On Saturday, August 18th, League of Extraordinary Women will bring you it's ninth annual conference, Run the World, for Australia's leading and up and coming female entrepreneurs, makers, creators, and innovators.
Run the World is full day extravaganza of inspiration for entrepreneurs and women in business alike - whether you're thinking of launching a side hustle, are an established entrepreneur, or you simply want to be inspired and motivated by some of the brightest and most awe-inspiring women in business, creators, and makers, shaping a life they love.
We've uncovered some extremely special female entrepreneur speakers - some who have never shared their stories on stage before, so prepare to be inspired, learn, and grow.
Our theme for Run The World 2018 is Manifestation.
This word can mean something different to each of us. Our speakers will touch on the moment they realised they had a calling or a dream they couldn't ignore and started visualising a life that they'd always wanted.
Be prepared to feel inspired, motivated and learn the steps that they took, to manifest the life they wanted, and accomplish the goals they worked hard to achieve.
You'll leave Run the World 2018, fuelled with the confidence and courage needed to start visualising how to live your best life. Your inner Beyonce will be channelled, and you'll be ready to fiercely pursue what makes your heart sing.
WHAT'S INCLUDED //
A jam-packed day of keynote presentations and panels with extraordinary female entrepreneurs. We've uncovered legends that will share experiences with us to inspire us to take it to the next level. We're talking about companies that have changed the world, social media phenomenons, and women that do what they love every single day
A light lunch, afternoon snack, and drinks throughout the day.
Run the World gift bag full of awesome treats from our partners
Meet and connect with like-minded female entrepreneurs, innovators, and makers to create synergies, collaborations, and real friendships - you might even meet your new bestie
Plus, you'll be invited to join us for post conference drinks (18+ only)
VIP TICKETS //
If you grab a VIP ticket, you'll get all of the above plus;
A League of Extraordinary Women T-Shirt
VIP gift bag full of awesome treats from our partners
VIP seating, and express registration
LEAGUE MEMBERS //
League members get 20% off all ticket types. Click tickets to see League member ticket pricing. *Cannot be applied retrospectively.
2018 SPEAKER LINEUP
LOUISE BANNISTER - EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, LUNCH LADY
Louise Bannister has been making magazines for 20 years. In 2004 she co-founded frankie magazine, which in a time when print was in decline grew to sell 80 000 copies worldwide. Louise also co-founded Smith Journal and Spaces before leaving to start We Print Nice Things, a creative agency with her longtime collaborator Lara Burke. In 2015 Louise co-founded Lunch Lady magazine, a down to earth, happy, inspiring read for parents, carers and kids. Louise is passionate about finding, making and sharing interesting, positive stories and content.
LOLA BERRY - Nutritionist. Author. Yoga Teacher. Content Creator. Presenter.
When it comes to getting the world excited about health and good food, there is very little Lola Berry won’t do. She’s convinced a TV host to swallow raw wasabi on live, national television. She’s dived into dumpsters on the streets of New York (…and eaten from one!). She’s run madly in search of water after daring to munch on one of the world’s hottest chillies, and she’s handed out actual Black Eyed Peas to celebrities at an official “Black Eyed Peas” red carpet event (…and they loved them!)
Prolific author Lola has written eight books – The 20/20 Diet, Inspiring Ingredients, The 20/20 Diet Cookbook, The Happy Cookbook, Lola Berry’s Little Book of Smoothies and Juices was released November 2015 with Pan Macmillan Australia and her sixth book, the second installment of The Happy Cookbook titled The Happy Life was released February, 2016. The Happy Cookbook was also released in the USA in July 2016 which has now sold over 60,000 copies. She has also written Lola Berry’s Summer Food, Food to Make You Glow and Beauty Food .
DONNA GUEST - CEO & CREATIVE DIRECTOR, BLUE ILLUSION
A self-confessed Francophile, and in her spare time is CEO and Creative Director to the
French Inspired fashion brand, Blue Illusion. As founder and owner, Donna has spent the past 20 years building the Blue Illusion empire to an impressive 116 strong store portfolio. Donna’s French obsession is played out in her creative designs and unique Blue Illusion boutiques. The confidence with which women possess, create a great sense of creative empowerment for Donna. In addition, community has always played a significant part in Donna’s life. Today Blue Illusion sponsors 120 World Vision children, plus support numerous other charities focusing on women’s health, pathway to career, family and well-being.
KATE WEISS - FOUNDER, TABLE OF PLENTY
Life is a precious gift. This truth hit home for Kate Weiss after she gave birth to a daughter with a disability. digging deep and rediscovering a passion for life, her subsequent research into food, nutrition and wellbeing led to the creation of Table of Plenty.
Kate was always a creative, searching for innovative solutions and describes the experience as a journey from surviving to thriving. With products that are now stocked in both major local supermarkets and supermarkets overseas her vision is to inspire and lead a move towards healthy clean eating and authentic living which she describes as a way of living "Life of Plenty" Kate truly believes that there is no greater motivation than to work for a cause greater than yourself. Table of Plenty was designed with this in mind and has created many tens of thousands of hours of work for people with a disability. "We want to see everyone get the best chance at life"
Kate and her company have won a number of awards including Telstra National Business Women's Award: Business Owner, InStyle Women of Style Business Award, Brainlink Women of Achievement Finalist, Melbourne Design Awards, Gold award.
CATHRYN WILLS - FOUNDER, SANS BEAST
Cathryn Wills established Sans Beast in June 2017, after a career spanning close to 30 years in the Australian fashion industry.
The late 80’s saw time in retail at Benetton, followed by various roles at Palmer Corporation, before gaining a BA Fashion at Melbourne’s RMIT. A substantial chapter at Country Road then followed, where Wills worked in knitwear, eventually becoming Knitwear Design Manager across the men’s and women’s divisions.
Post leaving Country Road, Wills pursued a freelance design career for a number of years, before finding her niche at Mimco, joining founder and former owner Amanda Briskin (-Rettig) in 2004. Wills went on to the role of Creative Director post the sale of the business, and in 2010, expanded her creative remit to encompass the commercial leadership of the brand, as Managing & Creative Director.
After living and breathing the world of leather handbags & accessories for over a decade, Wills adopted a vegetarian diet in mid 2015 and progressively recognised a disconnect between her professional role and her ethical stance on animal welfare and the environment. Through further education, Wills saw the need to change her consumptive and creative path, eventually resigning from MIMCO in early 2016.
In establishing Sans Beast, Wills sets out to build a design led, quality brand that only utilises materials that are procured from non-animal sources.
EM CAREY - ARTIST AND FOUNDER OF Em Carey Designs.
Five days into a three month holiday, Em was about to tick one of her dreams off her bucket list. Instead, it turned into her worst nightmare.
Skydiving over the Swiss Alps, she realised the parachute had been deployed, but she wasn't slowing down. after crash landing on the ground, Em realised she couldn't move her legs, and the realisation came that she had been paralysed from the waist down.
The permanency of the situation broke her heart. She wondered how it would feel to live the rest of her life unhappy.
Flash forward three and a half years, and she is genuinely happier than she has ever been. Her broken heart became her greatest strength, her paralysed legs learnt to walk again and the worst moment of her life, became the best thing that could have ever happened to her.
It wasn't an easy path to get here, it has been one long, crazy, mind-blowing, upsetting, liberating, frustrating, life-changing journey but she can honestly say she's enjoyed the ride.
Em will share her story of how she has overcome the most difficult time in her life, and has come out it, happier than ever.
KAYLA ITSINES - PERSONAL TRAINER, SWEAT
Kayla Itsines is the world’s most influential fitness identity and “the internet’s undisputed fitness queen” - Forbes.
Kayla Itsines is a personal trainer and global fitness phenomenon, passionate about helping women to become healthier, stronger and more confident. Growing up in Adelaide, South Australia, Kayla has always been an active person and has been training women since graduating from the Australian Institute of Fitness in 2008 while simultaneously building a brand with global recognition. Together with partner Tobi Pearce, Kayla has created the world's largest and most supportive online female fitness community. Through her successful BBG and BBG Stronger Workouts and Eating Guides all hosted in the fitness app, SWEAT, Kayla reaches a growing online global community of 30+ million women, with the programs available in more than 142 countries and in 8 different languages.
ERIKA GERAERTS - FOUNDER, FLUFF
Erika Co-founded content agency Willow & Blake, co-directing the company for five years. In 2013 Erika co-founded skincare company frank body, which went on to become an international beauty brand.
In 2016, Erika left Willow & Blake and frank body, and has since been working on her new venture in beauty, Fluff. This one is her favourite. She also owned a cafe in Abbotsford with three friends, called Little Big Sugar Salt, which she recently sold. Erika likes to spend her time around equal amounts of plants, dogs, good friends, and good food and coffee.
From the age of 4, Yeojin knew she wanted to be a designer.
Yeojin worked and designed for Marcs, Charlie Brown and SABA, before creating a label in her own name.
Her clothes have been worn by celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and actress Rose Byrne, as well as becoming a part of many women’s lives through their personal celebrations.
Creating meaningful connections in the industry while keeping her work ethical is something very close to the Korean-born Australian designer’s heart.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES:
Chelsea Thomas is Founder of Australia’s biggest bargain blog (2012), sourcing incredible fashion and homewares under $100! Her passionate female audience of 150,000 per month, check in with I Heart Bargains to gain styling tips, and the hottest, up-to-date pieces at an affordable price. Chelsea’s strong marketing, public relations and TV producing experience has led I Heart Bargains to partner and create social media content for some of the country’s most loved brands.
Chelsea is a strong advocate and supporter of female small business owners, dedicating much of her time to showcasing, mentoring and empowering women to reach their business goals, even creating a campaign of her own called, #blogitback, to recognise the tremendous efforts of single mothers.
Chelsea is also a branding, strategy and social media consultant to some of the most popular high street brands.
Over the last 5 years Chelsea has been a host of many styling and media events and national TV opportunities, including hosting RUN THE WORLD (2017).
The Glasshouse, Olympic Boulevard
Parking is available at the multi-storey carpark across the road. Pre booking is available at https://prebook.mopt.vic.gov.au/
Flying in from interstate? or feel like making a night of it? We are proud to partner with QT Hotel Melbourne for our Run The World Conference. Please use this link to book your accommodation and receive a special conference rate.
What time is registration?
Registrations open at 8.30am, and the conference will kick off at 9:30am. Glasshouse Eatery will be open from 8am with barrista coffee available for purchase.
Are men welcome to attend?
Of course! Whilst this conference will be showcasing Female Entrepreneurs, just like other years, we welcome all to attend and be inspired. We encourage men to be part of the conference and conversation with us.
What ID requirements do I need to bring to enter the event?
League Members: If you are a League of Extraordinary Women member you will need to show any form of photo ID with your full name at the registration desk, so that we can double-check that you're on our League member list.
Please ensure that you bring photo ID on the day, failure to do so may result in an additional charge for the difference to a general admission ticket.
What should I bring to the event?
Just your extraordinary self. But also don't forget to bring your business cards, your smartphone (so you can take part in competitions and get social), a jacket (because you know..Melbourne...winter) and last but not least, an open mind and positive attitude.
Can I sponsor the event with my product?
If you would like to sponsor the conference, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
In the interest of helping to save the trees, there's no need to print your ticket and bring to the event. Simply have your ticket ready to be scanned on your smartphone.
What is the refund/cancellation policy?
Tickets are non-refundable, however, name changes are permitted. Please email email@example.com if you need to change the name on your ticket.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org