YWIB Mentorship Program

Young Women in Business Mentorship Program

In collaboration with Silverstream Wines and Great Southern Development Commission, the Denmark Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the first business mentorship program for young women in Denmark. 

Let’s talk about Confidence – A Women in Business Panel Event

Join DCC for an evening panel and networking event featuring the amazing mentors from our Young Women in Business Mentorship Program.
The construct of discussion is the word confidence.
What the heck is it?
How do we get more?
What makes someone confident?
Nibbles, panel discussion and networking opportunities included in ticket. Cash bar available during the event.
All are welcome!

Mentorship Program History

The inaugural Silverstream Wines International Women’s Day event held on March 7th, 2021 was set up with two clear visions and purposes.  One, to celebrate the incredible caliber of Regional women across the Great Southern and two, to raise funds to be placed towards young women in our region.

The 2021 SIWD event was financially and in-kind supported by the following organisations: Shire of Denmark, Albany Event Hire and Aurora Magazine.

The monies raised from that event will be used towards multiple scholarships that will financially support young woman through the Young Women in Business Mentorship Program.

Goals of the Program

This program looks to offer an opportunity for the young women in Denmark to lean on the collective wisdom of extraordinary female mentors in our community. As well as:

  • To assist in developing skills and achieving the participants career and life goals
  • To build confidence within the participants
  • To link local young women to local women
  • To support, lift and share knowledge between different generations of women
  • To build a strong support network for the young women of our community

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Annette Carmichael 

An award-winning dance artist and creative producer, Annette specialises in large scale community arts productions that unite a diverse mix of people through their shared experience of dance, sound, movement and performance. She has worked with a diverse array of arts organisations, including West Australian Ballet, STRUT Dance Inc., Perth Festival, Ausdance WA and Denmark Arts in her hometown on Western Australia’s south coast.

Specialises in Creative Arts and Small Business

Dr Ceinwen Gearon

With a background as a clinical scientist Ceinwen returned to live in Australia after 16 years in the UK. On whim she and her small family decided to live in Denmark and have been here for 15 years. Throughout her working life she has been involved in governance of one sort or another – from clinical governance in healthcare in the UK and Australia to governance in local government. She is passionate about equity and fairness and believes that everyone has the right to thrive in their community. Working with the community to create an environment that is compassionate, welcoming, accessible and inclusive is a cornerstone to her approach to her role as President of the Shire of Denmark.

Specialises in Leadership

Esther Jones

Coming from an extensive background the agriculture sector, Esther draws on 20 years of event management and marketing experience. She has worked with more than 1500 speakers having developed and customised a series of public speaking training and event management workshops which are tailored to the needs and experience of the client.

Her company, Bluesee, operates as a content producer for a number of major national agricultural conferences including LambEx, Australian Dairy Conference and BeefEx, working with them to design and curate a simply excellent stage, with content that is relevant and beautifully delivered.

She is also the executive officer of the WA Livestock Research Council and provides strategic communication services to industry leaders across the dairy, beef and sheep sectors.

Specialises in Public Speaking and Presenting

Jo Taylor

With vast experience with Local Government and festival management, site planning through retail display workshops, Jo has extensive knowledge in the world of design. Whether she is styling corporate events or designing retail spaces or home interiors, Jo believes that to design well is to create an experience that is memorable, engaging and exciting. An experience that truely reflects your personality, your brand and your business ethos. 

Specialises in Events

Juliet Grist

With a background in Regional Development and Finance, Juliet has held senior roles across three States, with Regional Development Australia, Macquarie Bank, National Australia Bank, and a consultancy focussed on regional development in Western Australia.

In 2015 Juliet was selected to participate in the Department of Regional Development “Emerging Leaders” program, and in 2019 was one of four WA Finalists for the Agrifutures Rural Women’s Award for a project focussed on collaboration and regional wellbeing.​​

She is also the CEO of the South Coast Alliance Inc.

Specialises in Strategic Planning, Project and Risk Management, Finance and Collaborations

Dr Lenore Lyons

Lenore is currently Executive Director of Outdoors Great Southern (formerly Great Southern Centre for Outdoor Recreation Excellence or GSCORE). She has held positions in the public, private and community sectors. She worked as a research professor in the university sector for over 15 years and during that time was Director of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Key Centre for Teaching and Research. In 2006, she co-founded a successful eco-tourism business in the Great Southern. That business was inducted into the Western Australian Tourism Hall of Fame in 2015.

Lenore currently serves on the Board of Australia’s South West (ASW) and has previously served on the Boards of Management of Denmark Tourism Incorporated, the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation, Trails WA, and Outdoors WA.

Specialises in Tourism and Outdoor Recreation

Liz Jack

With an extensive background in the tourism and small business sector, Liz has thirty years of small business management experience both through her own consulting business and as a past CEO of the Denmark Chamber of Commerce.

She currently lectures at South Regional TAFE in small business operations and runs Test Space, a coworking space in the centre of Denmark.  From here Liz operates her consultancy, supporting small business owners in strategy and business planning as well as performing as her character Gertrude WellEase.


Specialises in Tourism and Small Business

Martha Barnard-Rae

Martha Barnard-Rae is a Denmark WA-based SEO copywriter. As the owner and Chief Word Nerd at Word Candy, she supports businesses in with all the wordy things they need to stand out in the best possible way. Martha’s words live on the websites, blogs, videos, emails, and socials of businesses all over Australia — she’s obsessed with clear communication in business and in life.

An accomplished speaker, Martha helps brands understand what they need to do to find their voices through training sessions on a range of topics.

When she’s not crafting delicious words, you’ll find her walking two giant pooches, practicing her ukulele, or wrapped around a cup of tea, planning out her next Instagram reel.

Specialises in Copywriting, Websites, and Content Marketing

Sumer Addy

Sumer wears many hats throughout the Denmark community. She is a performer, dancers, yoga teacher, CEO and a mother of three. Her philosophy is deeply rooted in understanding and testing processes and contributing to her community in a meaningful way.

Starting at a young age, she was curious about the mind and body connection, exploring how one’s thoughts affected their actions. Through testing multiple mental skills theories and somatic techniques on herself, Sumer has gained a degree in Modern Dance, masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology and a high level executive role in her community.

Specialises in the Psychology of Business 

Tamala Ridge

An Addictions Specialist and Space Holding Mentor who runs a successful online business servicing local and international clients. She is a 3 times International Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker, #DetoxJunkie and #SpiritSeeker

When she is not supporting her students to become EPIC Space Holders, Coaches and Leaders – she is mentoring them to create and grow their own thriving businesses. With over 5 years experience in the online world – Tamala has conquered many internal and external barriers to calling in abundance, success and wealth. She believes that heart driven intuitive women with money will change the world. She is here to support women to raise the bar on what they feel they are worth and challenge them to own it.

Specialises in Intuitive, Heart Driven, Online Business


Verity Byth

Verity is a business strategy consultant, trainer and coach, working with teams around the world to create, implement and manage successful business strategies and plans. She provides tools and ways of working that are proven to help business women deliver products and services that their customers love and value.
As an author and researcher, she has studied consumer behaviour in depth and is passionate about women’s financial decision-making and contribution to their economy. Recent projects include her book ‘Coats for Courage: Stories of Women’s Financial Empowerment’ which displays a full catalogue of her textile exhibition mixed with amazing photography and stories of women and money.

Specialises in Financial Empowerment

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