Do you have a great idea? Do you want to start your dream business? Do you want to grow your business?

Join us for the Mount Isa WiRE Business Women’s Bootcamp!

two days: 9 - 10 may 2019

Join us for an awesome 2 day Intensive Interactive Business Women’s Bootcamp with tools and support to explore and test ideas to start and progress your business. This Bootcamp is designed for women who are aspiring entrepreneurs, early stage entrepreneurs or at start-up stage. However if you already have a venture and want to grow an aspect of your venture, share your experiences and link with like minded women in the Mount Isa region, this Bootcamp is also for you.

What to expect

  • A two day, intensive practical bootcamp with tools and support to explore and test ideas to start and progress your business that’s still in its early stages;

  • Interactive group sessions to develop capability and systems to grow your business;

  • Practical application of skills and development of a clear action pathway for implementing new learnings;

  • Support from experienced facilitators, mentors, and each other;

  • Meet, share and build new networks with like-minded peers in the Mount Isa Region;

  • A free WiRE Bootcamp Workbook that participants will use during the Bootcamp and refer to after the event.


Thursday 9 May (Day 1):

Morning Tea:  9:00am to 9:30am - Welcome and Meet and Greet - this will be an activity 

9.30am - 10.15am: Current State Check in – What’s going on for Regional Women Entrepreneurs

10.15am -  11.15am: Introducing the Business Growth Map & Understanding You

11.15am – 12.00pm: Your Purpose and Values 

12.00pm – 1.00pm: Who is your Customer 

Lunch:  1:00pm to 2:00pm

2.00am - 3.30pm: Validating your idea 

3.30pm - 4.30pm: Strategy on a Page 

Afternoon Tea: 3:30pm to 4:00pm

4.30pm - 5.30pm - Its all about mindset and Homework

Finish: 5:30pm


Friday 10 May (Day 2):

Working Breakfast - 8:00am to 9:00am - Homework and validation check in 

9.00am - 10.30am: The Humans you need 

Morning Tea: 10:30am to 11:00am

10.30am - 11.30am: Telling the World and Getting Social 

11.30am – 1.00pm: Measure for Success

Lunch: 1:00pm to 2:00pm

2.00pm – 3.00pm - Thinking Big/ Check back to the growth map and Whats Next/ Wrap Up 

Finish: 3:00pm / 3:30pm


Thursday, 9 May 2019, 10.00am - 5.00pm & Friday, 10 May 2019, 8.00 - 3.00pm


RedEarth Boutique Hotel and Isa Hotel, Cnr Rodeo Dv and West St Mt Isa QLD 4825


This workshop is free to participants!

In addition to support from the Queensland Government’s Women in Business Initiative, we have previously charged $90 for these Bootcamps to assist with the cost of meals etc. However the WiRE Program won’t be charging a fee on this occasion to support women in flood affected areas to start and grow their businesses.

About the Facilitators

Host and co-facilitator

Retha Wiesner

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Retha is Professor in Management and Entrepreneurial Behaviour and WiRE Program Director. Retha is an entrepreneurial research and capacity building leader specialising in analysing, developing and implementing innovative high performance entrepreneurial strategies. Retha is currently leading a major program in the Institute of Resilient Regions at USQ on entrepreneurial leadership and building high performance organisations/enterprises and has led (is leading) externally funded research projects worth more than $5m since 2009. 
Retha's research and capacity building projects are focused upon helping individuals and organisations, especially entrepreneurial women and SMEs, to leverage their skills, abilities and capabilities to the next level of performance. 

Much of her recent work centers around women entrepreneurial leadership. She has recently been successful in securing four large DFAT grants on empowering women through entrepreneurship, innovation and business sustainability in several overseas countries. Aside from her work in SMEs she has recently conducted research consulting projects in companies such as Linfox, Schweppes, Woolworths and BOC on achieving positive organisational outcomes through high performance peer teams. 

Retha has published over 80 research articles and co-authored 11 books on management, organisational behaviour and small business.

Bootcamp facilitator

Tara Jacobsen-Neven

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Tara Jacobsen-Neven is a facilitator in the WiRE Program. She 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 Administration.


To be announced

Registrations are now closed. If you wish for your name to be put on a waiting list, please fill out your details below and the Program Director will be in touch with you.

Name *
I agree to fill out a confidential pre- and post-bootcamp survey that will be emailed to me by the WiRE Program Director *
The information in the pre-bootcamp survey will assist the facilitators to design the program according to the audience's needs. The post-bootcamp survey will gauge participants' experience of the Bootcamp.

This Business Women’s Bootcamp is supported by the Queensland Government’s Advancing Women in Business Initiative.

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