International Women’s Day – Growing a Business in Brisbane

10:00 am Free L2/155 Queen Street, Brisbane

This years’ International Women’s Day theme is “Choose to Challenge” and Brisbane Economic Development Agency is celebrating by hosting a panel discussion with three local businesswomen who certainly know a thing or two about this.

The panel will discuss the lessons they have learned and the insights they have gained from setting up and growing their own businesses in Brisbane. They will talk about:

• How they did it

• What their greatest challenges were

• What to do if you want to take the plunge

There will be a networking opportunity upon arrival at 10 am with tea and coffee served before the event kicks off at 10:30am.

About Sandra Ebbott, Founder & Managing Director, Mizzie the Kangaroo

Sandra is the founder and managing director of Mizzie The Kangaroo, Australia’s original natural teething toy. She is a highly experienced marketing expert and has held senior roles across five counties with major brands. Sandra arrived in Queensland 13 years ago and after the birth of her daughter used her marketing research, branding, and market entry background and put all her energy into developing the perfect natural, fun, safe and educational teether, and educational toy brand. That entire process took 2 years of research and development before Mizzie The Kangaroo was launched in 2015. Since then, Sandra has spearheaded the company’s growth to be a global phenomenon. Mizzie the Kangaroo, both the original teething toy and the suite of toys that have since been developed, has been designed and developed in Brisbane. Global operations are run out of the Brisbane-based head-office and distributed to over 400 retailers across Australia, as well as online throughout Australia, UK, Europe, and USA.

About Marie Mortimer, Managing Director, loans.com.au

Marie launched loans.com.au in 2011 and has since grown it into a business with $6 billion worth of home loans under management for family business Firstmac. Marie has been instrumental in changing the way Australians apply for home loans by moving them online. Marie is extremely passionate about developing the FinTech industry in Australia and is a Director of Fintech QLD and Board Member of FinTech Australia, as well as an investor and member of the Brisbane Angels who actively invest in early-stage technology companies. When she isn’t at work, Marie loves to spend time with her husband and two young children.

About Katie Richards, CEO & Founder, Virtual Legal, and Law on Earth
Katie Richards is a legal tech entrepreneur working tirelessly to address the global access to justice issue via her public self-service legal platform Law On Earth. With nearly 20 years’ experience in the legal industry, both in Australia and internationally, and Katie’s love of systematising business functions to create extraordinary efficiencies, she was able to make a flying success of her first legal tech startup Virtual Legal, Australia’s most awarded online law firm. As a mentor to many young entrepreneurs and students, Katie has been a guest speaker at QUT, JCU, Bond University, and Harvard, and provides opportunities to law student interns from QUT on a regular basis. Both Virtual Legal and Law On Earth were ideally placed to help thousands of people through the difficult time, and experienced significant growth creating 8 new roles in the past 6 months.


10:00 am • 120 mins

Presented By

Brisbane Economic Development Agency



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