Women on the Go 2022 - Looking back for the future

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Women on the Go is back for 2022 and celebrating 15 years!

Take some time out to network and learn with like-minded business women at Women on the Go: Looking back for the future!

Enjoy an opportunity to reconnect, network and share your business journey, while hearing from special guest speaker and host Nelly Thomas. We also have an incredible opportunity to hear and learn from and a panel of three local businesses women, where they started, what they have learned along the way, and how they’re planning for the future.

All members of the community and people of all genders are warmly invited to attend.


if you're feeling unwell or are experiencing COVID19 or flu symptoms on the day, we kindly ask you not to attend.

Have you been to a Women on the Go event before?

As part of our celebration of the 15th year of Women on the Go, we'd love to hear any memorable stories, connections made, advice that worked or photos to share.
Get in touch with business@yarraranges.vic.gov.au


Our keynote speaker and host

Nelly Thomas

Nelly Thomas

Nelly Thomas is a multi-talented Australian comedian and author, and was an ambassador for the Jean Hailes for Women’s Health Foundation from 2016-19.

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 and her greatest claim to fame is that she was once an under 13s state girls BMX Champion. Nelly will take us on the entertaining journey of her career and life and what she’s learned along the way.

Our guest speakers

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Jacqui Harvey. Yarra Valley Gourmet Foods

Jacqui is the creator behind the ever delicious Yarra Valley Gourmet Foods, home of the Yarra Valley Preserves brand of gourmet salad dressings, jams, jellies, mustards, cordials, chutney/relishes, mayonnaise, and sauces. After 16 years in FMCG as a National Sales & Marketing Manager, then Managing Director, Jacqui made a life changing decision to leave the corporate world and all its stresses to do something on her own. The retirement of the originating owners of the Yarra Valley Preserves business provided an exciting opportunity to utilise her strong sales, marketing, product development and food management skills in the purchase of her own boutique food manufacturing business. 13 years on and the business has grown more than 10-fold, from 2 staff to 16 staff, and with a brand new challenge in tackling the food tourism industry. Jacqui will share her story and how she is working towards an even bigger and brighter future for her business.

Cleo Silva of Yarra Valley Coffee Roasters
Cleo Silva. Silva Coffee

Cleo is a co-founder of Silva Coffee Roasters, which you may have already tasted! Along with her husband Wayne, they began roasting small batches of coffee in 2010 using a home coffee roaster that Wayne designed and built. Their journey led them to start trading coffee at Farmers Markets and festivals throughout the Yarra Valley and Victoria. Today they have a dedicated team who are just as coffee obsessed and devoted to the bean, and are proudly supplying Silva Coffee to cafes, restaurants, wineries and homes across Australia, along with running their own café! With recent expansion, Cleo brings vast knowledge on starting and expanding a business, and the lessons learned along the way.

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Emily Mckie The Mind Muscle

Emily’s philosophy is centred around “slowing down so speed up”. After largely being known in the Yarra Ranges for her contribution to community football as a coach and league administrator she has honed in on her craft as a teacher, mentor and facilitator to create “The Mindset Muscle” - a self-leadership and business development mentoring service. Wearing many hats, Emily also is a public speaker, hosts “The Coaches Diary” podcast and facilitates mental health workshops to sports clubs around Victoria. Emily’s journey encapsulates many renditions of burnout, overworking and lack of boundaries which lead to a chronic auto-immune condition. Moving through 2 years of chronic fatigue, identity loss and a 180 degree flip change of lifestyle, Emily has spent the last 3 years building a business and brand around the lifestyle that would sustainably support her health and wellbeing.

Women on the Go is a collaboration between  Yarra Ranges, Maroondah City Council and Knox City Council.


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  • Wednesday, 31 August 2022 | 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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