Women on the Go 2021 - The Importance of Support

Next date: Thursday, 16 September 2021 | 08:45 AM to 11:30 AM

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Event Update 11/06/2021

Your support through registration numbers has shown us you want to connect, network, and support each other in person.

We are really looking forward to seeing you too, that is why we have made the decision to postpone our event until we can all be back together again.

We have booked in a new date of Thursday 16th September

Keep warm, stay safe, stay connected and we will see you in September.

If you have already registered and can no longer attend this new date, you can request a refund below.

When you go to fill out your refund form, please click the "Cancelled Event - Women on the Go" under the "What would like like refunded" section. You will only need to fill the required fields to receive your refund.

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Women on the Go celebrates women in business. Our event connects like-minded women, facilitating networking & ongoing support opportunities.

This year will be the 14th annual Women on The Go which we are delighted to be holding as a face to face event at Lilydale Lakeside Conference & Events Centre from 8.45am to 11.30am

Our keynote speaker & MC for the day is comedian & author Nelly ThomasShe will be joined by a panel of local business women as we explore "The Importance of Support."

Hear our panellists discuss their business journey and the times they have asked for, shared and given support.

There will be networking opportunities, and an update on initiatives from Yarra Ranges Council to support your business and the community

We look forward to seeing you all again in person at this special event.

This is an event for all women -  working from home, in retail, manufacturing, health, tourism, agriculture, creative industries, and more. 

We know that when women support women, incredible things happen.

The morning events will include:

  • Key note speaker Nelly Thomas
  • Hear from our panel of local business women
  • Networking opportunities
  • Light morning tea, raffle & door prizes and more...

Tickets are $15

Register by Monday 6th September to have your business details added to promotional material 

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A live stream event will be available for anyone unable to attend in person, click here to watch.

View the virtual business expo here.

Join our Facebook event  Women on the Go #WOTG2021

Sign up to Yarra Ranges Business eNewsletter here.


Master of Ceremonies & key note speaker

 Nelly Thomas

Nelly Thomas

Nelly Thomas is a multi-talented Australian comedian and author. 

She is a regular guest on ABC Melbourne Radio, Radio National, News Breakfast and various other programs. 

Nelly was listed as one of Australia’s “most innovative thinkers” in The Age Newspaper and was featured on the ABC’s Big Ideas: The Smartest Stuff on TV, Radio and Online

Nelly is the author of four books including three highly successful children’s books – Some Girls, Some Boys and Some Brains: a book celebrating neurodiversity.

She is also the author of two book for adults - What Women Want and Some Mums. 

Her passions include women’s health and wellbeing, social justice and binge-watching terrible television.

Her greatest claim to fame is that she was once an under 13s state girls BMX Champion.


Panel of business women sharing their journey


Cleo Silva of Yarra Valley Coffee Roasters

Cleo Silva

Cleo Silva started a coffee roasting business after her husband built a small coffee roaster (out of a bread maker) and began roasting coffee at home, 11 years ago. A combination of Cleo’s passion for taste and her husband Wayne’s technical skills have taken their business from the farmers market circuit, to a full time business - and renowned name in Melbourne’s hyper-competitive coffee scene.

Cleo is passionate about the value of an engaged local community and is now the Yarra Ranges Tourism representative for CEDA & helps manage the communications to membership base.

If Cleo had one message for other businesses, it would be to 'spend time on your business, not just in your business.'


Jodie Caldwell of Mooroolbark Wool  

 Jodie Caldwell

You could say Jodie Caldwell comes from a tight-knit family. She runs her business, Mooroolbark Wool, The Aussie Knitting Company, with her sister Aleisha, their parents working alongside. The family support each other through the ups and downs of both business and life, creating a fun, supportive environment. She looks to create a team that shares the family business’s ethos and passion.

Jodie’s been in business for 18 years and is an active member of the Mooroolbark Traders Group.

The family have owned Mooroolbark Wool for nearly 30yrs, and of course there’s been different challenges along the way. But if she could give one piece of advice to other business it would be ‘ask for help – you don’t have to go it alone’



Fiona McAllister

Mayor Fiona McAllister


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

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  • Thursday, 16 September 2021 | 08:45 AM - 11:30 AM


Will also be live streamed

Lilydale Lakeside Conference & Events Centre, Jarlo Drive, Lilydale 3140  View Map

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