Lana is the CEO & Founder of Mon Purse, the multi-award winning personalised leather handbag and leather goods brand. After a session in a personalized teddy making workshop, Lana dreamt up the idea for Mon Purse, a business that would allow women to create high quality embossed, initialled, and bespoke european leather bags, with the ability to choose your own shape, leather texture, grain, colour, hardware and size. The business kicked off in 2014, and today sells to 33 countries worldwide, boasts a 3D enabled online store, a stand alone boutique in Sydney, as well as an exclusive contract with MYER, with concessions in Sydney and Melbourne, and expansion plans on the horizon in 2016.
Australian sisters Jess and Stef Dadon are designers, creative directors, social media consultants and entrepreneurs. They first launched How Two Live as a daily diary in 2012, as a way to keep in touch when Stef moved to Paris for six months.
The girls are known for their bold personal styles and crazy colourful aesthetic and being mistaken for twins at least 5 times a day. They’re massive animal lovers, masters of nail art, and in 2015 were converted to Belieberism.
They’ve worked with some of the biggest brands in fashion and beyond, including ASOS, Westfield, Maybelline, Nasty Gal and The Zoe Report. The girls also have a love-love relationship with emerging designers, making it a priority to wear and support up and coming talent.
The How Two Live brand inspires people, young and old, to be whoever they want to be.
Mandi is the Founder and Managing Editor of Babyology, Australia's largest digital media company for parents. With a huge social media following including over one million Facebook fans, Babyology knows how to reach their audience of 20-45 year old women.
An entrepreneur who just happens to be a mum-of-three, Mandi launched the business alone in her living room nine years ago with $5,000 for the website design and now heads a team of almost 30, all of whom also happen to be mums working remotely from their own homes with Babyology HQ in Surry Hills, Sydney.
Babyology is now considered the online market leader in native editorial content for Australian parents and has many other areas of reach including events, subscription boxes, and video content and reaches more than 3.5 million women each month
Cyan Ta'eed is Co-Founder and Executive director of Envato, a creative eco-system encompassing the largest digital marketplace in the world, that Cyan bootstrapped in her parents garage. Today, Envato has over 6 million users, and has delivered over US$400 million of earnings to their sellers to date. Cyan is also Mum to two little boys, Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year, and Founder of New Day Box, an initiative that mobilises women to make boxes of skincare and cosmetics for women in domestic violence crisis accommodation. So far, New Day box has delivered over 5000 boxes to women in Victoria.
Anna Ross is the Founder and Director of Kester Black, one of Australia’s leading manicure and skincare brands specialising in sustainably and ethically produced products. Founding the company in 2012, Anna set out on a mission to redefine the industry standard for consciously created cosmetics. She developed a range of manicure products that adhere to her ethical and environmental values without compromising on style. Utilising her background in design, her love for creative collaboration and her uncompromising social and environmental values, Anna’s belief in ethical business practice has resulted in the fast-growing success of the Kester Black brand which remains at the forefront of the Australian beauty industry. as a 'little side business' quickly turned into full-time jobs, and they have been able to successfully market their products predominantly through Instagram, with a combined social media following over 450k worldwide.
Jess, Sophie, and Jade launched Hello Hair in December 2013 with extremely little capital finances. Despite none of the women having any previous experience in the haircare or beauty industry, they saw a gap in the market for an all-natural product that could be marketed effectively through social media. So, they decided to take the leap, and after three months, and a lot of hard work, launched the Hello Hair vegan hair mask.
What started as a 'little side business' quickly turned into full-time jobs, and they have been able to successfully market their products predominantly through Instagram, with a combined social media following over 450k worldwide.
Sisters Narelle and Felicity are owners of Cargo Crew, the industry disrupting, cool and design-led workwear brand. Winners of the 2015 Telstra Australian Small Business of the Year Award, Felicity started Cargo Crew from a one bed room flat, with a $2000 tax return. They now operate from their contemporary HQ in Melbourne, providing stylish uniforms to businesses across the globe including Hoyts, Dulux, Oscar Wylee, and Goop - with Gwyneth Paltrow as a massive fan of their signature aprons!
Melma Hamersfeld is the Founder of Metalicus, initially a fashion accessories brand that started in the early 70’s. Her story is remarkable as she created belts and jewellery from scrap metal and sold it to the big department stores. In the 1990's, Melma created the iconic “body stocking” clothing line and business soared. The Metalicus brand and trademark body stocking garments are renowned worldwide with more than 350 stockists in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada. Melma sold her company in 2007 in excess of $45 million and now spends her time creating art with acrylics.