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Making Innovation Herstory

March 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm AEST

Women In Innovation

On the eve of International Women’s Day, please join us to celebrate the achievements of women in Queensland who are treading their own paths in the innovation space.

Like last year’s hugely popular and successful gathering, our Making Innovation Herstory 2018 event is an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and meet future collaborators whose careers and business interests are shaping the State’s commercial and community landscape through innovation.

Meet our panel of entrepreneurial thinkers and doers whose journeys reflect this year’s theme for International Women’s Day: #PressForProgress.

Hear about the different directions they have come from to be where they are now. Ask for their views about what the future might hold for others considering similar journeys.

Sandy Blackburn-Wright

Sandy Blackburn-Wright, Social Outcomes Managing Director
Experienced thought leader and social innovator, Sandy has worked across many sectors to create positive change, locally and internationally over the last 35 years. She is the founder and Managing Director of Social Outcomes, a profit-for- purpose business that uses social and financial innovation to create and fund quality outcomes for its partners.

Monica Bradley, Purposeful Capital Founder
Through her directorships and advisory roles, including B Lab Australia/NZ , Monica facilitates implementable innovation, investment and technology strategy to corporates, government, not for profits and start-ups. Monica draws on her global network to connect the capital, technology, talent and customers which create sustainable ventures.

Karen FoelzKaren Foelz, Spring & Grove Founder
In 2017, Karen was a finalist for the Women in Technology Sue Wickenden Startup Entrepreneur Award and the Women’s Agenda Emerging Entrepreneur Award. Through Karen’s deep involvement in the evolution of the startup ecosystem at QUT, Karen decided to launch Spring & Grove, a naturally flavoured sparkling spring water with zero calories, zero sweeteners and zero preservatives.

Noti MaficoNoti Mafico, Noti x Nature Founder
Noti x Nature, is a clothing hire company offering an impressive collection of designer labels that provides ‘fashionistas’ the opportunity to hire the best in fashion at affordable rates. From the humble beginnings of a few Instagram posts a year ago, using the handle @notixnature, Noti x Nature now boasts a loyal clientele and rapidly increasing social media following.

Impact Innovation Group’s Senior Associate,  Suzy Roden, will be our MC. Suzy is also an accredited consultant and author or co-author for several people and organisational diagnostic tools, including one that builds balanced start up teams recently used successfully at MIT’s Entrepreneurship Boot Camp (Cambridge USA).


We are delighted to have students from the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts entertaining us again this year.

Naomi Summers will perform at the Impact Innovation Innovate Queensland Making Innovation Herstory eventInfluenced by a diet of soul, neo-soul, pop and jazz, Naomi Summers shares a fierce voice coupled with catchy beats in her debut EP. The Brisbane-based singer/songwriter  tempts audiences with her original reggae, jazz, soul and pop songs. Naomi has performed at high-profile events such as the G20 Cultural Celebrations Opening, 5th IMC World Forum on Music, FOGS Expo and Island Vibes Music Festival.

Shanice McLean to perform at the Impact Innovation Innovate Queenland eventShanice McLean is a Brisbane-based ambitious singer/songwriter who is currently completing her studies at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts. Shanice has had many unforgettable opportunities to sing alongside well known Australian musicians such as Jessica Mauboy, John Farnham, Kate Ceberano, winner of X-Factor 2016 Isaiah Firebrace and Guy Sebastian.


This free event includes complimentary canapes and soft drinks, and other beverages may be purchased from the bar. Bookings are essential and only registered guests will be admitted.



Wednesday, March 7
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane
23 Leichhardt St
Brisbane, QLD 4000 Australia
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