Join us for the WiRE Webinar Series: Fast-forward your entrepreneurial journey!

This webinar series is for you if you are keen to progress your entrepreneurial journey through learning from experts in this field!    Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a seasoned entrepreneur with a new idea, or an executive looking to bring entrepreneurial thinking into the workplace, you’ll discover trigger points to progress your entrepreneurial journey.  

Webinar 1 is now available for viewing!  The dates of the other upcoming webinars will be announced shortly. Watch this space!

Webinar 1: Get Your Head in the Game


What to expect?

Do you ever feel like an imposter?
Does the voice in your head tell you that you cannot achieve your goals?
Does this sometimes stop you from moving forward with your venture?

In this webinar we will explore ways to identify what is holding you back; how to build your confidence and the mindset to push through these moments of doubt and disbelief.  

There is no selling in this webinar, just pure valuable content to help you progress towards where you want to be.  

Host: Retha Wiesner, WiRE program Director and Professor in Management and Entrepreneurial Behaviour

Special Guest Presenter: Karen Brook

Karen Brook of The WiRE Program

Karen  is an entrepreneurial expert, a results mentor and someone who is truly focused on
converting thinking into results. For the past decade she has worked with individuals and teams,
helping them to boost productivity, performance and profit by setting big worthy goals, closing
their knowing-doing gaps, shifting old paradigms and forming success habits that will last a lifetime.
Raised in the small town of Birdsville, in the heart of Outback Australia, Karen knows what it takes
to succeed. She has a background in Design and Advertising, Organisational Analysis, Adaptive
Leadership and PRISM Brain Mapping. She is also a leading global consultant with the Proctor
Gallagher Institute and facilitator of their premier program "Thinking Into Results". In 2010 she
pursued her dream to fly as part of her business model and teaches thousands of people around
Australia and the world how to take control of their lives and live their dreams.
Karen brings regional and global perspective to her work, underpinned by a strong sense of
purpose that "Ideas and the energy of those who inspire them have the power to change local and
global landscapes". Karen has worked at all levels with start-ups, mum-preneurs, government departments and large corporate companies and has a unique ability to bring together multiple stakeholders for adaptive and transformative discussions that make progress for all concerned.
She loves nothing more than to see individuals and teams do things they didn't think were
possible. Karen is also a published author and well known and respected international motivational speaker on bringing your ideas to life.  

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Webinar 2: Operations and Legals for your Venture
Thursday 3 August: 12 – 1pm

What to expect?

How do you set up your business structure to scale? What equity should you share among the founders?
Learn about critical points in setting up your business:
•    Understand when the best time to formalise your business is
•    Learn what a shareholders’ agreement is and, if, and when you need one in place
•    Understand what your next steps are for your business

How do you maximise your time when running your business? Which priorities need your attention first? Do you need to do everything yourself?

Following the presentation, our WiRE attendees will have an opportunity for Q&A’s

What you will need to access the webinar: 

Internet connection and computer or phone (preferably with headset – mobile or landline).
Your login links which you will receive after you have registered for the webinar. Click on the appropriate link to access the webinar.

When: Thursday 3 August: 12 – 1pm

Host: Anne-Marie Walton, WiRE project officer, Operations Manager at the Fire Station 101 Innovation Hub and regional entrepreneur creating a positive social impact through Wantu, an innovative mobile app which helps busy adults and carers get more quality face-to-face with 2-8 year olds, whilst building their creative thinking and communication skills.

Special Guest Presenters: Ben Wood and Naomi Benton

Ben Wood

Ben has a broad range of experience in assisting clients with issues relating to corporations and securities law, with a particular focus on capital raisings and mergers & acquisitions.  Ben works for clients across a range of industries, including technology and life sciences, at various stages of a company’s lifecycle.  Ben has a focus on supporting start-ups and early stage companies, acting as a mentor at a number of Queensland-based innovation hubs, and working with both companies and potential early stage investors.

Ben Wood of The WiRE Program

Naomi Benton

Employed at McCullough Robertson for almost 3 years, Naomi is a Corporate Advisory Lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions. She is on the management committee for the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland Inc, and was recently nominated as a finalist for the 2017 Lawyer’s Weekly top 30 under 30.

Naomi Benton of The WiRE Program

Register now by clicking HERE!  

A recording of the webinar will be made available for viewing here soon!  Registrants will also receive an email as soon as the recording is available. 


Webinar 3: Kick Start your Mentoring for Growth

Webinar 3 is now available for viewing

What to expect?

This webinar is for anyone wanting to kick start their mentoring skills.  Furthermore, as s part of the WiRE program we are looking to recruit women, who whilst they are going on their self and business development in the program, also are keen to develop their mentoring skills.  Suitable mentors will have the opportunity to take on the role of Hub Mentor for the WiRE hub program and support up to 6 women in a virtual hub on a weekly basis for 12 weeks. Viewing this webinar is a prerequisite to becoming a Hub Mentor.  Some WiRE Mentors may also be available to attend face to face boot camps across the region to support women during the boot camp sessions. Others attending this webinar may just be keen to get into the mentoring game in their own context, community and environment.  

This initial one hour webinar on mentorship is an introductory session that will outline what is involved in mentoring generally but more specifically on the WiRE program plus some introductory content to help you decide if you are interested in participating in the WiRE program as a Hub leader and mentor.

What will be covered? 

·         Explain the Wire program and how mentoring and hub leaders support the process

·         Benefits of Mentoring and Coaching

·         Understanding the roles and responsibilities of a mentor

·         Keys to successful mentoring

·         Challenges and Benefits of the mentoring relationship

·         Mentoring Guidelines

·         The support you can expect. 

Host:  Retha Wiesner, WiRE Program Director, Professor in Management and Entrepreneurial Behaviour, USQ.

Presenter: Tara Jacobsen-Neven

Tara Jacobsen-Neven is an experienced entrepreneur, business strategist, facilitator,
and collective leadership specialist. Tara has over 20 years experience in applying
strategy to corporate learning and development, education, business growth and
organisational development.  An expert in human and social capital development, Tara uses new insights into providing a strategic approach to building and executing social capital solutions to build more productive, resilient and change agile teams, organisations and communities.
Tara’s key fundamental philosophy is that we build human capital value in organisations
by enhancing the way we structure our organisations and how we develop our people in
order to best operate in the ‘wisdom age’. She has been successful in connecting people
and organisations to collaborate to build sustainable and embedded learning which
supports organisation and people skill development.  She has a number of years experience as keynote speaker and master of ceremonies at a number of Australian industry conferences on subjects such as leadership, culture development, social and human capital value. She also sits on a number of boards and committees in various roles and volunteers for a number of community groups. Tara contributes frequently to a range of local and state publications and is a regular writer for the international My Entrepreneur e-magazine. She is currently writing a book on the
invisible threads that connect people and how to use this for personal and professional
development to enhance social capital value.
Tara holds a number of postgraduate and undergraduate degrees in business including
a Master of Business Admin and will soon be commencing her PhD through USQ.

Tara Jacobsen-Neven of The WiRE Program


This webinar is financially supported by the Queensland Government through its Advancing Women in Business (AWB) initiative.   This initiative encourage and support more women to start and grow their own businesses by: facilitating and strengthening connectivity between Queensland Government and women’s groups across the state and amongst women’s networking groups; effectively engaging women in Office of Small Business activities such as grants, events and mentoring; boosting women as mentors on the Mentoring for Growth program; and ensuring the tools, skills and opportunities needed by women are available as part of Office of Small Business activities

Register now to view this webinar!

After you've registered below, the link to the webinar will be provided immediately on the top of the page on your computer screen. Click on that link to access the Webinar. 

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