LeadHers Rise

Celebrating Women's Entrepreneurship Day


8.30am-12pm AEST

Friday 19 November 2021

Celebrating Women's Entrepreneurship Day! 

Join Ventures as we bring together and support emerging and established women entrepreneurs, and leaders from the UQ community. 

Connect over a coffee, gain insights from our panel of female leaders, snap a new headshot and stop by for a free consult with a female-led Brisbane business. 

The interactive morning of festivities will kick off with a keynote from the Brisbane Economic Development Agency followed by a panel of female leaders as they discuss the topic of unconscious bias and provide their unique perspectives from personal experiences in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. 


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Welcome address & Keynote

Juliet Alabaster
Welcome address from Interim CEO, Brisbane Economic Development Agency

Juliet was appointed Interim CEO of BEDA in July 2021 and is focused on delivering high-quality outcomes, supporting the BEDA’s vision to grow the City’s economy through a portfolio of economic development strategies that support local business.
Megan Forrest
Master of Ceremonies by Ventures Manager, The University of Queensland

Megan Forrest is the Ventures Manager at UQ Ventures and leads a star-studded team to develop and deliver a suite of programs that support UQ students across all disciplines and study levels to develop their entrepreneurial mindset skills.
Theodora Le Souquet
Keynote from Director, Canaria Technologies and ProPerformance

Theodora Le Souquet specialises in the development and facilitation of strategy, as a current director of Canaria Technologies and ProPerformance. She is a member of the McKinsey Global Online Executive Panel and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Panel: Overcoming Unconscious Bias

Our panellists will discuss their professional journeys and highlight key strategies and experiences on how to overcome unconscious bias. They will also speak on how organisations can improve practices to support female leadership.

Sonja Bernhardt OAM
Owner and CEO, Thoughtware
Ashley Hanger
Founder, Stripped Supply
Pauline Fetaui
General Manager, River City Labs
Cissy Ma
Managing Director, Grow and Sell Your Biz
Carol Vale
CEO, Murawin
Anthony Ryan
Panel moderator and CEO, Youngcare

Business Consults

Visit our activations at the event for a free consult with a female-led Brisbane business.

Share to win!

Share the LeadHers Rise experience and get your network involved in the festivities.

During the event, head over to the Ventures LinkedIn social media channel and share our latest post about LeadHers Rise to enter the draw to win the prize pack. The winner will receive a gift pack that includes; 1 x Women Entrepreneurship Book, 1 x gift from UQ Founder and 1 x Brisbane Business Hub coupon for tailored support.

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About LeadHers

Ventures LeadHers is our confidence-building program for all female-identifying students, staff and alumni across all disciplines at UQ. Throughout the program, participants have the opportunity to grow their leadership capabilities, build connections and gain the confidence to take their first steps in their entrepreneurial and leadership journey. 


For more information about LeadHers Rise, contact

Mrs Simone Barnhill, Deputy Manager, Engagement and Intelligence, Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship, UQ