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Women of Achievement Festival: Elevating and celebrating women in the North

Five inspiring local women will share their stories at the the Women of Achievement Festival Pop Up Event in Ingham on Friday.

ELEVATING and celebrating the story of women in North Queensland is the focus of the Women of Achievement Festival Pop Up Event at Tyto Wetlands Conference and Events Centre tomorrow. 

Women of Achievement Founder Kylie Bartlett, from Lead. Love. Leap, is behind the magic of the event which will showcase five remarkable local women from Hinchinbrook.

She said: ‘The powerful stories of these women will leave you feeling motivated and moved.’

The inspiring line-up of speakers includes:

Rebecca Zaghini, world traveller, foodie, chef and now owner of local business Wild Local Prawns, will share her story, her passion for the Hinchinbrook region and her optimism for the future.

Rebecca Zaghini

Ann Vardanega, the Director of the Australian-Italian Festival, photographer and educator, who at the age of 61 received her PhD in Creative Arts, will share her career highlights including her greatest achievement to date – mentoring and empowering students to succeed.

Ann Vardanega

Donna Fichera, naturopath and health coach from Mind Body Love, who is passionate about helping women live the best version of their lives, will share truths from her own personal experience from rock bottom and burnout to evolution and opportunity.

Donna Fichera

Joanne Cassady, self taught artist, mother of six, doting grandmother and owner of Balgarra Designs, whose business name means ‘to emit sparks’, will share how her work has also ignited so much from an educational and cultural awareness perspective.

Joanne Cassady

Barbara Debono, former social worker, librarian and mother, will share how she rode her bike 650km from Atherton Tablelands to Karumba and raised $39,683 for Doctors Without Borders in memory of her son, and how bike riding has helped in her healing.

Barbara Debono

Hailing from Townsville, event founder Kylie Bartlett hosted her first Women of Achievement event in 2013 with the focus of ‘wanting women everywhere to win’.

She said: ‘The Women of Achievement Festival is a step toward making visible the incredible talent and strength of women in the north. 

‘It’s about women taking time to tune in and take note of the remarkable, aligned and extraordinary women in our own backyard.’

A Transformational Coach and Leadership Consultant, Mrs Bartlett said: ‘Defining achievement is a very personal thing and sometimes we must unshackle ourselves from what the world has told us about achievement. 

‘My hope is for every woman, girl, man and boy to personally define it, authentically carve it and joyously celebrate it.’

After a sell-out Women of Achievement Festival and online conference in Townsville last month, Mrs Bartlett was overjoyed with how conference attendees and festival guests continued to support and purchase goods and services spotlighted throughout the two-day festival.

She said: ‘The Women of Achievement Festival is also about showcasing what we have up here to the rest of the world while leaving a positive local impact for regional businesses.’

Mrs Bartlett is also one of four speakers on the “discussion panel with a difference” at the Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism’s AGM tonight sharing her secrets to success in business and life.

This is the first year Mrs Bartlett has taken the Women of Achievement Festival to Ingham with plans to take the festival on the road to Charters Towers and the Whitsunday in early 2022, and a big western Queensland and Northern Territory tour mid-2022.

The mum of two said: ‘I am dreaming big. I am expanding, deepening and widening the elevation and celebration of women out west, women up north, women to the south, women to the east and women right here on the land you live and work on.

‘I am bringing together the brightest, most heart driven, inspiring, entrepreneurial and innovative women to connect and collaborate like never before.’

The Women of Achievement Festival Pop Up Event in Ingham is on tomorrow, Friday 26 November, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at Tyto Wetlands Conference and Events Centre.

Tickets are $65 and the event includes morning tea prepared by Wild Local Prawns and Seafood, inspiring local women of achievement stories, special surprises and giveaways from local businesses such as Bossi Boots, Mandy’s Beauty in the Bush, Gum Park Produce and so much more.

Tickets are available from:

Elevating and celebrating: Kylie Bartlett on the couch with Julie Johnson from BDmag and Creative Concepts PR at the recent sell-out Women of Achievement Luncheon in Townsville.

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