Women On The Go Business Breakfast Forum & Expo - SOLD OUT

30 Aug 2019 8:00am


Women play a significant role in small business and have a strong record of starting and maintaining their own businesses. This forum will allow you to hear about the journey of outstanding women in business and how they have contributed to the success of their organisations - providing insights into how to further develop your successful business.  Take advantage of the mini-Expo preceding the forum, which features local women in business. Tea/coffee will be provided while you network and exchange information.

Women On The Go is an initiative by Knox City Council, Maroondah City Council and Yarra Ranges Council, delivering three functions within the three Council areas.



Event Details

Date:                     Friday, 30 August 2019
Expo:                    8:00am - 8.45am (tea and coffee provided)
Forum:                  8.45 - 11am
RSVP:                   by Friday, 23 August 2019
Cost:                     $55 (includes vegetarian brunch)
Venue:                  Rooms 3 & 4, Knox Civic Centre, 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South



Latinka Cubitt is the General Manager and Owner, alongside husband Ian, of Catten Industries and LaTink.

Latinka’s career started with Mainframe computers in the mid-eighties, followed by roles in the IT industry, working as PC Support, Systems Analyst, Project Manager and IT Manager, working in business sectors such as Manufacturing, Banking Distributions and Medical.

In 2017, Latinka and her husband Ian bought Catten Industries in Bayswater.  Catten has extensive experience producing quality metal products to a variety of industries and has a lifelong knowledge of systems and innovation. Catten services many industries including Building, Electrical & Electronics (Including switchboards), Transport, Shopfitting / Display / Point of Sale, Communications, Furniture, Material handling, General Engineering and Defence.

LaTink is new to the market, designing and manufacturing custom wall art and furniture. LaTink is about “the wish”. “From the seeds of an idea we create a piece of beauty.“

Latinka has continued with her self-education, completing studies in Business Systems Analysis, Certificate IV Project Management, Certificate in Business, Diploma in Business and graduating with her MBA.

Stacey Barrass is the founder of Goddess Cleaning Group.

After becoming a solo parent 9 years ago due to domestic violence, Stacey attempted to find part-time cleaning work. Finding it difficult, she decided to take her attention to detail, strong work ethic and can-do attitude to clients directly.

Stacey embarked on a journey to provide for and keep the roof over the heads of her 3 young boys (then aged 18 months, 4 years and 7 years) and pushed herself to embark on a path of life re-building and financial self-support.

She has built a social enterprise that employs 18 individuals who have experienced more than their fair share of life challenges and hurdles. Stacey brings these women into the Goddess Cleaning Group tribe, restores their confidence and self esteem and encourages them to soar. Supporting them to create a financially viable future, together with her commitment to training, upskilling and cross-skilling, is paramount to leading them out of the vicious cycle of disadvantage.

Stacey believes that everyone deserves an opportunity to change their life by receiving a hand-up through supportive, flexible, empathetic employment. The tribe work together with other organisations to support individuals from disadvantage and domestic violence backgrounds. By building on these respectful relationships, Stacey has drawn together a professional team who share her vision and approach to bring a quality cleaning service focussed solely on Amazing Results: Guaranteed.



Jane Riley - NLP Mindset Trainer/Consultant
Jane Riley believes life should be lived outside of your comfort zone. Her life mantra is a quote from the inspirational Hellen Keller "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all!"

20+ years of marketing, sales, people management, coaching and training has enabled Jane to support organisations from solo-preneurs to global businesses.  Her quest has always been to support individuals and businesses to rise to do the very best they can every single day.  To build high performing teams, increase profits and sky rocket results. 

If you don't have concise, big scary goals, a marketing strategy and understand your customer, then you are setting yourself up for failure.  

These days, Jane is working in the context of Business Performance Consultant, specialising in the fast-paced, fun world of digital marketing.  

Fiona Ward – Darlings Downunder
After a decade in the insurance industry and starting a family, Fiona went into business with her sister and became the owner of a modern cloth nappy retail business. From a rocky start where the collapse of her marriage meant that the business suddenly became the sole support of her young family and hence needed to become profitable in hurry, over the last 10 years Darlings Downunder has grown to be one of the best known cloth nappy retailers in the country, stocking Australian and overseas brands both online and (more recently) in a bricks and mortar shop in Ringwood. 

With education and advocacy an important part of the role, Fiona has worked with local councils who have reusable nappy programs, been a founding member of the Australian Nappy Association, and recently coordinated the Great Australian Cloth Nappy Survey of 2,500 cloth nappying parents. 

Cheryl Mackay - Active Collections 
Cheryl founded Active Collections in 2008 thinking it would be her lifelong business.

Six years ago, Cheryl and her daughter purchased an ailing childcare business in Mt Evelyn and skilfully turned it around from 23% occupancy to capacity within twelve months. The next five years saw strong relationships built with local agencies, government and suppliers. The team have been so successful that they are due to launch their second Children’s House of Early Learning Centre in Boronia later this year.

Cheryl has always been a champion of business owners to help them to understand finance, cashflow and money management. She embodies a philosophy of courage in business and a spirit of sharing, support and generosity that builds warm relationships with clients, suppliers and associates alike.

Alice Garrick & Cindy Renate – Dandenong Ranges DV Peer Support Group
Facilitated by Alice and Cindy, the Dandenong Ranges Domestic Violence Peer Support Group uses a framework of Intentional Peer Support to support mothers and children in the Dandenong Ranges and surrounding areas who have experienced domestic and family violence. 

The impacts of domestic violence are long-lasting and often leave mothers isolated and dealing with trauma while parenting their often also traumatised children. It can be overwhelming and leaves little room for recovery. 

This group offers long term support for mothers and their children, providing a place of respite and practical support as well as an opportunity for healing through shared experience and understanding, friendship and social integration. 



Danielle Storey is the CEO of the Eastern Innovation (EI), a not-for-profit startup hub that serves East and South East Melbourne and is proudly supported by the City of Monash.

Danielle is an author, international business co-owner and innovation champion. She is passionate about the future of work, business and life and would, without hesitation, jump into and trial a driverless vehicle on Melbourne roads, buy and wear the latest wearable or play with the latest technology available that lets humans do what they are good at – engage with each other in a way that makes the world a happier place.

Danielle is also an LGA Advisory Board Member and Metropolitan Partnerships (Eastern) Committee Member.


Showcase your business by requesting a free expo stand when you book your ticket to attend the forum.

Expo tables are 80cm x 80cm and allow for a pull-up banner behind the table (note: power and table coverings not provided).

Note: expo stands are available on a 'first booked, first paid' basis and will be confirmed in August.





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