International Women’s Day – Female Entrepreneurship in Brisbane

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #EmbraceEquity and Brisbane Economic Development Agency is celebrating by hosting a panel discussion with four local businesswomen who have set up their own very different businesses in Brisbane.

The panel will discuss the lessons they have learned and the insight they have gained from setting up their own businesses in Brisbane. The panellists will explore:

  • What inspired them to start their business journey
  • The opportunities and challenges that have shaped their decisions
  • What other aspiring businesspeople should know before taking the plunge
  • How they’re making a difference and giving back to the Brisbane community

9.30am for 10.00am panel discussion to 11.30am. Morning tea will be provided.


Hailey Brown – Founder, Vacayit

Recognised as one of Australia’s nine most influential female entrepreneurs, Hailey Brown has become a catalyst for change within the tourism industry. Upon recognising that blind and low-vision tourists were precluded from travelling as tourism marketing is visual, she created the world’s first audio tourism platform. In just a year, almost half of the Australian destinations have uprooted traditional marketing (imagery), and implemented a previously untouched asset to their channels, audio. Hailey aims to drive positive societal change around how destinations and operators market their experiences to be inclusive and accessible and won’t stop until the whole world is audio described.

Rebecca Dredge – CEO & Founder, Kiddo

Rebecca Dredge, mother of two is the CEO & Founder of Kiddo. The Kiddo app connects parents to local verified babysitters, nannies and NDIS carers for children. More recently they have expanded their services to also include Kiddo for Childcare, an exciting new recruitment service for the Early Education and Childcare sector.  Kiddo is passionate about improving the lives of children, parents and communities. They are a multi award winning service, winning the Outstanding Micro Business Award at the 2022 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards. With over 28,000 users, Kiddo continues to provide a much needed service to parents throughout Australia.

Claire Lane – Founder, Save Our Supplies

Claire Lane is a registered nurse and founder of Save Our Supplies (SOS) – a not-for-profit charity that uses a “circular approach” to improve the lives of thousands of disadvantaged people by providing them with free medical supplies. Australia’s high standards of medical care mean that once packaging is opened and the contents are no longer sterile, the remaining unused, clean supplies cannot be used and are simply dumped. SOS achieves this by repurposing the clean waste generated by our hospitals that previously would have been dumped as landfill.  It sorts and repurposes this waste into usable medical supplies.  Not only does this help people in need, but it also helps “save the planet” at the same time.

Nina Nguyen – CEO & Founder, Pakko

Nina Nguyen is the founder and CEO of Pakko, a cardboard manufacturing company launched in 2017 with the vision to lead a manufacturing renaissance in Australia. Nina is on a mission to continually encourage local production and opportunities for manufacturing in Australia.  She believes we have the capacity to produce here, rather than rely on imports.  Nina is a culturally inclusive leader of Vietnamese heritage with a dedicated sense of community; she currently supports Rare Birds as an ambassador and recently also lent her support to the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. In 2022, she won the prestigious Telstra Best of Business Award for Progressing Australia and regularly contributes to Inside Small Business.

9:30 am • 120 minutes


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