Women on the Go 2020

Celebrating 13 years of Women on the Go. Held on Thursday 11 June, 2020

A pilot event for women working from home, in retail, manufacturing, health, tourism, agriculture, creative industries, and more. 

You can watch the event online and listen to Yarra Ranges CEO Tammi Rose and Helen Ruddell, Manager Economic Development & Investment. Be inspired by guest speakers Bree Cleal & Katie Myles. The morning concludes with a thank you message from Councillor Fiona McAllister and MC Donna Fairweather, Business Development Officer, Yarra Ranges Business.

A recording of the event is available to view online.

Watch the event recording

Join our Facebook event > Women on the Go     #WOTG2020

Virtual Business Expo

This year, we have invited attendees to share their business as part of our virtual business expo - We are currently updating business listing throughout the day

View the business expo


Guest speakers

Stories of resilience with Katie Myles, Owner and Operations Manager Immerse in the Yarra Valley

and Bree Cleal, Owner Imageffect

Immersing herself in resilience  

Katie Myles is a young business woman who doesn’t let adversity get in her way.  

She was only 14 when the Black Saturday Bushfires destroyed much of Immerse, her family’s Yarra Valley winery business. Many said Immerse couldn’t come back, but they did. 

At 19, she was diagnosed with chronic fatigue, which kept her bedridden for 18 months. After clawing her way back to some sense of normalcy, and starting her first year of university, circumstances meant that she had to take over her family business, with only a few days notice. 

This March, COVID-19 forced Immerse to close its doors. As its leader, Katie had to find ways of keeping 50 staff and over 150 future brides and grooms positive about the future.

Katie will share how a combination of believing in, and living her personal values, learning the lessons that her past experiences have taught her and leveraging a range of tools and techniques, has enabled her to overcome adversity to find success for not just for herself, but the business and those around her.    

Losing My Husband, Finding Myself

Bree Cleal is a graphic designer, business woman, mother and now, even though she hates the word… a widow. 

15 years ago she started her design studio Imageffect. A young wife and mother, with dreams of a ‘white picket fence’ life - a happy marriage, and a creative life allowing for travel and adventure. Her dreams were shattered in 2009 when her husband was diagnosed with Brain Cancer.

In this inspiring talk, Bree will outline what resilience means to her and how the strategies she implemented and continues to live by now have ensured she moves forward positively, despite the challenges life presents. Her moving story follows the last decade of her life, from her husband’s diagnosis to his subsequent death in 2017, as a sole bread winner, wife, carer, mother and business woman. 

Be Kind to Business - Support local & pay it forward

This year with our event being virtual, we are not charging a fee, instead we are encouraging guests to pay it forward by purchasing your coffee, brunch or lunch from a local business. You can find a business locally via the links below:

Yarra Ranges Be Kind to Business 

Knox Council - Knox First 

Maroondah Council - BizHub

Bayswater Business Precinct - BBPConnect

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Pictured above from left:  Katie Myles and Bree Cleal

Women on the Go is a joint initiative between Yarra Ranges, Knox & Maroondah Councils


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  • Thursday, 11 June 2020 | 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM



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