BWA PODCAST SHOW, Building Financial Acumen: Moving Away From a Scarcity Mindset

Join Leanne Jeffery, Coordinator for Business Women Australia and the insightful Shayne Sommers from Shaforth as they talk about how to bolster your financial wisdom in 2024. Shayne will unravel the intricacies of finance, exploring the latest trends and embracing the technological wave propelling us into the future. Shayne will decode the mysteries of financial acumen, offering you a front-row seat to the insights that can shape your financial landscape. Tune in, engage, and empower yourself with the knowledge to navigate the financial currents of the new year alongside Leanne and Shayne.


Shayne is a Private Wealth Adviser in the North Sydney office for the Shadforth Financial Group.

Shayne maintains personal advice relationships with private clients as well as provides advice to corporate members and facilitates seminars for corporate clients. Shayne also provides technical training to our team across the country.

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 Planning Association of Australia (FPA).  In 2022 Shayne was recognised as the Financial Adviser of the Year at the Women in Finance Awards.

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 FPA and the Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) program via Pearson Vue and CPA Australia.

BWA PODCAST SHOW: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Join Microsoft Cyber Security guru Martina Saldi with Business Women Australia Coordinator Leanne Jeffery as they discuss the importance of a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Hear about Martina’s experience in managing moving from Italy to Australia, starting a career in cyber security and doing it all around motherhood.

Martina’s passion is helping other women succeed and she will share her insights on how to tackle life challenges and setbacks


Martina is a Premium member of Business Women Australia, an Italian expat living in Sydney, with a professional background in product marketing, sales, and PR. Martina currently works as Security, Compliance, Data and Risk Management Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft ANZ. She was already working for Microsoft back in Italy when she left Milan to explore the World with her husband and fulfill her life dream to live in different Countries. Her journey brought her in Singapore, India, and Japan where she lived for about 4 years and where she got married and had a beautiful baby. In Tokyo, Martina organized large events for the Italian Chamber of Commerce and developed go-to- market strategies for Chamber’s members and Government Institutions across the Country. “Being an expat mum can be tough sometimes, but It totally revolutionized the way I approach life, the challenges and the risks that come with it.”

BWA PODCAST SHOW: How to Increase Leadership Engagement

Join BWA Coordinator Leanne Jeffery and she talks to Bev Andrews from ASPIRE Change Management as they dive deep into the art of boosting leadership engagement.

Unlocking the secrets to heightened leadership engagement is like discovering the perfect playlist for success in the corporate world. Bev will unravel the art of inspiring leadership and share strategies that go beyond the boardroom. 🌟 Discover strategic insights, powerful anecdotes, and actionable tips that will empower you to lead with impact. Bev’s wealth of experience will be informative but inspiring. Whether you’re a seasoned executive or an aspiring leader, this episode is your passport to unlocking new levels of influence.


Bev is the Director and Founder of ASPIRE Change Management. She specialises in organisational and project based change management, training solutions and stakeholder communications. Bev delivers pragmatic change solutions framed from her academic knowledge base, but applied to meet business measures and sustainable results. Bev has developed the ASPIRE Framework and supporting methodology to be adaptive for any industry size and organisation maturity, ensuring easy deployment to increase change capability for individual, team or Enterprise wide.  Bev is passionate about the development of change capability for professionals as well as increasing the value of the change craft for businesses. Bev is the inaugural President for the Perth based Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) Chapter in the Asia Pacific Region.

Bev is currently completing her Certified Change Management Professionals accreditation, successfully completed with Distinction all 4 courses within the AGSM Post Grad Certificate in Change Management (University of NSW), is a trained facilitator of the APMG Change Management Foundation & Practitioner Accreditation, and is a certified Agile Project Manager.

High Performing and Sustainable Teams

BWA PODCAST SHOW: High Performing and Sustainable Teams

Join Jodi Cottle, business owner and author of The Pocket MBA as she discusses with Business Women Australia’s National Director Lyn Hawkins how to not just create a high performing team but how to create a culture to make them sustainable part of the businesses.

Jodi will talk about how to:

  1. 1.       Focus on culture and develop a recruitment strategy that ensures success.

  2. 2.       Use two leadership frameworks that foster high-performing work environments.

  3. 3.       How to measure accountability and competency in your staff to sustain high-performance.

From a successful leadership career in the corporate sector to an award-winning franchisee, to now a published author, Jodi will talk through her journey and what drove her to take the leap to becoming a franchise owner. Jodi also discusses some of the elephants in the room on the all-too-common challenges that women in business face, and how she overcame these to consistently lead high-performing and cohesive teams across her career.


Business owner and author of Your Pocket MBA, Jodi completed her MBA in 2013, specialising in sustainable customer experience strategies. In addition, she undertook study in applied cognitive neuroscience in the field of leadership, which quickly became a passion. Jodi applied her understanding of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology in real-world scenarios, delivering outstanding results, with a long list of stable, cohesive and high-performing teams.

After moving from New Zealand to now living in Australia, she has established a high-performing business within the world’s largest aesthetics franchise network, Laser Clinics Australia. Jodi’s business has won multiple awards including Franchisee of the Year in 2021 and Clinic Manager of the Year in 2022.

BWA PODCAST SHOW: Meeting ASIC’s Climate Action Expectations in Business

Join Dr Kate from Galactic Sustainability and BWA’s Coordinator Leanne Jeffery as they discuss the importance of why businesses need to incorporate sustainability as a practice and what all businesses can do to reduce their risk.


Kate is a leader in the Sustainability and Circular Economy field – working, studying and exploring the many facets that make up Sustainability as we know it today. Kate has a Masters in Public Policy and a PhD in Planning and my areas of expertise and interest are in the Circular Economy, Sustainability in Business, Sustainability Branding, Sustainable Urban Planning, Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Transport, Transit Orientated Development, and Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment. Kate has worked for governments at all levels, large corporations, and Universities – implementing and integrating sustainability principles and practices. Kate is also a Co-founder and a Governing Fellow of the Galactic Cooperative, who are leading the way for the development of a Circular Economy in WA; and is leading the Circular Economy agenda for GHD in Canberra.

Mental Health in Cyber Security

Mental Health in Cyber Security with Caitriona Ford

We all know we need to be cyber aware but what are the ramifications of your mental health when you are the victim of cyber security? How can work places help their staff to be be more cyber security savvy and what are the every day things we can implement to help keep us and others safe on the world wide web?

Join Cyber Security expert Caitriona Forde from CaIT and BWA Coordinator Leanne Jeffery for this in depth conversation on how to keep yours and your staffs mental health in check while dealing with cyber crime.

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