Business Women Australia’s National Director Lyn Hawkins and Coordinator Leanne Jeffery with their guests, Vida Carlino from Inspiration Space and the Maree Gooch from Value Creators. Get ready to dive into a thought-provoking exploration of the distinct ways women approach business development and networking.

In this episode, our hosts and guests delve into ground breaking research, uncovering the diverse communication styles, networking strategies, and preferences that influence women’s professional journeys. Gain valuable insights into creating inclusive and effective networking environments, fostering collaboration, and navigating the unique challenges faced by women in the business world. Subscribe now for an engaging discussion that seamlessly blends expertise, entrepreneurship, and a commitment to understanding the diverse perspectives shaping the future of business networking. Stay tuned for a podcast that not only informs but also inspires from a uniquely feminine standpoint.

About Maree Gooch:

Maree is the co-founder of Value Creators and creates value wherever she goes. She is a pragmatic and practical business advisor who can analyse and explain complicated business concepts, yet she possesses a special gift of developing practical and implementable programs to achieve results and desired outcomes – to make things happen !

About Vida Carlino:

Vida is a Published Author, Speaker and Leader in conscious evolution, inspirational mindfulness and authentic accountability. She is a social entrepreneur, founder of Inspiration Source, owner of the Inspiration Space and author of MY POWER STATEMENT. Vida strives to inspire everyone to live a more enriched, fulfilling and conscious life. Since the age of 24, Vida has been in business for herself, and successfully owned and operated multiple businesses. As an experienced and wise facilitator Vida deliberately creates micro moments of impact to inspire a willingness to express the trust that allows real conversation to unfold regardless of discomfort, challenge or viewpoint.

About Lyn Hawkins:

Lyn is the Founding Director of Business Women Australia and a management consultant with a focus on business growth, marketing and cultural transformation. She has held senior roles with KPMG, HHG Legal Group, HLB Mann Judd and Telstra, in addition to General Management roles with technology-based businesses. As a Principal of a successful consulting practice Lyn works predominantly with professional services firms and executive teams developing and implementing business development strategies. Lyn is also the WA Director of Private Wealth Network and has mentored undergrad students at UWA for 10 years. Lyn has experience with both NFP and private boards.

About Leanne Jeffery:

Fondly known by our community as the “Chief Happiness Officer” Leanne is the Coordinator for Business Women Australia.
As a business professional, Leanne is a driven by a passion to empower women in Australia to achieve their goals and connect with like-minded individuals. Through her work, she creates bespoke events, webinars, and podcasts that are tailored to the unique needs of each business, fostering lasting network connections that help women grow their businesses. Leanne take pride in providing a supportive environment where women can collaborate, learning from each other, and building strong relationships that last.

BWA PODCAST SHOW: The Importance of Trade Marks for Your Business

Join BWA Coordinator Leanne Jeffery and her guest Cheryl Hrvoj from Davies Collison Cave as they unravel the mysteries of trademarks, patents, and more. Discover the essence of intellectual property, from patents to trademarks, and learn why these rights are vital for businesses. Delve into the power of trademarks as Cheryl illustrates their pivotal role in brand reputation and consumer recognition through captivating examples from renowned brands like SONY, CADBURY, and COCA-COLA.

Explore the benefits of trademark registration, from legal protection to enhancing business value, and gain insights into common pitfalls businesses encounter regarding trademarks. Whether you’re a startup or an established enterprise, tune in to “Intellectual Insights” for expert advice on safeguarding your intellectual assets and leveraging them for business success.

About Cheryl Hrvoj:

Cheryl is an accomplished Intellectual Property Lawyer, specialises in a wide range of trademark matters, offering expertise in clearing, registering, and enforcing business names, brand names, and product/service names. With experience as legal counsel for a major Australian telecommunication company, Cheryl provides strategic advice on trademark registration strategies in Australia and internationally. As a prize-winning graduate of the University of Melbourne’s Master of Intellectual Property Law and co-chair of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand, WA Committee, Cheryl is dedicated to educating business owners on trademark issues and online branding, ensuring comprehensive protection for their intellectual assets.

Contact Cheryl HERE to talk about trade marking your business

Kicking Assets: Taking the Wisdom of Martial Arts and Applying it to Finance

Join BWA’s Coordinator, Leanne Jeffery, as she dives into the world of wealth creation with an enlightening interview featuring Shayne Sommer from Shaforth in this episode “Kicking Assets.” Drawing parallels between martial arts and financial planning, Shayne explores the dojo as a metaphor for the financial planning office, emphasising the importance of finding a financial sensei to guide you through the complexities of wealth management. Whether you’re a financial white belt or a seasoned black belt in money management, there’s always room for growth and refinement. Leanne and Shayne discuss how even the masters have masters in both martial arts and finance, highlighting the perpetual learning journey in these domains. Tune in for a fresh perspective, enhanced discipline, and valuable insights that will elevate your wealth awareness. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to sharpen your financial technique and embark on a journey of kicking assets. #senseishayne #KickingAssets #FinancialWisdom


Shayne holds a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism/Psychology) from the University of Queensland, as well as a Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning. Shayne is a Certified Financial Planner® practitioner and Life Risk Specialist® professional with the Financial Advice Association of Australia (FAAA).  In 2022 Shayne was recognised as the Financial Adviser of the Year at the Women in Finance Awards, and in 2023, was included in Financial Standard’s Power50 influential advisers across Australia.

Shayne’s background in communications and psychology allows her to communicate effectively to individuals and groups about a broad range of topics, from basic financial planning concepts to the challenging technical niches within the industry. Shayne also contributes to the Certified Financial Planner® certification program via the FAAA and Masters & Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning topics with Kaplan Professional.

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